Ella Cliff Kiser, a young woman who lived on Spring Street and attended Georgia Tech's baseball and football games, kept a scrapbook documenting those teams from 1910 through 1912.
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The Ella Cliff Kiser scrapbook is composed almost entirely of newspaper articles presumably clipped from the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution. The scrapbook begins with the 1910 baseball season, and continues chronologically, with baseball and football alternating as they would on a calendar, through the 1912 baseball season.
The early baseball clippings are dated, but none of the others are. Of particular note is a "riot" which occurred on April 12, 1910 during a Boys High School track meet on the Georgia Tech campus. Coach Alexander asked Atlanta police to clear the field, and one Georgia Tech student, who was officiating at the meet, refused. In response to the perceived mistreatment of this student by the police, about 300 students got involved. Ultimately, charges against the student, Richard Edmonds, were dropped, and Georgia Tech paid his fines. Newsclippings in the scrapbook document the event.
In addition to newsclippings, there are some team rosters with batting records for individual games filled in. A few of the clippings are annotated, in particular those dealing with athlete "Mary" Calhoun, who played both baseball and football for Georgia Tech before transferring to the University of Georgia. Also included is one loose photograph of an unidentified young man, and original artwork depicting the sidelines during a Georgia Tech/UGA football game.
A few loose clippings provide information on Ella Cliff Kiser. An article on a girl's basketball game between Washington Seminary and Lucy Cobb Institute reveal that Kiser was a guard; as a sophomore, she also won a tennis tournament at Washington Seminary.
Ella Cliff Kiser Chambers attended Washington Seminary, where she participated in tennis and girls basketball. She lived on Spring Street during the time that she kept this scrapbook, and was obviously an avid baseball and football fan.
At the time of this scrapbook, both the baseball and football teams played at Ponce de Leon Park, and both teams were coached by John Heisman.
A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.
Ella Cliff Kiser Chambers donated this scrapbook in 1975. Accession #1992.1202 (old number: 92-12-02).
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Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2003.