As early as 1940, graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta had begun to realize the importance of the prestige, good will, and cooperation of women who for various reasons were not members of any Greek-letter organization.
The "Boosters"in Louisville, Kentucky, the "Zeta Court" in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the "Zeta Mothers" in Los Angeles, California, and perhaps others were among the successful active auxiliaries attached to Zeta chapters and the communities and served as incentives for other cities to attempt similar organizations.
Early in 1948, there was such a group organized in Omaha, Nebraska, and they chose the Latin name, Amicae (friends). At the same time other groups were being organized over the country, and it was apparent that Zetas favored the auxiliaries.
The Grand Basileus, Lullelia Harrison, included in her report to the 1948 Boule' a recommendation that chapters be allowed to organize auxiliaries under direction of the national body and that all such auxiliaries be known as Zeta Amicae. The recommendation was adopted.
In the first decade of their history, charters were granted to a number of chapters, and some have organized auxiliaries but have not yet requested charters for them. The first chapter to request a charter was Lambda Zeta in Houston, Texas.
It is hoped that the decades to follow will see every graduate chapter of Zeta with an active auxiliary of Zeta Amicae, and that this handbook will serve as a guide for the establishment of new groups and the successful operation of all of them.