Alpha Chi Omega

DIGITAL HISTORY

Zeta

Zeta chapter was founded at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts on December 15, 1895. The chapter closed on June 1, 1950.

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11th National Convention Program, November 2-4, 1904

Technically this was the 9th Convention, but at this point in our history Alpha Chi Omega had not yet established a naming convention for events, therefore the labels differ. This program includes a chapter roll, a list of the Grand Council, a full program of events, banquet menu, banquet toast list, musicale program and the lyrics to several Alpha Chi songs.

Atlantic Province Convention Banquet Program, April 11, 1925

This program includes the menu and toast program for the banquet, a list of province officers and a general program for the convention.

Directory of Alpha Chi Omega, November 1948

This directory lists the names and addresses of Fraternity leaders, including members of the National Council, standing committees, province leaders, alumnae district leaders and alumnae state chairmen. It also lists each collegiate chapter along with its president and alumnae advisor and each alumnae chapter or club with its president and meeting information.

Gladys Graff to Chapter Presidents Letter, May 15, 1924

National President Gladys Olmstead Graff (Zeta, New England Conservatory) sends chapter presidents information about the 1924 National Convention in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Hera Day Activities by Chapter Report, February-March 1941

This report lists each chapter and its altruistic activities for Hera Day. Many of the activities center around children or senior citizens.

Interesting Alpha Chis: One of Tulsa's Outstanding Alpha Chis, November 1948

Margaret Roll Hicks (Psi, The University of Oklahoma) discusses Sarah F. D. Miller (Zeta, New England Conservatory) and her involvement with the Girls Scouts of America and the Quota International Club. The article includes a portrait of Miller.

Martha Baird Portrait Photograph, c. 1916

Martha Baird (Zeta, New England Conservatory) was initiated in 1915. She placed first in the conservatory’s annual piano competition and then graduated summa cum laude from the conservatory's soloist program. That same year (1917), she made her debut in recital at Jordan Hall in Boston on November 17, garnering solid reviews from the arts sections of major newspapers, including The Boston Globe. She then pursued further advanced studies in Berlin, Germany with the legendary pianist Artur Schnabel. Her third and final marriage – to John D. Rockefeller Jr. – enabled her to take her philanthropic work to even greater heights. On the day of her marriage (August 15, 1951) she was given a sizable trust fund by Rockefeller, which she used to establish the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music in 1957. When her third husband died in 1960, she then redirected a significant portion of her $48 million inheritance to that fund. In operation until 1982, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music provided critical scholarship and grant support to solo artists and ensembles for a quarter of a century before it was dissolved.

Minutes of the First Grand Council Meeting, August 25-28, 1903

These minutes from the First Grand Council meeting, held in Albion, Michigan, in 1903, include reports from the grand treasurer, Grand President and editor of The Lyre. Of particular note are the precarious financial situation of The Lyre, plans for voting at the 1903 Inter-Sorority Conference, the establishment of alumnae chapters and the decision to revoke the charter of Eta (Bucknell University) chapter due to inactivity.

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).