Alpha Phi Alpha Records, 1910-2016.

Collection Number: 37-4-2509

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Alpha Phi Alpha records, 1910-2016.
Collection Number:
37-4-2509
Creator:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.Alpha Chapter (Cornell University).
Quantity:
6.3 cubic ft.5.1 terabytes
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Publications, Memorabilia, Financial Records
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Files regarding Alpha Phi Alpha and its history, particularly the Cornell chapter.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Fraternity established at Cornell University, 1906; first black fraternity at Cornell, founded by Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes correspondence between Cornell Alumni News editor John Marcham and Mrs. Donald B. Saunders, September 30, 1968 and October 11, 1968; photographs of Robert H. Ogle, Vertner W. Tandy, George B. Kelley, and Henry A. Callis (chapter officers), and of meeting places and ceremonies; clippings and articles; and posters, handbills, brochures, and other miscellaneous items of Alpha Phi Alpha at Cornell University. Includes Round-Up Banquet programs. Early records from 1910-1929 include minutes of meetings, Annual Convention Reports, committee reports, scrapbook, and correspondence.
Contains materials related to the fraternity's Cornell pilgrimage (2005) and centennial celebration (2006), including a November 19, 2005 album signed by past presidents and members who attended the event and a poster signed by brothers who were present at the December 4, 2006 meeting of the New York Association of Chapters of Alpha.
Complete digitized set of the Sphinx Magazine available on a hard drive.
Master/raw video footage filmed by Rubicon Production, Inc. related to the production of the centennial documentary film entitled Alpha Phi Alpha: A Century of Leadership. Includes 95 Betacam SP Videocassette tapes; 4 DVM 60 Mini digital videocassette tapes; and 4 hard disk drives. The footage includes extensive interviews with many Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers, as well as non-fraternity members; professionally staged re-enactments of historical moments and scenes from the Fraternity's history; and footage from events and activities at the General Conventions in Detroit and Philadelphia. Also an MP3 file containing an interview conducted with brother Dr. Donald Graham.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Callis, Henry Arthur, 1887-1974.
Kelley, George B.
Ogle, Robert H.
Tandy, Vertner W., 1885-1949.
Alpha Phi Alpha--Centennial celebrations, etc..
Cornell University--Societies, etc.
Cornell University--Students.

Subjects:
Afro-American college students.
Greek letter societies.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Box 2 is restricted to members of any chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha with current fraternity ID card. For all other individuals Box 2 requires permission from current members of Alpha Chapter, Iota Iota Lambda Chapter, Alpha Chapter Alumni, or the National Historian, either in person or by signed letter. Discretion should be used when reproducing items from Box 2 regarding placing digital images online. Fraternity also provides list of members. All other boxes are not restricted.
Use Restrictions:
Due to the nature of electronic records, use of all born digital content on physical media such as CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, zip disks, and external hard drives is limited to digital copies.
Cite As:
Alpha Phi Alpha records, #37-4-2509. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIAL

View the online exhibition on Alpha Phi Alpha here: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/alpha
Additional digitized publications, including the Sphinx are online here: https://issuu.com/apa1906network
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence
Boxes 1
Series II. Programs, Documents, and news clippings
Boxes 1, 3, 7-10, Mapcases
Series III. Photographs and recordings
Boxes 1, 5-7
Series IV. Oaths, Initiation, and Convention related material
Box 2
Series V. Objects
Boxes 1

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
The Jewels Project
undated
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence from Fraternity National Officers, other Chapters, and Vendors
1927-1928
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence and News Clippings
1968
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence Relating to 75th Anniversary and Alpha House
1981
Box 1 Folder 18
Files pertaining to gaining historic landmark status for 421 North Albany Street
2015
Narrative Description of Property: Dennis-Newton House.
Box 1 Folder 20
Correspondence from National office, other chapters, Alpha chapter alumni
1919-1924
Box 1 Folder 22
Correspondence from National office, other chapters, Alpha chapter alumni
1925-1926
Box 1 Folder 5
Dr. G. Alex Galvin News Clippings
1979-1983
Box 1 Folder 6
News Clippings
1988-2003
Box 1 Folder 7
Invitations, Programs, and Tickets
1977-1985, (Bulk 1984)
Box 1 Folder 8
Brochures and Programs
1981-1985
Box 1 Folder 9
Round- Up and Party Flyers, Broadsides
1983- ca. 1986
Box 1 Folder 10
Fifteenth Annual Round-Up Program
1996
Box 1 Folder 11
Broadsides
1980-2003
Box 1 Folder 12
Program Related Materials
1986-1988
Box 1 Folder 13
Rayfer Mainor Materials
1983
Box 1 Folder 14
Charles Harris Wesley Memorial Service Program
1987
Box 1 Folder 15
Charles Harris Wesley Memorial Service Program
Box 1 Folder 16
Centennial celebration newspaper clipping.
2006
Box 1 Folder 17
The Monthly Jewel Newsletters
2009
Box 3 Folder 1
Undergraduate Round- Up XVIII
2003
Folder 1
Oversized Folders Undergraduate Round-Up Posters
2003
Box 3 Folder 2
News Clipping
February 2004
Box 3 Folder 3
Ithakids Journal (Alpha Chapter Sponsored)
Spring 2004
Centennial program and exhibit
Box 3 Folder 4
Centennial Pilgrimage Programs
November 2005
Box 3 Folder 5
Cornell Reunion Event/ Centennial Program
2006
Box 7
Centennial Convention: Ecumenical Service, Closing
2006
Box 8 Folder 1
Alpha Phi Alpha Composite Photo Facsimile
Undated
Box 8 Folder 2
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration Introduction Labels and Exhibit Bibliography
2006-12-04
Box 8 Folder 3
Exhibit Case Materials for Centennial
2006-12-04
Box 8 Folder 4
Exhibit Case 3 Materials "Initiation Labels"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 5
Alpha Phi Alpha Centennial Celebration: Case 5 Alpha Phi Alpha and the Great War Case Layout, Labels
Undated
Box 8 Folder 6
Case 1: Seven Jewels Then Brothers
Undated
Box 8 Folder 7
Alpha Phi Alpha Centennial Celebration: Case 7 G. Alx Galvin Case Layouts, Labels
Undated
Box 8 Folder 8
Class Photo, College of Agriculture
1912
Box 9
Alpha Phi Alpha Cornell Pilgrimage Guestbook
2005-11-19
Box 10 Folder 1
Alpha Phi Alpha Centennial Exhibit: Case Four
Undated
Box 10 Folder 2
Alpha Phi Alpha Misc for Exhibit
Undated
Box 10 Folder 3
Alpha Phi Alpha: Programs, Photos, etc
Undated
Box 10 Folder 4
Alpha Phi Alpha: Newspaper Clippings and Newsletters
2009-2010
Box 10 Folder 5
Alpha Phi Alpha: Newspaper Clippings and Newsletters
2016
Box 10 Folder 6
Alpha Phi Alpha: Photos and Pamphlets
1917-1954
Folder 1
Centennial celebration clippings, exhibition text
2006
Folder 2
Signed Scroll (Original and one Copy) Commemorating the Meeting in Celebration of the Centennial of the Founding of Alpha Phi Alpha
2006-12-04
Folder 2
Photograph of the Delegates Attending the Eastern Regional Convention
1949
Box 1 Folder 19
Photos from October 2016 events including the Robert F. Smith School dedication.
2016
Box 3
Portraits of the Seven Jewels
These are photographs of the oil paintings that are in the lobby of Alpha Phi Alpha headquarters in Baltimore Maryland.
Box 5 Folder Folder
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 1A
V-10527
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10528
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 1B
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10529
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 2A
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10530
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 2B
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10531
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 3A
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10532
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 3B
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10533
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 4A
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10534
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 4B
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10535
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 5A
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10536
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 5B
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10537
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 6A
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10538
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 6B
2003-07-31
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10539
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 7A
Undated
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10540
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 7B
Undated
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10541
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 8A
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10542
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 8B
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10543
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 9A
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10544
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 9B
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10545
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 10A
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10546
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 10B
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10547
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 11A
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10548
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 11B
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10549
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 12B
2003-08-01
Note: No Row 12A
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10550
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 13A
2003-08-02
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10551
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 13B
2003-08-02
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10552
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 14A
2003-08-02
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10553
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 14B
2003-08-02
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10554
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 15B
2003-08-02
Note: No 15A
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10555
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 16B
2003-08-02
Note: No 16A
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10556
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 17B
2003-08-02
Note: No 17A
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10557
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 18A
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10558
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 18B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10559
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 19A
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10560
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 19B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10561
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 20A
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10562
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 20B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10563
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 21A
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10564
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 21B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10565
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 22A
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 5 V-10566
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 22B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10567
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 24B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10568
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 23A
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10569
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 23B
2003-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10570
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 25B
2003-08-04
Note: No 25A
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10571
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 27B
2003-08-03
Note: No 26B
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10572
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 28A
2003-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10573
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 28B
2003-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10574
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 29A
2003-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10575
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 29B
2003-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10576
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 30A
2003-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10577
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 30B
2003-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10578
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception CR30
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10579
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception CR31
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10580
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception CR32
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10581
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception CR33
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10582
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception CR34
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10583
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception CR35
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10584
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception Interviews CR36
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10585
Rubicon-Alpha Congressional Black Caucus Reception Interviews CR37
2003-09-25
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10586
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha CR1- Dr. Huger
2004-08-05
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10587
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR2
2004-08-05
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10588
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR3
2004-08-05
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10589
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR4
2004-08-05
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10590
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR5: General Presidents Group Interview Pt 2 of 2
2004-08-05
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10591
Rubicon Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR6
2004-08-06
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10592
Rubicon Productions "Alpha" 27A
2004-08-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10593
Rubicon Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR7
2004-08-06
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10594
Rubicon Alpha phi Alpha Philadelphia CR8
2004-08-06
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10595
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha CBC CR101
2004-09-09
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10596
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha CBC CR102
2004-09-09
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10597
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Howard University CR105
2004-09-10
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10598
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Howard University CR106
2004-09-10
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10599
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Howard University CR107
2004-09-10
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10600
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha Howard University CR108
2004-09-10
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10601
Rubicon Productions Alpha phi Alpha CR103
2004-09-09
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10602
Rubicon Productions Alpha Phi Alpha CR104
2004-09-09
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10603
Rubicon Alpha CR40 Dr. Franklin Interview Pt 1
2003-10-17
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10604
Rubicon Alpha CR41 Dr. Franklin Interview Pt 2
2003-10-17
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10605
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR1
2005-02-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10606
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR2
2005-02-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10607
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR3
2005-02-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10608
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR4
2005-02-03
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10609
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR5
2005-02-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10610
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR6
2005-02-04
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10611
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Lionel Richie Tape 1
2005-02-21
Betacam tape
Box 6 V-10612
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Lionel Richie Tape 2
2005-02-21
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10613
Alpha 50th Anniversary Convention
Undated
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10614
Alpha Phi Alpha Colonel Charles McGee Interview
2004-08-04
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10615
Alpha Phi Alpha Interview Daryl Matthews Interview CR1
2005-09-09
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10616
Alpha Phi Alpha Daryl Matthews Interview CR2
2005-09-09
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10617
Alpha Phi Alpha Milton Davis Interview CR1
2005-09-23
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10618
Alpha Phi Alpha Milton Davis Interview CR2
2005-09-23
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10619
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Senator Brooke Pt 1
2003-09-26
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10620
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Senator Brooke Pt 2
2003-09-26
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10621
Rubicon Alpha Phi Alpha Senator Brooke Pt 3
2003-09-26
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10622
Alpha Phi Alpha dv#1
2003-08-01
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10623
Alpha Phi Alpha dv#2
2003-08-02
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10624
Alpha Phi Alpha dv#3
Undated
Betacam tape
Box 7 V-10625
Alpha Phi Alpha Akron CR1
2005-02-03
Betacam tape
Box 7 DVD-2616
Centennial Convention: Introduction, Cornell Pilgrimage
2006
Box 7 DVD-2617
Centennial Convention: Board Meeting, MLK Memorial Rededication, Historical Exhibit
2006
Box 7 DVD-2618
Centennial Convention: Opening Plenary Session
2006
Box 7 DVD-2619
Centennial Convention: Centennial Fraternal Luncheon, Congressional Reception
2006
Box 7 DVD-2620
Centennial Convention: Centennial symposium Pt 1
2006
Box 7 DVD-2621
Centennial Convention: Centennial Symposium Luncheon
2006
Box 7 DVD-2622
Centennial Convention: Centennial Symposium Pt 2
2006
Box 7 DVD-2623
Centennial Convention: Public Program
2006
Box 7 DVD-2624
Centennial Convention: Centennial Symposium Pt 3
2006
Box 7 DVD-2625
Centennial Convention: 21st Century Luncheon Final Symposium Session, Lionel Richie Performance
2006
Box 7 DVD-2626
Centennial Convention: Howard University Photo, Final Plenary Session, Fashion Show, Black and Gold Banquet
2006
Hard drive containing digital files.
Includes Sphinx publication and other images. Also an MP3 file containing an interview conducted with brother Dr. Donald Graham recorded October 10, 2008 by brother Bertrand Odom-Reed. The interview was conducted by Burt Reed, another one of our fraternity brothers, in Dr. Graham's home in Ithaca. The subject of the interview was Dr. Graham's view of what the fraternity was in his mind, from when he joined to the present day. Also videos and photos from the Robert F. Smith School dedication, October 2016.
Box LP SR-55564
The Sphinx, Golden Jubilee
1964
Digitized on CD-2046
CD-2046
The Sphinx, Golden Jubilee
1964
Copy of SR-5564
Material collected for the production of the centennial documentary film entitled Alpha Phi Alpha: A Century of Leadership
4 hard drives worth of images and recordings
Restricted to members of any chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha with current fraternity ID card or written permission.
Box 2 Folder 1
Order of Initiation
Box 2 Folder 4
Oath of Secrecy - Oath of Allegiance
1910
Box 2 Folder 2
Delegate's Report- 3rd Annual Convention
1910
Box 2 Folder 3
Chapter Report to the General Convention
1910
Box 2 Folder 5
Committee Reports
1910-1916
Box 2 Folder 6
Delegate's Report-4th Annual Convention- Ann Arbor, Michigan
1911
Box 2 Folder 7
Delegate's Report-5th Annual Convention- Columbus, Ohio
1912
Box 2 Folder 8
Essays-Read during the year
1913
Box 2 Folder 9
Delegate's Report-6th Annual Convention at Beta Chapter
1913
Box 2 Folder 10
Ritual Committee Reports
1914-1917
Box 2 Folder 11
Minutes- 8th Annual Convention
1915
Box 2 Folder 12
Delegate's Report- 8th Annual Convention
1915
Box 2 Folder 13
Prelim Questions- Vet, Chemistry
1915-1918
Box 2 Folder 14
Essays
1916
Box 2 Folder 15
Delegate's Report- 9th Annual Convention- Richmond, VA
1916
Box 2 Folder 16
Committee on Student Affairs Report and Directories
1916
Box 2 Folder 17
Committee Reports
1916-1917
Box 2 Folder 18
Delegate's Report- 10th Annual Convention- Rho
1917
Box 2 Folder 19
Treasurer's Reports
1917
Box 2 Folder 20
Communications
1919-1920
Box 2 Folder 21
Order of Business- Recommendations
1920
Box 2 Folder 22
Minutes- 15th Convention
1922
Box 2 Folder 23
Minutes- 16th Convention
1923
Box 2 Folder 24
Minutes 18th Convention- Detroit ,Michigan Delegate's Report
1925
Box 2 Folder 25
Correspondence (Some World War I related Correspondence)
1917-1920s
Box 2 Folder 26
Correspondence
1925-1926
Box 2 Folder 27
Correspondence
1924-1927 (Bulk 1927)
Box 2 Folder 28
22nd Convention Program
1929
Box 2 Folder 29
The Sphinx- Publication
Box 2 Folder 30
Certificates and Programs
1915-1925
Box 2 Folder 31
Constitution and By- laws
1910-1954
Box 2 Folder 32
Correspondence
1907-1920 (Bulk 1913-1916)
Box 2 Folder 33
Ivy Leaf- Publication
1941
Box 2 Folder 34
Copperplate Print Block
Box 4
Centennial Pilgrimage Briefcase
November 2005
Box 1
Shingles