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DePauw University School of Music Building Photograph

DePauw University School of Music Building Photograph

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.

Alpha Chapter Photograph, May 21, 1931

Alpha Chapter Photograph, May 21, 1931

Alpha Chapter Photograph, c. 1895

Alpha Chapter Photograph, c. 1895

Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members pose together for a formal portrait. Altah Devore Evans (Alpha, DePauw University) is identified as the woman second from the left in the back row.

Olive Clark as a Child Photograph, c. 1870

Olive Clark as a Child Photograph, c. 1870

Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) called “Ollie” by her friends, studied piano, violin, cello and double bass. She taught at DePauw for two years while carrying on her studies. In her junior year, she left school to take teaching positions in Anderson and Franklin, Indiana. “I have found no greater happiness in my life than in Alpha Chi Omega,” she said later in life. “All I have ventured to give toward the up-building and uplifting of our fraternity has been from the depths of my heart, and has been repaid in thousandfold by my girls.”

Alpha of Alpha Chi Omega Spring Formal Dance Card, May 2, 1936

Alpha of Alpha Chi Omega Spring Formal Dance Card, May 2, 1936

This dance card was used by Dorothy Bell (Alpha, DePauw University) and her future husband Randall Booty.

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.

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.

Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity Second Soiree Musicale Program, October 20, 1887

Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity Second Soiree Musicale Program, October 20, 1887

1985 DePauw Day Tour Welcome Letter

1985 DePauw Day Tour Welcome Letter

History, heritage and purpose of Alpha Chi Omega was the central theme for the 1985 trip to the founding site, DePauw University. This letter walked attendees through the program of the day and instructions on how to keep with their group. One side features the instructions and welcome letter while the other is a map of the campus.

E. Rose Merideth to Sisters Letter, June 1, 1910

E. Rose Merideth to Sisters Letter, June 1, 1910

Eva Merideth Turley (Alpha, DePauw University), one of the first initiates of Alpha Chi Omega, provides her recollections of the founding.

Katherine McReynolds Morrison Badge, 1887

Katherine McReynolds Morrison Badge, 1887

This 1/2-inch badge belonged to Katherine McReynolds Morrison, a member of Alpha (DePauw University) chapter initiated in 1887. The badge is 10-karat gold and features 26 turquoise stones.

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Badge, 1885

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Badge, 1885

The only original badge known to still be in existence, this badge belonged to Founder Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University) and was created in 1885. The 3/4-inch badge features 28 pearls and seven garnets. Unlike many later badges, which feature twisted lyre strings, the strings on this badge are flat. Each new chapter is presented a copy of this badge for the chapter president to wear during her term. The president's badge is then passed from president to president.

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.

DePauw Day Keychain, Golden Ticket, 1985 National Convention

DePauw Day Keychain, Golden Ticket, 1985 National Convention

DePauw Day was a special excursion during the Centennial Celebration, the 44th National Convention. With more than 1,700 attendees, members had to be led in groups so everyone could enjoy the experience. This keychain was supplied in the registration packet and indicated which group each member would travel with to DePauw that day.

Anna Allen Smith, Founder Burial Marker

Anna Allen Smith, Founder Burial Marker

DATE OF BIRTH: September 10, 1870 DATE OF DEATH: May 23, 1932 CEMETERY Forest Hill Cemetery 2181 S County Road 50 W. Greencastle, IN 46135 Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University) shares a headstone with her husband, infant son and other relatives (with last name Allen). The Smiths are located in Book 1, p. 356, Lot 11, Block 7, Range 11.

Alpha Chapter Annual Membership Report, May 18, 1910

Alpha Chapter Annual Membership Report, May 18, 1910

This membership report includes the names, home addresses, years, academic focuses and high schools of all collegiate members of Alpha (DePauw University) chapter.

Founder Estelle Leonard, Violin Composition, Video 2016

Founder Estelle Leonard, Violin Composition, Video 2016

July 24, 1946 founder Estelle Leonard's (Alpha, DePauw University) voice can be heard describing a (violin) piece she composed for a student. This video was created in celebration of MacDowell month 2016. Filmed in Meharry Hall, DePauw University where the musical piece would have been performed.

DePauw Class of 1969 50th Reunion. Video

DePauw Class of 1969 50th Reunion. Video

Fall of 2019, 15 women from Alpha, DePauw University gathered to celebrate their 50th year of sisterhood.

Alpha Chapter House Postcard

Alpha Chapter House Postcard