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George P. Burdell Telegram

Identifier: MF047

  • Staff Only


This collection contains one Western Union telegram for fictitious Georgia Tech student George P. Burdell. The telegram deals with Burdell's Navy recruitment in 1946.


  • 1946


General Physical Description note

(one archival folder)

Restrictions: Access

No restrictions.

Restrictions: Use

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


0.05 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The George P. Burdell telegram, addressed to Georgia Tech, is a request from North American Aviation, Inc. for a copy of Burdell's school records with regards to recruitment.

Biography of George P. Burdell

George P. Burdell was created in 1927 as a practical joke. Incoming freshman William Edgar Smithreceived two enrollment application forms by mistake. He completed one accurately for himself, and filled out the other using as the surname either the first name of his friend's mother, the name of a former headmaster, or the name of his cat. Sources differ as to which of the three Burdell was named.

He once enrolled for 3,000 quarter hours and has received two degrees. Burdell has also occupied several important positions at Georgia Tech, including a Regents' Professorship, the Deanship of Humanities and Fine Arts, and a seat on the Board of Regents.

Other Finding Aids

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


Accessions #2001.119.

General Physical Description note

(one archival folder)

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson described this item in 2002.
Inventory of the George P. Burdell Telegram, 1946
Jody Lloyd Thompson
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