Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity collection
04.KPAF

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity collection
ID
04.KPAF
Date [inclusive]
1929-2011
Extent
43.8 Linear feet 2 archive boxes, 2 flat boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 halfsize archive box, 1 oversize folder, and 23 objects
Language
English
Abstract
The Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity collection documents the activities of the local fraternity founded in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1902. The collection, which documents the social Greek Letter Society, is arranged alphabetically and contains administrative history of the organization, composites, pulicity and outreach as well as an extensive collection of realia from the 1960s. Records date from 1929-2011.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

The Kappa Phi Alpha fraternity was founded in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1902 on the campus of the Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University. The fraternity was never absorbed by a national fraternity and never expanded beyond Eastern. The fraternity went through much turmoil in the mid 1990s when a pledge, Eric Fillyaw, was killed in a car accident after leaving an event at the Kappa Phi Alpha house and the fraternity was put on two year probation from the University because of the incident. Although the fraternity was reestablished after this two year probation, in 2009 additional conduct violations led the University to suspend the fraternity. They are no longer an active organization on campus.

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Scope and Contents

The Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity collection contains information on accounting records, constitution, house regulations, incident reports, meeting minutes, member lists, pledge letters, songs, clippings, correspondence, events, flyers, newsletters programs and scrapbook. The collection is arranged alphabetically and dates from 1929-2011.

The collection is divided into five series: Administration and History, Composites, Eric Fillyaw Case, Publicity and Outreach, Realia, and a Scrapbook. The  Administration and History series contains information on accounting records, constitution, house regulations, incident reports, meeting minutes (which has a complete run from 1930-1969), member lists, pledge letters, and songs. The  Eric Fillyaw Case series contains information on correspondence, documents, InterFraternity Council Hearing, and police interviews from the investigation. The  Publicity and Outreach series includes information on clippings, correspondence, events and flyers, newsletters, programs. The  Realia series inclues clothing, paddles, pins and other items collection by brothers of the fraternity. Most of the materials in this series are from the 1960s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 May 14

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-2673
lib_archives@emich.edu

Revision Description

 Addition of materials acquired from accessions in 2016 and 2017 2017 March 10

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Custodial History note

Materials donated by individual members of the fraternity are indicated when possible by the individual who donated the item. Most of these donations were made in 2016 and 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • College fraternities
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Fraternities
  • Michigan State Normal College

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Collection Inventory

Administration and History 

Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • College fraternities
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Fraternities
  • Michigan State Normal College
Box Folder

Accounting Records 1940-1954 

1 1

Brothers Van Fleet: William E., William H. 

7 3

Certificate: B. Geren 

7 6

 Harrison, George Certificate and Membership Card: G. Harrison 

7 7

Certificate and Photograph of G. Kent 

7 8

Constitution 1960 

1 2

Hercus Echo 

7 5

House Regulations 

1 3

Incident Reports 1992-1994 

1 4

Meeting Minutes 1930-1969 

Box Folder

1930-1932 1930-1932 

1 5

1933-1936 1933-1936 

1 6

1965-1966 1965-1966 

1 7

1966-1967 1966-1967 

1 8

1967-1968 1967-1968 

1 9

1968-1969 1968-1969 

2 1
Box Folder

Member Lists 1935-1960  (Bulk, 1935-1940)

2 2

Pledge Letters 1949 

2 3

Red Rose Ball photographs 

7 4

Songs 

2 4

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Composites 

Oversize

 1961 

1

 1963 

1

 1964 

1
Box Folder

 1966 

7 8
Oversize

 1976 

1

 1983 

1

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Eric Fillyaw Case 1992 

Box Folder

Correspondence 1991-1992 

2 5

Documents 1991-1992 

2 6

InterFraternity Council Hearing March 25, 1992 

2 7

Police Interviews 1991 

2 8

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Publicity and Outreach 

Box Folder

Clippings 1929-2009  (Bulk, 1992-2009)

2 9

Correspondence 1949-1999  (Bulk, 1960-1969)

2 10

Events and Flyers 1967-2011  (Bulk, 1967-1969)

2 11

Newletters 1962, 2005 

2 12

Programs 

2 13

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Realia 

Box

 Ickes, Richard Blanket 

5

Blue Scarf and Jacket Patch Ensignia   0.6 Linear feet

4
Object

 Geren, Bert Dress Paddle: Scum Wonderlick and Superior Geren 1960 

20

 Wilson, Ron Dress Paddle: Superior Wilson and Scum Lincoln 1963 

18

 Kent, Gary D. Dress Paddle: Scum Kent 1964 

23

Dress Paddle: Scum VanFleet Spring 

13

Jacket Patch 

12

 Geren, Bert Ickes, Richard Onufrak, Richard Letterman Jackets 


    Box
Realia (32307023292429)   5
    Box
Realia (32307023292437)   6
    Object
Realia (32307023312375)   17

Box Folder

 Harrison, George Pledge Book: G. Harrison and G. Kent 

7 1

Pledge Book: R. Onufrak 

7 2
Object

 Onufrak, Richard Pledge Paddle 1963 

14

 Brownscombe, William Pledge Paddle Bill Brownscombe 1967 

8

 Ingham , Ken Pledge Paddle Scum Ingham Spring  

Custodial History note

This Pledge Paddle was donated by XX in 2016. Accession number 2016.XX

7

 Geren, Bert Pledge Paddle Superior Geren 1960 

19

 Kent, Gary D. Pledge Paddle Superior Kent 1965 

21

Pledge Paddle Superior Picklo 1964   3.0 Linear feet

1

Pledge Paddle Superior Lawson 1964   3.0 Linear feet

5

Pledge Paddle Superior VanFleet 1961 

10

 Behmer, Ken Harrison, George Pledge Pin 1966 


    Object
Realia (32307023312367)   15
    Object
Realia (32307023291587)   9

Box

 Onufrak, Richard Red Rose Ball Blanket 

5

 Kent, Gary D. Onufrak, Richard Red Rose Ball paddle 1964   3.0 Linear feet


    Object
Realia (32307023291223)   2
    Object
Realia (32307023290431)   6
    Object
Realia (32307023285068)   22

Object

Red Rose Ball paddle hand colored   3.0 Linear feet

3

Skull and Crossbones lapel pin 

11

 Harrison, George Sweatshirt 

16

 Behmer, Ken Yellow and Purple Sweatshirt 

4

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Box

Scrapbook 

3