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The Georgia Tech Archives is dedicated to the promotion of teaching and learning on Georgia Tech's campus. The Archives offers orientations on archival research and provides research experience with archival collections in the areas of:

  • Textile mills
  • Architectural collections of Atlanta and Southeast
  • Retro-computing and web archiving
  • Materiality of archival collections (analog vs digital)
  • Science fiction
  • Rare books on science and technology
  • Georgia Tech history

If you would be interested in discussing a project for your students or an orientation, please contact Jody Thompson.

Teaching & Learning Examples:

Textile mills

Project 1: The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills
This project gives students the opportunity to understanding the operations of an Atlanta mill during the early twentieth century and activities concerning mill management and workers during a 1914-1915 worker strike.  This project can be adapted into a one-time class project or into a research project.

Retro-computing & web archiving

Project 1: Archive the Internet! Workshop
This one-time hands-on class offers an introduction to the concept of web archiving, including best practices, tools, and resources. It includes a hands-on web archiving activity in which participants of all backgrounds will learn how to archive their own websites. The activity could spin off into a larger, longer-term project. Participants should bring a laptop with specific software installed in advance.

Project 2: Personal Digital Archiving Workshop
Everyone can be an archivist, and with the overwhelming quantity of digital records we’re all creating every day, everyone should be an archivist. This one-time hands-on workshop, appropriate for audiences of all backgrounds, will invite participants to see themselves as archivists of their own digital records. Participants will learn practical guidelines and tips for managing and preserving digital records and explore copyright and intellectual property concepts and concerns that are important to digital records stewards. Then, in small groups, the class will tackle the challenge of finding the person in the personal digital archive: they will analyze a fake personal digital archive to solve a murder mystery—and learn best practices for personal digital archiving along the way. Participants should bring a laptop to the class.

Materiality of archival collections

Project 1: The Materiality of the Archive - Physical vs. Digital Archives Showdown
This one-time hands-on class encourages participants to consider the differences—and areas of convergence—between physical and digital archives. Students of all levels and backgrounds will explore the world of archives, dive into copyright questions, and investigate questions of materiality through firsthand encounters with physical and digital archival materials.

Science Fiction

Project 1: Creation of digital collections
Students have the opportunity to use the archives’ science fiction collection of books, magazines and fanzines. These materials make for a great project of creating digital collections, researching copyright and understanding materiality of papers versus digital.

Georgia Tech history

Project 1: History Detective
Using Georgia Tech’s rich history, students use the archives’ documents, publications and photographs to answer targeted, specific questions about student life, academics and campus development. This project exposes students to the types of materials found in archives but also begins to prepare them for more difficult archival research. 

Project 2: Peer to peer learning
Students work in pairs to analyze documents selected from the Archives’ historical collections of the campus. Designed to focus on the strength of peer-to-peer learning and teaching, the project encourages students to describe their primary resources in detail, and to come up with ideas on how these documents could be used in research.

Project 3: History Detective + Tumble through Tech History
Ideal for undergraduates from any major, this one-time class puts a digital spin on the traditional History Detective workshop. Through hands-on exploration of physical and digital primary sources, students will learn about archival research methods, explore the practice and purpose of creating metadata, and share their historical findings with the world via the Georgia Tech Archives Tumblr. Students will work in small groups, and each group should come to the class with at least one laptop.

Project 4: Georgia Tech Time Traveler
In this project, the students will explore the ever-changing built environment that is the Georgia Tech campus.  This challenge requires them to use maps, research, and the powers of their observation and imagination to identify demolished buildings or areas on campus that have been significantly altered.

Project 5: Industrial Education and Development of the Georgia Tech campus
This project will discuss the shop culture and industrial education in the South and why the development of the GT campus was influenced by this movement. This project can be adapted into a one-time class project or into a research project.

Project 6: Make your mark on GT History
This quick project encourages students to consider their place in Georgia Tech history and to see their own records as worthy of archiving. Students will be invited to make their mark on history by submitting a photo that documents something about their lives at Georgia Tech to the Archives. This project introduces students to the concept of archives, increases their awareness about the Georgia Tech Archives, teaches them about the importance of metadata, and invites them to consider history as an active, participatory, modern phenomenon.