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Anniversaries Visual Materials (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Identifier: VAUA021

  • Staff Only


This collection contains visual materials related to the twenty-fifth and one-hundredth anniversaries of Georgia Tech.


  • 1913; 1984-1986
  • Majority of material found within 1984 - 1986


Physical Description

(approximately 650 items)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


4.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection contains visual materials related to the twenty-fifth and one-hundredth anniversaries of Georgia Tech. The collection includes black and white and color photos and slides and a few exhibit plans.

Series 1 contains multiple copies of one item: a panoramic photo of the Georgia Tech campus from 1913. This image was included in the booklet, "The Georgia School of Technology 1888-1913," which was published in commemoration of Tech's twenty-fifth anniversary.

Series 2 contains items related to exhibits held in conjunction with Tech's one-hundredth anniversary. "China: 7000 Years of Discovery" was an exhibition staged at the High Museum of Art that included demonstrations from Chinese artisans. The items in this subseries include photographs of the kites made during the exhibition, exhibition publicity photos, photos of the cultural delegation, and exhibit plans. "Framing the Foundations: An Exhibition of Rare Books in the History of Science and Technology" was an exhibit at the Georgia Tech Library showcasing the Library and Archives' rare books. The items in this subseries include slides and photos of the exhibit and items in the exhibit, the exhibit installation, and its opening. "Visions and Ventures: Georgia Tech and Atlanta" was an exhibit held at the Atlanta History Center in conjunction with Tech's centennial capital campaign. This subseries contains photos of the exhibit as well as text panels and display images from the exhibit itself.

Biographical / Historical

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 is divided into two series: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary and One-Hundredth Anniversary. The One-Hundredth Anniversary is further divided by subseries.

Other Finding Aids

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


This collection was created by the Georgia Tech Archives from numerous accessions. Accessions: #1986.0701, 1988.0701, 1992.0401, 1998.0401, 1999.0601, 2000.001, 2006.020, 2006.043, 2006.067, 2006.185, 2011.037, 2011.038.

Physical Description

(approximately 650 items)

Processing Information

Mandi D. Johnson processed this collection in March 2012.

Anniversaries Visual Materials (Georgia Institute of Technology), 1913; 1984-1986 (bulk dates 1984-1986)
Mandi D. Johnson
Copyright March 2012.
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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