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Lambda Chi Alpha photograph

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 65, Placement: 15, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSP 282

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two copies of a black and white photograph of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity - Psi Zeta Chapter. According to the inscription on the back of the photograph, one of the photographs might have belonged to Albert R. Sweeny, who is also identified in the front row to the extreme left. Inscription also reveals that photograph was taken in March 1908, thus when the group was still the Aeolian Club. An additional note identifies six other members.


  • ca. 1908

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Historical Information

The Aeolian Club was founded at Purdue in 1907 and became installed as a chapter to Purdue Fraternities in December 1915. One of the alleged founding member of the Club was Lafayette-based Judge Thompson. By the time the club became a chapter, it already had an alumni list of approximately 80 members.

"Aeolian Club to Be Purdue Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha." The Exponent, 18 Nov. 1915: 1.


0.05 Cubic Feet (Collection is housed in one folder in a letter-sized manuscript communal box.)

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert McLaughlin, January 11, 2013.

Related Materials

MSP 212, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity membership ledger, Purdue Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Lambda Chi Alpha photograph
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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