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Alpha Gamma Delta (Epsilon Gamma Chapter) Records

Identifier: U396


This collection contains the records of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at the University of Denver, founded in 1928 and lasting on campus until 2008. This collection is comprised largely of 13 individual scrapbooks donated by sorority members, as well as several boxes of foldered records.


  • 1927-1989


Biographical / Historical

Alpha Gamma Delta is an international women's fraternity and social organization founded in 1904 by eleven women at Syracuse University. The organization now has nearly 200 collegiate chapters and more than 250 alumnae groups.

The University of Denver chapter, Epsilon Gamma, began in 1927 with six original members: Muriel Yaggy, Minta Gaines, Katherine Booth, Pauline Drive, Dorothy McDonnal and Elizabeth Purse. The charter was formally granted March 3, 1928. A friend of the original six Lindsey Barbee (a Gamma Phi Beta at DU with experience in National Panhellenic Council) wrote to her friend Louise Leonard (president of Alpha Gamma Delta) to help establish the chapter at DU and get them going. When Lindsey Barbee passed away in 1951, the Epsilon Gamma chapter established a memorial award to honor her, given to outstanding undergraduate at International Reunion Day each year.

Blanche Young McNeal, who taught writing at DU and CU, became a chapter sponsor and helped the originating members to use the Denver Woman's Press Club house at 1325 Logan Street as a starting chapter house. Dorothy McDonnal was elected president of the first full year 1928-1929, during which time the group rented the recreation room at Fillmore St. house for meetings and suppers. Katherine "Trinky" Booth became the second president in the fall of 1929 and the first Epsilon Gamma delegate to the International Alpha Gamma Delta convention. At the convention, Epsilon Gamma was introduced in a baby carriage. During that second year, the chapter rented a hosue at 2000 S. Clayton.

The Epsilon Gamma chapter co-hosted the 1938 International Convention in Troutdale, Colorado with the Beta Alpha chapter from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 1942, Epsilon Gamma built their lodge house at 2301 S. University and added a dormitory in 1960 when the University of Denver allowed live-in sorority houses. This chapter was active until 2008.


13 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 13 scrapbooks (bound and loose) from chapter members and several additional boxes of records. Some of the scrapbooks are signed by creators and most are dated. Collection also contains two boxes of foldered records. Box 1 also contains some larger foldered items including group portraits and blueprints. Container 3 is a large wrapped chapter group portrait.


Scrapbook pages are kept together in this collection. Some were disbound because of possible damage to pages. Box 7 is arranged alphabetically with content type and Box 8 is arranged chronologically. Scrapbooks are arranged by size in print boxes.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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