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Alpha Phi Omega Phi Chapter Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Alpha Phi Omega. -- Phi Chapter (Syracuse University)
Title: Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Chapter, Collection
Dates: 1931-2015
Size: 16.5 linear feet
Abstract: Material pertaining to service projects and dedication to disability awareness
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-educational national service fraternity founded in 1925 by Frank Reed Horton. The Phi chapter of Syracuse University was founded in 1931 by a group of fifteen men, most of them part of the State University College of Forestry, in association with the Boy Scouts of America. The Syracuse chapter has actively participated in numerous and varied acts of community service and fundraising. Most notably, the Phi chapter has dedicated itself to serving the disabled community as well as advocating for accessibility on the Syracuse University campus. In 1967, the Phi chapter became aware of the difficulty of traversing campus for those with mobility issues while helping their fraternity brother in a wheelchair navigate campus. Shortly after, the chapter began its first efforts towards the project Elimination of Architectural Barriers. The chapter soon realized the project should be carried out on a national basis and began a campaign for national support. Their efforts appeared in several articles in the national Alpha Phi Omega publication, Torch and Trefoil, and their Architectural Barriers Handbook was published. The leaders of the 1970 National Convention of Alpha Phi Omega in Dallas, Texas unanimously endorsed the Elimination of Architectural Barriers as the service fraternity's second national project and the first to be proposed by a chapter. The Syracuse chapter was awarded the Arno Nowotny National Service Award in 1973 for their published handbook. The Phi chapter continued their dedication to disability awareness in later years with popular events such as their annual campus-wide Christmas parties for handicapped and underprivileged children which began in 1967, a benefit wheelchair basketball game in 1972, and their participation in the Delta Tau Delta Dance Marathon to fight Muscular Dystrophy. As of 2020, the chapter continues to grow and provide service to their community.

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Scope and Content Note

The Alpha Phi Omega Phi Chapter collection contains series for: Memorabilia, Records, and Scrapbooks. The Memorabilia series is comprised of Phi chapter banners and a signed paddle. The Records series houses paper awards and plaques, and budget and treasurer information. Also included are Phi chapter by-laws, conference materials, and correspondence most notably between the Phi chapter and alumni, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding non-profit eligibility. Lastly, the Records series houses meeting minutes, pledge applications, photographs of Phi chapter events such as the ugly man contest and annual Christmas party, composite portraits, publications created by the Phi chapter concerning disability and general chapter information, and sign in books. The Scrapbook series contains scrapbooks of the Phi Chapter from 1965-2007.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Syracuse University Archives has a clipping file on Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.

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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Alpha Phi Omega. -- Phi Chapter (Syracuse University)
Greek letter societies.
Student activities.
Higher education.

Types of material

Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Minutes (administrative records)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Alpha Phi Omega Phi Chapter Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lynne Mowers, 2008 and 2019, and Maria Velazquez, 2016.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid free folders and boxes and clippings were photocopied. Banners and paddle were placed in custom housing.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Ari Spatola
Date: January 2020
Revision history:

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Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Box 5 Alpha Phi Omega cross stitch undated
Oversize 3 Banners undated (3 banners)
Oversize 4 Banners undated (2 banners)
Oversize 5 Signed paddle 1969
Box 1 Advisor's handbook 1985
Box 1 Attendance 1987
Box 1 Paper certificates 1939-2015 (2 folders)
Box 8 Plaques 2004-2006
Box 1 Boy scout partnership 1977
Box 1 Budget requests 1978-1989 (3 folders)
Box 1 General Phi chapter budget 1972-1988
Box 1 Treasurer 1983-1987
Box 1 By-laws 1986-1987
Box 1 Chapter articles of association 1986
Box 1 Chapter genealogy 1988-1992
Box 1 Clippings 1931-1974
Box 1 Conferences 1961-1986
Box 1 Alumni 1975-1991
Box 1 Cub scout Christmas party letters circa 1970, undated
Box 1 Incoming 1958, 1973-1992
Box 1 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1969-1987
Box 1 National organization 1960-1975
Box 1 Outgoing 1968-1985
Box 1 President 1963-1988
Box 1 Ugly man contest 1959-1962
Box 1 Vice-president 1973-1975
Box 1 Dates and data questionnaire 1962-1969
MC 29-4 Display boards circa 2000
Box 1 Event posters 1960-1975
Box 1 History circa 1970
Box 1 Leadership series 1986-1987
Box 2 Meetings 1965-1990 (10 folders)
Box 2 Membership lists 1936-1989
Box 2 Phi chapter membership applications 1931-1950 (3 folders)
Box 3 Phi chapter membership applications 1941-1970 (5 folders)
Box 3 Phi chapter schedules 1974-1987
Box 3 75th anniversary party 2007
Box 3 Christmas party circa 1970
Oversize 1 Composites 1974-2008
MC 29-4 Composite portraits 1962-1968, 1976-1980, 1989-2000 (16 items)
MC 29-5 Composite portraits 1969-1975, 1992-1998 (11 items)
Loose photographs from 1970 composite stored in accompanying folder
Box 3 General Phi chapter events circa 1950, circa 1970, 1991
Box 3 First regional conference 1950
Oversize 1 Miss Syracuse University 1992
Box 3 Phi chapter group photographs circa 1950, undated
Oversize 1 Phi chapter group photographs circa 1950, undated
Box 3 Portraits circa 1950, circa 1970
Box 3 Poster clean up event 1950
Box 3 Thirteenth national convention 1954
Box 3 Ugly man contest 1961
Box 3 Pledge applications 1956-1975 (2 folders)
Box 4 Programs of events 1939-1978
Box 4 Chapter bulletin 1986-1987
Box 4 The elimination of architectural barriers circa 1970
Box 4 A guide for the disabled 1970
Box 4 A guide for the disabled first edition 1974
Box 4 A guide to Syracuse circa 1970
Box 4 Philings 1976-2013
Box 4 Phi chapter news 1974
Box 4 Question and answer books 1989-1995 (4 folders)
Box 5 Question and answer books 1995-1996 (2 folders)
Box 5 Ritual of Alpha Phi Omega 1983-1985
Box 5 Rush roll call 1990
Box 5 Service project reports 1960-1962
Box 5 Service and personal files of Fred L. Pollack 1971
Box 9 Phi chapter scrapbook 1967-1975
Oversize 2 Phi chapter scrapbook 1974, 1993
Box 10 Phi chapter scrapbook 1975-1990
Box 11 Phi chapter scrapbook 1990-1992
Box 12 Phi chapter scrapbook 1993-1997
Box 6 Phi chapter scrapbook 1998-2001
Box 13 Phi chapter scrapbook 1999-2002
Box 7 Phi chapter scrapbook 2002
Box 14 Phi chapter scrapbook 2002-2004
Box 8 Phi chapter scrapbook 2004
Box 15 Phi chapter scrapbook 2005-2007

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