Alpha Epsilon Iota collection, 1917-1951  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Alpha Epsilon Iota. Xi Chapter
Alpha Epsilon Iota collection
1917-1951 (inclusive)
bulk (bulk)
1.9 linear feet
Collection Number
These records document the activities of the local chapter of Alpha Epsilon Iota, a national women's medical sorority.
Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. MC:LIB
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-494-5587
Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alpha Epsilon Iota (AEI), a national medical sorority was founded at the University of Michigan on February 3, 1890 and instituted the first chapter (Alpha). Between 1898 and 1909, ten additional chapters were established in several medical schools, including the Universities of Chicago, Minnesota, and California (Los Angeles). Nearly three decades after AEI was organized, Xi chapter was installed at the University of Oregon Medical School (UOMS) on January 20, 1922.

In 1932, Xi chapter hosted an AEI national convention in Portland, Oregon where delegates from the chapters of 22 medical schools and 5 Grand Chapter officers participated. Local meeting minutes in this collection show various activities of the chapter, such as dues and expenses, elections of chapter officers, and initiation banquets. Xi chapter was inactive during the years of 1942-1943 due to low enrollment of women at UOMS, although the chapter was reactivated in 1944. Interestingly, the chapter had a ritual book, which explains details of the ceremonial procedure in the installation of a new chapter and chapter officers, as well as an initiation service.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of the materials are correspondences from the national convention of AEI held in Portland, Oregon in 1932, local meeting minutes between 1929 and 1939, and documents from National Convention held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1940. Specifically, materials of the National Convention in 1932 were assembled as a scrapbook. A few other items include a hand-written ritual book adapted in 1917, index cards including names of Xi chapter members, a photograph pictured in the National Convention in 1940, and one group photograph in a National Convention with no date and place.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Alpha Epsilon Iota collection, Collection Number 2004-023, Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I. Meeting minutes, coorespondence, and other assorted documentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Notebook & Meeting minutes
1 2
Convention Address "Women in Medicine by William S. Middleton, M.D.
1 3
27th Convention and 50th anniversary
Includes newsletters, correspondence, program, itinerary, group photographs,newsclippings and other ephemera.
1940 June 19-22
1 4
1 5
1 6
Documents and Correspondence-Treasurers Reports,Internship Survey, and letter from Dr. Dillehunt to Chapter president Dittebrandt
1 7
Ritual of Alpha Epsilon Iota, Xi Chapter
The Ritual book defines the fraternity name, badge, colors, flower, knock, grip, password, official titles and grand chapter officers. It also describes setting for installation service, rituals of installation of chapter officers, properties for the installation service, rituals of initiation, ceremonial initiation giving the oath, and properties for initiation service. "Adapted at Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 23, 1917" "Copied by Jane Sands Grand Chapter Secretary 1921-23"
1917 June 23

II. Scrapbook materials, 1929-1933Return to Top

Material is in an oversize artifact box. The scrapbook has been deconstructed. pages are interleaved with acid-free folio size folders.

The scrapbook commemorates the 1932 meeting of the Grand Chapter and the local Xi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Iota medical sorority held in Portland June 10-12. The bulk of the material is pre-planning correspondence. Also available are the program and follow-up correspondence from attendees. Also included is one packet of membership 3x5 index cards.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Scrapbook, deconstructed
Packet #1 Index cards of Alpha Epsilon Iota members

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Societies, Medical
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Medical School
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • scrapbooks