Delphic Fraternity

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Delphic Fraternity
FoundedOctober 13, 1871; 150 years ago (1871-10-13)
SUNY Geneseo
Motto Friendship, Fellowship, and Fidelity
ColorsRed, White & Royal Blue
SymbolDelphic 7
FlowerWhite Rose & Dahlia
Chapters2 Undergraduate
3 Graduate
2 Alumni Chapters
New Paltz, New York, United States
WebsiteOfficial Delphic website

The Delphic Fraternity, Inc., also known as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau (ΓΣΤ), is a historic multicultural fraternity originally founded in New York State in 1871 and re-established in 1987. 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 (SUNY Geneseo) in upstate New York.[1] It was a successor organization to the Delphic Society at Rochester, which had been active until at least December 1866.[2]

With affiliations at other schools, the college literary society at Geneseo became known as the Delphic Fraternity.[3]

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.[4][5]

By the late 1930s, only the Zeta chapter at the State Teachers College at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz) remained active. In the early 1950s, the chapter became briefly associated with Sigma Tau Gamma, a larger national fraternity.[6]

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.[7] On March 11, 1987, the fraternity was re-established as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau at SUNY New Paltz.[6]

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. Known as the Kappa chapter of Delphic, this chapter is also the first multicultural fraternity established at UVA.[8][5]

The Delphic Fraternity, Inc. has two active undergraduate chapters, three active graduate chapters, and two alumni chapters.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Henry Albert Dickinson - New York State Assembly member[10]


  1. ^ The Normalian (1915), SUNY Geneseo Yearbook, p. 57.
  2. ^ The Delphic Fraternity History e-Book, April, 2017.
  3. ^ Grimm, R. (1963), A Brief History of Fraternities and Sororities at the State University College at Oneonta, New York.
  4. ^ Bessie L. Park (1960), Cortland - Our Alma Mater: A History of Cortland Normal School and State University of New York Teachers College at Cortland.
  5. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive)". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 15 May 2021. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  6. ^ a b Velez, P. (2004), The Delphic Fraternity, Inc. - A Historical Perspective
  7. ^ NYS Department of State, Division of Corporations
  8. ^ About Delphic at UVA
  9. ^ The Delphic Fraternity History e-Book, April 2017.
  10. ^ Henry Albert Dickinson

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