Alpha Chi Omega



Gamma chapter was founded at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on November 14, 1890.

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National Housing Corporation President Badge

This gold badge is set with 21 round cabochon-cut turquoise stones and three round seed pearls, originally belonging to Mary Walker Fields (Gamma, Northwestern University), who was initiated in 1890. It is worn by the president of the Alpha Chi Omega National Housing Corporation during her term of office.

Bessie G. Keenan to Miss Siller Letter, May 2, 1910

Founder Bessie Grooms Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) writes to Mabel Siller Nafis (Gamma, Northwestern University), author of the 1916 edition of The History of Alpha Chi Omega, about the founding of Alpha Chi Omega and details of her family.

Gamma Chapter Photograph, 1935

Gamma (Northwestern University) chapter members pose for a formal group photograph outside of their chapter house.

Leonard, Childe, Clark and Orndorff at Convention Photograph, June 26, 1935

Founders (left to right) Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University), Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) pose with Ruth Orndorff Darragh (Gamma, Northwestern University) at DePauw University on Homecoming Day of the 1935 National Convention.

Thelma Belair to Alpha Chis Letter, March 1, 1947

Thelma Gardner Belair (Alpha Iota, University of Vermont) recounts the observations of Katrina Munn (Alpha Iota, University of Vermont) who visited the MacDowell Colony in the summer of 1946. Of particular interest is a list of artists who have occupied the Star Studio supported by Alpha Chi Omega.

Ruth O. Darragh to Mrs. Clark Letter, March 25, 1949

Ruth Orndorff Darragh (Gamma, Northwestern University) suggests using Celia McClure's (Delta, Allegheny College) "My Symphony" during recruitment.

Elthea Turner and Group Around Piano at Convention Photograph, 1966

Elthea Snider Turner (Gamma, Northwestern University), 1966 Award of Achievement winner and composer of "Long Have I Cherished," poses at a piano with part of the convention choir following her concert at the 1966 National Convention in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each woman is individually identified on page 23 of the fall 1966 issue of The Lyre, where this photograph is featured.

Georgie Geyer Portrait Photograph, c. 1968

Journalist Georgie Anne Geyer (Gamma, Northwestern University) won the Award of Achievement in 1968.

Vital Data: Marriages, November 1948

Alpha Chi Omega members who have recently gotten married are listed, along with their husbands, by chapter.

Life Loyal, Fall 2015

This page lists Alpha Chis who have joined the Life Loyal program between April 1 and June 30, 2015.