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Records of the Cooper Union Engineering Honor Societies: Mu Alpha Omicron and the Iota Chapter of Tau Beta Pi

 Collection
Identifier: RG.006

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Cooper Union Engineering Honor Societies document the history of Mu Alpha Omicron and the Iota Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the Cooper Union from 1926 to 1981. Arranged by subject, these records document various aspects of leadership and participation in Cooper Union's Engineering Honor Societies. Included in this collection are correspondence, membership lists, meeting minutes, surveys, financial documents, invitations, and menus.

This collection also includes general information regarding The Cooper Union Engineering School, and biographies of Engineering and Humanities faculty, as well as correspondence with Professor Herbert F. Roemmele (Tau Beta Pi's faculty representative), and papers relating to George F. Bateman, Dean of the School of Engineering and Cooper Union Alumnus (Class of 1907).

Dates

  • 1926 - 1981

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Most materials in this collection are open to researchers without restriction. Photographs featuring students may be unavailable due to FERPA regulations. Contact the archives at archives@cooper.edu to learn more.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from The Cooper Union Archives and Special Collections. For more information please email archives@cooper.edu.

Biographical / Historical

In 1926, a faculty-appointed “Honor Group” from the Senior class of Cooper Union’s Institute of Technology was tasked with the writing of a Constitution and By-Laws for a proposed Honor Society. The Mu Alpha Omicron Honor Society was recognized by the faculty in March 1926, and inducted its first group of members on May 15, 1926.

Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, was founded at Lehigh University in 1885. The Cooper Union School of Engineering applied to The Tau Beta Pi Association in 1943 to start a chapter at Cooper Union, but wartime enrollment was deemed to be too small to support a chapter. In 1946, Cooper Union’s revised petition to create a chapter was accepted, and Cooper Union’s existing honor society, Mu Alpha Omicron, became the Iota Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. The Tau Beta Pi National Association officially recognized the New York Iota chapter on January 11, 1947.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 boxes containing mixed-materials: paper, photographs, stamps, plaques, books)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Records of the Cooper Union Engineering Honor Societies document the history of Mu Alpha Omicron and the Iota Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the Cooper Union from 1926 to 1981. This collection includes photographs, books, plaques, stamps, a metal cast logo, and catalog cards in a metal box.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired from the School of Engineering in accordance with the college records retention policy.

Status
Completed
Author
Mitsuko Brooks
Date
September 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Record migrated to ArchivesSpace by Elizabeth Sardes.

Repository Details

Part of the The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Cooper Union Library
7 East 7th Street
New York New York 10003 United States