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Alpha Phi Omega records

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Administrative Records

Membership Records

Newsletters

General

Photographs

Scrapbooks



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Alpha Phi Omega records, 1947-present

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Collection Overview

Title: Alpha Phi Omega records, 1947-presentAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Alpha Phi Omega

Extent: 24.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged into six series. Series I, Administrative Records; Series II, Membership Records; Series III, Newsletters; Series IV, General, and Series V, Photographs, Series VI, Scrapbooks.

Subjects: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Fraternities

Languages: English

Collection processed by: Amy Rupert and Alyssa J. Pasquale

Abstract

Records which document the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity from 1947-present.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Alpha Phi Omega records (AC 41) which document the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity from 1947-present.

Biographical Note

The Epsilon Zeta chapter was founded on May 11th, 1947 at 2:30 p.m. in the RPI Clubhouse. As well as having national representatives on hand, five members of the RPI faculty and some Boy Scout executives attended. Russell Olsen was installed as president, Walter Locher as vice president, Peter Gundlefinger as secretary and John Thompson was installed as treasurer. There were forty charter members of the chapter, most of them veterans of World War II.

In the early years of the chapter, brothers spent a lot of time helping out at Vanderheyden Hall. The chapter donated money, built new facilities, painted and helped out in many other ways. Services to the campus included the Lost and Found which was run out of the office in the RPI Clubhouse (now Lally Hall) beginning in 1947. Coat checks were run at school functions as well as manning concession stands at dances. 1949 saw the birth of the Used Book Exchange, which was initially run as a twice per semester event. Also in 1949 the chapter celebrated RPI's 125th anniversary by donating a Costa Blue Spruce tree to be used as a campus Christmas tree. (It was later cut down and replaced by a flag pole.)

The Meanest Man on Campus (MMOC) competition began in 1958. Faculty, staff and students all vied for the prestigious title. Members of the RPI community voted for their preferred contestant by donating money. All of the money raised was donated to a local charity. The very first MMOC winner was Captain Ray from ROTC.

The late 1960s saw some big changes for Epsilon Zeta as they moved from the Clubhouse to the newly constructed student Union building. EZ brothers helped with the dedication ceremonies for the new Union. That same weekend, EZ celebrated their 20th anniversary by hosting a banquet at Mario's in Troy. A women's auxiliary was formed and Epsilon Zeta brothers invited the women to help with service projects.

By 1976, women were allowed to become full members in Epsilon Zeta due to a change in Alpha Phi Omega's national bylaws. Notable projects in the 1970s included building a ramp outside of the home of a 15-year-old cerebral palsy victim who could not walk, creating punch cards for the Folsom Library's books to help automate the circulation process and raising over $8,000 at a walk for the mentally handicapped.

The 1980s were spent fixing up the Approach, holding a Capital District Educational Fair and managing several successful Boy Scout camporees. In 1980 and 1984, the chapter was given the Arno Nowotny National Service Award. Also in 1984, Epsilon Zeta was granted the first ever Disborough Service to Scouting Award, also honored by the National fraternity. The chapter continued to flourish in the 1990s. Red Cross blood drives, MMOC competitions, annual publication of the Infocard, and outstanding attendance at Sectional, Regional and National conferences. In 1998, Epsilon Zeta was recognized with an unprecedented third Nowotny Service Award.

Today, Epsilon Zeta continues to provide services to the campus, community and country. A scholarship program awards three $1,000 awards to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership skills. The chapter has been commended for their work cataloging books at a local library. In 2004, another Nowotny Service Award was received, making Epsilon Zeta the first chapter to receive four such awards. The chapter also received the Josiah Frank Historian's Award.

Subject/Index Terms

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Fraternities

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Additional material was added to the collection in 2011 and 2012.

Access Restrictions: Membership forms and brotherhood lists are restricted to current executive committee officers only.

Acquisition Source: APO Members

Preferred Citation: Alpha Phi Omega records, AC 41. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Processing Information: This collection was reclassified from a manuscript collection (MC 56) to an archival collection (AC 41) on 12/12/2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: 12/15/2014: The finding aid was reviewed resulting in box numbers being changed from chronological within a series to chronological throughout the whole collection. Several of the records center cartons with documents were transferred to smaller manuscript boxes for easier handling and all of the scrapbooks were removed from their boxes and are now shelved with the collection as individual items. Rare book tabs have been inserted into the scrapbooks and specifiy corresponding dates for identification. A sixth series entitled scrapbooks was added to the collection to break up the photographs from the scrapbooks. The series' and general layout of the finding aid remain the same.

Other URL: http://apo.union.rpi.edu/cms/


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series II: Membership Records],
[Series III: Newsletters],
[Series IV: General],
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Series IV: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Includes information regarding large service projects such as meanest man on campus (MMOC), ugliest man on campus (UMOC), infocards, student directories, scouting camporees, lost and found, buspool and Klondike derbies; newspaper clippings; awards the chapter has won; written histories of the chapter; event t-shirts; installation banquet programs; and memorabilia such as patches, pins and ribbons.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Buspool, 1966, 1980, 1982-1984 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Capital District Educational Fair, 1983, 1984, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chapter Reviews and Committee Reports, 1971, 1981, 1985, 1988-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Infocards, 1975-1995, 1997-1998, 2002-2003, 2004-Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Klondike Derby, 1979, 1992-1993, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Literature from Nationals, 1947, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1985, 1991, 1994, 2002, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Lost and Found, 1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Meanest Man on Campus (MMOC), 1983, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous, 1953, 1957, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 2007-2011Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous pamphelts, notices, general information about APO, newsletters, certificates, and greeting cards.
Folder 10: Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Student Directory Reports, 1972-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ugliest Man on Campus (UMOC), 1968,Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Walkathons, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Women in APO, 1970-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 4-H Computer Club, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Charter Documents, 1947Add to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Volunteer Information, 1997, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Flipbook, 2003-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Quote Books, 2003, 2007Add to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Awards, 1960-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Awards, 1975-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Awards, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Awards, 1982-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Awards, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Awards, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Awards, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Awards, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Awards, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Awards, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Awards, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Awards, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Awards, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Awards, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Awards, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Awards, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Awards, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Awards, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Awards, 2004-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Awards, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Awards (general information), 1988, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Awards (schedules and calendars), 2004, 2006Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Camporee Information, 1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: All Out for Scouting re: Camporee, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Gathering of Nations re: Camporee, 1982, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Circle the Wagons re: Camporee, September 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: District In Camp re: Camporee, October 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Unity as One re: Camporee, October 1991Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chapter Histories, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Chapter Histories, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Chapter Histories, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Chapter Histories, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Chapter Histories, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Chapter Histories, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Chapter Histories, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Chapter Histories, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference Documents: Nationals 1960 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference Documents: Sectionals 1968 - Xi Zeta, November 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1969 - Iota Omega, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1969 - Gamma, November 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1970 - Phi, November 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1971 - Tau Eta, April-May 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1971 - Sigma Kappa, April 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1971 - Epsilon Zeta, November 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1973 - Xi Zeta, April 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1974 - Epsilon Zeta, March 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1976 - Epsilon Zeta, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Conference Documents: Regionals 1977 - New Jersey, December 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Conference Documents: Nationals 1978 - Nashville, Tennessee, December 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1979 - Epsilon Zeta, November 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Conference Documents: Regionals 1979 - New Jersey, December 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1980 - Gamma, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Conference Documents: Nationals 1980 - Los Angeles, California, December 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Conference Documents: Regionals 1981 - Albany, New York, December 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1982 - Epsilon Zeta, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Conference Documents: Nationals 1982 - Kansas City, Missouri, December 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Conference Documents: Regionals 1983 - Albany, New York, December 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Conference Documents: Nationals 1984 - Washington D.C., December 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Conference Documents: Nationals 1986 - Houston, Texas, December 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1987 - Epsilon Zeta, October 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Conference Documents: Regionals 1987 - New Jersey, December 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Conference Documents: Nationals 1988 - Denver, Colorado, December 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1989 - Chi Pi, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1991 - Epsilon Sigma, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 1991 - Epsilon Zeta, November 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1992 - Gamma, March 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Conference Documents: Regionals 1993 - Albany, New York, December 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1995 - Epsilon Gamma, March - April 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 1999 - Xi Rho, April 1999Add to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 2000 - Epsilon Zeta, April 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference Documents: Nationals 2000 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 2003 - Epsilon Gamma, April 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 2003 - Epsilon Zeta, October 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Conference Documents: Regionals 2003 - New Jersey, December 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Conference Documents: Sectionals Spring 2004 - Mu Lambda, March 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Conference Documents: Sectionals Fall 2004 - Xi Rho, November 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Conference Documents: Nationals 2004 - Denver, Colorado, December 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Conference Documents: Nationals - General Information, 1992, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Conference Documents: National Convention, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Conference Documents: Epsilon Zeta, November 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Conference Documents: Miscellany, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Installation Banquet Program, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Installation Banquet Program, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Installation Banquet Program, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Installation Banquet Program, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Installation Banquet Program, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Installation Banquet Program, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Installation Banquet Program, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Installation Banquet Program, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Installation Banquet Program, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Installation Banquet Program, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Installation Banquet Program, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Installation Banquet Program, 2000-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Installation Banquet Program, 2005-Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1947-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1966-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, Spring 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings, 1969-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Newspaper Clippings, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Newspaper Clippings, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Newspaper Clippings, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Newspaper Clippings, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Newspaper Clippings, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Newspaper Clippings, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Newspaper Clippings, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Newspaper Clippings, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Newspaper Clippings, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Newspaper Clippings, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Newspaper Clippings, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Newspaper Clippings, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Newspaper Clippings, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Newspaper Clippings, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Newspaper Clippings, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Newspaper Clippings, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Newspaper Clippings, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Newspaper Clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Envelope 1: "Roll Over with EZ" Albany '99 buttons (4)Add to your cart.
Envelope 2: Miscellaneous metal pinsAdd to your cart.
Envelope 3: Miscellaneous buttonsAdd to your cart.
Envelope 4: Alpha Phi Omega misc. buttonsAdd to your cart.
Envelope 5: "Absolutely Albany" buttonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: 4th, 5th, 6th Annual Swin-O-Ree Hudson District patches, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: 7th-11th Annual Swin-O-Ree Uncle Sam patches, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 13th, 16th, 17th Annual Swin-O-Ree Uncle Samm patches, 1982, 1985, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 18th, 19th, 21st Annual Swin-O-Ree Uncle Sam patches, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Girl Scout Swin-O-Ree patches, 1986, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Gathering of the Nations patches, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Fall Camporee patches, 1980, 1988, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Unity as One Mahican Disctict patches, 1991, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Circle the Wagons Fall Camporee Uncle Sam District patches, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Misellaneous pathces, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous Ribbons, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 40: T-ShirtsAdd to your cart.
Box 41: T-ShirtsAdd to your cart.
Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversize miscellaneous, circa 1969-1970, 1975Add to your cart.
Signature boards, oversize calendar, certificate from George M. Low
Folder 2: Oversize banner on brown paper, undatedAdd to your cart.

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