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School of Physics Records

 Collection
Identifier: MS013

  • Staff Only

Abstract

The Physics Department was one of the original eight departments created when Georgia Tech opened in 1888. The first chair of the department was Isaac S. Hopkins, who also became Georgia Tech's first president. This collection contains student records (1919-1920), administrative correspondence of J.B. Edwards (1932-36), and personnel files of the Physics Department during the 1940s.

Dates

  • 1919-1951 (bulk 1932-1948)
  • Majority of material found within 1932 - 1948

Creator

General Physical Description note

(three document cases)

Restrictions: Access

Some personnel files may be restricted and require Archivist's approval for examination.

Restrictions: Use

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

Extent

1.2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

These records include personnel files, administrative correspondence, and student records documenting the School of Physics, primarily from the 1920s through the 1940s. The personnel files for forty individuals who were either employees or potential employees of the Physics Department from the years 1944-1951 primarily include correspondence. The records are arranged alphabetically by employee/correspondent last name, then chronologically. The correspondence in this part of the collection is between the employee/correspondent and Dr. Joseph H. Howey, head of the Physics Department during this time. The material includes correspondence for recruitment purposes, biographical data, job inquiries, recommendations for employment from Howey to President Blake Van Leer, correspondence between employee and Howey regarding moving arrangements, and salary information. Some of the employee/correspondent files included photographs, which were pulled and are stored separately.

Also included in the collection is administrative correspondence of J. B. Edwards during the years 1932-1936. These records are arranged in chronological order. Student records from 1919-1920 comprise the remainder of the collection. They include student grades, class rolls, examinations, and lab grades.

Administrative History of the School of Physics

The Physics Department was one of the original eight departments created when Georgia Tech opened in 1888. The first chair of the department was Isaac S. Hopkins, who also became Georgia Tech's first president.

Arrangement

Missing Title

  1. Series 1. Personnel Files, 1932-1951 [Box 1]
  2. Series 2. Administrative Correspondence, 1926-1936 [Box 2]
  3. Series 3. Student Records, 1919-1920 [Boxes 2-3]

Other Finding Aids

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

Provenance

Accession #1985.1003 (old number: 85-10-03).

Separations

Photographs have been separated and cataloged as VAM013.

General Physical Description note

(three document cases)

Processing Information

Amy Summerlin processed these records in 2002.
Title
Inventory of the School of Physics (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records, 1919-1951 (bulk 1932-1948)
Subtitle
MS013
Author
Amy Summerlin
Date
Copyright 2002.
Description rules
finding aid updated using rlg best practice guidelines for encoded archival description.
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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