Alpha Chi Omega

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The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 9, No. 4, June 1906

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 9, No. 4, June 1906

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 9, No. 5, October 1906

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 9, No. 5, October 1906

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 2, January 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 2, January 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 3, April 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 3, April 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 4, July 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 4, July 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 12, No. 1, November 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 12, No. 1, November 1908

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 12, No. 2, January 1909

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 12, No. 2, January 1909

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 10, No. 3, March 1907

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 10, No. 3, March 1907

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 10, No. 4, June 1907

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 10, No. 4, June 1907

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 10, No. 2, December 1906

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 10, No. 2, December 1906

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 1, October 1907

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 11, No. 1, October 1907

The History of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Vol. 1, 1885-1910

The History of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Vol. 1, 1885-1910

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.

Alta Allen Loud Portrait Photograph, c. 1900

Alta Allen Loud Portrait Photograph, c. 1900

Alta Allen Loud (Beta, Albion College) served as National President from 1907-10 and from 1912-19.

Alpha Chapter House Interior Photograph, 1909-13

Alpha Chapter House Interior Photograph, 1909-13

This view shows the interior of the living rooms in Alpha (DePauw University) chapter's leased house at 408 Elm Street.

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.

Telegram from Maud Powell, 1908

Telegram from Maud Powell, 1908

This is a 1908 telegram from Maud Powell (Alpha, DePauw University) from Tacoma, Washington. She was responding to an invitation to convention but was touring at the time in the U.S., Canada and Europe. In a 1909 Lyre article she wrote, “We must give our fraternity a reason for existing – and that reason must be one that is worthwhile for now and for the future.”

Harriet Bardwell to Alta Allen Loud Letter, c. June 22, 1908

Harriet Bardwell to Alta Allen Loud Letter, c. June 22, 1908

Harriet Edith Bardwell (Xi, University of Nebraska - Lincoln) updates Alta Allen Loud (Beta, Albion College) on the state of Xi chapter and discusses plans for attending the 1908 National Convention.

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.

Alpha Chi Omega Flag

Alpha Chi Omega Flag

In 1908, a committee was assigned to design an official flag for reasons of uniformity as chapters and sisters were creating their own designs. A design conforming to heraldic principles drawn by Mabel H. Siller (Gamma, Northwestern University) was selected and adopted by the 1910 National Convention voting body as the official flag of Alpha Chi Omega.