Alpha Chi Omega

DIGITAL HISTORY

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Pi Chapter Pledge Booklet, 1960

Pi Chapter Pledge Booklet, 1960

This new member book provides notes from chapter officers welcoming the new members and explaining their positions and what that means for the new members.

Agnes to Hannah Keenan Letter, May 16, 1944

Agnes to Hannah Keenan Letter, May 16, 1944

Agnes writes Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University) with information about the Beta Phi (Bowling Green State University) chapter installation and the women who are part of the group.

Bulletin II: Facts About Alpha Chi Omega, November 1955

Bulletin II: Facts About Alpha Chi Omega, November 1955

This bulletin provides information about various aspects of the Fraternity, from its founding and governance structure to its altruistic activities.

Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Potential New Member Booklet, 1939

Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Potential New Member Booklet, 1939

This booklet provides information on Alpha Chi Omega and Xi (University of Nebraska - Lincoln) chapter for potential new members.

Starr, Hough, Rude, Paul and Burnett at Thanksgiving Photograph, November 1888

Starr, Hough, Rude, Paul and Burnett at Thanksgiving Photograph, November 1888

Four Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma pose together at Thanksgiving. They are: Sidelia Starr (KKG), Anna Hough, Maud Rude Link, Grace Paul Kerr and Olive Burnett Clark.

Gamma Psi Chapter Pinning Ceremony Photograph, 1958

Gamma Psi Chapter Pinning Ceremony Photograph, 1958

An unidentified alumna initiate, Founding Chapter President Sharon McNeil Thompson (Gamma Psi, Wichita State University), and National Secretary and Extension Director Bernice Abbott Cope (Alpha Chi, Butler University) participate in the Gamma Psi chapter pinning ceremony.

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.

Ryan, Burnett and Deniston Cabinet Card, April 1886

Ryan, Burnett and Deniston Cabinet Card, April 1886

Anna Ryan (Wells) (Alpha, DePauw University, left) poses with Alpha Chi Omega Founders Olive Burnett (Clark) (Alpha, DePauw University, center) and Bertha Deniston (Cunningham) (Alpha, DePauw University, right).

Hera Head Pin, Anna Allen Smith

Hera Head Pin, Anna Allen Smith

A gold Hera Head pin honoring Alpha Chi Omega's patron goddess, Hera, was selected for ex-Grand Officers at the 12th National Convention in 1910. Alta Allen Loud received the first one in 1911. In 1919, the four living Founders received one at convention. Any sister who wears one now has served at least one term on the National Council.

Gladys Drach Power Badge with Hera Head Guard, 1915

Gladys Drach Power Badge with Hera Head Guard, 1915

This 2/3-inch badge belonged to National President Gladys Drach Power (Nu, University of Colorado Boulder). The badge is 10-karat gold and features 11 diamonds and 11 pearls set in an alternating pattern. The badge also features a Hera head guard, worn by members of the National Council, that Powers would have been given in 1937 when she joined the National Council as Fraternity treasurer.

Alpha 1910 Badge

Alpha 1910 Badge

This 10k yellow gold badge belonged to Allene Noper Henry (Alpha, DePauw University), initiated in 1910. Once loaned to the National Housing Corporation board chair to be worn during her term, it is now on display in the headquarters museum.

New Member Pin with Ribbon, 1900

New Member Pin with Ribbon, 1900

This small diamond-shaped pin is an example of the pins that served as the first official pledge pin of the Fraternity. Scarlet and olive ribbons are attached to the pin in a nod to the earlier practice of pledging new members with ribbons. How did New Member pins come about? In the early days of the fraternity it was customary to pledge Greek novitiates with ribbons. By 1900, a small diamond shaped pin, enameled half in scarlet and half in olive green, bearing in the center an inlaid golden lyre, was accepted. Currently, the new member pin is the same design except that it is a stick pin.