Pi Alpha Phi Archives

Pi Alpha PhiPi Alpha Phi is the oldest Asian-American Interest fraternity founded in 1929 at the University of California, Berkeley. As of 2014, the fraternity has 10 active chapters, one associate chapter, and six colonies.

When Pi Alpha Phi was founded, traditional Greek fraternities along with the rest of the nation, legally discriminated against people of color.  As Asian-Americans could not join a traditional Greek fraternity, Pi Alpha Phi wanted to ensure that Asian-American awareness would forever be an important part of the Fraternity.

Today, the basic premise of the fraternity remains largely unchanged. Although the fraternity is open to all men, it retains its Asian American character. With an emphasis on brotherhood, the fraternity works to create lifelong bonds that extend beyond the university through shared experience, friendship, and academics.

Pi Alpha Phi in the Archives

The records of Pi Alpha Phi contains meeting minutes and the Chairman’s Rush Notebook.  Electronic records include photographs, Generations, Perspectives, and correspondence.

Please visit the Archives database for detailed information on the contents of the Pi Alpha Phi Archives.



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