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Ken Smith Nu Alpha Phi Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ken Smith Nu Alpha Phi Collection
    Dates: 1923-2010
    Collection number: PC.0027
    Extent: 8.3 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 3 record cartons, 3 flat storage boxes, 2 oversized flat storage boxes, 1 rectangular lidded box)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: The collection contains Nu Alpha Phi memorabilia, such as photographs, scrapbooks, and banners; copies of the Oak Leaf newsletter; member correspondence; biographical files; fraternity histories and reminiscences; and planning documents regarding Nu Alpha Phi events, scholarships, and programs.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in collection: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ken Smith Nu Alpha Phi Collection (PC-0027). Pomona College Archives, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Nu Alpha Phi Alumni Association, 2012; Gift of Nu Alpha Phi members, 2014; Transfer from Pomona College Alumni Relations, 2015.


    Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Nu Alpha Phi was founded in 1921, becoming Pomona College's fourth fraternity, following Kappa Delta (1901), Sigma Tau (1912), and Phi Delta (1915). Organized by a small group of students, the idea of a fourth fraternity was met with approval by President James Blaisdell and faculty members George Sumner and Dr. Frank Brackett assisted in advisory capacities in the fraternity's founding process. Nu Alpha Phi's first official group meeting took place in Smiley Hall on March 21, 1921 and included ten members–two faculty and eight undergraduates. A second meeting was held the next day on March 22, 1921 to elect officers, appoint a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws, and to design a pin insignia. The initials Nu Alpha Phi were adopted as symbols relating to a Greek motto of friendship. The construction of a fraternity cabin in the Camp Baldy region was next explored, following the tradition of the other three Pomona College fraternities who had cabins in the area. While a suitable location was not found at Camp Baldy, Nu Alpha Phi members were able to acquire property in nearby San Dimas Canyon and cabin construction was completed in spring of 1922. Nu Alpha Phi's first female members were initiated in 1977, marking a transition to becoming a co-ed organization. In the early 2000s, Nu Alpha Phi opened its membership beyond Pomona College to any student within the Claremont Colleges Consortium. Nu Alpha Phi was disbanded in 2016.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The Ken Smith Nu Alpha Phi collection contains materials related to the Pomona College Greek-letter organization with a focus on its history, members, and events. Among the collection contents are histories of Nu Alpha Phi, biographical files of Nu Alpha Phi members from 1932 to 2009, and issues of the Oak Leaf newsletter from 1930 to 2003. The collection includes numerous planning papers focusing on Nu Alpha Phi-sponsored and Pomona College events such as Camperoo, Rush Week, and Alumni Day, as well as organizational documents like meeting minutes, articles of incorporation, and scholarship materials. A substantial portion of the collection also includes memorabilia and photographs related to Nu Alpha Phi, including scrapbooks, banners, fraternity paddles, and photographs of its members, the Nu Alpha Phi Cabin, and other events.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following five series:
    • Series 1: Memorabilia, 1931-2010 and undated
    • Series 2: Biographical files, 1932-2009 and undated
    • Series 3: Oak Leaf, 1930-2003
    • Series 4: Planning papers, 1923-2003 and undated
    • Series 5: Photographs, 1924-2002 and undated
    Folders are arranged alphabetically by file name in Series 2 and chronologically by date range in Series 3.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.

    Subject Terms

    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
    Alumni and alumnae
    College students
    Greek letter societies

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Photograph albums