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Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter Collection

Title: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1991-ongoing
Extent of Materials: 3 Hollinger boxes (1.2 linear feet; approx. 30 items)
Location: NC 2nd floor storage room, Shelf 53
Date of Accession: 2010
Donor: The members of the Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR The Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha is a prominent, Durham-based social service sorority.
Processor: Amy McDonald
Subject Headings: Cotillions–North Carolina–Durham County.
Debutante balls–North Carolina–Durham County.
Debutantes–North Carolina–Durham County.
Women–Societies and clubs– North Carolina–Durham County.
Scope and Content: The bulk of the collection is comprised of programs from the chapter’s debutante cotillion program, initiated in 1991; the documentation of the 21st Debutante Cotillion Program also includes several programs for events preceeding the cotillion. A history of the chapter, produced by the chapter membership in 2007, and including lists of chapter leadership and noteworthy members, may be found in box one.
Related Materials: Debutante Cotillion and Christmas Ball Collection, 1955-ongoing. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
National Council of Negro Women—Durham Section Records, 1980-2009 and undated. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Tuesday Morning Study Club Records, 1965-2008 and undated. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Women’s Clubs of Durham Collection, 1907-2004. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: Chartered on April 14, 1928, the Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was the first Greek letter sorority in Durham and third Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter in North Carolina. In accordance with the sorority’s mission of “service to all mankind,” the chapter coordinates educational/scholarship, health, personal finance, and entrepreneurial programs within the Durham community and partners with various prominent Durham social service organizations; the chapter also established and maintains the Ivy Community Center. Since 1991, the chapter has sponsored a debutante cotillion scholarship program. Other annual events include an annual Founders Day program in April and an annual Golden Sorors Luncheon, celebrating those members who have been with the chapter for 50 or more years. Part of AKA’s Mid-Atlantic Region since 1953, the chapter sponsored the chartering of the Alpha Chi chapter at North Carolina Central University (1932); the Theta Pi chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1974); and the Iota Mu chapter at Duke University (1975).
Container List: Box 1
“The Alpha Zeta Omega Story, 1928-2007”, 2007
1st Debutante Cotillion Program, 1991
2nd Debutante Cotillion Program, 1992
3rd Debutante Cotillion Program, 1993
4th Debutante Cotillion Program, 1994
5th Debutante Cotillion Program, 1995
6th Debutante Cotillion Program, 1996
7th Debutante Cotillion Program, 1997
8th Debutante Cotillion Program, 1998
Box 2
9th Debutante Cotillion Program, 1999
10th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2000
11th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2001
12th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2002
13th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2003
14th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2004
15th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2005
Box 3
16th Debutante Cotillion Program, c. 1, 2006
16th Debutante Cotillion Program, c. 2, 2006
17th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2007
18th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2008
19th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2009
20th Debutante Cotillion Program, 2010
21st Debutante Cotillion Program and Related Materials, 2011


Updated November 4, 2013.