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Alpha Phi Omega records

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

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


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administrative Records],
[Series II: Membership Records],
[Series III: Newsletters],
[Series IV: General],
[Series V: Photographs],
[Series VI: Scrapbooks],
[All]

Series V: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Contains snapshots from events and service projects; annual composite photographs including a portrait of each brother currently in the chapter; slides; negatives; and scrapbooks.
Box 43Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Composites (11" x 17"), 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Composites (11" x 17"), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Composites (11" x 17"), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Composites (11" x 17"), 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Composites (11" x 17"), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Composites (11" x 17"), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Composites (11" x 17"), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Composites (11" x 17"), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Composites (11" x 17"), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Composites (11" x 17"), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Composites (11" x 17"), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Composites (11" x 17"), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Composites (11" x 17"), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Composites (11" x 17"), 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Composites (11" x 17"), 2005Add to your cart.
Drawer 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Composites (2' x 3'), 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Composites (2' x 3'), 1987-1988, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Composites (2' x 3'), 1994-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Composites (2' x 3'), 1999-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Composites (2' x 3'), 2002-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Composites (2' x 3'), 2006-Add to your cart.
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, Spring 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Fall 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, Spring 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, Spring 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, Fall 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, Fall 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, Fall 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Spring 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs, Fall 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs, Spring 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, Fall 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs, Spring 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photographs, Spring 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs, Spring 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photographs, 1940-1950Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous and unknown individual photographs
Folder 16: Photographs, Fall 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs, Spring 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs, Spring 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs, Fall 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs, Fall 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Photographs, Fall 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Photographs, Spring 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Photographs, Spring 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Photographs, Fall 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs, Spring 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Photographs, Fall 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Photographs, Spring 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Photographs, Fall 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Photographs, Fall 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Photographs, Spring 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Photographs, Fall 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Photographs, Spring 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Photographs, Fall 1972Add to your cart.
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, Spring 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Spring 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, Spring 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, Spring 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, Fall 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, Spring 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Fall 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs, Spring 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs, Fall 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, 1970-1979Add to your cart.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, Spring 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Fall 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, Spring 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, Fall 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, Spring 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, Fall 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs, Fall 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs, Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous and unidentified individuals and events.
Box 47Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, Fall 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Spring 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, Fall 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, Spring 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, Fall 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, Spring 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, Summer 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Spring 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs, Fall 1995Add to your cart.
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, Spring 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Spring 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, Fall 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, Spring 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, Fall 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, Fall 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, 1990-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Spring 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs, Fall 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs, Spring 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, Fall 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photographs, Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs, Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photographs, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Photographs, 2006Add to your cart.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs: Puckoffs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs:Swimorees, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, circa1990sAdd to your cart.
Group of photographs seesmingly came from a scrapbook of sorts.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brotherhood Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs of National Conventions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Slides, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Slides, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Slides, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Slides, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Slides, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Slides, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Slides, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Slides, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Slides, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Slides, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Slides, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Slides, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Slides, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Slides, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Slides, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Slides, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Slides, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Slides, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Slides, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Slides, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Slides, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Slides, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Slides, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Slides: APO Office, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Slides: Fixing The Approach, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Slides: Reproductions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Negatives, Fall 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Negatives, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Negatives, Fall 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Negatives, August 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Negatives, September - October 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Negatives, November - December 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

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[Series II: Membership Records],
[Series III: Newsletters],
[Series IV: General],
[Series V: Photographs],
[Series VI: Scrapbooks],
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