68 · Representative Documents: Collection Development Policies
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management Collection Development Policy
1. Top priority given to items that only exist in digital form.
2. Items that are in danger of being lost due to degradation of their medium.
3. Items that are in danger of being lost due to the lack of availability of the
necessary hardware to access the item.
4. Digital photographs should be transferred or converted into non-proprietary
5. Items that support teaching and learning at Georgia Tech, e.g. items used in
classes or research that may be accessed electronically in ways not possible in
6. Items that have a high value to the history of Georgia Tech that may be accessed
electronically in ways not possible in paper format.
Georgia Tech Design Archives
The Georgia Tech Design Archives (GTDA) collects, preserves, and provides access to
materials related to architectural design in the Southeast. The Archives’ acquisition of
the Heffernan Design Archives Collection serves as the foundation for expanding the
architectural collecting area to include locations outside of Georgia Tech proper,
specifically focusing on the design and development of the modern South.
For more information, please refer to the GTDA collecting policy.
Science and Technology
Another collecting initiative for the Archives is documenting the impact of Georgia Tech
in the fields of science and technology. .
As an example, the Joseph F. and Vary T. Coates Papers (MS #175), document science
and technology and its potential impact on public policy, especially the activities of the
U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Southeastern Textile Industry Records
Graduates of Georgia Tech’s School of Textile and Fiber Engineering operated and
supported mills throughout the Southeast. Consequently, the Archives houses strong
collections pertaining to the textile industry, including the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill
Records, Chipman-Union Mill Records, and the Louis Magid Papers. Related to these
records are collections documenting instruction in textile engineering at Georgia Tech,
including the Charles A. Jones Papers, and a set of architectural drawings of the A.
French Textile Building at Georgia Tech, featured as one of the digital collections of the
The Archives actively collects materials documenting this important Southeastern