Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Alpha Pi Boulé Records
Alpha Pi Boulé
Physical Description: 3.09 linear ft
Language of Materials:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
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.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University) -- Archives
Sigma Pi Phi. Alpha Pi Boulé (San Diego State University) -- History -- Sources
Genre/Form of Material:
African American college graduates -- California -- San Diego -- Societies, etc. -- History -- Sourc
African Americans -- California -- San Diego -- Social life and customs -- Sources
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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
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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.
Conditions Governing Access:
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.
Identification of item, folder title, box number, Alpha Pi Boule Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library
and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Leon Williams Papers
Reverend George Walker Smith Papers
Scope and Contents
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