Guide to the Alpha Pi Boulé Records

Finding Aid Authors: Svetlana Kondratenko.
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Guide to the Alpha Pi Boulé Records 1965/2003

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Alpha Pi Boulé Records
Dates: 1965-2003
Identification: MS-0397
Creator: Alpha Pi Boulé
Physical Description: 3.09 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Other Information:
This collection was processed as part of the San Diego African American Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.

Historical Note:

Alpha Pi Boulé, the local chapter of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, was chartered on May 8,1965, in San Diego, California after Jack Kimbrough, DDS, contacted members of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity in Los Angeles to investigate establishing a branch of the organization in San Diego. Established in 1904, the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity is the country's oldest fraternity for college-educated and professional African-Americans. Its goal is to pursue intellectual development, citizenship, law, and culture. The fraternity as a whole is referred to as the Grand Boulé. Alpha Pi Boulé's original members and first Charter Officers were Sire Archon (President) J. Kimbrough, Grammateus (Secretary) John Johnson, Thesaristis (Treasurer) George Walker Smith, Leading Archon - Agogos Edward Maddox, and Lecturing Archon – Rhetoricus Harold Howland. Other early members were Edward Singleton, Henry Lennette, Earl Gilliam, and Donald Carey.
Members must have at least a baccalaureate degree, but most have earned advanced degrees. The fraternity emphasizes inviting men of recognized achievement in their fields to be members in order to organize men of common values to improve the quality of life of African-Americans in San Diego. There are approximately 40 active members in Alpha Pi Boulé.
Through direct dialoge, programs and actions, members of the Fraternity utilize their resources to enhance and improve the socio-economic status of the African-American community in San Diego. Alpha Pi Boulé was initially a purely social organization, but later broadened its interests to include a vital social actions component. Numerous committees implement community programs and activities, especially for young people. Each year the organization offers awards and four year college scholarships to local African-American high school students. Other community education programs initiated by the Alpha Pi Boule include The Man of the Village, SAT, Signature Project, Links Achiever Program, and Educating Jalani and Jameli – all aimed at providing better educational opportunities and greater support for African-American students in improving their grades and scores.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University) -- Archives
Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University) -- History -- Sources

Genre/Form of Material:

Organizational Records
Video Recordings

Topical Term:

African American college graduates -- California -- San Diego -- Societies, etc. -- History -- Sourc
African Americans -- California -- San Diego -- Social life and customs -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

The donor must be notified of all requests for photocopies. Researchers wishing to photocopy 20% or more of the collection must provide written notice to the Head of the Special Collections and University Archives ten (10) business days prior to copying the materials. The donor has the right to inquire of the requestor and establish additional restrictions. Please consult the staff of Special Collections and University Archives for additional information.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Alpha Pi Boule Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

Leon Williams Papers
Reverend George Walker Smith Papers

Scope and Contents

The Alpha Pi Boulé Records document the history and activities of Alpha Pi Boulé, chapter 39 of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Filed alphabetically in a single series, it documents the chapter's foundation, its social action programs, partnerships with community schools, as well as Alpha Pi Boulé's relationships with other community organizations including the San Diego DX International Association / DX San Diego Club and the San Diego Amateur Radio Club.  Included are meeting minutes (1985-2001), Executive Committee meeting minutes (1992-2000), bylaws, constitutions, financial records, membership reports, correspondence, and a few artifacts. The collection also contains photos from some of the Alpha Pi Boulé's meetings and events in the 1990s, and photos from the San Diego Metropolitan Radio Club. A video tape from one of the Pacific Coast Regional Conventions (1999) is also included in the collection.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Announcements 1983-2001

Box 1, Folder 2

Awards 1980-2002

Box 1, Folder 3

Biennial Grand Boule and Conference 1988-2002

Box 1, Folder 4


Box 1, Folder 5

The Boule Journal 1999

Box 1, Folder 6

Bylaws/Constitutions 1982-1998

Box 1, Folder 7

Boule Foundation

Box 1, Folder 8

Celebrations 1988-2002

Box 1, Folder 9

Committee Planning with Posters 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 10

Community School Issues, including Turn Around Program (TAP) 1 of 2 1999-2000

Box 2, Folder 1

Community School Issues, including Turn Around Program (TAP) 2 of 2 1999-2000

Box 2, Folder 2

DX Association (International)

Box 2, Folder 3

DX Association/Stamp Collection

Box 2, Folder 4

DX Club (San Diego)

Box 2, Folder 5

Events 1982-1999

Box 2, Folder 6

Financial Statements/Budgets and Donations, 1 of 2 1986-1996

Box 2, Folder 7

Financial Statements/Budgets and Donations, 2 of 2 1997-2001

Box 2, Folder 8

Health Issues 1999-2002

Box 2, Folder 9

Information on Fraternity 1965-2002

Box 3, Folder 1

Letters/Memorandums 1982-1999

Box 3, Folder 2

Membership 1982-2001

Box 3, Folder 3

Memos 1997-1999, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 4

Minutes for Meetings 1984-1988

Box 3, Folder 5

Minutes for Meetings 1990-1998

Box 4, Folder 1

Minutes for Meetings 1999-2001

Box 4, Folder 2

Minutes of Meetings/Executive Committee 1985-1987, 1992-1993, 1997-2002

Box 4, Folder 3

Officers/Alpha Pi Boule 1999

Box 4, Folder 4

Pacific Coast Regional Boule 1987, 1997-2000, 2003

Box 4, Folder 5

Photos-Alpha Pi Boule

Box 4, Folder 6

Photos/San Diego Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club, 1 of 2

Box 4, Folder 7

Photos/San Diego Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club, 2 of 2

Box 4, Folder 8

Orientation Materials 1988, 2001

Box 4, Folder 9

Programs 1986-1988, 1997-2001

Box 4, Folder 10

Retreats 1998-2002

Box 4, Folder 11

Rituals and Manually Ceremonies 1984, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 12

San Diego Amateur Radio Club/Events and Programs 1992-1995, 1997

Box 5, Folder 1

San Diego Amateur Radio Club/ General Information 1987, 1992-1995, 1998

Box 5, Folder 2

San Diego Amateur Radio Club/Meeting Minutes 1992-1995, 1997, 2003

Box 5, Folder 3

San Diego Amateur Radio Club/Miscellaneous

Box 5, Folder 4

San Diego Amateur Radio Club/Newsletter and Publicity 1991-1995, 1997

Box 5, Folder 5

Scholarships/Student Profile 1980-1984, 1986-1987

Box 5, Folder 6

Social Action Committee 1997-2002

Box 6

San Diego Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club Medal

Box 6

SD Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club President 1994-1995 William Chapman AA6JZ Gavel

Box 6

45th Biennial Grand Boule Medallion 2000

Box 6

Video (VHS), Sigma Pi Phi Pacific Coast Regional Convention Maui, Hawaii October 7- 10, 1999