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Georgia Tech Alumni Association Records

Identifier: MS024

  • Staff Only


Chartered in 1908, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association adopted the name Georgia Tech National Alumni Association and drafted new by-laws in 1919. This collection consists of administrative and financial documents and scrapbooks depicting the Alumni Association's history.


  • 1899-1999 (bulk 1976-1986)
  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 1986


General Physical Description note

(sixteen document cases, one half-size document case, three flat files, and one large flat file)

Restrictions: Access

Materials housed in Box 20, containing social security numbers of individuals, are restricted. For more information, please contact an Archives staff member.

Restrictions: Use

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


9.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Georgia Tech Alumni Association Records document the administrative and financial history of the organization. The bulk of the collection contains general correspondence and financial documents, such as correspondence to alumni, faculty, and head football coaches and fundraising for the association. Newspaper clippings and articles concerning individuals have been transferred to the Archives' Personality Files; a list of those individuals documented is included in the folder list. Scrapbooks and newspaper clippings make up a large portion of this collection, which illustrates the history of Tech's Alumni Association.

Administrative History of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association

The first recorded meeting of the association was held in 1896. Georgia Tech's first graduate, Henry L. Smith (ME '90), invited former classmates to join him at his home to discuss the idea of an alumni association. Together, they drafted the first set of by-laws in 1898. In 1906, a petition for a charter was produced, and it was granted on June 20, 1908. In 1919, reorganization occurred and new by-laws were drafted under the name of the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association, under the leadership of W. H. Glenn (1891).

In 1922, Albert H. Staton (ME '22) was hired as the first executive secretary. He also served as the editor of the Georgia Tech Magazine, which made its debut in 1923. Other former Tech students have also held the position of executive secretary: George C. Griffin (CE '22), Jack Thiesen (EE '10), Howard Ector (IM '40), Roane Beard (IM '49), Robert Rice (IM '49), John B. Carter, Jr. (IE '69), and Joseph P. Irwin (IM '80).

Certain programs have developed out of the Alumni Association. While Griffin was secretary, he created a placement service in 1923, which later transferred to the Tech's administration. In 1947, the Alumni Association began the annual fund raising campaign known as the Roll Call.


Arranged into five series (Series 1 and 2 are further divided into subseries):

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  1. SERIES 1. Alumni Association Administration, 1899-1999.
  2. SERIES 2. Alumni Association Financial Information, 1904-1989.
  3. SERIES 3. Georgia Tech Archives Personality Files.
  4. SERIES 4. Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1920-1949.
  5. SERIES 5. Restricted Materials.

Other Finding Aids

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


These records were received in several donations (Accessions #1986.0403, 1987.1202, 2001.152, and 2002.018; old numbers: 86-04-03, 87-12-02, 2001.152, and 2002.18).


Photographs have been separated and catalogued as Georgia Tech Alumni Association Photograph Collection, VAM 24.

General Physical Description note

(sixteen document cases, one half-size document case, three flat files, and one large flat file)

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd processed these papers in 2002.

Inventory of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Records, 1899-1999 (bulk 1976-1986)
Jody Lloyd
Copyright 2002.
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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