Finding Aid

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Records

UPS 41 AL

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Kaiyi Chen
Preparation date
2002
Date [inclusive]
1966-2002
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Gift from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in 1998 and 2002.

AGENCY HISTORY

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek letter organization for black college students, was organized at Cornell University in 1906. The Psi Chapter was founded at the University of Pennsylvania in 1920. In addition to Penn, the Chapter has also represented other schools in the area, which include Villanova University, St. Joseph’s College, LaSalle University, Drexel University, and Temple University. In recent decades, the Chapter established such programs as an Annual Career Conference, a Clothing Drive, a petitioning to establish Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday and a letter campaign jointly sponsored with the Penn Coalition of Voter Rights for extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection documents the development of the fraternity since its birth in 1906 and especially its growth in recent decades. The collection includes the fraternity’s charter administration guide, the Psi Chapter’s constitution and official roster, records of the fraternity’s conventions, anniversary celebration files, programs of various kinds of activities hosted by the Chapter, correspondence, membership listings, and issues of the fraternity’s main journal publication–
Sphinx.

Inventory

 

Inventory 

Box

Folder

“A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,” Implementation Guide, 2000 

1

1

“Alpha Phi Alpha Today,” clippings, n.d. 

1

2

Administrative, Miscellaneous, 1989-1998 

1

3

African Rhythms, programs, 1995 

1

4

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, University of Pennsylvania, n.d. 

1

5

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

1

76th anniversary celebration, “Renaissance,” 1982 

1

6

82nd anniversary convention, 1988 

1

7

82nd anniversary convention, Program, 1988 

1

8

89th anniversary convention, 1995 

1

9

93rd anniversary of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 1999 

1

10

2001 General Convention 

1

Annual cabaret–1991, 1992 announcement 

1

12

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast, Tenth, 1985 

1

13

Assistant Director for Programming search and interview schedule, 1989 

1

14

Belford V. Lawson National Oratorical Contest, n.d. 

1

15

Bicultural Inter-Greek Council (BIG-C), 1991-1996 

1

16

Bicultural Inter-Greek Council (BIG-C), 1992-1996 

1

17

C.O.L.O.R.S. (Campus Organized Lectures on Racial Sensitivity), Handbill, [1994] 

1

18

Calendar, 1998 

1

19

Chapter Administration Guide, n.d. 

1

20

Chapter and Officer Development, training manual, n.d. 

1

21

Chapter Bulletin, 1997 Nov. 

1

22

Chapter directories, 1982-1991 

1

23

Circulars and membership correspondence, 1981-1998 

1

24

City of Philadelphia, Resolution No. 958, declaring Dec. 4, 1982 as “Alpha Phi Alpha Day” 

1

25

Clippings, miscellaneous, 1989-2001 

1

26

Constitution, By-laws, Aim, n.d. 

1

27

Convention, 62nd Eastern Region, Program, 1994 

1

28

Convention, 62nd Eastern Region, Reports of Directors, Officers and Committees, 1994 

1

29

Convention, 64th Eastern Region, Program, 1996 

1

30

Correspondence and notes, 1989-1998 

1

31

Correspondence, 1989-1998 

1

32

Correspondence, membership listings, and miscellaneous material, n.d. 

1

Daily Pennsylvanian 

1

1989 March 17 

1

34

1995 Jan. 16 

1

35

1996 Jan. 15, 16, and Dec. 3 

1

36

1997 Jan. 24 and April 1 

1

37

Death announcements, [1966-1988] 

1

38

Delta Lambda Foundation and the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Millennium Chapter of the Year, Black and Gold Ball, 2001 May 19 

1

39

Directory and Chapter Report, 2001 

1

40

Eastern Region, District Conference, 1994 

1

41

Eastern Regional Convention, 69th and 70th, programs, 2001-2002 

1

42

Forms and application package, n.d. 

1

43

Forms, miscellaneous, n.d. 

1

44

Fraternity and Sorority Annual Awards packet, 1992 

1

45

Fraternity and Sorority, annual chapter report (for award evaluation), n.d. 

1

46

Fraternity President Phone list, PSI Chapter member phone list, n.d. 

1

47

General Meeting, Agenda, 1990 

1

48

Go-to-High School Go-to-College Curriculum guide, 1999 

1

49

Go-to-High School Go-to-College, Implementation Guide, 2000 

1

50

Habitat for Humanity, 1989 

1

51

Hale House Dinner, 1997 

1

52

History of Alpha Phi Alpha, a Development in College Life, by Charles H. Wesley, [1981], incomplete photocopy 

1

53

History of Alpha Phi Alpha, Roles within Alpha, etc., n.d. 

1

54

History of Lambda Phi Epsilon at the University of Pennsylvania, [1995] 

1

55

History of Omega Delta Lambda Chapter 

1

56

Housing, correspondence, 1989 July 

1

57

Information packet for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Boy Scouts of America, 2001 

1

58

Leadership Academy, 2001 June 11 

1

59

Leadership Development Institute Mini-Workshop 1994 

1

60

Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration, Programs, 1985 

1

61

Membership 

1

Applications, 1985-1986 

1

62

Brochure, n.d. 

1

63

Candidates applicants, brochure, 1989, Correspondence, 1989 

1

64

Intake Procedure, 1990 Sept. 

1

65

Material, miscellaneous, 1990-1997 

1

66

Minutes and agenda, 1988- 2001 

1

67

Miscellaneous clippings, [1990-1995] 

1

68

Music score, [1989] 

1

69

National Headquarters Fund Drive, 1985 

1

70

National Order of Omega, 1987-1990 

1

71

National Programs/Special Projects guide, 2000 

1

72

Newspaper clippings, 1989 

1

73

Nubian Voices (Drexel University), n.d. 

1

74

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs 

1

75

Order of Omega, 1989 

1

76

Parties, 1987, 1989 

1

77

Pharaoh’s Dance, The, Posters and tickets, 1998 

1

78

Pharaoh’s Dance, The, Program, 1993-1998 

1

79

Philadelphia, Official Visitors Guide, 2002 

1

80

Philadelphia, Real Estate 2002: Special Report 

1

81

Pi Rho Chapter, Black and Gold Ball, etc., 1996 

1

82

Plaque: Greek Awards Ceremony 

1

Outstanding Program for Internal Operations, 2002 

1

83

Outstanding New Member Ed. & Sensitivity Training, 2001 

1

84

Outstanding Program for Alumni Relations, 2002 

2

1

Outstanding Program for Chapter Operations and Membership, 2002 

2

2

Outstanding Program for Special Accomplishment Award, 2001 

2

3

President’s Retreat, 1989 Jan. 13 

2

4

Program overview, “A Legacy of Leadership and Service,” n.d. 

2

5

Programs and posters of various activities, 1988-1996 

2

6

Programs and posters, 1985-1998 

2

7

Programs, 1991-1997 

2

8

Programs, miscellaneous including annual cabaret, etc., 1990-2001 

2

9

Psi Chapter [Fold in] 

2

1994 Awards Packet 

2

10

1995 Awards Packet 

2

11

1996 Award Packet 

2

12

Constitution, n.d. 

2

13

Correspondence, etc., 1982-1991 

2

14

Correspondence, etc., 1982-1994 

2

15

Letter, 1997 

2

16

Official chapter roster, 1997 

2

17

Public Policy Statement, 1988 August 

2

18

Red and Blue, Article “The Notorious F.R.A.T.,” 1998 Jan. 

2

19

Regional objectives, policy statement, position paper, etc., 1985-1989 

2

20

Reports and messages from President and Vice President, 1988-1996 

2

21

Ring-binder volume containing information on the history of Alpha, etc., n.d. 

2

22

Risk Management Seminar certificate, [1989-1990] 

2

23

Seventh Annual Cabaret “Unforgettable”, Program, 1992 

2

24

Sphinx 

2

Vol. 74, No. 1 and No. 4, 1988 

2

25

Vol. 80, No. 3, 1995 

2

26

Vol. 81, No. 1 and No. 2, 1996 

2

27

Vol. 82, No. 2 and No. 3, 1997 

2

28

Vol. 83, No. 1, 1998 Spring 

2

29

Sphinxman Handbook, n.d. 

2

30

Spirit, 1997 General Convention preview 

2

31

Staff and member directory, mailing lists, etc., 1988-1989 

2

32

State and Eastern Region manual, correspondence, programs [1990]-1995 

2

33

Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Minority Health Fair, 1997-1998 

2

34

Sunday Tribune, 2002 April 7 

2

35

Symposium on the Fraternal Idea, “Facing the Continuing Challenge,” 1995-1997 

2

36

Tax material, 1986-1989 

2

37

Teen parenthood is no joke, Poster, n.d. 

2

38

Telephone number listing, n.d. 

2

39

The Alpha Spirit, spring 1990, and calendar of 1996 

2

40

University of Pennsylvania, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, etc., correspondence, 1988-1990 

2

41

Value Added Services Guide, 2001-2002 

2

42

Web pages in html 

2

43