Alpha Chi Omega



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

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Mrs. Matthew H. Scott to Scobey Cunningham Telegram, October 4, 1950

National President Mildred Estabrook Scott (Pi, University of California, Berkeley) writes to Cunningham to express condolences on the death of his wife, Alpha Chi Omega Founder Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University).

Nancy Leonard to Maude, Schneider and Reed Letter, August 9, 1997

Nancy Nitchman Leonard (Alpha Chi, Butler University) congratulates the members of the 1997 Leadership Academy Steering Committee on a successful event and asks for their suggestions for future Leadership Academies.

National Council Members Playing with Cart at Council Meeting Photograph, June 1950

National Council members Ruth Tewinkel Suppes (Rho, University of Washington), Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) and Vera Arnold Willis (Mu, Simpson College) play around with a hand cart during the 1950 National Council meeting at the Seigniory Club in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. In the background are Martha Chamberlin Leslie (Theta, University of Michigan), Delight Stevens Dodds (Alpha Chi, Butler University), Katherine Schafer McDonald (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University) and Mary Frances Hess Peak (Beta Nu, University of Utah).

National Council Trophy, 1913-33

This National Council Trophy used to travel from awarded chapter to chapter every year. The traveling trophy was discontinued at the 1933 Grand Council meeting due to the "inability to award it on an equitable basis." It was awarded to the following chapters between 1913-33: Omicron (Baker University), Pi (University of California, Berkeley), Alpha (DePauw University), Tau (Brenau University), Phi (University of Kansas), Iota (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Zeta (New England Conservatory), Psi (The University of Oklahoma), Xi (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Lambda (Syracuse University), Alpha Iota (University of Vermont), Mu (Simpson College), Beta Epsilon (Michigan State University), Alpha Zeta (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Alpha Beta (Purdue University).

Nellie Childe to Hannah Keenan Letter, April 19, 1953

Founder Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) writes to Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) about the new Alpha Chi songbook she recently received and laments that she cannot attend the upcoming national convention because the arthritis in her knee makes travel difficult.

Nellie Gamble Childe Portrait Cabinet Card, c. 1886

Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) studied piano from an early age and, after much deliberation, chose DePauw. She was described variously by her sisters as being gentle, energetic, earnest and friendly, leading a life of “quiet influence for good.” Later in life, she cultivated roses and loved to garden. She said that Alpha Chi Omega had a small beginning, but was built by loyal women with high standards who have achieved “marvelous results.”

Nellie Gamble Childe, Founder Burial Marker

DATE OF BIRTH: May 12, 1867 DATE OF DEATH: June 7, 1960 CEMETERY City Cemetery Martinsville, IL City Cemetery is behind 233 W. Cumblerland Street in Martinsville, IL

Officers at Founders Road Headquarters Groundbreaking Photograph, June 3, 1973

A group of fraternity officers and staff pose together at the groundbreaking for the national headquarters at 8733 Founders Road. They are (front) Executive Secretary Jody Bayer Martindill (Alpha, DePauw University), Controller Elinor Waite Howe (Alpha, DePauw University), National President Adele Fieve Drew (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Archivist Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University), (back row) National Treasurer Mary Flood Hutton (Psi, The University of Oklahoma), Lyre Editor Dee Gibson, Program Services Coordinator Ki Manning Reinmiller (Psi, The University of Oklahoma) and Collegiate Finance Coordinator Margaret Boschmann. This photograph was featured on page 24 of the Fall 1973 issue of The Lyre.

Olive Burnett Clark Portrait Cabinet Card

Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) grew up in Greencastle, Indiana before eventually moving to Indianapolis, Indiana. She set the example for grace, civility and dignity that defined the Fraternity.