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Cherry L. Emerson Papers

Cherry L. Emerson Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Cherry L. Emerson Papers
Identification: MS029
Date: ca. 1941-1958
Size/Quantity: 5.0 linear feet (five record center cartons)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Emerson, Cherry L. , (Cherry Logan), d. 1959
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Cherry L. Emerson, the son of Georgia Tech’s first dean, Dr. William Henry Emerson, graduated from Georgia Tech in 1909 and embarked upon a successful engineering career which included over twenty-five years with Robert and Company. In 1945, he returned to Georgia Tech as Dean of the School of Engineering. In 1948, he was named vice-president; under his direction, the institution’s physical plant nearly doubled in size. He left Georgia Tech in 1955 and died in 1959. His papers include correspondence, financial records, printed material, and reports, documenting the Southern Technical Institute, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Engineering Experiment Station.
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Biographical/Historical Note

Cherry Logan Emerson, the son of Dr. William Henry Emerson, the first dean of Georgia Tech, graduated from Georgia Tech in 1909. He joined Westinghouse Electric in 1910, then went to work for Duke Power Company in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1914. In 1919, he returned to Atlanta, joining Robert and Company. He became chief engineer in 1922 and vice-president in 1924. When L. W. (Chip) Robert was named Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Treasury in 1933, Emerson succeeded him as president of Robert and Company.

He came to Georgia Tech as dean of the school of engineering in 1945 and was named vice-president in charge of expansion in 1948. Under his direction, the physical plant of Georgia Tech nearly doubled in size. He left Georgia Tech in 1955. He served as a national director for the Boy Scouts of America, and was active in the Atlanta Rotary Club and Covenant Presbyterian Church. He also was involved in numerous professional engineering organizations, and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, and ANAK.

Emerson was married to the former Sina White (d. 1965), an Atlanta native. They had a daughter, Mrs. Richard W. Cross, and a son, Cherry L. Emerson, Jr. Emerson died in 1959 in Atlanta.


Scope and Content Note

The Cherry L. Emerson Papers include correspondence, financial records, printed material, and reports, documenting the Southern Technical Institute, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Engineering Experiment Station.


Index Terms

Callaway, Paul K.
Cudd, Herschel Herbert, 1912-
Georgia Institute of Technology. Engineering Experiment Station.
Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Rosselot, Gerald
Southern Polytechnic State University.
Van Leer, Blake R., (Blake Ragsdale), 1893-1956

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Cherry L. Emerson Papers (MS029), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Unknown (Accession #1987.0101; old number: #87-01-01).

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro encoded this collection summary in March 2006.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2006:
  • Summary finding aid converted to Encoded Archival Description Version 2002. August 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit. January 2015: Basic box list added.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    Personnel and salary information are restricted.

    Restrictions: Use

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


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    1Southern Technical Institute materials: Personnel (RESTRICTED), budget, facilities, curricula, ca. 1941-1958
     

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    2GTRI/EES; Vocational programs for defense workers; Computer center; Nuclear energy center, ca. 1941-1958
     

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    3Southern Tech; GTRI special report (1949); Short courses, ca. 1941-1958
     

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    4Payroll, personnel (RESTRICTED); Reports; Minutes; General research; General education board, ca. 1941-1958
     

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    5Blissett report; Digital computer system; Engineering Extension division; Payroll, personnel (RESTRICTED), ca. 1941-1958