Alpha Chi Omega

DIGITAL HISTORY

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Olive Clark as a Child Photograph, c. 1870

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 Burnett Clark Portrait Cabinet Card

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.

Olive Clark Telling Founding Story at Convention Photograph, June 1953

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 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.

Olive Burnett Clark, Founder Burial Marker

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