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Tau Beta Pi Records

Call Number: UA227

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of administrative materials about the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, as well as correspondence, newsletters, photographs, student papers submitted for admission to the society, and web crawls.


  • Creation: 1930 -- 2020


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research. Materials are fragile. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

In recognition of the work of the Tufts College Engineering School a chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society, was installed at the College on Friday, December 16, 1927. The exercises were conducted by Arthur D. Moore, president of the executive council of Tau Beta Pi and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Professor Moore was assisted by representative of the Tau Beta Pi chapters at Harvard and MIT and also by Edgar MacNaughton, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to become candidates of Tau Beta Pi based on their academic qualifications. Juniors who rank in the top eighth of their class and seniors who rank in the top fifth of their class are invited to become candidates for membership in Tau Beta Pi. Graduate students who have completed at least 50% of their degree requirements and who rank in the top fifth of their class are also eligible to become candidates for membership. Others who have had a large impact on engineering and society through engineering are often invited by individual chapters to join as eminent engineers.


1.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

1 Web sites


This collection organized into two series: Web Crawls; and Unprocessed accessions.

Custodial History

The bulk of these materials were found by contractor David Russell during renovation to Bromfield Pearson Hall during the summer of 2012. Mr. Russell took the materials home with the intent of locating descendents of the papers' authors. He was successful in contacting the son of Louis Berger (see MS199) and through him the rest of the materials came to the attention of the DCA. DCA staff member Veronica Martzahl worked with Tisch Librarian Karen Vagts to arrange for the return of the materials to Tufts.

Related Materials

Louis Berger papers. Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA 02155.

Processing Information

Web sites were crawled by Archive-It. Web crawl information updated in finding aid annually.

Processing status

This collection is minimally processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States