Greek letter organizations have been present on SUNY Oneonta's campus since the 1890s. Groups that started out as social clubs or literary societies later added Greek letters to their organizations and formed the first fraternities and sororities at SUNY Oneonta. Due to this interesting start, some of the organizations still present today are known both by their Greek letters and the original society name; Alpha Kappa Phi is also the Agonian Sorority and Sigma Gamma Phi is Arethusa. Other organizations that helped found Greek life at SUNY Oneonta died out in the early 1900s; the Delphic Fraternity, the Philalethean Fraternity and the Clionian Sorority.
Organizations have come and gone, but they all leave their mark in SUNY Oneonta history.
To view these photos and more than one hundred others, visit the new SUNY Oneonta Greek Life digital archive collection on the NY Heritage website. A statewide archival initiative dedicated to preserving New York State History.
You can also see all these photos and more in the Alden Room on the 3rd floor of Milne Library.
The photos below are a small collection, showcasing organizations that were present on SUNY Oneonta's campus during the mid-late 1900s. Some of these organizations such as Iota Tau Kappa, Alpha Kappa Phi (Agonian), Sigma Gamma Phi (Arethusa), Pi Delta Chi, and Alpha Phi Omega still have active chapters. The others, Delta Phi Kappa, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Beta, and Sigma Tau Alpha are no longer present on SUNY Oneonta's campus.