African American Library at the Gregory School

Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Collection PH.0012

An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Collection.
Title: Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Collection
Dates: 1991-2005
Identification: PH.0012
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet, Photo ID Sheets of scanned images in Redrope file Pocket
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Historical note

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.

These five women, also known as the Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Founder Viola Tyler was oft quoted to say "[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish."

Zeta's national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary groups have given many hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change.

Over the years since the sorority's inception, Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters and initiated thousands of women around the world. Zeta has continued to thrive and flourish while adapting to the ever-changing needs of a new century. Despite the Great Depression, discrimination and segregation and a host of other challenges, Zeta has continued to hold true to its ideals and purpose, for, as stated by one of the Sorority's founding members: "…I believe that no [other] organization could have been founded upon principles that were so near and dear to all of our hearts." (Founder Myrtle Tyler)

Scope and Contents

The Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Photo Collection is comprised of ten scanned images that were done as a part of the Gregory School’s Neighborhood Scanning project. All of the scanned images were from original photos and documents provided from the donor.


Arrangement note

Each of the images scanned were assigned a unique identifier number and scanned in numerical order based on the numbers given. The scanned images are stored digitally at the Gregory School.


Access Restrictions

To view a particular image or images please contact the Archivist or Senior Imaging Technician with your request.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Photo Collection must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Collection.
African American women
Education, Higher
Greek letter societies
Universities and colleges

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter Collection. PH0012, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Omicron Gamma Zeta Chapter, March 2009

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, November 2009

Detailed Description of the Collection

Folder File
12 1 Photo ID Sheets
Chartering Ceremonies-January 1991
Chartering Ceremonies
Chartering Ceremonies-Shirley Chevalier-1st Chapter President
Taking Oath
Photo of: Regina Holmes, Lullelea Harrison, Kay Rosebure
same as previous photo: 2009-0012-005
Southern Regional Conference
1st Member Triumphant
5th Anniversary Program-1995
10th Anniversary Program-2000