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BOX 1-5 Personal File, 1960-2003
The Personal File series contains materials that are primarily biographical and provide a broad overview of Colwell’s life and career, mostly between 1980 and 2003. Files include résumés, articles, interviews, awards, surveys, questionnaires, photographs, and personal contacts. Given the breadth of Colwell’s career, this series, especially the detailed curricula vitae and bibliographies, contains useful reference materials that provide greater context to the collection as a whole. Though there is some documentation of her involvement in various professional organizations, this aspect of her career is mostly reflected in the Subject Files subseries within the Academic and Scientific Career Files series. There are no files documenting her childhood, family, or education.

Material types include résumés, press releases, awards, diplomas, certificates, clippings, business cards, photographs, bibliographies, and correspondence.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or material type.
BOX 1 Awards, honors, and nominations, 1980-1995 See also Containers OV 1-OV 9, Certificates, diplomas, citations
(9 folders)
BOX 2 Awards, honors, and nominations, 1996-2003 See also Containers OV 1-OV 9, Certificates, diplomas, citations
(3 folders)
BOX 2 Biographical file, 1977-1994
BOX 2 Clippings, 1970-2003
(4 folders)
BOX 3 Contacts, circa 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
BOX 3 Contacts, 1995-2000, undated
(5 folders)
BOX OV 10 Contacts, Rolodex, circa 1980s See Container OV 10, same heading
BOX 4 Curricula vitae, 1979-1987, 1996-1997 See also Container 232, Bibliographies
(8 folders)
BOX 5 Curricula vitae, 1996-1997
BOX 5 Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1970-1971
BOX 5 Interviews, 1990-1991, 1999-2003
BOX 5 Memberships, 1991-1995
BOX 5 Photographs, 1994-2002, undated See also Container OV 3, same heading ; See also Container OV 8, same heading ; See also Container OV 9, same heading
(5 folders)
BOX 5 Surveys and questionnaires, 1984-1999
BOX 6-202 National Science Foundation Director Files, 1983-2004
The National Science Foundation Director Files series documents Colwell’s tenure as director between 1998 and 2004, highlighting her oversight of the agency’s mission, priorities, and goals, and her role in shaping United States science policy. The collection reflects Colwell’s focus on building a twenty-first century workforce by promoting science education at the primary and secondary school level and advocating for increased participation of women and people of color in mathematics and engineering. It also documents the effect of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks in 2001 in shaping national science policy, specifically with regard to grants issued and studies undertaken in direct response to the events and the agency’s role in supporting homeland security. The series also documents Colwell’s oversight and involvement within the various directorates in the agency. Many files also highlight Colwell’s distinction as the first female director of the National Science Foundation. Grants Colwell received from the National Science Foundation as a researcher are documented in the Academic and Scientific Career Files series.
Arranged into four subseries.
BOX 6-129 Meeting and Travel Files, 1998-2004
The Meeting and Travel Files subseries documents Colwell’s daily activities throughout most of her tenure as National Science Foundation director. These include meetings, interviews, speaking appearances, conferences, social gatherings, strategic planning sessions, budget rollouts, briefings, and foreign and domestic travel. Noteworthy engagements include congressional committee hearings, director’s policy group retreats, advisory committee meetings for various agency directorates, meetings with heads of research organizations, women’s history month planning events, a trip to Antarctica with members of the United States Congress, and meetings for the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development (CAWMSET). Subjects include the National Ocean Research Leadership Council, G8 Heads of Research Councils, Computer and Information Science and Engineering advisory committee, and National Commission on Mathematics and Sciences Teaching for the Twenty-First Century. Files related to National Science Board meetings include task force reports, director’s reports, and meeting minutes and document strategic planning efforts, grants, and funding. Though meeting and travel files were assembled by Colwell’s staff to provide information to be used on a specific day, the files were subsequently updated to include follow-up letters, minutes, transcripts, and other related materials. The subseries contains very little documentation of Colwell’s meetings and travel in 1998.

Material types include daily calendars, schedules, correspondence, itineraries, briefing materials, speeches, email printouts, planners, notes, memoranda, agendas, meeting minutes, testimonies, and reports. Some presentations and other textual materials are in digital formats.
Arranged chronologically by meeting or travel date. The file structure of the digital content maintained as received.
BOX 6 1998
(3 folders)
BOX 6 1999, Jan. 2-12
(6 folders)
DF 1999, Jan. 9-12, University of Texas at Dallas, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Digital ID: mss85361_197_004
BOX 7 1999, Jan. 13-31
(10 folders)
BOX 8 1999, Feb. 1-12
(11 folders)
BOX 9 1999, Feb. 13-24
(11 folders)
BOX 10 1999, Feb. 25-Mar. 8
(8 folders)
BOX 11 1999, Mar. 9-Mar. 18
(9 folders)
BOX 12 1999, Mar. 18-24
(8 folders)
BOX 13 1999. Mar. 24-Apr. 3
(8 folders)
BOX 14 1999, Mar. 28-Apr. 5
(7 folders)
BOX 15 1999, Apr. 6-14
(8 folders)
BOX 16 1999, Apr. 13-21
(8 folders)
BOX 17 1999, Apr. 22-28
(10 folders)
BOX 18 1999, Apr. 28-May 3
(10 folders)
BOX 19 1999, May 4-7
(9 folders)
BOX 20 1999, May 7-15
(8 folders)
BOX 21 1999, May 16-18
(5 folders)
BOX 22 1999, May 19-June 2
(10 folders)
BOX 23 1999, May 29-June 2
(10 folders)
BOX 24 1999, June 10-17
(8 folders)
BOX 25 1999, June 18-24
(9 folders)
BOX 26 1999, June 23-July 1
(10 folders)
BOX 27 1999, June 30-July 24
(14 folders)
BOX 28 1999, July 26-Aug. 4
(9 folders)
BOX 29 1999, Aug. 5-24
(9 folders)
DF 1999, Aug. 13-24, Presentations
Digital ID: mss85361_197_005
BOX 30 1999, Aug. 13-Sept. 3
(10 folders)
BOX 31 1999, Sept. 7-22
(10 folders)
BOX 32 1999, Sept. 23-29
(9 folders)
BOX 33 1999, Sept. 30-Oct. 12
(9 folders)
BOX 34 1999, Oct. 13-18
(9 folders)
BOX 35 1999, Oct. 18-29
(9 folders)
DF 1999, Oct. 26-29, “Information Technology: Ariadne’s Thread Through the Science and Technology Labyrinth” (presentation)
Digital ID: mss85361_197_006
BOX 36 1999, Oct. 26-Nov. 5
(7 folders)
BOX 37 1999, Nov. 5-16
(9 folders)
BOX 38 1999, Nov. 16-Dec. 6
(11 folders)
BOX 39 1999, Dec. 6-29
(12 folders)
BOX 40 2000, Jan. 3-13
(9 folders)
BOX 41 2000, Jan. 13-24
(8 folders)
BOX 42 2000, Jan. 26-Feb. 12
(9 folders)
BOX 43 2000, Feb. 10-17
(7 folders)
BOX 44 2000, Feb. 17-24
(8 folders)
BOX 45 2000, Feb. 25-Mar. 7
(10 folders)
BOX 46 2000, Mar. 6-15
(10 folders)
BOX 47 2000, Mar. 17-29
(11 folders)
DF 2000, Mar. 30, "The Promise of New Developments in the Biomedical Sciences" (presentation)
Digital ID: mss85361_197_007
BOX 48 2000, Mar. 30-Apr. 5
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