Guide to the Guide to the Alpha Epsilon Phi (Omicron Chapter) Records

Collection Title: Guide to the Alpha Epsilon Phi (Omicron Chapter) Records
Dates: 1929-1968
Identification: 31/6/12
Creator: Alpha Epsilon Phi. Omicron Chapter (Northwestern University)
Extent: 4 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: On April 2, 1921, Northwestern opened the Omicron chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi, making Northwestern the first Midwest outpost of the sorority. This series consists of three and one-half boxes and five oversized scrapbooks containing mainly photographs but also including clippings, ephemera, and some correspondence pertaining to the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. These materials span the years from 1929 to 1968 but are scattered and mainly represent the chapter's membership, house activities, and social events during the 1950s and 1960s.
Acquisition Information: These records were donated to the University Archives by Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority on September 17, 1981 (Accession #81-220).
Processing Information: Alenka Giese; 10/27/1981.
Separated Materials: About one linear inch of official University publications including programs from Homecoming events, the Waa-Mu show, and May Week as well as scattered editions of Alpha Epsilon Phi's Omicronicle and Omicron Omnibus have been removed to the University Archives General Reference Files. One oversized poster dated October 21, 1960 has been removed to the Poster Collection. One 1965-1966 composite photograph has been removed to the Oversize Photograph Collection (OSP#698). Covers from two disassembled scrapbooks have been retained as artifacts and removed to the Artifacts Collection.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

On April 2, 1921, Northwestern opened the Omicron chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi, making Northwestern the first Midwest outpost of the sorority. Located at 720 Emerson Street, “AEPhi” made up the northwest corner of the sorority quads. The Omicron chapter supported many different charities during its existence, but early on it focused its philanthropic efforts on needy Jewish refugees and students, helping them adapt to American life and to university life, reflecting the sorority’s beginnings with seven Jewish women at Barnard in 1909.

The chapter closed in 1988, and the women’s music house Sigma Alpha Iota took over the building.

Scope and Content

This series consists of three and one-half boxes and five oversized scrapbooks containing mainly photographs but also including clippings, ephemera, and some correspondence pertaining to the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. These materials span the years from 1929 to 1968 but are scattered and mainly represent the chapter's membership, house activities, and social events during the 1950s and 1960s.

All records of this series had been contained originally within scrapbooks but most of these have been disassembled for purposes of preservation. Materials from separate scrapbooks have been neither combined nor interfiled. Photographs, when possible, have been identified and foldered apart from clippings and other print or paper materials. Photographs, clippings, and other related materials, when dated, are arranged chronologically within their folders. Scrapbooks that could not be disassembled without damage to their contents have not been altered significantly.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Alpha Epsilon Phi. Omicron Chapter (Northwestern University)

Subjects

Greek letter societies--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Societies and clubs


Container List / Contents

  • Clippings, etc.
    • Clippings, April 1947-February 1948Box 1, Folder 1
    • Clippings, 1949-1950 and 1951-1952Box 1, Folder 2
    • Clippings, February 1953-February 1954Box 1, Folder 3
    • Clippings, Fall 1955Box 1, Folder 4
    • Clippings, 1956-1957Box 1, Folder 5
    • Clippings, 1958-1959Box 1, Folder 6
    • Pledge Class Scrapbook, 1958-1959Box 1, Folder 7
    • Clippings, 1960-1961Box 1, Folder 8
    • Clippings, 1961-1962Box 1, Folder 9
    • Clippings, 1963-1964Box 1, Folder 10
  • Photographs
    • Photographs, Winter Formal, December 1940Box 2, Folder 1
    • Photographs, Group Photograph, 1943Box 2, Folder 2
    • Photographs, Spring Formal, April 1946Box 2, Folder 3
    • Photographs, 1947-1948Box 2, Folder 4
    • Photographs, 1948 (?)Box 2, Folder 5
    • Photographs, 1949-1950 and 1951-1952Box 2, Folder 6
    • Photographs, February 1953-February 1954Box 2, Folder 7
    • Photographs, Parent's Weekend, 1955Box 2, Folder 8
    • Photographs, 1955 (?)Box 2, Folder 9
    • Photographs, 1955 (?)Box 2, Folder 10
    • Photographs, 1956-1957Box 2, Folder 11
    • Photographs, 1957-1958Box 3, Folder 1
    • Photographs, 1958-1959Box 3, Folder 2
    • Photographs, Barn Dance, 1950sBox 3, Folder 3
    • Photographs, 1959-1960Box 3, Folder 4
    • Photographs, 1960-1961Box 3, Folder 5
    • Photographs, 1961-1962Box 3, Folder 6
    • Photographs, 1963-1964Box 3, Folder 7
    • Photographs, Party Proofs, 1965-1970 (?)Box 3, Folder 8
    • Photographs, n.d.Box 3, Folder 9
    • Photographs, n.d.Box 3, Folder 10
    • Photographs, n.d.Box 4, Folder 1
    • Photographs, n.d.Box 4, Folder 2
    • Photographs, n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
  • Scrapbooks
    • Scrapbook, Spring, 1929-Spring, 1939Box 4, Folder 1
    • Scrapbook, October, 1941-May, 1946Box 4, Folder 2
    • Scrapbook, Pledge Class, 1958-1959Box 4, Folder 3
    • Scrapbook, 1959-1960Box 4, Folder 4
    • Scrapbook, 1967-1968Box 4, Folder 5