MS-108: Louise Ramer, Class of 1929, Chi Omega Collection
MS – 108: Papers of Louise Ramer, ‘29
(1 box, .22 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1929-1995
Bulk Dates: 1929-1945
Processed by: Jennifer Giambrone
October 28, 2009
The papers of Louise Ramer were given by Josie Brownley, ’52, in 2006.
N. Louise Ramer was raised in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she attended high school and eventually college. A member of the Gettysburg College class of 1929 and mathematics major, Ramer was involved in Greek life, the Y.W.C.A., French Club, the Owl and Nightingale Players, and was the Treasurer of the Student Body at Gettysburg College. She was a member of Gamma Phi, a local sorority that was installed as a Chi Omega chapter in 1937. Ramer remained active in Gamma Phi, participating in the transition to Chi Omega, working as a national officer and staying involved particularly with the Tau Delta chapter at Gettysburg College. This collection reflects her involvement in Chi Omega. Ramer participated in a number of conferences and planning committees, and she established an alumnae chapter for Chi Omega in Gettysburg.
Scope and Content Notes
This collection contains a number of different materials, including a scrapbook and photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, publications, and programs from both Tau Delta chapter and the national sorority. A majority of these materials are from the 1930’s and 1940’s, when Gamma Phi became Chi Omega. They focus on a number of events, including the installation banquet, a national conference, and an anniversary dinner, and many are associated with the Alumnae Chapter Ramer helped to establish in Gettysburg. Ramer was a national officer in Chi Omega at the time, and involved in planning a number of these events, and her scrapbook includes photographs, programs and menus from the Chi Omega National Convention in 1938. This collection would be useful to anyone interested in the history of Greek life on campus, the Chi Omega sisterhood, or how sororities operated in the early to mid 20th century.
This collection is divided into six Series. Series 1: Scrapbook and photographs, Series 2: Programs and booklets, Series 3: Letters Sub-Series A: Anniversary Dinner correspondence & Sub-Series B: Correspondence from Mary Love Collins, Series 4: Ephemera, Series 5: Publications, Series 6: Newspaper Articles