Collection ID: C639
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Alpha Lambda Delta. Indiana University Chapter
The Alpha Lambda Delta fraternity was founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois as an honor society for freshmen women. The chapter at Indiana University was established in 1931. This collection consists of membership information, rules, awards, and the history of the organization.
0.6 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[Item], Alpha Lambda Delta, Indiana University Chapter records, Collection C639, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean of Women Maria Leonard and Assistant Dean of Women Gladys Pennington to recognize the academic excellence of freshmen women. It was established in response to the creation of an honor society for men only, Phi Eta Sigma. Both of these groups were single-sex organizations until the passing of Title IX in the 1970s. The society became a national organization as more chapters were established, including the chapter at Indiana University, which was founded in 1931. Alpha Lambda Delta still exists today, celebrating academic excellence among freshmen and providing several thousand dollars of scholarships each year. There are over 275 chapters in the United States. At Indiana University, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma currently form a joint honor society that offers scholarships and leadership opportunities and coordinates social activities and service projects.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists primarily of Alpha Lambda Delta materials removed from a binder that include IU chapter membership information, correspondence, history, and awards spanning 1924-1959. Additional materials in the collection include awards (1970-2009), publications (1983, 1999), membership and pledge lists (1931-1958), the society charter (1931), and a scrapbook (2002).

Acquisition information:
Accession: 2016/090, 7737, 2015/078
Appraisal information:

Notebook containing test scores for students removed and shredded.

Custodial history:

Given to the University Archives by IU Kelley School of Business, 2015 and 2016.

Processing information:

Processed by Andrea Barbour.

Completed in November 2016


Collection is arranged alphabetically by file name.



Collection is open for research. Advance notice required.


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[Item], Alpha Lambda Delta, Indiana University Chapter records, Collection C639, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

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