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Sandra W. Thornton Papers

Identifier: MS113

  • Staff Only


Sandra W. Thornton joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1962 as an instructor in political science, retiring as assistant professor in the School of Public Policy in 1997. These papers document her activities in formulating Georgia Tech policy in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


  • 1981-1996 (bulk 1988-1993)
  • Majority of material found within 1988 - 1993


General Physical Description note

(four document cases)

Restrictions: Access

One folder of materials (Box 1, Folder 7) is restricted.

Restrictions: Use

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


1.6 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Sandra W. Thornton papers document her committee activities at Georgia Tech in the late 1980s through the early 1990s in the areas of dispute resolution, academic reorganization, scientific misconduct, drug policy, and faculty governance. Materials within each subject designation generally include correspondence, articles, meeting minutes, and reports.

The articles are generally from academic journals covering the topic the committee is discussing, while reports come from both other universities and colleges that have already developed policy and also include Georgia Tech's draft policies. Correspondence encompasses notices of meetings and more in-depth discussions of the issues under discussion. Papers pertaining to former president John Patrick Crecine show the growing dissatisfaction with his leadership among a core group of faculty. Papers documenting the reorganization of Georgia Tech complement, but in some cases, duplicate those found in the Michael Thomas Papers (MS063).

Despite Dr. Thornton's thirty-five year tenure with Georgia Tech, these papers document a very limited time period and subject matter and reveal nothing about her personal life or traditional academic work.

Biography of Sandra W. Thornton

Sandra Winterberger Thornton (1935-) earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in 1958, and went on to earn her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1964. She joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1962 as an instructor in political science, eventually rising to assistant professor by her retirement in 1997 from the School of Public Policy.

Her research interests included Soviet foreign policy and science and public policy. In addition, she was a long-standing member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. (See: Who's Who of American Woman, 1983-1984 and American Men and Women of Science.)


Papers are arranged alphabetically by committee name or subject matter, and alphabetically by type of material within each category.

Other Finding Aids

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


Sandra W. Thornton donated these papers in 1997. Accession #1998.0303 (old number: 98-03-03).


Photographs have been separated to the Visual Arts Collection (VAM113).

General Physical Description note

(four document cases)

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2004.
Inventory of the Sandra W. Thornton Papers, 1981-1996 (bulk 1988-1993)
Susan J. Illis
Copyright 2002.
Description rules
finding aid updated using rlg best practice guidelines for encoded archival description.
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA