Gamma Phi Society

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The Gamma Phi Society was a college literary society founded in New York state prior to 1833 at the Hamilton Literary & Theological Institution (today Colgate University.) The actual founding date of the society is unknown.[1]

Gamma Phi was one of the first student societies at Colgate. It was later joined by Pi Delta around 1834.[2] In 1840, due to active competition for membership, faculty intervened to dissolve the societies and formed the Adelphian and Aeonian Societies.[3]

In 1880, the Adelphian Society at Madison University (Colgate University) became a chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.[4]

In 1887, the Aeonian Society at Madison/Colgate became a chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.[5]

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  1. ^ "The History of Greek Life". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ Colgate University Library Archives.
  3. ^ Weaver, Glenn (8 August 1970). "Review of A History of Colgate University, 1819-1969". New York History. 51 (4): 456–458. JSTOR 23166804.
  4. ^ "Colgate Beta - About Us". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. ^ The Record of Phi Kappa Psi - A Short History of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity by Guy Morrison Walker, 1906.