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A Guide to the Alpha Phi Omega, Tau Chapter Records

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Alpha Phi Omega. Tau Chapter (University of Florida)
Title: Alpha Phi Omega, Tau Chapter Records
Dates: 1931-1939
Abstract: The collection includes APO publications, information on the origins of the fraternity, and correspondence.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 Box.
Identification: Ms Coll. 52
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Tau Chapter at the University of Florida is a chapter within a national college fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, that treasures its close association with the Boy Scouts of America. Organized in April of 1931 as the "Tau" chapter of a brotherhood extending from California to the East Coast, APO at UF began with just thirteen men, including cofounders Andrew R. Janson (installing officer) and W. G. Perry (first Grand Master), and in only five years expanded to a membership of forty-nine. The fraternity's early local success can be attributed to the spirit and energy of its brethren, all of whom were devoted to the "development of leadership and self-reliance" and the promotion of "the highest ideals of citizenship in the state and nation," to its emphasis on recruitment, at first restricted to Eagle Scouts then later targeted at scouts from lower ranks, and to the popularity the BSA enjoyed during the Depression Era (1930s) as a community service organization.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the records of the Alpha Phi Omega - Tau Chapter at the University of Florida. Individual file folders concern such topics as chapter beginnings, membership drives, finances and scholarships, the BSA, and APO biennial national conventions. The collection also includes the letters of President Henry Howison, Secretary Robert S. Cody, and letters to and from the fraternity's national headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alpha Phi Omega, Tau Chapter Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

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