Alpha Chi Omega



Alpha chapter was founded at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on October 15, 1885.

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Olive Burnett Clark, Founder Burial Marker

DATE OF BIRTH: June 10, 1867 DATE OF DEATH: April 18, 1957 CEMETERY Crown Hill Cemetery 700 West 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46208 Section 73, Lot 334

Olive Clark and Jean Sorenson at Convention Photograph, July 1953

Founder Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) poses with Jean Sorenson Daiker (Alpha Rho, University of Idaho), who served as a page at the 1953 National Convention in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Olive Clark as a Child Photograph, c. 1870

Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) called “Ollie” by her friends, studied piano, violin, cello and double bass. She taught at DePauw for two years while carrying on her studies. In her junior year, she left school to take teaching positions in Anderson and Franklin, Indiana. “I have found no greater happiness in my life than in Alpha Chi Omega,” she said later in life. “All I have ventured to give toward the up-building and uplifting of our fraternity has been from the depths of my heart, and has been repaid in thousandfold by my girls.”

Olive Clark Telling Founding Story at Convention Photograph, June 1953

Founder Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) poses by a chair as she tells the story of the founding of Alpha Chi Omega at the 1953 National Convention in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Olive Clark to Ruth Suppes Letter, March 28

Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) writes to Ruth Tewinkel Suppes (Rho, University of Washington) about a recent Indiana State Day event that Suppes was unable to attend. Clark also writes that she is happy to speak about the founding at an event Suppes previously invited her to attend.

Pearl Stone Partners Pearl Crown Lyre Badge

This is a gold 22-pearl crown-set badge with four pearls across the base and a tall center point, originally belonging to Daisy Steele Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University), who was initiated in 1889. It is worn by the chair of the Pearl Stone Partners Board of Managers during her term of office.

Phyllis Kent to Ellen Vanden Brink Letter, December 9, 1982

Phyllis Doud Kent (Beta Eta, Florida State University) updates Ellen Little Vanden Brink (Alpha, DePauw University) about plans for the initiation of members of the Villanova prospective chapter.

Province Presidents at Training Leadership Conference Photograph, July 21-25, 1975

Report of National Altruistic Director, June 1960-June 1962