KA Who’s Who – the largest compilation of Charter Members
By Jesse S. Lyons, Assistant Executive Director for Advancement
The staff at the National Administrative Office is completing a comprehensive Charter Member List of each previously chartered chapter. It is most likely the most comprehensive list of chapter historical data since the 1966 Alumni Directory. This information will be published in the 150th Anniversary Alumni Directory.
Material was found in various places, including:
- Actual Charters
- The Kappa Alpha Journal
- Chartering applications
- First-hand accounts
- Various other secondary and tertiary research
If you would like to confirm your chapter’s Charter Member List, email Jesse S. Lyons. Only primary research and/or documentation can be accepted. Expelled former members and depledged members have been excluded.
Other material compiled includes chartering dates, chartering Knight Commander, info such as local organization name prior to chartering. Some early chapters were established, then chartered, others had founders as well as charter members. While this seems like an easy data driven list, for many chapters, it is very interesting to compile. For instance, this is an example of an early charter design, before the current design was established. Early chapters received various formats of warrants or letters.
Then some were issued these version below – with new dates. And so on… Thanks for helping keep the Order’s records accurate!