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Tau Zeta Epsilon Society records

Identifier: 6SS-TZE

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the records of the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society, dating from 1897-1991. Collection is intellectually arranged in two series. Series I. Administrative records and publications (1897-1991) includes event programs from the annual Studio Reception, and the Society's publication titled The Iris. Series II. Building records (1916-1933) includes records relating to the history of the Tau Zeta Epsilon House.


  • 1897-1991


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. To make an appointment to view materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at or by phone at (781) 283-3745.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wellesley College Archives welcomes researchers to use materials in the public domain, to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law, and to request permission to use works whose copyright is held by Wellesley College. All materials from the Archives, regardless of copyright status, should be attributed to the Wellesley College Archives, Library and Technology Services when cited, quoted, or reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

The Society was originally founded in May 1889 as the Art Society of Wellesley College to promote the study of art and provide fellowship to students. At first the Society was focused on painting and sculpture. Five years later in 1894, the name Tau Zeta Epsilon was adopted, and the focus was expanded to all forms of art, including music and literature. The Society was known for presenting living representations of classic paintings, and held annual studio exhibitions of student artwork. The first Tau Zeta Epsilon House was built in 1900, but was demolished when the Science Center was built. A new House was built in 1929. Wellesley College President Diana Chapman Walsh (1993-2007, Class of 1966, and May-Ling Soong Chiang (First Lady of the Republic of China, Class of 1917) were both members of Tau Zeta Epsilon while students at Wellesley.


2 boxes (0.8 linear feet)

Language of Materials



Collection is intellectually arranged in two series: Series I. Administrative records and publications (1897-1991) and Series II. Building records (1916-1933).
Wellesley College. Tau Zeta Epsilon. Tau Zeta Epsilon Society records, 1897-1991: a guide
File-level description by Student Assistant Sophia Pechaty, collection-level description by Natalia Gutierrez-Jones, Project Archivist.
March 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository