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Omicron Delta Kappa (Alpha Pi Circle) Records

Identifier: U392


Collection contains the records of The Alpha Pi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (also known as The Circle and ODK) at the University of Denver. ODK is a prestigious honors society and was active on campus from 1934 until at least 1995. The chapter was recalled in 2010. Collection includes one box of correspondence (1950-1995) and another box of mixed materials including memorabilia, many ODK information booklets, reports, meeting minutes, the chapter petition, newsletters, reports, press and more.


  • Other: 1933-1995


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Omicron Delta Kappa (also known as The Circle and ODK) is one of the most prestigious honor societies. The society recognizes achievement in five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus and community service, social or religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. Members must be in the top 35 percent of all students at their institution and hold a leadership role in one of the society's five recognized achievement areas. This collection contains the records of the Alpha Pi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at the University of Denver.

Omicron Delta Kappa was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. ODK only admitted men for the first 60 years of its existence, while a similar honor society for women, Mortar Board, was established a few years later in 1918.

The University of Denver chapter known as the Alpha Pi circle was installed March 5, 1934. Previous to chartering with ODK, the Senior Men's Honorary Society at DU was known as Scarab and was founded in 1913. The Alpha Pi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa existed at DU until 2010, at which point it was recalled.


1 Linear Feet (standard record box)


Multiple series arranged in Box 1 alphabetically and chronologically. If more materials are accrued, will expand to multiple boxes. Box 2 is all correspondence arranged chronologically.

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