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Winifred Byrd Playing Piano Photograph

Winifred Byrd Playing Piano Photograph

Winifred Byrd sits at piano while visiting Kappa (University of Wisconsin) chapter in Madison, Wisconsin.

Martha Baird Portrait Photograph, c. 1916

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.

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

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.

Vital Data: Births, November 1948

Vital Data: Births, November 1948

Alpha Chi Omega members who have recently given birth are listed, often with their husband and new baby's names, by chapter.

Directory of Alpha Chi Omega, November 1948

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.

Psi Chapter Initiation Banquet Program, February 10, 1917

Psi Chapter Initiation Banquet Program, February 10, 1917

This program includes a menu, a list of toasts and a list of chapter members and visiting sisters present for the event.

Reinstallation Program of Eta Chapter, April 1-2, 1921

Reinstallation Program of Eta Chapter, April 1-2, 1921

This program provides a list of the chapter's original charter members and the charter members for the reinstallation, as well as lists of the installing officers and patronesses.

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

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.

Winifred Byrd Continues Her Sensational Pianistic Success Flier, 1923

Winifred Byrd Continues Her Sensational Pianistic Success Flier, 1923

This flier contains positive reviews for concerts by pianist Winifred Byrd (Zeta, New England Conservatory).

Winifred Mount to Fay Kent Letter, June 15, 1911

Winifred Mount to Fay Kent Letter, June 15, 1911

Winifred Van Buskirk Newby (Zeta, New England Conservatory) sends Fay Barnaby Kent (Delta, Allegheny College) a description of her trip to Iowa City for the installation of Sigma (University of Iowa) chapter.

Gladys Graff to Chapter Presidents Letter, May 15, 1924

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.

National Council Trophy, 1913-33

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).

Hera Day Activities by Chapter Report, February-March 1941

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.

Ruth Winsor Chi Chapter Visit Report, November 20, 1935

Ruth Winsor Chi Chapter Visit Report, November 20, 1935

Ruth Miller Winsor (Phi, University of Kansas) writes a glowing report after visiting Chi (Oregon State University) chapter, including notes on an interview with the dean of women and photographs of the chapter house and campus buildings.

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

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.