Alpha Chi Omega

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Jody Martindill Working at Desk Photograph, c. 1973-78

Jody Martindill Working at Desk Photograph, c. 1973-78

Jody Bayer Martindill (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota) served as executive secretary from 1973-78.

Kathryn Lenihan Working at Desk Photograph, c. 1970

Kathryn Lenihan Working at Desk Photograph, c. 1970

Kathryn Lenihan (Alpha Gamma, The University of New Mexico) served as the administrative director for the central office from 1966-73.

Three Gamma Mu Gamma Chapter Members Packing Easter Seals Photograph, c. 1964

Three Gamma Mu Gamma Chapter Members Packing Easter Seals Photograph, c. 1964

Olive Banks Austin (Alpha Kappa, University of Oregon), Cosma Arnold Lee (Chi, Oregon State University) and Dorothy Justesen Diegelman (Beta Kappa, University of Wyoming), members of the Gamma Mu Gamma (Palo Alto, California) alumnae chapter, pack boxes for the Easter Seals as part of an altruistic project.

Beta Chapter Cabinet Card, c. 1891

Beta Chapter Cabinet Card, c. 1891

Each woman is individually identified on the back of the cabinet card.

Bertha Cunningham with Books Photograph, December 9, 1934

Bertha Cunningham with Books Photograph, December 9, 1934

Founder Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University) poses in her living room with 16 war books and five Alpha Chi Omega scrapbooks.

Alpha Chapter Photograph, c. 1889

Alpha Chapter Photograph, c. 1889

Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members pose together for a formal portrait. Four of the women are identified: Lillian Moore Cottingham (Alpha, DePauw University, upper right corner), Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University, second row, left), Daisy Steele Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University, lower left corner) and Mary Janet Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University, lower right corner).

Central Office in the Chamber of Commerce Photograph, c. 1949

Central Office in the Chamber of Commerce Photograph, c. 1949

This suite of offices in the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Building served as the central office of Alpha Chi Omega from 1929-61.

Founders' Bell Tower Dedication Photograph, October 1976

Founders' Bell Tower Dedication Photograph, October 1976

The Founders' Bell Tower was constructed by Alpha Chi Omega as part of DePauw University's new performing arts building in 1976 and dedicated to the memory of the seven founders.

Dedication of Founders Road Headquarters Photograph, October 12, 1974

Dedication of Founders Road Headquarters Photograph, October 12, 1974

The headquarters at 8733 Founders Road was constructed for Alpha Chi Omega's specific needs.

Shawn Donnelley Photograph

Shawn Donnelley Photograph

Portrait of 1997-2006 Foundation Trustee Shawn Donnelley (Zeta Psi, Loyola University New Orleans); she founded the Shawn Margaret Donnelley Scholarship Fund.

Grimm, White and Rock in Iowa-wa Fete Photograph, 1923

Grimm, White and Rock in Iowa-wa Fete Photograph, 1923

May Queen Edna Grimm Donohue (Sigma, University of Iowa) and attendants Frances Rock O'Meara (Sigma, University of Iowa) and Margaret White Manuel (Sigma, University of Iowa) ride in Sigma (University of Iowa) chapter's first-prize-winning float in the 1923 Iowa-wa Fete. This photograph was featured on page 244 of the January 1924 issue of The Lyre.

Amy DuBois Rieth Portrait Cabinet Card

Amy DuBois Rieth Portrait Cabinet Card

Amy Dubois Rieth (Alpha, DePauw University) was only 15 when she entered DePauw. She studied both voice and pianoforte. She was known as “the little girl with the big voice,” and was selected to sing important roles in school productions. Amy had a quiet and straightforward manner, which belied her fondness for pulling pranks on her Fraternity sisters. Her influence on the Fraternity endured long after she left to teach music in Kansas.

Anna Allen Smith Portrait Cabinet Card

Anna Allen Smith Portrait Cabinet Card

Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University) lived her entire life in Greencastle, Indiana, and was childhood friends with Bessie Grooms Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University and Olive (Ollie) Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University). She was always interested in music and was the youngest student to do advanced work at DePauw's School of Music. She was just 15 years old when Alpha Chi Omega was founded. Anna was the Founder most associated with Alpha chapter and until her untimely death in 1932, she knew every initiated Alpha (all 700 of them).

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Portrait Cabinet Card

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Portrait Cabinet Card

When Bertha Deniston Cunningham's (Alpha, DePauw University) parents decided their musically advanced daughter should continue her studies at DePauw, she had to play for Dean Howe to determine just how advanced she was. She went on to become the envy of the school’s music students because of her composing skills. She also was an accomplished performer and successful teacher in the School of Music for 10 years. Hers is the only one of five original badges that exists today.

Nellie Gamble Childe Portrait Cabinet Card, c. 1886

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.”

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.

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

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.

Estelle Leonard Portrait Photograph, c. 1910

Estelle Leonard Portrait Photograph, c. 1910

This portrait of Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University) would have been taken during her music teaching years at Union City Public Schools. The back of the photo is inscribed with "For Frances Koch, May 31, 1910. Estella Leonard Music (Piano) Teacher"

Children Using Pool at Camp Daniel Boone Photograph

Children Using Pool at Camp Daniel Boone Photograph

Children at Camp Daniel Boone use a specially constructed pool for children with disabilities donated by Sigma Sigma (St. Louis, Missouri) chapter in 1957.

National Council at Broadmoor Hotel Photograph, October 1946

National Council at Broadmoor Hotel Photograph, October 1946

Members of the National Council pose together at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are (seated) National President Gladys Drach Powers (Nu, University of Colorado Boulder), National Vice President Rosita Hopps Nordwall (Epsilon, University of Southern California), (standing) Western Counsellor Mrs. Matthew H. Scott, National Secretary Mrs. Richard B. Rutledge and Eastern Counsellor Mrs. Perrin G. Smith.