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Student Organizations Archiving their Records: Involved Student Orgs

This guide is home to the Student Organizations Archiving their Records project to help support student organizations in preparing and preserving their records in the University Archives.

Participating Organizations

As SOAR grows, keep a close eye on what student organizations are getting involved in preserving their organizations. Learn more about each of their histories on campus by viewing their archival collections.

Vietnamese Student Association

Since 1983, members of the Vietnamese Student Association have been the University of Iowa’s representatives for the Vietnamese-American and international student community. Through programming such as the Lunar New Years Festival, philanthropic fundraisers, and community gatherings, the Vietnamese Student Association has fostered cultural awareness for the broader University of Iowa community and served as a vibrant organization for Vietnamese students on campus. Since 2003, the Vietnamese Student Association has been affiliated with the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center where it hosts general board meetings, practices traditional dances, and plans large scale events.

VSA is the first student organization to house their materials on campus and outside of the University Archives in order for students to keep their history in close proximity to current organization members. Use the Vietnamese Student Association Records finding aid to view the material they're preserving and visit their archival collections at the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

The Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is an fraternity devoted to service, advocacy, and a long standing legacy of building our communities in and around Iowa’s campus. Alpha Theta was established on March 11th, 1922 by 12 distinguished gentlemen, who wanted to see a lasting brotherhood developed on campus, which they found in Alpha Phi Alpha. 2022 marks the centennial of the Alpha Theta Chapter on the University of Iowa Campus and to celebrate this milestone undergraduate brothers participated in collecting oral history vignettes of Alpha Theta alumni at their centennial celebration in March as a collaboration with SOAR.