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Office of Institute Communications and Public Affairs (ICPA) Visual Materials

Identifier: VAUA200

  • Staff Only


This collection contains photographs used by Institute Communications and Public Affairs at Georgia Tech for marketing and publications. Some photographs are historical images, but most are from approximately 1980-1998 and pertain to events at Georgia Tech during that time period.


  • 1888-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1998


General Physical Description note

(approx. 250 images; 1 document case and 1 oversized folder)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


0.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photos collected by the ICPA at Georgia Tech. The majority of the pictures are in black and white, although a few color photos are included in the collection. Most of the photographs are undated, but they are estimated to have been collected between approximately 1980 and 1998. The collection consists of mostly original photography, but some copy photos are included. The photographs are originals unless otherwise labelled.

The content of the photographs varies, but mostly pertains to Georgia Tech students, faculty, alumni, events, traditions, and campus buildings. There are photographs of important figures like U.S. Presidents, Nelson Mandela, and former Mayor of Atlanta Maynard Jackson. Additionally, there are photographs of rocket launches and astronauts that are publications of NASA. Finally, some photographs detail attractions and events that occurred in the Atlanta area.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Department of Public Relations at Georgia Tech was inaugurated in 1945. In 1958 it was reorganized in order to become a service office, thus centralizing its various responsibilities.

The Office of Institute Communications and Public Affairs (ICPA), has collaborated with the Institute's administration in formulating Georgia Tech's strategic communications goals and implementing strategic communications initiatives designed to reach those goals. Services include strategic communications consulting and planning, media relations, web design and production, video production, photography, special event planning, logo and trademark policy and enforcement, and market research.

ICPA publicizes Georgia Tech through press releases to local and out-of-state newspapers and many technical magazines, hosting press interviews with distinguished guests, radio and television programs, exhibits, and special events. ICPA compiles, edits, and publishes all official catalogs, bulletins, and programs of Georgia Tech.

In 2008, the Institute Communications and Public Affairs office became Georgia Tech Communications and Marketing.

Other Finding Aids

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


Georgia Tech's Institute Communications and Public Affairs department donated the photographs in 2001 (Accession number 2001.057).

General Physical Description note

(approx. 250 images; 1 document case and 1 oversized folder)

Processing Information

Mandi D. Johnson and Sierra Harrison processed these photographs in September 2013.

Inventory of the ICPA Visual Materials, 1888-1998 (1980-1998)
Mandi Johnson and Sierra Harrison
Copyright September 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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