Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Records MSS.2007.03.01

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
special.collections@sjsu.edu
URL:http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Records
creator: Eta Sigma Lambda
creator: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2007.03.01
Physical Description: 10.0 boxes (8.34 linear feet)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1970-2000
Date (inclusive): 1965-2008
Abstract: Records in this collection document the structure, finances, history, culture, and charitable contributions of the Alpha Phi Alpha alumni chapter Eta Sigma Lambda, which is based in San José, California.

Preferred Citation

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Records, MSS-2007-03-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Wilbur Jackson in May 2007.

Organizational History

On December 4, 1906 at the campus of Cornell University, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity earned the distinct honor of being the first Greek letter college fraternity to be founded by African American men. Nearly 60 years later, eight African-American men founded the Eta Sigma Lambda (ESL) chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Palo Alto, California. The founders of the Eta Sigma Lambda chapter laid the foundation to what would become a socially and charitably vibrant chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The fraternity's vision statement best summarizes the purpose and spirit of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity:
The objectives of this Fraternity shall be: to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid down-trodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status.
Since their inception, ESL has raised thousands of dollars to fund scholarships that aide minority college students and the United Negro College Fund. In addition to their financial generosity, ESL has also provided innumerable hours of service to communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. At many junctures ESL has collaborated with other socially conscience organizations to raise awareness of social issues or to implement fundraising events. Such organizations have included the United Negro College Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the March of Dimes, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Train Ride, and the American Cancer Society.
To this day, one of the most sucessful collaborative ventures has been a joint effort between ESL and The March of Dimes. Since 1980, both have implemented Project Alpha, a program that has educated hundreds of young men on manhood, safe sex, and sexual responsibility.
The Eta Sigma Lambda chapter has also proven to be a vibrant and active participant in Alpha Phi Alpha events. In 1965, 1976, 1984, 1990, and 2002, ESL hosted regional Alpha Phi Alpha conventions, and in 1987 co-hosted the national convention in San Francisco. For their commendable role in both their community and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, ESL received the NAACP 2002 Social Justice Award and won the Regional Alumni Chapter of the Year Award in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2002.
A singular, yet memorable project that ESL planned is Project Olympus. With the guidance of late community leader and ESL member Tracy Wilson, Eta Sigma Lambda helped underprivileged youth attend the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
Over the years, numerous members of ESL have lived out the Alpha Phi Alpha spirit by striving to establish not only distinguished careers, but to actively contribute to the betterment of society through involvement in other organizations and government entities. In 1987 Haymon Jahi played a key role in coordinating the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Train event, which provided people of all ages an outlet to celebrate the first national observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Between 1987-2000, ESL member Wilbur Jackson served as the Regional Project Alpha Coordinator; and in 2001, Jackson was appointed as the National Coordinator of Project Alpha by General President Harry Johnson. At varying intervals, ESL members Charles McClinton, Louis Wilson, and Tom Schumake served on the Santa Clara Civil Grand Jury from 1994 to 1997, and from 2000 to 2007, Rick Callender served as President of the San José Branch of the NAACP.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Records document over 40 years of chapter history. The chapter has supported education through scholarships, mentoring, and other initiatives through the years. Records in this collection consist of local records from Eta Sigma Lambda, as well as regional and national level records. The collection is comprised of administrative files, financial records, member records, publicity and outreach materials, printed matter, photographs, and ephemera. This collection documents the structure, finances, history, culture, and activities of the Eta Sigma Lambda chapter. As a whole, this collection also serves as a history of the community service and leadership Eta Sigma Lambda has provided in the Santa Clara County and beyond.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series: I. Administrative files, 1974-2008; II. Publicity, Outreach, and Printed Matter, 1965-2008; III. Photos, Memorabilia, and Ephemera, 1962-2006; IV. Project Alpha and Contacts, 1985-2006.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Greek letter societies -- California -- Santa Clara County
African American Greek letter societies
Eta Sigma Lambda
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

 

Administrative Files Series I: 1974-2008

Box 1, Folder 1

Administrative Records 1965-1978

Box 1, Folder 2

Administrative Records 1981-1985

Box 1, Folder 3

Administrative Records 1986-1987

Box 1, Folder 4

Administrative Records 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 5

Administrative Records 1990-1991

Box 1, Folder 6

Administrative Records 1991

Box 1, Folder 7

Administrative Records 1992

Box 1, Folder 8

Administrative Records 1993-1995

Box 1, Folder 9

Administrative Records 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 10

Administrative Records 1997

Box 1, Folder 11

Administrative Records 1998-1999

Box 1, Folder 12

Administrative Records 1999-2001

Box 1, Folder 13

Administrative Records 2002

Box 1, Folder 14

Administrative Records 2001-2003

Box 1, Folder 15

Administrative Records 2003-2005

Box 1, Folder 16

Administrative Records 2006-2010

Box 1, Folder 17

Administrative Records

Box 1, Folder 18

Administrative Records

Box 1, Folder 19

Correspondence 1965-1978

Box 1, Folder 20

Correspondence 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 21

Correspondence 1984-1985

Box 1, Folder 22

Correspondence 1986-1987

Box 1, Folder 23

Correspondence 1988

Box 1, Folder 24

Correspondence 1988

Box 1, Folder 25

Correspondence 1988

Box 1, Folder 26

Correspondence 1989

Box 1, Folder 27

Correspondence 1990

Box 1, Folder 28

Correspondence 1991-1993

Box 1, Folder 29

Correspondence 1994-1996

Box 1, Folder 30

Correspondence 1997-1998

Box 1, Folder 31

Correspondence 1999

Box 1, Folder 32

Correspondence 2000

Box 1, Folder 33

Correspondence 2000

Box 1, Folder 34

Correspondence 2001

Box 1, Folder 35

Correspondence 2002

Box 1, Folder 36

Correspondence 2003-2005

Box 1, Folder 37

Correspondence 2006-2007

Box 1, Folder 38

Correspondence

Box 2, Folder 39

Finances 1965-1975

Box 2, Folder 40

Finances 1976

Box 2, Folder 41

Finances 1977

Box 2, Folder 42

Finances 1974-1980

Box 2, Folder 43

Finances 1981-1984

Box 2, Folder 44

Finances 1973-1986

Box 2, Folder 45

Finances 1985-1986

Box 2, Folder 46

Finances 1987-1989

Box 2, Folder 47

Finances 1987

Box 2, Folder 48

Finances 1987

Box 2, Folder 49

Finances 1987

Box 2, Folder 50

Finances 1988

Box 2, Folder 51

Finances 1988

Box 2, Folder 52

Finances 1989

Box 2, Folder 53

Finances 1989

Box 2, Folder 54

Finances 1989

Box 2, Folder 55

Finances 1990

Box 2, Folder 56

Finances 1990

Box 2, Folder 57

Finances 1991

Box 2, Folder 58

Finances 1992

Box 2, Folder 59

Finances 1992

Box 2, Folder 60

Finances 1992

Box 2, Folder 61

Finances 1981-1992

Box 2, Folder 62

Finances 1993

Box 2, Folder 63

Finances 1993

Box 2, Folder 64

Finances 1993

Box 2, Folder 65

Finances 1994

Box 2, Folder 66

Finances 1995

Box 2, Folder 67

Finances 1996

Box 2, Folder 68

Finances 1997

Box 2, Folder 69

Finances 1998

Box 2, Folder 70

Finances 1998

Box 2, Folder 71

Finances 1998

Box 2, Folder 72

Finances 1999

Box 2, Folder 73

Finances 1999

Box 2, Folder 74

Finances 1999

Box 2, Folder 75

Finances 1999

Box 2, Folder 76

Finances 2000

Box 2, Folder 77

Finances 2000

Box 2, Folder 78

Finances 1991-2000

Box 2, Folder 79

Finances 2001

Box 2, Folder 80

Finances 2001

Box 2, Folder 81

Finances 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 82

Finances 2006

Box 2, Folder 83

Finances 2000-2006

Box 2, Folder 84

Finances 2007

Box 2, Folder 85

Finances 2007-2008

Box 2, Folder 86

Finances

Box 3, Folder 87

Memos 1990-2006

Box 3, Folder 88

Minutes 1965-1975

Box 3, Folder 89

Minutes 1976

Box 3, Folder 90

Minutes 1977-1978

Box 3, Folder 91

Minutes 1980-1981

Box 3, Folder 92

Minutes 1982

Box 3, Folder 93

Minutes 1983

Box 3, Folder 94

Minutes 1984-1985

Box 3, Folder 95

Minutes 1986-1989

Box 3, Folder 96

Minutes 1980-1986, 1989-1990

Box 3, Folder 97

Minutes 1990-1992

Box 3, Folder 98

Minutes 1993-1997

Box 3, Folder 99

Minutes 1998-1999

Box 3, Folder 100

Minutes 1999

Box 3, Folder 101

Minutes 2000

Box 3, Folder 102

Minutes 2001-2004

Box 3, Folder 103

Minutes 2005

Box 3, Folder 104

Minutes 2006-2007

Box 3, Folder 105

Minutes 2008

Box 3, Folder 106

Minutes

Box 3, Folder 107

Policies and Procedures 1974

Box 3, Folder 108

Policies and Procedures 1983-1989

Box 3, Folder 109

Policies and Procedures 1990-1992

Box 3, Folder 110

Policies and Procedures 2000-2003

Box 3, Folder 111

Policies and Procedures

 

Publicity, Outreach, and Printed Matter Series II: 1965-2008

Box 4, Folder 112

Agendas 1975-1983

Box 4, Folder 113

Agendas 1984-1989

Box 4, Folder 114

Agendas 1990-2000

Box 4, Folder 115

Agendas 2001-2007

Box 4, Folder 116

Printed Matter 1980

Box 4, Folder 117

Printed Matter 1986

Box 4, Folder 118

Printed Matter 1987

Box 4, Folder 119

Printed Matter 1989

Box 4, Folder 120

Printed Matter 1989

Box 4, Folder 121

Printed Matter 1990

Box 4, Folder 122

Printed Matter 1990

Box 4, Folder 123

Printed Matter 1991

Box 4, Folder 124

Printed Matter 1991

Box 4, Folder 125

Printed Matter 1993

Box 4, Folder 126

Printed Matter 1994

Box 4, Folder 127

Printed Matter 1995

Box 4, Folder 128

Printed Matter 1996

Box 4, Folder 129

Printed Matter 1997

Box 4, Folder 130

Printed Matter 1998-1999

Box 4, Folder 131

Printed Matter 2001

Box 4, Folder 132

Printed Matter 2001

Box 4, Folder 133

Printed Matter 2002

Box 4, Folder 134

Printed Matter 2003

Box 4, Folder 135

Printed Matter 2004-2005

Box 4, Folder 136

Printed Matter 2006

Box 4, Folder 137

Printed Matter 2007

Box 4, Folder 138

Printed Matter 2007-2008

Box 4, Folder 139

Printed Matter

Box 4, Folder 140

Publicity and Outreach 1965

Box 4, Folder 141

Publicity and Outreach 1975

Box 4, Folder 142

Publicity and Outreach 1976

Box 4, Folder 143

Publicity and Outreach 1977

Box 4, Folder 144

Publicity and Outreach 1981

Box 4, Folder 145

Publicity and Outreach 1982

Box 4, Folder 146

Publicity and Outreach 1983

Box 4, Folder 147

Publicity and Outreach 1984

Box 5, Folder 148

Publicity and Outreach 1985

Box 5, Folder 149

Publicity and Outreach 1986

Box 5, Folder 150

Publicity and Outreach 1987

Box 5, Folder 151

Publicity and Outreach 1988

Box 5, Folder 152

Publicity and Outreach 1989

Box 5, Folder 153

Publicity and Outreach 1990

Box 5, Folder 154

Publicity and Outreach 1991

Box 5, Folder 155

Publicity and Outreach 1992

Box 5, Folder 156

Publicity and Outreach 1993

Box 5, Folder 157

Publicity and Outreach 1994

Box 5, Folder 158

Publicity and Outreach 1995

Box 5, Folder 159

Publicity and Outreach 1996-1997

Box 5, Folder 160

Publicity and Outreach 1998

Box 5, Folder 161

Publicity and Outreach 1999

Box 5, Folder 162

Publicity and Outreach 2000

Box 5, Folder 163

Publicity and Outreach 2001

Box 5, Folder 164

Publicity and Outreach 2002

Box 5, Folder 165

Publicity and Outreach 2002

Box 5, Folder 166

Publicity and Outreach 2003

Box 5, Folder 167

Publicity and Outreach 2004

Box 5, Folder 168

Publicity and Outreach 2005

Box 5, Folder 169

Publicity and Outreach 2006

Box 5, Folder 170

Publicity and Outreach circa 1990

Box 5, Folder 171

Publicity and Outreach 2007-2008

Box 5, Folder 172

Publicity and Outreach

Box 5, Folder 173

Publicity and Outreach

Box 5, Folder 174

Serials 1984

Box 5, Folder 175

Serials 1986

Box 5, Folder 176

Serials 1987

Box 5, Folder 177

Serials 1988

Box 5, Folder 178

Serials 1989

Box 5, Folder 179

Serials 1990

Box 5, Folder 180

Serials 1991

Box 5, Folder 181

Serials 1992

Box 5, Folder 182

Serials 1993

Box 5, Folder 183

Serials 1994

Box 5, Folder 184

Serials 1995

Box 5, Folder 185

Serials 1996

Box 5, Folder 186

Serials 1997

Box 5, Folder 187

Serials 1999

Box 5, Folder 188

Serials 2000

Box 5, Folder 189

Serials 2001

Box 5, Folder 190

Serials 2003

Box 5, Folder 191

Serials 2004-2008

 

Photographs, Memorabilia, and Ephemera Series III: 1962-2006

Box 6, Folder 192

Awards, Certificates, and Commendations 1982-2002

Box 6, Folder 193

Event Tickets 1998-2002

Box 6, Folder 194

Gift Bags circa 2000

Box 6, Folder 195

Letterhead and Poster undated

Box 6, Folder 196

Calculator undated

Box 6, Folder 197

Fraternity Notebook undated

Box 6, Folder 198

Photographs 1978-1981

Box 6, Folder 199

Photographs 1975-1989

Box 6, Folder 200

Photographs 1980-1993

Box 6, Folder 201

Photographs 1996

Box 6, Folder 202

Photographs 2001, undated

Box 6, Folder 203

Photographs 2001-2002

Box 6, Folder 204

Photographs 1990-2006

Box 6, Folder 205

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 206

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 207

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 208

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 209

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 210

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 211

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 212

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 213

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 214

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 215

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 216

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 217

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 218

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 219

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 220

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 221

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 222

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 223

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 224

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 225

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 226

Photographs

Box 6, Folder 227

Photographs

Box 7

Scrapbook undated 1982-1988

Box 7

Scrapbook 1994-1996

Box 7

Scrapbook 1996

Box 7

Scrapbook 1998-2000

Box 7, Folder 228

Mayors Youth Conference Certificate 1989

Box 7, Folder 229

Program Uplift Award 2000

Box 7, Folder 230

City of San José Commendation 2002

Box 7, Folder 231

Centennial Celebration Handbills 2006

Box 7, Folder 232

Green'n Hot Links Golf Cart Medallion 2003

Box 8, Folder 233

Plaque Awarded at Shule Mandela Academy 1997

Box 8, Folder 234

Plaque Awarded at 52nd Western Region Convention 2000

Box 8, Folder 235

Plaque Awarded by Parent's Choice, Inc 1991

Box 8, Folder 236

Plaque Awarded at 42nd Regional Convention 1990

Box 8, Folder 237

Plaque Awarded at 54th Western Region Convention 2002

Box 8, Folder 238

Plaque Awarded by Santa Clara Valley Urban League 1989

Box 8, Folder 239

City of San Jose Commendation 2004

Box 8, Folder 240

Pi Omega Pi Yearbook 1939

Box 8, Folder 241

Pi Omega Pi Yearbook 1941

Box 8, Folder 242

Pi Omega Pi Yearbook 1943

Box 8, Folder 243

Pi Omega Pi Yearbook 1952

Box 9

Banner

Box 9, Folder 244

Epsilon Mu Chapter Charter and Charter Copies 1962

Box 9, Folder 245

Eta Sigma Lambda Charter Copy

Box 9, Folder 246

Group Photographs

Box 9, Folder 247

Musical celebration of Tracy Wilson Poster 1994

Box 9, Folder 248

March of Dimes Pregnancy Poster undated

Box 9, Folder 249

National Headquarters Fundraiser Poster undated

Box 9

80th National Convention Poster 1986

Box 9

Eddie Robinson Football Poster 1986

Box 9

Empty Binders with Regalia undated

Box 9

Male Partnership Project T-Shirt undated

Box 9

Project Alpha T-Shirt undated

Box 9

Big Bro Sarcophagus Paddle undated

 

Project Alpha and Contacts 1985-2006

Box 10, Folder 250

Contact Lists 1980-2000

Box 10, Folder 251

Project Alpha History & Planning 1980-2000

Box 10, Folder 252

Project Alpha Agendas, Facts, and Reports 1980-2000

Box 10, Folder 253

Project Alpha Correspondence 1980-2000

Box 10, Folder 254

Project Alpha Printed Materials 1980-2000

Box 10, Folder 255

Project Alpha Movie Information circa 1980s

Box 10

Project Alpha Binder

Box 10

Project Alpha Folder Scrapbook 1994