Acacia Fraternity History

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What are your letters? Acacia is the only founding member of the National Interfraternity Council to choose a full Greek word as its name rather than a few letters. Our name, Acacia, comes from the Greek word AKAKIA which has several different meanings. Acacia means "distinctiveness and leadership among men", "brotherhood", and "strength and ruggedness of the spirit".

Acacia was founded in 1904 by 14 Master Masons at the University of Michigan. Today it is a strong international fraternity, with Chapters at over 40 universities across the United States and one in Canada. Over 41,000 university men have called themselves Acacians, including prominent figures such as Senators, university presidents, state governors, and Nobel Laureates. Famous Acacia alumni include: President William Howard Taft, William Jennings Bryan, Cliff Hillegas (founder of Cliff's Notes), Wes Santee (former Gold Medal distance runner), and Harold Edgerton (Nobel Prize in Physics).

This collection will eventually contain:

  • The Traveler, 1912-present
    -- The alumni publication of the Acacia Fraternity, Cornell Chapter
  • Photographs (Coming Soon)
  • Social Functions, 1957-1985 (Coming Soon)
  • Composites, 1907-2006 (Coming Soon)


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