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Alpha Phi Omega Records,

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-5014

Scope and Content

These records contain organizational paperwork for Alpha Phi Omega, including the constitution and by-laws, lists of officers, financial reports, and various forms and promotional materials. These records contain 5 photo albums by John Ganshert, the Alpha Phi Omega historian. The photo albums are from 2004-2005, and undated. Also included are 9 scrapbooks which span from 1991-2004. The photo albums and scrapbooks document social gatherings, fundraisers, service projects, and pledging. Some of the service projects documented in the photo albums and scrapbooks include carwashes, retreats, beach clean-up, adopt-a-road, bake sales, and Special Olympics.


  • 1985-2005


The materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions, and they may be photocopied. An appointment for research is recommended.

Conditions Governing Use

The original lists of officers, as well as some organizational forms have been removed and held seperately from the collection because they contain identifying personal information. Photocopies are available for use.

Historical Note

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-educational, non-profit national service fraternity that upholds the foundational principles of leadership, friendship, and service. It was founded on the principles of the Scout Oath and Law and is dedicated to service both on campus, as well as to the local community and nation. The organization was founded by WWI veteran Frank Reed Horton in 1925 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. It is currently headquartered in Independence, Missouri. Alpha Phi Omega has chapters in 366 colleges in the nation, with over 17,000 student members. Since its founding, the organization has had over 350,000 members.

The Tau Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega was founded at Appalachian State University in 1967, and it was the first fraternity established on campus. All members of Tau Beta must undergo a period of pledging in which they complete a certain amount of community service, learn the traditions of the organization, and pass certain tests and other requirements. Members have participated in various service projects throughout the years. Every year the chapter has gone to the Ginger Cascades camp to set up and take down tents and cut and stack firewood. Tau Beta members have also volunteered at places such as the Humane Society, Watauga Youth Network, Special Olympics, Mount Mission Farms, and the Watauga Hunger Coalition.


3.75 Linear Feet (5 tall manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)


Alpha Phi Omega is a co-educational, non-profit national service fraternity. These records contain organizational paperwork for the Tau Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, founded at Appalachian State University in 1967. Also included are 5 photo albums and 9 scrapbooks documenting organizational activities of the Tau Beta Chapter.


The Alpha Phi Omega records are organized into three series. Series 1: Constitution, By-Laws, and Other Organizational Documents. Series 2: Photo Albums by John Ganshert. Series 3: Scrapbooks.

Acquistions Information

Alpha Phi Omega photo albums and scrapbooks were donated by John Ganshert in 2006, accession number 2006.271. Organizational documents and scrapbooks were donated by Mike Andrew in 2004, accession number 2004.211.

Processing Information

Processed by Kendall Reese

UA.5014: Alpha Phi Omega Records, 1985-2005
Kendall Reese
March 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository