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Alpha Pi Boulé Records, 1965-2003 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Alpha Pi Boulé (1965-)

Extent: 3.09 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 11/26/2002

Subjects: African American college graduates--California--San Diego--Societies, etc.--History--Sources, African Americans--California--San Diego--Social life and customs--Sources, Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University)--Archives, Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University)--History--Sources

Forms of Material: Artifacts, Organizational Records, Photographs, Video Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical 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.

Subject/Index Terms

African American college graduates--California--San Diego--Societies, etc.--History--Sources
African Americans--California--San Diego--Social life and customs--Sources
Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University)--Archives
Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University)--History--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: 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.

Use Restrictions: 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.

Acquisition Source: William T. Chapman

Related Materials:

Leon Williams Papers

Reverend George Walker Smith Papers

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.

Other Note: 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.

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Folder 1: Letters/Memorandums, 1982-1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Membership, 1982-2001Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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