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Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity collection

Identifier: 04.KPAF

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.


  • Creation: 1929 - 2011

Conditions Governing Access

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

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.


43.8 Linear Feet (2 archive boxes, 2 flat boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 halfsize archive box, 2 oversize folders, and 23 objects )

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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.

Custodial History

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.

Related Materials

For materials related to a member of the Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity, see the William Henry VanFleet collection.


Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternity collection
Elizabeth Searls, Amber Davis
2012 May 14
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197