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Alpha Tau Omega papers

Identifier: 639

Scope and Content

The papers include reports submitted by Gamma Nu that were photocopied from The Palm of Alpha Tau Omega,the official national publication of the fraternity. The reports, dating from 1903-1969, reflect various campus and chapter activities of the time, notably Homecoming, Campus Carnival, Wild West Party, dances sponsored by the chapter and intramural sports. A membership list, 1902-1937, published in the Directory Issue of The Palm, June 1937 is included in the papers as well as a geographical index by Minnesota city, ledger books, meeting minutes, pocket directory and constitution.

Ledgers, minutes, directory and constitution originally found in the papers of George Hall McCune were later added to this collection.


  • Creation: 1902-1969


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Alpha Tau Omega papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

Alpha Tau Omega was founded in 1865 at the Virginia Military Institute in Richmond, Virginia. E. P. Lyon and L. M. Huntington established the Gamma Nu Chapter in 1902 at the University of Minnesota. An Alumni Association was established in 1906.

Members of Gamma Nu moved into their first Chapter House located at 1111 Fourth Street S.E. in 1907. The house was sold in 1923 and a new Tudor style house, located at 1821 University Avenue S.E. was built the next year.

In 1994 the National Headquarters revoked Gamma Nu’s charter. Low membership and declining alumni support as well as a lawsuit brought against the chapter by a former employee in 1993, contributed to the closing of the chapter.


1 box (1.3 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the Alpha Tau Omega Gamma Nu chapter at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on July 15, 1985.

Alpha Tau Omega papers, 1902-1969
Karen Klinkenberg
October 1999; revised May 2004
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