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The honors society in home economics Omicron Nu was formed at the Michigan State College in April 1912. The Alpha Beta Chapter of Omicron Nu was established at the University of Maine on April 9, 1931, by National President, Dean Margaret M. Justin, of Kansas State College. Among the 11 charter members were Mildred Brown Schrumpf. The objective of the society was to recognize and promote scholarship, leadership, and research in the field of Human Economics. On February 21, 1990, Omicron Nu merged with Kappa Omicron Phi to form Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) an honor society for collegiate students in the human sciences.

The Home Economics Department at the University of Maine was installed in the College of Agriculture in 1909. Pearl S. Greene who came to the University in 1923 and became head of the Department in 1926 was also one of the charter members of the Alpha Beta Chapter. The Home Economics Department was housed in Merrill Hall which is where the records were located.

The record group contains material created and curated by the University of Maine's Alpha Beta Chapter of Omicron Nu. The records include copies of newsletters, chapter officer packets from conclaves, handbooks, material related to events, details of scholarships, meeting minutes, member communications, reports, chapter financial information, membership lists and cards, and photographs of members.

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Education, Race and Gender, Social Movements and Services


Agricultural Economics | Agricultural Education | Food Security | Higher Education

Size of Collection

1 box, 1 flat box

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

UA RG 0009.018

Alpha Beta Chapter of Omicron Nu (University of Maine) Records, 1931-1987