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Kristie Macrakis papers

Identifier: UA450

  • Staff Only


The papers include correspondence, research materials, syllabi, and drafts of writing. They are products of Krisitie Macrakis’ work and research pertaining to espionage and Stasi Germany. Also present in the collection are evaluations and activities from courses Macrakis taught at Georgia Tech.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1990-2022


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the Georgia Tech Library Copyright & Fair Use page for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or Georgia Tech.


6.59 Linear Feet (5 banker boxes, 2 oversized folders, and 4 artifact boxes)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials compiled by Kristie Macrakis. It is a combination of written work, correspondence, and research notes. Included are also disks, zip drives, and photographs regarding her work. Dates range from 1980 to 2018. Although there are undated materials in this collection, approximate dates have been estimated based on what is known of Macrakis’ work history.

Biographical / Historical

Kristie Irene Macrakis (1958-2022) was a historian of science, author, and professor at Georgia Tech. She was known for her work at the intersection of history of espionage and history of science and technology.

Macrakis earned her PhD at Harvard University and taught as a lecturer there. She then spent time in Berlin for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Chancellor's Scholar for Future Leaders program. In addition to her seven published books, she authored several articles, both scholarly and popular.


Arranged in five series Correspondence, Notes and Research, Syllabi and Course Materials, Professional Activities, and Written work.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Requests for access must be submitted in advance.

Custodial History

Received from the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech on April. 6, 2023.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech on April. 6, 2023.


If available, two copies were retained. Publications such as printed articles and magazines that are easily found elsewhere were not kept. Sensitive information including student records and identifying information were removed.

Separated Materials

Books used by Kristie Macrakis for research on topics of espionage, socialist Germany, and the history of technology were donated along with the materials in this collection. They include notes and markings written by Macrakis.

Processing Information

Considerable weeding was done for duplicates, publications, and materials unrelated to the collection. The collection includes photographs, CDs/DVDs, a laptop, and books related to Macrakis' research.

Alex Brinson
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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