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William Gilmer Perry Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Gilmer Perry Papers
Identification: MS050
Date: 1898-1931
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-sized document cases).
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Perry, William Gilmer, 1877-1951
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:William Gilmer Perry was a faculty member of the English Department at Georgia Tech for 47 years. These papers relate to his status as an adjunct professor and later, as the department head.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Gilmer Perry joined the English faculty at Georgia Tech as an adjunct professor in 1900, rising to department head in 1922. By 1934, he was dean of general studies. He served at Georgia Tech for 47 years, before retiring in 1948. Students facetiously called his literature classes the "Hour of Charm." Legendary both on campus and off, Perry was regarded as one of Atlanta's most eligible and popular bachelors. Born in 1877 in Columbia, South Carolina, he received a bachelor's, master's, and an honorary doctoral degree from Davidson College. He belonged to several language associations, the Rotary Club, and the Masons, and served for many years on the library committee. Dr. Perry died in 1951.

Scope and Content Note

The William Gilmer Perry papers include correspondence, organizational materials, writings, and a memorial address for Georgia Tech President Kenneth Matheson. The letters included in this collection are ones that Dr. Perry received in December of 1900. They indicate the offer and acceptance of the initial position he took at Georgia as an adjunct professor. The organizational materials include papers related to the Georgia Council of English Teachers and a course outline.

In the summer of 1913, he kept a journal during a trip to Europe. Included are details of his daily activities, a list of expenses, and addresses of acquaintances he met along the way. Dr. Perry eulogized his friend and former Georgia Tech president Kenneth Matheson, who originally hired Dr. Perry when he was still a member of the English faculty. Poetry written by Dr. Perry is mostly undated, although "At Christmas Time" is dated 1926. His subject matter focused on nature and plants, as evidenced by such titles as "Her Garden" and "The Pine Wood."


The William Gilmer Perry Papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Index Terms

American poetry--Georgia.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Matheson, Kenneth G., (Kenneth Gordon), 1864-1931

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite William Gilmer Perry Papers (MS050), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #1987.1104 (old number: 87-11-04).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2000.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

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

    Related Material

    Dorothy Murray Crosland Papers (1922-1983), MS001; Librarian's Reports (1899-1912), MS064.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    11Correspondence, 1900-1912
    12Georgia Council of English Teachers, 1924
    13Journal, 1913
    14M. A. English Study Outline, 1898-1900
    15Matheson Memorial Address, 1931
    16Poetry, 1926