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Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management Collection Development Policy
Rat caps, buttons, belt buckles, tickets, cheerleading uniforms, and Buzz bedroom shoes
are examples of the treasures found in the Georgia Tech three-dimensional collection.
Other acquisitions include gloves and class rings from early women graduates.
Theses and Dissertations
All theses and dissertations are stored electronically in the electronic theses and
dissertation collection (ETDs) maintained by the Library’s Scholarly Communication and
Digital Services department. The program increases access to theses and dissertations by
making them available over the Internet without regard to geography or time of day.
ETDs also provide valuable institutional records in digital format linked through the
Library’s catalog. All copies are available on-line via theinstitutional repository,
The Library continues to maintain one copy of all student theses and dissertations from
the early years of Georgia Tech until 2004.
Rare Books
The rare books collection supports and complements Georgia Tech’s academic
curriculum, with subjects including the history of science and technology, cartography,
architecture, and science fiction. Rare book collecting began in 1958 with the acquisition
of the first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica (1687). With this as a
cornerstone, the collection was enhanced over the years by the acquisition of the second
and third editions of the Principia, published in 1713 and 1726. In addition to the
Principia, the library owns early editions of several other works by Newton, notably
Opticks (1704), Universal Arithmetick (editions published in 1720 and 1769), and The
Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series, published in 1736. A number of works by
contemporaries of Newton such as Pemberton, Keill, and MacLaurin, as well as
additional Newtoniana, round out this special collection.
The Library owns the nine-volume Dutch edition of Joan Blaeu’s Grooten Atlas, or Atlas
Major, published in Amsterdam in 1664-1665. Seventeenth-century Dutch exploration
and commerce culminated in this atlas, one of the most sumptuous cartographic
collections ever published. The Library also maintains a supporting collection of works
about this atlas and cartography of the era.
Science Fiction
Forming the basis of the Bud Foote Science Fiction Center is a comprehensive collection
of books and periodicals in this genre donated to the library by Professor Irving (Bud)
Foote. This 9,000+ volume collection has been augmented by an additional 5,000 works
of science fiction donated by friends of the library. In addition, noted science fiction
writers David Brin and Patrick Malone have donated many of their works to this
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