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Anniversaries Collection (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Identifier: UA021

  • Staff Only


This collection contains materials from the twenty-fifth, fiftieth, seventy-fifth, and one-hundredth anniversaries of Georgia Tech.


  • 1913-1988


General Physical Description note

(39 full- and half-size document cases, 1 record center carton, 8 oversize containers, posters)

Restrictions: Access

Audiotapes and films are currently unavailable due to obsolete formats. One box of materials has been restricted due to privacy concerns.

Restrictions: Use

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


18.9 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The first series in this collection consists of a commencement and quarter-centennial celebration program as well as a booklet with photographs and text commemmorating the 25th anniversary of Georgia Tech. Series 2 includes programs outlining the events of the 50th-anniversary celebrations at Tech, as well as an invitation, a map of exhibits, and a typescript of the address given by Frank Pierrepont Graves. Series 3, 75th Anniversary, consists of committee records, which include correspondence, financial records, newspaper clippings, and printed material documenting the planning and events of Georgia Tech's 75th anniversary. Also included are congratulatory messages and certificates from other universities. Series 4, the centennial celebration records, includes a governor's proclamation and resolution of the Georgia General Assembly, minutes, reports, newspaper clippings, agendas, and printed material documenting the planning and execution of the centennial celebrations (Subseries 1). There is a significant amount of paper material in this series (Subseries 2) related to the capital campaign that was held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary. In addition, materials generated by various centennial committees form part of this series (Subseries 3). Records for three major centennial exhibits, "China: 7,000 Years of Discovery," "Framing the Foundations: An Exhibition of Rare Books in the History of Science and Technology," and "Visions and Ventures: Georgia Tech and Atlanta" are also included in this series (Subseries 4).

Administrative History of Georgia Tech Anniversaries

The first major celebration of an anniversary at Georgia Tech was the twenty-fifth anniversary in 1913. The celebration surrounded the commencement in June of that year, and consisted of several events including a luncheon, a freshman oratorical contest, a debate, and several addresses. The Quarter-Centennial Address was given by William Jennings Bryan, then Secretary of State of the United States.

The fiftieth anniversary celebrations took place on October 7 and 8, 1938. On October 7, events consisted of a golf match, a tennis match, a guided tour of Atlanta, a "show of scientific magic," a reception, tea dance, President's dinner, and dance. The commemoration exercises, which included short speeches by the governor, E. D. Rivers, and the chancellor, S. V. Sanford, as well as the President of SUNY, Frank Pierrepont Graves, took place in the morning. A luncheon, football game, fraternity open house, dance, and Phi Beta Kappa dinner followed in the afternoon and evening.

The seventy-fifth anniversary celebration, in 1963, included a lecture series and other celebrations. The publication of Dress Her in White and Gold, by Robert B. Wallace, Jr. occurred at the time of this anniversary.

Georgia Tech celebrated its centennial in 1985, the anniversary of the legislation in the Georgia congress that marked the founding of the school. Tech celebrated its centennial with a capital campaign, an exhibition entitled "China: 7,000 Years of Discovery," publications (including Images and Memories and Engineering the New South), and several other events.


This collection has been divided into four series, some of which have been further divided into subseries:

Missing Title

  1. SERIES 1. 25th Anniversary
  2. SERIES 2. 50th Anniversary
  3. SERIES 3. 75th Anniversary
  4. SERIES 4. 100th Anniversary

Other Finding Aids

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


This collection has been created by Archives and Records Management from numerous accessions, particularly those from the 75th and Centennial Committees, as well as from the Centennial Capital Campaign. Accession 1985.1012 (75th Anniversary Celebration Committee Records); 1986.0101, 1986.0102, 1986.0106, 1986.0109, 1986.0701, 1986.0702, 1986.0705, 1987.0304, 1987.0701, 1988.1101, 1988.0801, 1989.0802, 1990.1003, 1991.0101, 1992.0401, 1994.0701, 1995.1001, 1998.0401, 1999.0601, 2000.001, 2006.025, 2006.067, 2006.170, 2006.185 (Centennial Celebration Records); 2011.037 (50th Anniversary publication); 2011.038 (25th Anniversary publications). Processors added additional materials from 1987.0701 in April 2012, and materials from 2001.116 in June 2012.


Materials on the exhibit "Visions and Ventures: Georgia Tech and Atlanta" (2.4 linear feet) added April 2012; additional 50th-anniversary materials added June 2012.

Separated Material

The visual materials in this collection have been separated and will be processed as VAUA021. Textiles, including banners and pennants from the centennial celebrations, have been transferred to the Artifacts collection.

General Physical Description note

(39 full- and half-size document cases, 1 record center carton, 8 oversize containers, posters)


Parts of these collections were formerly provided with collection summaries and assigned the numbers MS017 and MS021.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro reprocessed this collection in November 2011.

Anniversaries Collection (Georgia Institute of Technology), 1913-1988
Christine de Catanzaro
Copyright 2011.
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Language of description note
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