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Army Specialized Training Program (Georgia School of Technology) Records

 Collection
Identifier: UA417

Abstract

This collection chronicles the history, rules, regulations, students, and activities of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology from March 1943 to March 1944. A second layer of documents from 1968 analyzes and explains the original data from the 1940s.

Dates

  • 1943-1944; 1946; 1968 (bulk dates 1943-1944)

Creator

Physical Description

(one bound volume)

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single volume, apparently put together in about 1968, which is divided into sections, or "folders." It chronicles the history, rules, regulations, students, and activities of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology from March 1943 to March 1944. A second layer of documents from 1968 analyze and explain the original data from the 1940s.

Bound into the front of the volume are original documents outlining public relations suggestions and suggestions for the conduct of courses for ASTP, as well as parts of the contract drawn up between the Army and Georgia Tech. Also included at the front of the volume is a 1946 evaluation of allowable credit for courses taken in the ASTP. The main section of the volume contains original syllabi and curricula for the Basic Phase courses the students were required to take (Chemistry, Engineering Drawing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, and Physics), followed by original syllabi and curricula for Advanced Phase courses in the specialties offered at Tech (Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering). The final enclosure in the volume is two graduation programs for the ASTP program, the first from December 1943 and the second from March 1944.

Interspersed throughout the volume are typescript pages dating from 1968 added by W. F. Leslie, then Assistant Registrar at Tech. These pages mainly serve to analyze the original documents. At the beginning of the volume, a table of contents is provided, along with a note from Leslie explaining the Office of the Registrar's accumulation of the original materials. After the 1946 evaluation of credit is a single-page ASTP enrollment analysis prepared by the Registrar's office in 1968. Indexes for the Basic and Advanced phases precede the syllabi and curricula, and an outline of requirements for the Aeronautical Engineering course is also added.

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1942, shortly after the United States’ entry into World War II, the War Department established the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at colleges and universities across the nation. Army men were sent to college and university campuses to be trained for specialized service, to provide the Army with specialists and technicians required during the War. The ASTP was an accelerated vocational school for junior officers in the Army.

In March 1943, the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology was chosen as a new site for one of the ASTP schools. While the soldiers were attending the ASTP at Georgia Tech, they were employed by the Army and they lived separate lives from the general student population. The ASTP was reduced in March of 1944, and the program at Georgia Tech was one of the casualties of that reduction. Overall, the Georgia Tech ASTP existed for one year, in which two graduation ceremonies were held, and approximately 156 soldiers graduated from the program.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

Custodial History

This volume was compiled by the Office of the Registrar in 1968, mainly from the original documents dating from the 1940s that had been housed there. At that time, these original documents were bound (along with additional commentary), cataloged with the number T171 .G42 G38X, and housed in the Archives as a publication. In 2012, the decision was made to remove the volume and the record from cataloged books and to reprocess the volume as an archival collection.

Provenance

Acquired as a cataloged item; accession number 2012.047.

Physical Description

(one bound volume)

Note:

This volume is divided into several sections, or "folders," which are listed in the container list below.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these records in December 2012.
Title
Inventory of the Army Specialized Training Program (Georgia School of Technology) Records
Status
completed
Author
Christine de Catanzaro
Date
Copyright December 2012.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Contact:
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