Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan) records: 1929-2008
Summary Information
Title: Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan) records
Creator: Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan)
Inclusive dates: 1929-2008
Extent: 0.3 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Christian fraternity founded in 1929 at the University of Michigan by alumni of Calvin College. The collection includes architectural plans for the fraternity house, foundational documents, newsletters, and records of alumni events.
Call number: 2017051 Bimu 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by Devon Proudfoot in November 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Phi Alpha Kappa (donor no. 11688) in April 2017.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open without restriction.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan) records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


In 1929, alumni of Calvin College founded Phi Alpha Kappa, a fraternity with a strong focus on their Christian beliefs, in Ann Arbor. Members moved into a fraternity house on East Ann Street, where they held meetings, parties, and other events.

The fraternity's only chapter remains at the University of Michigan as of 2017, with many members coming from the Grand Rapids area.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Phi Alpha Kappa records includes architectural drawings and designs of the fraternity house on East Ann Street. Two folders of foundational documents contain articles of incorporation and bylaws for the organization. Scattered copies of "Newsreel," the Phi Alpha Kappa newsletter from the 1990s and 2000s, are found in the collection, as well as material documenting various alumni reunion events.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Societies, etc.
  • University of Michigan -- Religion.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan) records 1929-2008 [series]
Architectural Plans and Drawings of 1010 East Ann Street
Oversize Folder   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Publications 1991-2008
Box   1  
Alumni Reunions 1954-1979
Box   1  
Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation 1929-1983