Guide to the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity RecordsPapers, 1946-1976


Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

This collection includes minutes, correspondence, directories, workshop materials, constitution and by-laws, questionnaires and other material.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (Duke University).
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity records 1946-1976
Language of Material
4.7 Linear Feet, 2250 Items
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Collection Overview

This collection includes minutes, correspondence, directories, workshop materials, constitution and by-laws, questionnaires and other material. Topics covered include Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, and its history as well as the Duke University School of Law chapter of the fraternity.

Restrictions on Access & Use

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the University Archives to use this collection.

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records.

Portions of these materials are restricted by donor request.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Container List, 1946-1976

4.7 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Alumnus Record Card
Box 1
Associate Members Questionnaires, 1974-1975
Box 1
Associate Members Questionnaires (in blue notebook)
Box 1
International Convention Chapter Workshops, 1970
Box 2
International Convention Chapter Workshops, 1972
Box 2
International Convention Chapter Workshops, 1974 (2 folders)
Box 2
40th Biennial International Convention Pre-Convention Handbook, 1974
Box 2
40th Biennial Convention, 1974 August 6-9
Box 2
Pre-Convention Material, 1976
Box 2
Miscellaneous Information
Box 2
Constitution and By-Laws
Box 2
Student Handbook
Box 2
Chapter Officers Manuals
Box 2
Chapter Roll
Box 2
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity: A History
Box 2
Directory, 17th Edition
Box 2
Directory, 18th Edition
Box 2
Check stubs, 1969-1975
Box 2
Correspondence 1946-1952 (binder)
Box 3
By-Laws (binder)
Box 3
Minutes and Correspondence, 1961-1975 (binder)
Box 3
P.A.D. Inns of Court Program, 1969
Box 4
Law Student Advocate Program
Box 4
Miscellaneous Papers, 1975
Box 4
Bank statements, cancelled checks, miscellaneous receipts, 1973-1975
Box 4
Scholarship and Fellowship applications, 1975 and 1976
Box 4
Miscellaneous Papers, 1974
Box 4
Placement and Job Materials, 1973-1975
Box 4

Historical Note

Phi Alpha Delta began as a "law student league" formed to fight an 1897 ruling made by the Supreme Court of Illinois, which affected law students' admission to the bar association. Following the resolution of this controversy, the league wanted to create a formal association and founded the Lambda Epsilon Fraternity in 1898. In 1902, the fraternity was reorganized and renamed Phi Alpha Delta in order to extend the benefits of the organization to a wider range of the legal profession. More information about the fraternity is available on their website here:

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in April 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Sara Busija, December 2006

Encoded by Molly Bragg, April 2011

Accession 80--9 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.