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Descriptive Summary

Title: Decal
Identification: MF026
Date: undated
Size/Quantity: 0.05 linear feet (one archival folder)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This single item is a decal promoting Georgia Tech school spirit.

Biographical/Historical Note

Like most other American colleges and universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology has produced numerous items such as buttons, decals, and other paraphernalia to promote school spirit. The "Rambling Wreck" reference used in many of these items is a quotation from one of the traditional school songs, known as either "Ramblin' Wreck," "Rambling Wreck," or "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech." This song's lyrics first appeared in the 1908 Blueprint, the school's yearbook. In that publication, the conclusion of every verse is given as follows: "I'm a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech, and the ---- of an engineer." The publication leaves out the word "hell" each time it occurs. According to an oral history by Harold D. Cutter, the phrase "rambling wreck" itself may date from as early as the 1880s. At first, it may have been used in reference to the students at Georgia Tech, but in modern times it also refers to a Model "T" Ford decked out in the school colors, which makes appearances at home football games.

Scope and Content Note

The Georgia Tech decal is black, yellow, and white and reads, "Georgia Tech: A Rambling Wreck and a Helluva Engineer."

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Insignia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Decal (MF026), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #2001.132.

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson described this item in 2002.

Revisions to Finding Aid

October 2005:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. September 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

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

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    1Decal, undated