The Delphic Fraternity, Inc., also known as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau, is a historic multicultural fraternity founded in New York State in 1871. The fraternity can trace its origin back to the Delphic Society founded in 1850.


The Delphic Society was founded on October 13, 1871, at the Geneseo State Normal School (today SUNY Geneseo) in upstate New York.[1]

With affiliations at other schools, the college literary society at Geneseo became known as the Delphic Fraternity.[2]

Delphic eventually became a regional fraternity with chapters at Oneonta, Jamaica, Cortland, New Paltz, Plattsburgh, and Potsdam, New York, and Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The oldest chapter, at SUNY Cortland, traces its formation back to the Young Men's Debating Club in 1847.[3]

By the late 1930s, only the Zeta chapter at the State Teachers College at New Paltz (today SUNY New Paltz) remained active. In the early 1950s the chapter became briefly associated with a larger national fraternity.[4]

In 1962, the organization became a legal not-for-profit membership entity by incorporating in the state of New York as the Delphic Fraternity of New Paltz, Inc. On March 11, 1987, the fraternity was re-established as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau.[4]

In 2003, the Theta chapter at Binghamton University was founded, becoming the first Delphic chapter established in the 21st century. In 2009, the first Delphic chapter outside of the northeast region was chartered at the University of Virginia. The Kappa Chapter of Delphic is also the first multicultural fraternity established at UVA.

Today the autonomous organization is incorporated as the Delphic Fraternity, Inc. and does business as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau Fraternity[5] via three active undergraduate chapters, two active graduate chapters, and two alumni chapters.[6]

The Delphic Fraternity (originally the Delphic Society) founded at Geneseo, NY in 1871 is a successor organization to the Delphic Society at Rochester, New York founded in 1850.[7]



The organization has incorporated multicultural themes into its membership process and actively recruits members of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Since the 1960s, Delphic brothers have been of African, Asian, Caribbean, Eurasian, European, Latino, and Middle Eastern descent.[8]


This organization pursues the sustained dignity, equality, and unity, amongst all races and creeds.[9]


The fraternity is named for the ancient Greek city of Delphi, the site of the renowned Delphic Oracle of the god Apollo.[10] Its temple was inscribed with the maxim "Gnothi Seauton" ("Know thyself.")


Active undergraduate

Active graduate



Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ The Normalian (1915), SUNY Geneseo Yearbook, p. 57.
  2. ^ Grimm, R. (1963), A Brief History of Fraternities and Sororities at the State University College at Oneonta, New York.
  3. ^ Bessie L. Park (1960), Cortland - Our Alma Mater: A History of Cortland Normal School and State University of New York Teachers College at Cortland.
  4. ^ a b Velez, P. (2004), The Delphic Fraternity, Inc. - A Historical Perspective
  5. ^ Division of Corporations, NYS Department of State
  6. ^ The Delphic Fraternity History e-Book, April 2017. http://delphicfraternity.webs.com/history.htm
  7. ^ Interpres, the student newspaper at the University of Rochester, June 1866.
  8. ^ Fraternity History Homepage
  9. ^ Official Fraternity website
  10. ^ Fraternity information packet
  11. ^ William George Butler
  12. ^ Henry Albert Dickinson
  13. ^ Dr. John H. Doane
  14. ^ Arthur J. Gmeiner
  15. ^ George Strait

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