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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.

Alpha Delta Chapter Members at Costume Party During Convention Photograph, June 1935

Alpha Delta Chapter Members at Costume Party During Convention Photograph, June 1935

A group of Alpha Delta (University of Cincinnati) chapter members pose together during a costume party at the 1935 50th Anniversary National Convention in West Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Founders with 50th Birthday Cake at Convention Photograph, June 1935

Founders with 50th Birthday Cake at Convention Photograph, June 1935

Founders (left to right) Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University), Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University), Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) pose with a birthday cake to celebrate Alpha Chi Omega's 50th birthday at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. during the 1935 National Convention. Behind them are National Editor Ted Maltbie Collins (Rho, University of Washington) and National President Ethel Meade Van Auken (Lambda, Syracuse University).

New York Central Lines Train Menu, 1935

New York Central Lines Train Menu, 1935

The New York Central Lines provided 1935 convention attendees with "The Water Level Route," where guests traveled three different places by train: Greencastle, Indiana; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and Washington, D.C. Trains were considered elegant and formal in this time period, so the menu included was served in a fine dining atmosphere. While the service was formal, the sleeping conditions may not be perceived as such to a modern-day viewer; attendees slept in bunk beds! One interesting fact to note about the context of the increased number of alcohol ads in the menu: this convention took place two years after Prohibition was lifted, so these companies increased their advertising in any way possible.

Pauline Thompson Golden Jubilee Convention Name Tag, 1935

Pauline Thompson Golden Jubilee Convention Name Tag, 1935

This custom made name tag featured the scarlet and olive colored ribbon, metal coat of arms dangle and attendee insert. This was a typical convention name tag until 1947, when the first appearance of different colored ribbons designating official roles came to be. All attendees of the 1935 Golden Jubilee National Convention would have received and worn proudly these official name tags.

Alpha Chi Omega Golden Jubilee Program, June 26, 1935

Alpha Chi Omega Golden Jubilee Program, June 26, 1935

This program is for Homecoming Day of the 1935 National Convention, which took place at DePauw University where the Fraternity was founded. It includes a poem by Founder Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University), the words to the Toast and a program of the day's events.

Award of Distinguished Service, Nellie Gamble Childe

Award of Distinguished Service, Nellie Gamble Childe

Established in 1914, the Award of Distinction was to recognize the 29 sisters who served overseas in World War I. In 1924, the criteria was broadened to include sisters who had given “constructive service to the Fraternity.” Marian McDowell was the first to receive the new award in 1926. At the 1935 National Convention, each of the four living Founders were presented an award. Nellie Gamble Childe's award was donated to the national archives upon her death. The award was designed by Hungarian-American sculptor Julio Kilenyi.