Historic Fraternal Organizations

Photos of fraternal organizations in history from around the world

Did you know that fraternal organizations are known to have existed as far back as ancient Greece and Rome? These historic societies may be religious or secular (or they may consist of tradesmen) and may be comprised of men, women, or both. In the United States alone, there are hundreds of fraternal organizations.

Fraternal organizations include college fraternities, the Freemasons, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Elks, the Knights of Columbus and many more. Browse historic photos of some members of fraternal organizations from the past century below.