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Guide to the Alpha Delta Pi, Omicron Chapter Records, 1927 - 1979

Abstract

On June 2, 1911, the Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi was the first sorority to install a national chapter on the Trinity College (now Duke University) campus. Contains the records of the Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, a social sorority for undergraduate women at Duke University. Materials include published histories, a songbook, clippings, correspondence, newsletters, cards, a scrapbook, and invitations. Major subjects include Trinity College history, Duke University history, women college students, sorority songs, general governance of a sorority, and initiation. Materials date from 1927-1979.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alpha Delta Pi, Omicron Chapter records 1927 - 1979
Creator
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Omicron Chapter (Duke University)
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, , 100 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Collection includes the records of the Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, a social sorority for undergraduate women at Duke University. The Omicron chapter was established in 1911. Materials include published histories, a songbook, clippings, correspondence, newsletters, cards, and invitations. Major subjects include Trinity College history, Duke University history, Alpha Delta Pi, women college students, sorority songs, general governance of a sorority, and initiation. Materials date from 1927 to 1979.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1949, 1966
Box 1
Clippings, 1979
Box 1
Invitations and small cards, undated
Box 1
The Adelphian of Alpha Delta Pi, 1930
Box 1
Songs of Alpha Delta Pi, 1927
Box 1
History of Alpha Delta Pi, 1929
Box 1
Pages from an oversize scrapbook kept by the sorority, 1932-1933
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

On June 2, 1911, the Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi was the first sorority to install a national chapter on the Trinity College (now Duke University) campus. The six charter members were: Fannie Kilgo, Emma McCullen, Mildred Sinclair, Sally Smith, Annie St. George, and Lizzie Wren. Early members of Alpha Delta Pi were fortunate enough to live together in their first chapter house, Kilgo House. Mordecai House and Southgate Hall later housed the sorority. In 1930, chapter members moved into the dormitories around East campus and chose Bassett House, where they stayed until 1935. At that time the chapter room was moved into the Panhellenic House (now the East Campus Post Office).

In 1951, Omicron sister Harriet Quillan reigned as the Alpha Delta Pi Centennial Queen. In October of 1986, the sorority celebrated its 75th anniversary with an elegant ball. All national officers, North Carolina Chapter Presidents, and Omicron Alumni were invited. At the 1987 National Summer Convention, President, Sister Morgan Massey accepted the highest scholastic award for a national chapter. At national conventions, the Omicron chapter has won the best pledge program award, the Efficiency Award, the Diamond Four Point Award, and many other awards for excellence. The Diamond Four Point signifies excellence in scholarship, leadership, popularity on campus, and talent.

Alpha Delta Pi places high priority upon scholarship, service to the community, and personal development for each member. There are over 130 chapters throughout the United States and Canada offering programming in key areas such as leadership development, scholarship, alcohol and substance abuse awareness, and current health issues. Collegiate and alumnae members also support philanthropy which includes the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

As of 2003, the Omicron chapter is governed by the Panhellenic Association at Duke University. The chapter does not currently have a chapter room on campus, but holds meetings in the Bryan Center. The sorority is currently active, with members living off-campus.

[Historical note adapted from: http://www.alphadeltapi.org/ and http://www.duke.edu/web/adpi/about.html]

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alpha Delta Pi, Omicron Chapter Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alpha Delta Pi, Omicron Chapter Records was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1976 and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Updated by Kimberly Sims, April 2014

Encoded by Jill Katte, February 2005, updated by Kimberly Sims, April 2014

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.