Guide to the Records of Alpha Delta Chapter—Alpha Phi Pi (Lynn, Mass.), undated, 1932-1993

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Alpha Delta Chapter—Alpha Phi Pi (Lynn, Mass.)
Title: Alpha Delta Chapter—Alpha Phi Pi (Lynn, Mass.) Records
Dates:undated, 1932-1993
Abstract: Organized in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1931, the Alpha Delta Chapter was accepted into the national Alpha Phi Pi Jewish high school fraternity in 1932. After a period of dormancy, the Chapter was briefly reactivated in 1953 and an Alpha Delta Alumni group was formed in 1954. The material in this collection includes event programs and invitations, correspondence, photographs, news clippings and bulletins, Convention yearbooks, and a map and guide to Boston.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: I-562
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Members of the Alpha Delta Fraternity, April 4, 1954

Alpha Delta (Lynn, Massachusetts)1

Alpha Delta was the Lynn, Massachusetts chapter of the national Jewish high school fraternity Alpha Phi Pi. Alpha Phi Pi was founded in 1920 by twelve high school students in New York. By 1932, it had grown to include 1,064 members across the country, produced a monthly publication, The Triangle, and hosted annual conventions.

The Alpha Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Pi was organized in December 1931. It existed intermittently and in various forms for decades, with its last recorded activity in 1993. The group was organized by Lynn Classical High School student Louis Winer. Initially founded as a club because Jewish students were not allowed to join Classical High’s fraternity, it was accepted as a chapter of Alpha Phi Pi in 1932. Louis Winer was the Chapter’s first Chancellor. The Chapter’s advisors included Harry Weiner, the scoutmaster of Lynn Hebrew School’s Boy Scout Troop 4, from which several of the fraternity’s members also participated.

From 1932-1940, the Alpha Delta Chapter, comprising of students from Lynn’s Classical and English High Schools, met approximately weekly at Lynn’s YMHA. It held social events, such as dances, debates, and luncheons, and participated in the city basketball league. In 1939, Alpha Delta hosted Alpha Phi Pi’s annual National Convention, held at Boston’s Parker House hotel.

After a period of dormancy, the group was reactivated for a short time in 1953, with Louis Winer’s son, Saul Winer, installed as Chancellor. The Chapter met at Temple Beth El in Swampscott, and appears to have remained active through 1955.

An Alpha Delta Alumni group of the Chapter’s original members was formed in 1954. The Alpha Delta Alumni provided support to the high school chapter, attended its events, and held its own events.

Beginning in 1986, the Alpha Delta Alumni began to meet twice yearly, on the North Shore and in Florida. The last recorded activity of the group in this collection is a 1993 reunion, following Louis Winer’s death in that year.


1920 Alpha Phi Pi founded in New York
1931 Alpha Delta Chapter organized by Louis Winer in Lynn, Massachusetts
1932 Alpha Delta Chapter accepted into Alpha Phi Pi
1932 First officers installed
1933 Chapter passes resolution regarding Hitlerism
1934 Louis Winer retires as chancellor, wins chancellor’s gold medal at National Convention
1939 Chapter hosts Alpha Phi Pi National Convention in Boston
1953 Chapter reactivated in Lynn, Saul Winer installed as Chancellor
1954 Chapter Alumni hold reunion, apply for Alumni Charter
1986 Alumni begin holding reunions twice yearly, in Florida and North Shore, Massachusetts
1993 Louis Winer dies
1993 Last record of alumni reunion
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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records of the Alpha Delta Chapter of the national Jewish high school fraternity Alpha Phi Pi. Organized in 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the Chapter’s dated records span from 1932 to 1993. Materials consist of correspondence, frequently to or from Louis Winer, event invitations and programs, copies of the "Alpha Delta News," photographs, and news clippings. The Alpha Delta Chapter constitution is also included, as well as a resolution adopted by the Chapter in response to the rise of Hitlerism. Materials produced by the greater Alpha Phi Pi organization include “The Beacon” National Convention Yearbooks (1939 and 1954), event invitations and programs, and a roster.

Folder 4 contains materials related to the 1939 Alpha Phi Pi National Convention, hosted by the Alpha Delta Chapter in Boston. These materials include “The Beacon” Yearbook, Louis Winer’s host ribbon, tickets, information about the Parker House hotel venue, and a map and guide to Boston.

This collection is organized chronologically, with Folders 1-5 containing the Chapter’s records from 1932-1955. Folder 6 contains photographs from 1938-1954, in chronological order. Folder 7 contains news clippings spanning the course of the Chapter’s history. This folder is subdivided by decade.

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The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems), (Lynn, Mass.) Records I-559

YMHA-Hecht House Records, I-74

Lynn Hebrew Young Men’s Aid Association Records, I-73

Interfor Club Records, I-563

Jecomen Club Records, I-564

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Alpha Delta Chapter—Alpha Phi Pi (Lynn, Mass.) Records; I-562; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore in 2013.

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Access Points

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Container List

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Series I: Alpha Delta Chapter—Alpha Phi Pi (Lynn, Mass.), undated, 1932-1993

Box 1, Folders 1-7.

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

1 1 Correspondence, Events, Roster, News Bulletin, Chapter Constitution undated, 1932 request_box
1 2 Correspondence, Events, Chapter Resolution undated, 1933 request_box
1 3 Correspondence, Events, News Clipping, Roster undated, 1934 request_box
1 4 Annual Events, 1939 National Convention Materials undated, 1935-1940 request_box
1 5 Reactivated Chapter Events, News, and National Convention Yearbook; Alumni Reunion Photograph, Roster, and Petition for Charter undated, 1953-1955 request_box
1 6 Anniversary and Reunion Photographs 1938-1954 request_box
1 7 News Clippings undated, 1932-1993 request_box
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