66 · Representative Documents: Collection Development Policies
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management Collection Development Policy
Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management
Collection Development Policy
The Georgia Institute of Technology Archives & Records Management collects,
preserves, exhibits, and makes available for research institutional archives, manuscripts,
personal papers, organizational records, visual materials, rare books, theses, dissertations,
sponsored research, and memorabilia. These materials primarily document the history of
Georgia Tech and the activities of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The department
also promotes research and scholarship through collections relating to the academic
curriculum, provides a research experience for students in the use of primary sources, and
preserves the legal and administrative documents of the Institute. In the latter role, the
Georgia Tech Archives administers the Records Management program for the Institute.
The Archives always seeks to augment its holdings, through transfer or donation.
Institutional Archives/Personal Papers/Organizational Records
The Archives houses the official records of Georgia Tech, which document
administrative, research, faculty, student, and staff activities on campus from its
establishment in 1885 to the present. The holdings of the Archives include institutional
archives, manuscript collections, organizational records, correspondence, monographs,
serials, and meeting minutes.
Papers of faculty members are a particular collecting strength, and include those of
physicist Joseph Ford, historian Melvin Kranzberg, chemical engineering professor Helen
Grenga, and sculptor Julian Harris. Papers of staff members, including those of Dean
George Griffin and former librarian and novelist Frances Newman, form another
important component of the collection. The activities of students are documented in
organizational records such as those of the ANAK Society and DramaTech Theatre, as
well as in personal papers such as those of Harold A. “Dutch” Faisst and Lowell Terrell.
Papers of administrators, especially those of the Institute’s Presidents, feature valuable
information on the development of Georgia Tech from its beginnings in 1885 to the
The Archives also maintains subject files and personality files, composed primarily of
newspaper clippings, which provide ready reference on a multitude of Georgia Tech