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History:

Eta Sigma Phi is an honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Canisius College is home to the Delta Beta Chapter, chartered in 1961 but inactive since 1969. The year 2000 marked the first induction in 30 years.

Eta Sigma Phi had its beginning in 1914 when a group of students in the Department of Greek at the University of Chicago organized an undergraduate Classical club to which honor students in Greek and Latin were elected to membership. This organization later united with a similar ogranization at Northwestern University and became Eta Sigma Phi. In 1924 the society became national, and chapters were organized at leading colleges and universities. The society was incorporated in 1927 under the laws of the State of Illinois.