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George P. Burdell Telegram

George P. Burdell Telegram

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Descriptive Summary

Title: George P. Burdell Telegram
Identification: MF047
Date: 1946
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 collection contains one Western Union telegram for fictitious Georgia Tech student George P. Burdell. The telegram deals with Burdell's Navy recruitment in 1946.

Biographical/Historical Note

George P. Burdell was created in 1927 as a practical joke. Incoming freshman William Edgar Smithreceived two enrollment application forms by mistake. He completed one accurately for himself, and filled out the other using as the surname either the first name of his friend's mother, the name of a former headmaster, or the name of his cat. Sources differ as to which of the three Burdell was named.

He once enrolled for 3,000 quarter hours and has received two degrees. Burdell has also occupied several important positions at Georgia Tech, including a Regents' Professorship, the Deanship of Humanities and Fine Arts, and a seat on the Board of Regents.

Scope and Content Note

The George P. Burdell telegram, addressed to Georgia Tech, is a request from North American Aviation, Inc. for a copy of Burdell's school records with regards to recruitment.

Index Terms

Burdell, George P.
Georgia Institute of Technology. History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite George P. Burdell Telegram (MF047), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accessions #2001.119.

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson described this item in 2002.

Revisions to Finding Aid

November 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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    1Telegram, 1946