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Sophomore Petition (Georgia School of Technology)

 Collection
Identifier: UA411

  • Staff Only

Abstract

This petition consists of a single oversized sheet of paper on which members of the sophomore class at Georgia Tech wrote a petition asking to be permitted to remove their coats during classroom work.

Dates

  • May 24, 1908

Creator

General Physical Description note

(one oversize folder)

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

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

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This petition consists of a single oversized sheet of paper on which members of the sophomore class at Georgia Tech wrote a petition asking to be permitted to remove their coats during classroom work. Citing the "discomfort occasioned by wearing a heavy garment during several consecutive hours of blackboard work," the sophomores indicate that "such discomfort interferes with the best mental effort." They also state their belief that being dressed without coats will not display a lack of discipline or slovenliness. The petition is signed by numerous members of the sophomore class as well as representatives from other classes.

The Faculty Minutes (UA317) for 23 May 1908 include, "Requests: Sophomore Class to be allowed to remove their coats in the Class Rooms. Laid on the table one week." The official outcome of the petition is not noted in the Faculty Minutes. The only other mention in that resource is on 29 May 1908, "Conduct: The Sophomore Class came into Physics lecture without their coats and were told to put them on. They did this grudgingly." However, even after May 1908, the student and faculty/instructor regulations (UA372) continued to include this statement, "For all academic class-room work students are required to wear their coats."

Provenance

The immediate provenance of this petition is unknown. It was removed from the vertical file in 1995. Accession number 1995.1209.

General Physical Description note

(one oversize folder)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed this petition in July 2011.
Title
Inventory of the Sophomore Petition (Georgia School of Technology), May 1908
Status
Completed
Author
Christine de Catanzaro
Date
Copyright July 2011.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

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