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School of Aerospace Engineering records

 Collection
Identifier: UA328

  • Staff Only

Abstract

This collection consists of administrative files relating to the annual inspections of the School of Aerospace Engineering by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD) and the Institutional Self-Study of the 1960s at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The collection also includes articles and research by the faculty in aerospace engineering, dating mainly from the late 1930s and 1940s.

Dates

  • 1929-1978 (bulk 1931-1967)
  • Majority of material found within 1931 - 1967

Creator

General Physical Description note

(seven document cases)

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

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

Extent

2.8 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of administrative files relating to the annual inspections of the School of Aerospace Engineering by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which document the curriculum in Aerospace Engineering and the activities of its faculty, and the Institutional Self-Study at the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1960s. The collection also includes articles and research, most by members of the faculty in aerospace engineering, on the research that was taking place at Georgia Tech during the era of World War II. Some of the articles discuss the establishment of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech and its early years.

Administrative History of the School of Aerospace Engineering

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics was established on March 3, 1930, when Georgia Tech received a $300,000 grant from the Daniel Guggenheim Fund to promote aeronautical engineering on the campus. This was the last and third largest grant made to seven institutions across the United States for establishment of centers for aeronautical research and instruction. In 1962, the School of Aeronautics was officially renamed the School of Aerospace Engineering. In the early years of the twenty-first century, the School is consistently ranked among the top five programs in aerospace engineering in the United States.

The first classes began in September 1931 with eighteen students and two faculty members. The school's first building, the Guggenheim Building, was dedicated in June of that year. The number of students rose steadily in the early years, climbing to 228 in 1950. The Master's degree program graduated its first two students in 1934; the Ph.D. program began in 1961. Expansion continued during the 1960s, reaching a peak enrollment of 935 students in 1967. By 1984, enrollment had dropped to 839 students, and by the early 1990s it had decreased to just over 550 students. About 265 undergraduates, 120 Masters and 110 Ph.D. students were studying aerospace engineering in 2007.

Montgomery Knight served as the first Director of the School of Aeronautics, holding the position until his death in 1943. D. W. (Donnell Wayne) Dutton succeeded Knight and continued in the position until 1963. A. L. (Arnold Lionel) Ducoffe followed as Director, serving from 1964 until his death in 1986. After Ducoffe's death, Robin B. Gray became Interim Director from June 1986 until October 1988. Donald P. Giddens took over for four years (1988-1992). After G. Alvin Pierce served as Interim Director for one year (1992-1993), Robert G. Loewy assumed the leadership of the school. At the time of writing, Loewy has held the position of William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech for fourteen years.

Arrangement

Arranged into two series:

Missing Title

  1. SERIES 1. Administrative files
  2. SERIES 2. Writings and research

Other Finding Aids

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

Provenance

Donation, School of Aerospace Engineering, 1991 (accession number: #1992.0405). The collection was transferred to the Library when the Aerospace Engineering departmental collection was dismantled. Some of the transferred materials were discarded in 1991. This collection consists of all that was retained. The contents of Series 2 may have been collected by R. W. Weems, a former faculty member in the School of Aerospace Engineering. (The series was filed under the heading "PUBLICATIONS--WEEMS.")

Related Materials

In this archive, see also the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics Flight Training Program (MF016) and the Engineering Experiment Station Photograph Collection (VAC300).

General Physical Description note

(seven document cases)

Processing Information

Amy Li and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in October 2007.
Title
Inventory of the School of Aerospace Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records, 1929-1978 (bulk 1931-1967)
Subtitle
UA328
Status
Completed
Author
Amy Li, Christine de Catanzaro
Date
Copyright October 2007.
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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