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Tau Alpha Omicron, a men's Greek fraternity, was founded at Swarthmore College in 1907. It became part of the national fraternity Phi Delta Theta in 192 , designated Pennsylvania Kappa Chapter. Its charter was revoked in 1958 following years of protest against the national organization's racial, ethnic, and religious restrictions on membership. The organization became a local fraternity, resuming its original name, and the supporting alumni organization was renamed Tau Alpha Omicron, Inc. To reduce the indebtedness of the fraternity, the College agreed to buy back at face value the bonds issued when the fraternity lodge was built in 1926. By 1974, the membership and administration of the local fraternity had collapsed, and the College recommended laying down Tau Alpha Omicron, Inc., and turning the lodge over to the College. In 1977, the College assumed control of the fraternity lodge, now known as Sharples #2.
The collection contains primarily the original building bonds redeemed by the College and related financial information and correspondence.
The collection is contained in 1 box.
Donor: John C. Thomas, Class of 1939
Transfer: Controller's Office, Swarthmore College
Acc. SCA 1998.032
Provenance: John Thomas was the Treasurer of Tau Alpha Omicron, Inc., the alumni corporation created to support the local fraternity.
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Collection is open for research.
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Includes Constitution of the Interfraternity announcement, dated Dec. 29, 1958, of revocation of Charter.Physical Description
Checkbooks and alumni correspondence concerning finances, state of the fraternity, and the revocation of the charter and retirement of the bonds. Gift of John C. Thomas, Class of 1939. Also cover letter of alumni photograph given to College by Orrick Metcalfe.Physical Description
Concerning collecting the outstanding bonds, alumni support for the local, budgets, and a copy of Phi Delta Theta's version of the revocation of the Chapter's charter in 1958.Physical Description
Correspondence between former Treasurer of Tau Alpha Omicron, Inc., and the College concerning the decline of the fraternity and advisement to turn the lodge over to the College to be used more wisely.Physical Description
Copy of letter from former member donating a 1928-1929 Chapter photograph. Response from President's Office explains that the local chapter was laid down in 1977.Physical Description
Alpha Tau Omicron newsletter, with gapsPhysical Description
Redeemed bonds transferring title of lodge to Swarthmore College, with correspondence concerning. The College purchased the bonds at face value in 1959. Transferred from Controller's Office, SCA 199-032Physical Description
Bonds. Note dated 1971 indicates that #62 was the last to be retired, 1968Physical Description