Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration
The “Seven Jewels”: Students, Then Brothers
We Students breathed the ideals of Ezra Cornell whose brainchild it was to regard the University as a seat of learning for anyone who desired a college education.
Henry Arthur Callis, 1950
Henry Arthur Callis, 1887-1974
Birthplace: Rochester, New York
The Henry Arthur Callis papers, Collection 192, are held at Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
Senior Portrait of Henry Arthur Callis Bachelor of Arts 1909. Cornell Class Book 1909. [view]
In 1950, Callis recalled his early educational influences, “I had determined to become a physician before ever I had entered school. My inspiration came from our family physician, Dr. William Conkling. I had selected Cornell University by the time I was six years old. I first toured the campus in 1893 [and on a later campus visit] I met ...a student in the law school. I learned he was there on a State Scholarship and I made up my mind to have one also.”