Records of Alpha Lambda Delta, Adele H. Stamp Chapter
The University of Maryland Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1932 as the Freshman Women's Honor Society. The chapter became known as the Adele H. Stamp Chapter in 1960. In 1975, Alpha Lambda Delta opened initiation to freshman men and began serving as an honor society for all freshman students. The collection contains membership records, financial records, annual reports, meeting minutes, award programs, correspondence, national and local publications, photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and information on chapter activities and on chapter history.
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In the spring of 1924 the University of Illinois Dean of Women, Maria Leonard, and the Assistant Dean of Women, Gladys Pennington, founded the national chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD). Adele H. Stamp, Dean of Women at the University of Maryland, established the Freshmen Women's Honor Society, later known as the University of Maryland Chapter of ALD, in 1932. In 1960, the University of Maryland Chapter became known as the Adele H. Stamp Chapter, in honor of the chapter founder at the time of her retirement as Dean of Women. Besides founding the ALD University of Maryland Chapter, Stamp served as the national treasurer of ALD for fifteen years. ALD encouraged freshmen women to achieve high academic standards and promoted "intellectual living." In the fall of 1975, ALD opened initiation to freshmen men and began serving as an honor society for all freshman students.
Several prominent University of Maryland women have served as advisors to ALD including Adele H. Stamp, Dr. Virginia Beauchamp, Dr. Helen E. Clarke, and Dr. Katherine Pedro Beardsley. Notable on and off-campus individuals have also attended ALD initiations as guest speakers and have been made honorary members of ALD. Dr. Glenda Earwood-Smith, the Executive Director of National Alpha Lambda Delta, and University of Maryland President C. D. Mote, Jr., attended a 1997-1998 ALD Order of the Torch ceremony.
Initiates to ALD are required to meet high academic standards in order to attain membership. A student can be admitted during the first or second semester of his or her freshman year and must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 with no incompletes or failures. Initiation ceremonies are usually held both in the fall and in the spring. ALD members spend much time and effort preparing for the initiation ceremonies, which usually include live music, prominent guest speakers, and various campus locations.
The Adele H. Stamp Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is involved in many and varied activities. ALD has a history of community service and campus leadership, and the organization's activities center around these traditions. In the past, ALD held fundraisers for charity and members acted as hostesses at various University of Maryland functions. More recently, ALD has participated in community service projects such as feeding the homeless, visiting the elderly, helping children with special needs, and cleaning up the environment. ALD members have also attended regional and national leadership conferences and workshops. In addition, ALD has promoted academic achievement to non-members through a long tradition of tutoring services and the "Been Caught Studying" program.
Alpha Lambda Delta continues to be active at the University of Maryland as part of the Primannum Honor Society. The Primannum Honor Society unites the two national honor societies of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The records of Alpha Lambda Delta date from 1932 to 1999, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1960 through 1999. The collection includes membership records, financial records, annual reports, meeting minutes, award programs, correspondence, national and local publications, photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and information on chapter activities and on chapter history.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The University of Maryland Libraries received the records of Alpha Lambda Delta on May 2, 2002, from Katherine Pedro Beardsley, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Dr. Beardsley has served as the Alpha Lambda Delta faculty advisor from 1989 to the present time. Peggy Marks of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences transferred additional materials in 2003. Dr. Helen E. Clarke donated the 1932 Founding Charter for the University of Maryland Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta in 1986.
Processed by Elizabeth A. McAllister, May 2005.
The records of Alpha Lambda Delta have been placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Accessions 2002-267 and 2004-77 were processed together. Metallic clips and other metal fasteners have been removed and replaced with plastic clips over strips of acid-free paper. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper and discarded. Acid-free paper was interleaved between documents that appeared to be made of acidic paper. Obviously misfiled items were moved to their proper place, and duplicate copies of documents were discarded.
Scrapbooks, originally in three ring binders and adhesive photo albums, were dismantled, placed in acid-free folders, and left in their original order. Decorative covers of scrapbooks were color photocopied. If scrapbooks contained plastic tab dividers, these dividers were removed and replaced with acid-free dividers. Scrapbook photographs were removed from their original pages and placed in Mylar sleeves. An acid-free separation sheet and acid-free photocopies of the photograph pages were left in the folders. These photocopies attempt to preserve the original look of the scrapbook as well as original photograph captions. Duplicate acid-free copies of photograph captions were also interfiled with sleeved photographs. All original scrapbook binders and albums were discarded with the exception of the Alpha Lambda Delta Spring 1971-Spring 1974 Scrapbook. This scrapbook was left as accessioned; no photographs, pamphlets, or other documents were removed because these items were glued onto the scrapbook pages. Acid-free sheets were placed between the pages of this scrapbook as a temporary preservation measure. More preservation work on this scrapbook may be necessary in the future.
Restricted documents have been pulled from their original folders and placed in separate folders so that patrons can view the files in which these documents are found. A sheet of acid-free paper with a brief notation denotes the original place of these restricted documents in the folders. Only the folders that contain the restricted documents are marked as RESTRICTED.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Elizabeth A. McAllister, July 2005. Markup checked and verified by Jennie A. Levine, July 2005.
Arrangement of Collection
The collection is organized in four series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Administrative Records, 1938-1992 (0.75 linear feet)
This series contains correspondence, reports, financial records, membership lists, initiation signatures, and publications including the national Alpha Lambda Delta publication The Flame. Arrangement is alphabetical.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Chapter Status Reports [Annual Financial Reports], [1969-1989]||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Constitution of Grand Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, [Revised 1938]||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|ALD Flames Since 1973 [National Newsletter, The Flame], [1973-1994]||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Handbook for Chapter President and Advisor, [c.1991-1992]||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|ALD Initiation Signatures -- [Volume 1 of 2], [1959-1977]||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|ALD Initiation Signatures -- [Volume 2 of 2], [1976-1981]||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|[ALD Initiation Signatures], [1968, 1981-1984]||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
|ALD Membership Lists Since 1962, [May 1961-April 1976]||series 1||box 1||folder 8|
|ALD Membership Lists Since 1962, [November 1976-September 1989]||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|ALD National Workshop Materials, ||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|Simplified Parliamentary Procedure Based on Roberts Rules of Order, ||series 1||box 2||folder 3|
Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1951-1999 (2.75 linear feet)
ALD began to organize its records into yearly scrapbooks periodically in the 1970s and then consistently from the late 1980s onward. Scrapbooks served to perpetuate the organization's history and inform non-members of ALD activities. Many of the same types of records from Series I such as correspondence, reports, financial records, membership lists, initiation signatures and publications can be found in this series. There are also hand-made programs for initiation ceremonies from the 1950s and 1960s. Copies of the national ALD publication, The Flame, are interspersed throughout the folders. There are also paper printouts of color photographs for the years 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. These printouts depict chapter activities for these years. Arrangement is chronological.
Note: Some materials in this series have been restricted because of student privacy concerns. These documents will remain restricted for a period of seventy-five years or until the death of the individual concerned.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|ALD Memorabilia, 1951-1979||series 2||box 2||folder 4|
|Alpha Lambda Delta Spring 1971-Spring 1974 Scrapbook (Oversize Only), 1971-1974||series 2||box 2||folder 5|
|ALD, 1976 to 1977 [1975-1977]||series 2||box 2||folder 6|
|ALD, 1976 to 1977 [1975-1977] [Restricted]||series 2||box 2||folder 7|
|ALD, 1986-1987||series 2||box 2||folder 8|
|ALD, 1987-1988||series 2||box 2||folder 9|
|ALD, 1988-1989||series 2||box 2||folder 10|
|ALD, 1988-1989 [Restricted]||series 2||box 2||folder 11|
|ALD, 1989-1990||series 2||box 2||folder 12|
|ALD, 1989-1990 [Restricted]||series 2||box 2||folder 13|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1990-1991 Academic Year Memorabilia, 1990-1991||series 2||box 3||folder 1|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1990-1991 Academic Year Memorabilia, 1990-1991||series 2||box 3||folder 2|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1990-1991 Academic Year Memorabilia, 1990-1991 [Restricted]||series 2||box 3||folder 3|
|ALD 1991-1992 Yearbook, 1991-1992||series 2||box 3||folder 4|
|ALD 1991-1992 Yearbook, 1991-1992 [Restricted]||series 2||box 3||folder 5|
|ALD Chapter Yearbook 1992-1993, 1992-1993||series 2||box 3||folder 6|
|ALD Chapter Yearbook 1992-1993, 1992-1993 [Restricted]||series 2||box 3||folder 7|
|ALD Yearbook 1993-1994, 1993-1994||series 2||box 3||folder 8|
|ALD Yearbook 1993-1994, 1993-1994 [Restricted]||series 2||box 3||folder 9|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1994-1995 Scrapbook, 1994-1995||series 2||box 3||folder 10|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1994-1995 Scrapbook, 1994-1995 [Restricted]||series 2||box 3||folder 11|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1995-1996 Scrapbook, 1995-1996||series 2||box 4||folder 1|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1996-1997 Scrapbook, 1996-1997||series 2||box 4||folder 2|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1997-1998, 1997-1998||series 2||box 4||folder 3|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1997-1998, 1997-1998||series 2||box 4||folder 4|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1998-1999, 1998-1999||series 2||box 4||folder 5|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1998-1999, 1998-1999||series 2||box 4||folder 6|
Series 3: Photographs, 1976-1997 (429 items)
This series contains photographs documenting the activities of Alpha Lambda Delta. The bulk of the photographs date from 1989 to 1997. Most of the photographs are in color and are 4X6 or less in size. Activities documented primarily include ALD initiation ceremonies, but also feature meetings, First Look Fair, administrative tasks, and volunteer activities. Many of the photographs show individual members, chapter advisors, University of Maryland faculty and staff, guest speakers, and exteriors and interiors of several campus buildings including the Memorial Chapel, the Stamp Student Union, and Tydings Hall. Some of the photographs are annotated. Arrangement is chronological.
Note: Paper printouts of color photographs for the years 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 can be found in Series II.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|ALD, 1976-1977 [1975-1977]||series 3||box 5||folder 1|
|ALD, 1989-1990||series 3||box 5||folder 2|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1990-1991 Academic Year Memorabilia, 1990-1991||series 3||box 5||folder 3|
|ALD 1991 to 1992 Yearbook, 1991-1992||series 3||box 5||folder 4|
|ALD Chapter Yearbook 1992 to 1993, 1992-1993||series 3||box 6||folder 1|
|ALD Yearbook for 1993 to 1994, 1993-1994||series 3||box 6||folder 2|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1994-1995, 1994-1995||series 3||box 6||folder 3|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1995-1996 Scrapbook, 1995-1996||series 3||box 7||folder 1|
|Alpha Lambda Delta 1996-1997 Scrapbook, 1996-1997||series 3||box 7||folder 2|
Series 4: Memorabilia, 1932 and 1992 (2 items)
This series consists of two items: the founding charter of the University of Maryland Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (memorabilia #783) and a note pad from a 1992 National Alpha Lambda Delta leadership workshop (memorabilia #1812). These items were transferred to the Memorabilia Collection.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Memorabilia||series 4||box 1||folder 1|
|Charter of the University of Maryland Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Fraternity, National Honorary for Freshman Women. (1 item), 1932||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 783|
|Small yellow "post-it" note writing pad with the Alpha Lambda Delta seal and the caption "Thank you for sticking by Alpha Lambda Delta. We appreciate your leadership." (1 item), circa 1992||series 4||box 1||folder 1||item 1812|
Materials relating to Alpha Lambda Delta may be found in the following collections in the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD: The Papers of Adele H. Stamp, the Papers of Susan Harman, the Records of the President's Office, and the Records of the Primannum Honor Society (Unprocessed). Other related materials may be found in the University Publications collection under the headings of Fraternities and Sororities and Student Publications.
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