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Arthur T. Kittle Papers

Identifier: MS084

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Dr. Arthur T. Kittle worked in the Georgia Tech Library from 1961-1983, and served on many campus-wide committees during this time period. His papers include memoranda, meeting minutes, articles, and cataloging manuals.


  • 1965-1976 (bulk 1973-1976)
  • Majority of material found within 1973 - 1976


General Physical Description note

(one document case)

Restrictions: Access

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee records (Box 1, Folder 16) restricted due to confidentiality issues.

Restrictions: Use

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


0.6 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

Dr. Kittle's papers contain information from almost twenty different committees he served on from 1971 until 1976, such as the Executive Committee, Academic Committee, and General Faculty Committee. The papers also contain reports from work done with Monographic Cataloging and reports concerning tenure, personnel policies, and promotions for librarians.

Committee materials include memoranda, meeting minutes, and agendas. Specific information on Kittle's contributions to the committees is not apparent; the papers primarily were sent from the chair of the pertinent committee to all committee members. The executive committee materials document a controversy that occurred in 1975, when the cost of living in Atlanta had risen 40% in a six year period, but faculty and staff salaries had increased only an average of 20% during the same period. Documenting materials include letters to the Board of Regents; additional materials documenting this issue may be found with the general faculty committee materials.

A significant portion of the papers document Dr. Kittle's work in researching and implementing tenure for librarians. The Branson Committee report compiles research done at Duke University on status, benefits and salary scales of librarians; this study concentrated on members of the Association of Research Libraries, although other libraries are included. The cataloging manuals are both handwritten guides for cataloging books at Georgia Tech, with the author and date of these manuals not provided.

Lacking in these papers is any indication of Dr. Kittle's opinions on the issues the committees addressed, aside from his obvious lobbying for improved salary scales for librarians.

Biography of Arthur T. Kittle

Dr. Arthur T. Kittle worked at Georgia Tech from June 1, 1961 until June 30, 1983 when he retired. As Associate Director of the Library, Dr. Kittle maintained membership in local, state and national professional organizations. Dr. Kittle also served on numerous faculty committees at Georgia Tech.

Born in 1920, Arthur Kittle earned both his master's and Ph.D. from Columbia University, the latter in 1961.


The Arthur T. Kittle papers have been arranged in two series. Series 1, Georgia Tech Committees, documents the myriad committees on which he served. The second series, General Library Materials, pertains specifically to the operation of the Library and Information Center.

Other Finding Aids

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


Source unknown. Accession #1990.1205 (old number: 90-12-05).

General Physical Description note

(one document case)

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2003.

Inventory of the Arthur T. Kittle Papers, 1965-1976 (bulk 1973-1976)
Susan J. Illis
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