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University of Alabama Kappa Alpha Pledge Register and Alumni Directory

Identifier: MSS-4140

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The collection contains the pledge register for the Alpha Beta Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order on the University of Alabama campus, February 3, 1935 - August 1948, and the chapter's Alumni Directory from March 1964.


  • 1935-1964

Biographical / Historical

Kappa Alpha Order is a social fraternity founded at Washington College (later Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia, in 1865. James Ward Wood, William Archibald Walsh, and brothers William Nelson Scott and Stanhope McClelland Scott originally named the organization Phi Kappa Chi, but the local Virginia Beta chapter of Phi Kappa Psi protested that the name was too similar to theirs. Wood and the others changes the name to KA. In the years that followed, the fraternity spread throughout the Southern states, as well as California, Arizona, and New Mexico. As of 2014, Kappa Alpha lists 122 active chapters in at least twenty-four states.

In June 1885, when the stringent anti-fraternity laws which had been formulated and executed by the authorities of the University of Alabama were repealed, three UA law students (Phares Coleman and James Henry Webb of the KA chapter at Birmingham-Southern, and Jack E. Long of the Vanderbilt chapter) immediately secured a charter for the University. The Alpha Beta chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order was founded on the UA campus on June 17, 1885.


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Pledge register for the University of Alabama's Alpha Beta Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order, February 1935 - August 1948


gift of J.P. (Jordan Pow) and Rebecca Jordan Pow, 2015


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Guide to the University of Alabama Kappa Alpha Pledge Register and Alumni Directory
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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266