Back in the fall of 1924, five detached Omega Men; Brother Emory A. James, Brother Charles E. Harry III, Brother William Conway Summers, Brother Charleston B. Cox and Brother Myers E. Proctor, living in Indianapolis, felt it would be a fine thing to have a chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity located in Indianapolis. An application was made, a charter granted and on the 29th of April in 1925, Zeta Phi chapter came into existence. Within a month of its founding, Zeta Phi held its first initiation. The following additions had been made to the chapter by initiation: William E. Baugh, F.F. Bowler, Henry E. Dunn, William T. Wilhite, Harry D. Evans and William A. Thomas. From these eleven men in 1925, Zeta Phi Chapter began the foundation that was to assure a continuous and healthy growth.
By 1946 the growth of the chapter by initiation and transfer from the many colleges and universities where Omega has established chapters, had become so great that Zeta Phi Chapter found it necessary to build a fraternity house with a chapter room large enough to accommodate its meetings. During the years 1930-50 Zeta Phi established or helped to establish chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indiana State Teachers College and Ohio State University. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Zeta Phi was instrumental in establishing undergraduate chapters at University of Illinois, Ball State University, Butler University, and Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. Today many of these undergraduate chapters both recognized by their universities and are members of their respective Inter-fraternity councils.
The roll goes on and on, the record of Zeta Phi Chapter stands unsurpassed. The chapter has never missed being represented at a Conclave in 85 years of existence; it has also never missed being represented at any of the 70 or more District Conferences of the 10th District. Zeta Phi hosted the Grand Conclaves in 1928, 1941, 1962, and 2000. The first 10th District Conference was hosted by Zeta Phi Chapter in 1937. One of the Originators of the Omega Life Membership Foundation and its Life Member No. 1 (Cary D. Jacobs) was a member of Zeta Phi Chapter. There have been numerous brothers from Zeta Phi Chapter that has served on a district office, district committee, national committee and national office. Zeta Phi is the home of three Grand Basileus (the most from any chapter in the fraternity): William E. Baugh (1935 -37), Cary D. Jacobs (1961-64) who was also, Burnel E. Coulon (1979-82).
Today Zeta Phi Chapter continues to carrying on the legacy of its past through its continued involvement within the fraternity and throughout the Indianapolis community.