Alpha Tau Omega Archives

Alpha Tau OmegaAlpha Tau Omega is a social fraternity founded at the Virginia Military Institute in 1865 by Otis Allan Glazebrook, Erskine Mayo Ross, and Alfred Marshall. Glazebrook’s plan was to use Christian brotherly love to facilitate reconciliation between the North and South in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Alpha Tau Omega represents one-third of the Lexington Triad, along with Kappa Alpha Order and Sigma Nu. The fraternity’s non-profit organization is The ATO Foundation, which provides scholarships to members. The fraternity has approximately 250 active and inactive chapters and colonies in the United States.

Alpha Tau Omega in the Archives

Bill Krahling was an integral staff member of the SLC Archives and obtained the Alpha Tau Omega National Archives in 1995. Initiated into ATO in 1954 at Mt.Union College in Alliance, Ohio, he later served as Mt.Union’s publicity director and as associate/managing editor of ATO’s journal, The Palm. In 1970, he became ATO’s director of publications and The Palm editor (1970-85), and he also served as interim executive director (1974-76, 1977). After his retirement in 1989, Krahling remained active at ATO headquarters and took a strong interest in preserving the fraternity’s historical records.

Please visit the Archives database for detailed information on the contents of the Alpha Tau Omega Archives:

Researchers interested in viewing archival material must complete an ATO Archives user agreement form and return it to the SLC Archives.

Alpha Tau Omega

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    Archives Research Center
    1707 S. Orchard St.
    Urbana, IL 61801

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