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Guide to the Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter Records, 1980 - 2003

Abstract

The Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter was founded in 1955 at Duke University. The student service fraternity performs variety of volunteer activities in Durham as well as greater North Carolina and South Carolina. The Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter Records contain minutes, reports, correspondence, administrative information, slides, composite photographs, audio tapes, scrapbooks, and other materials.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter records 1980 - 2003
Creator
Alpha Phi Omega. Lambda Nu Chapter (Duke University)
Extent
17.5 Linear Feet, , 3500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter Records include minutes, reports, correspondence, administrative information, slides, photographs, audio tapes, scrapbooks, and other materials documenting the history of this service fraternity. The first series, Administrative, contains information about the membership, volunteer work, social activities, and alumni of Lambda Nu. The second series, Slides, contains slides of Lambda Nu activities from 1980 to 1997. The next series, Audio Recordings, has one audio cassette of the 1998 Senior Banquet. The fourth series, Composite Photographs, contains photographs of all Lambda Nu Members during most school years between 1986 and 2002. The Scrapbooks series contains photographs, documents, handwritten notes, and other materials assembled by Lambda Nu members. The final series, Oversize Materials, houses oversize scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

The Administrative series contains materials used by chapter leaders in their administration of Lambda Nu, including minutes, reports, correspondence, slides, and information on volunteer projects, membership, social activities, alumni, and the history of the chapter. Much of the material was originally housed in binders, and the original arrangement of papers has been retained. Folders are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Materials, 1985-1992
Box 1 Folder 1-2
Administrative Materials, 1987-1991
Box 1 Folder 3-4
Alumni Survey and Letters, 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 5
Alumni Address and Phone Lists, 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 6
Administrative Materials, 1989-1993
Box 1 Folder 7
Alumni Correspondence, Fall 1990-Spring 1991
Box 1 Folder 8-9
Administrative Materials, 1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 10-11
Conferences, 1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 12
"The Chapter Record," May 1992
Box 1 Folder 13
Alpha Phi Omega national History, 1993
Box 1 Folder 14
"Growing Pains: Making the Transition to a Larger Chapter," Fall 1993
Box 1 Folder 15
Administrative Materials, Fall 1993-Fall 1995
Box 1 Folder 16-17
Roll Call, Fall 1994
Box 1 Folder 18
Conferences, 1995
Box 1 Folder 19
Chapter Articles and By-Laws, Alumni Directory, Rosters, Resume, Service Project List
Box 1 Folder 20
Chapter Family Tree, Sample Pedge Manual, Sample Pledge Quizzes, and Finals
Box 1 Folder 21
Lambda Nu Chapter Record
Box 1 Folder 22
Officers' Reports - President and Service
Box 1 Folder 23
Officers' Reports - Fundraising, Membership, Social
Box 1 Folder 24
Officers' Reports - Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 25
Publicity
Box 1 Folder 26
Sample Service Record
Box 1 Folder 27-28
Sample Service Record
Box 2 Folder 29
Slides
Box 2 Folder 30-31
Corresponding Committee/Administrative Materials, Fall 1995-Spring 1997
Box 2 Folder 32-33
Administrative Materials, Spring 1995-Spring 1996
Box 2 Folder 33a
APO Service, 1995-1996
Box 2 Folder 34
APO Alumni Mailing List
Box 2 Folder 35
Fourtieth Anniversary Survey Results
Box 2 Folder 36
Newsletters, Publications, Duke Alumni
Box 2 Folder 37
General and Lists
Box 2 Folder 38
Slides
Box 2 Folder 39
The Tome, Officer Statements, News Clips
Box 2 Folder 40
Minutes, Fall 1995
Box 2 Folder 41
Spring 1996
Box 2 Folder 42
Fall 1996
Box 2 Folder 43
Pledge Materials
Box 2 Folder 44
Service Goals
Box 2 Folder 45
Spring 1995
Box 2 Folder 46-47
Fall 1995
Box 2 Folder 48
Fall 1996
Box 2 Folder 49
Administrative Materials, Fall 1996
Box 2 Folder 49a
National Convention Materials, 1996
Box 2 Folder 49b
Committee Notes, circa December 1996
Box 2 Folder 49c
Administrative Materials, Spring 1997
Box 2 Folder 50
APO Service, Spring 1997
Box 2 Folder 51
Administrative Materials, Fall 1997
Box 3 Folder 52
Membership Materials, Fall 1997
Box 3 Folder 52a-52b
National Convention Materials, 1998
Box 3 Folder 52c
Administrative Materials, 1998-2000
Box 3 Folder 52d-52e
National Convention Materials, 1998-2002
Box 3 Folder 52f-52g
Leadership Index, 2000-2001
Box 3 Folder 53
Senior Banquet, 2001
Box 3 Folder 54

The slides document Lambda Nu volunteer and social activities. See folders 30, 31, and 38 for more slides.

1980-1989
1989-1990
1994-1995
1995-1996
1996-1997

The Audio Recordings series contains one standard audio cassette tape.

Senior Banquet cassette tape, 1998

The Composite Photographs series contains oversize photographs of Lambda Nu members during a school year. The photographs include the names of the members as well as their positions in the group. They are arranged in chronological order.

1985-1986
Box 4
1987-1988
Box 4
1990-1991
Box 4
1992-1993
Box 4
1993-1994
Box 4
1994-1995
Box 4
1995-1996
Box 4
1996-1997
Box 4
1997-1998
Box 4
1998-1999
Box 4
2000-2001
Box 4
2001-2002
Box 4

The Scrapbooks series contains scrapbooks made by Lambda Nu members to document their volunteer and social activities. They contain photographs, drawings, handwritten notes, typed documents, and other materials. Some scrapbooks have been interleaved with acid-free paper to protect their pages. The books are arranged in chronological order.

Fall 1980-Spring 1983
Box 5 Oversize Box 13
Fall 1983-Spring 1984
Oversize Box 41
Fall 1984-Spring 1985
Oversize Box 13
Fall 1986
Box 5
Fall 1987
Box 5
Fall 1987-Spring 1988
Oversize Box 8
Fall 1988
Box 5
1988-1989
Oversize Box 8
Fall 1989
Box 5
Fall 1989
Oversize Box 9
Fall 1990
Oversize Box 13
Spring 1991
Oversize Box 9
Fall 1991
(2 scrapbooks)
Oversize Box 13
Spring 1992
Box 6
Spring 1993,
removed from original binding, pages placed in two folders
Oversize Box 14
Fall 1993
Box 6
Spring 1994,
removed from original binding, pages placed in a folder
Oversize Box 14
Fall 1994 (2 scrapbooks)
Oversize Box 10
1995,
Oversize Box 10
Fall 1995,
Oversize Box 14
1996
Oversize Box 11
Spring 1997
Oversize Box 14
Fall 1997
Box 6
Spring 1998
Oversize Box 11
Fall 1998
Box 6
Fall 1998
Oversize Box 11
1999
Box 6
Spring 1999
Oversize Box 12
Fall 1999
Oversize Box 12
Spring 2001
Oversize Box 12
2002-2003
Box 7
Undated (2 scrapbooks)
Box 7
Undated
Oversize Box 12

The Oversize Materials series contains oversize scrapbooks. The complete list of scrapbooks can be found in the previous series.

Fall 1987-Spring 1988
Box 8
1988-1989
Box 8
Fall 1989
Box 9
Spring 1991
Box 9
Fall 1994 (2 scrapbooks)
Box 10
1996
Box 11
Spring 1998
Box 11
Fall 1998
Box 11
Spring 1999
Box 12
Fall 1999
Box 12
Spring 2001
Box 12
Undated
Box 12
Fall 1980-Spring 1983
Box 13
Fall 1983-Spring 1984
Box 13
Fall 1984-Spring 1985
Box 13
Fall 1990
Box 13
Fall 1991
(2 scrapbooks)
Box 13
Spring 1993,
removed from original binding, pages placed in two folders
Box 14
Spring 1994,
removed from original binding, pages placed in a folder
Box 14
Fall 1995
Box 14
Spring 1997
Box 14

Historical Note

The following brief history appears on the Lambda Nu website: http://www.duke.edu/apo/

Lambda Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega was founded at Duke University in 1955 by Thomas R. Neese. Encouraged by area Boy Scout representative Bill Roth, Neese recruited Robert M. Graper and Joseph Griffin, fellow brothers of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. Together, they organized the first pledge class with assistance from Rho Chapter of UNC-Chapel Hill. Sixteen men comprised this initial group, which first met in February of 1955. Potential service projects were discussed at this meeting, and the future Brothers choose a project blazing a nature trail at the Durham Children's Museum (now the Museum of Life and Science). This first project, which preceded the chartering of Lambda Nu, has been a regular project of the Chapter ever since.

The Chapter grew in prestige during the 1960s, despite a membership which hovered around twenty men during most of this period, and a need to establish itself among larger service organizations at Duke. APO appeared successful, expanding its service program to include a diverse range of projects.

In 1974, Lambda Nu began accepting women, a full two years before the National fraternity went co-ed. The Chapter was able to do this by submitting membership lists to the National office that included only first initials and last names. Soon afterwards, however, the Chapter began to drift apart, with its last active member deactivating around 1978.

In the Spring of 1979, Duke sophomore Bob McMahan learned about APO from friends who were Brothers at the Iota Lambda Chapter at North Carolina State. McMahan spent the fall 1979 semester researching the history of Lambda Nu and recruiting interested people. By April of 1980, Lambda Nu was reborn, initiating nineteen pledges.

As Duke grew during the 1980s, so did Lambda Nu. Alpha Phi Omega celebrated the opening of the Bryan Center in 1982 helping the Duke University Union raise money to buy the baby grand piano that now sits in the Center's Schaefer Mall. By the end of the 1980s, the Chapter was annually performing thousands of hours of service for the Durham community, working for groups like the Eno River State Park, Lenox Baker Children's Hospital, Genesis Home, Duke Rescue Mission, and many local hospitals, schools and shelters. In addition, the chapter's fundraising efforts grew to a donation approaching ten thousand dollars each year to a local charity.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter Records, University Archives, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Nu Chapter Records was received by the University Archives as several transfers in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed October 7, 2004

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, October 12, 2004

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.