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Campus Names Committee Records

Identifier: MS034

  • Staff Only


In 1964, the Campus Names Committee was appointed by Georgia Tech President Edwin Harrison to recommend names for campus buildings and streets. The correspondence that comprises this collection details the discussions amongst the members of the group, as well as the community-at-large.


  • 1962-1974


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


0.2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Campus Names Committee records include biographies, campus map, construction reports, and correspondence. The Georgia Tech News Bureau wrote biographical sketches in support of building names. Included with the campus maps are programs from building dedications. The quarterly construction progress reports detail the status of buildings from 1968-1971, listing the architectural firm, contractor, construction cost, square footage, and the estimated completion date.

The bulk of this collection is comprised of letters between Glenn Rainey, chair of the Campus Names Committee, other members of the committee, Georgia Tech faculty, and Presidents Edwin Harrison, Arthur Hansen, Vernon Crawford (acting) and Joseph Pettit. Letters addressed to Rainey from faculty are usually a formal nomination of a building name, while letters from Rainey to the current Georgia Tech President ask or advise a decision on the naming of a particular building. Nearly all of the nominations were approved.

Administrative History of the Campus Names Committee

Georgia Tech President Edwin D. Harrison appointed several faculty members to a committee to name (or re-name) campus buildings and streets in 1964. Prominent alumni, faculty, and administrators were selected in an ongoing process that continued under the presidential terms of Arthur G. Hansen and Joseph M. (Joseph Mayo) Pettit.Glenn Rainey, a professor in the English Department, oversaw the group as chairman beginning in 1967.

A faculty member would normally nominate a late professor to be honored in the naming of a building. The Campus Names Committee would then recommend the name to the President and notify the public relations office, which would write a biographical sketch. The President would then send a letter and the biography to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for approval.


The records are arranged alphabetically by folder title, and chronologically within each folder.

Other Finding Aids

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


Glenn Rainey, chair of the committee, gave the materials to August W. Giebelhaus when he was co-authoring Engineering the New South. Giebelhaus, in turn, donated the materials to the Archives in June 1987. Accession #1987.0707 (old number: 87-07-07).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2000.

Inventory of the Campus Names Committee (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records, 1962-1974
Susan J. Illis
Copyright 2000
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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