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Robert B. Wallace, Jr. Papers

Robert B. Wallace, Jr. Papers

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Title: Robert B. Wallace, Jr. Papers
Identification: MS083
Date: 1939-1969 (bulk 1963-1965)
Size/Quantity: 0.6 linear feet (one document case and one half-sized document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Wallace, Robert B., Jr.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Robert B. Wallace graduated from Georgia Tech in 1949 and served as the Director of Information Services and Publications. He authored three books, including a history on Georgia Tech entitled Dress Her in White and Gold. These papers are comprised of the book manuscript, information on campus building names, and nominations for the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America Award.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Bridge Wallace, Jr., a native of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, entered Georgia Tech in 1939, but did not receive his B. S. in Industrial Management until 1949. During the interim, he served in World War II as a combat flying officer. After graduation, Wallace joined the Army to serve in the Korean War.

He returned to Tech as the manager of alumni activities before becoming editor of the Georgia Tech Alumnus magazine. In 1955, Wallace became head of publications services for the Engineering Experiment Station and assumed the role of Director of Information Services and Publications for the Institute when that department was created. Under his leadership, Georgia Tech won several awards for its publications. Dress Her in White and Gold,a history of Georgia Tech written by Wallace, was originally published in 1963, then revised and reprinted in 1969.

Wallace took a great interest in athletics. He served as the public address announcer at basketball games and as a press box announcer at football games. He edited the football game-day programs for which he won the national prize in 1968, and wrote Yellow Jacket Confidential, a weekly analysis of the football team. He also was a sports columnist for Atlanta Magazine.

Wallace and his wife, Jane Dobbs Wallace, had three daughters, Nancy, Jinx, and Marilu. Wallace died on April 6, 1970 after suffering a heart attack.

Scope and Content Note

The Robert B. Wallace, Jr. Papers include correspondence, reviews, press sheets, campus building names information, and broadcast schedules, primarily documenting his writing of Dress Her in White and Gold and his interest in athletics. The correspondence that mainly consists of congratulations from alumni, colleagues, and friends to Bob Wallace on writing Dress Her in White and Gold. Other letters include research questions and itemized payments for services in helping the author write the history book of Georgia Tech. Short notes accompany the invoices and receipts for payment. The invoices indicate that the book sold for $5.00. The revisions and press sheets are for the 1969 reprint of Dress Her in White and Gold.

The campus buildings names information includes correspondence and biographies, which the Department of Information Services and Publications was responsible for providing. The broadcast schedules also include correspondence and game-day itineraries for the 1963 Florida game and the 1966 Gator Bowl.

The final two folders contain information on the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America Award for 1965. This prestigious distinction is given to collegiate athletes 25 years after they have graduated from college. They must have played football and, in the years following graduation, attained remarkable success in their chosen careers. Several Georgia Tech alumni have been honored with this award.


The Robert B. Wallace, Jr. papers are arranged in two series, Dress Her in White and Gold, 1959-1969 and General Georgia Tech, 1939-1969. Papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title within each series.

Series 1. Dress Her in White and Gold, 1959-1969

Series 2. General Georgia Tech, 1939-1969

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Football.
Georgia Institute of Technology. History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Robert B. Wallace, Jr. Papers (MS083), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #1990.1204 (old number: 90-12-04).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2000.


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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

Related Material

Campus Names Committee Records, 1962-1974 (MS034).

Other Finding Aids

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

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SERIES 1: Dress Her in White and Gold, 1959-1969.



11Correspondence, 1959-1968.
12Correspondence, 1959-1968.
13Invoices, 1963.
14Press sheets, 1969.
15Press sheets, 1969.
16Press sheets, 1969.
17Reviews, 1963.
18Revisions, 1969.
19Revisions, 1969.

SERIES 2: General Georgia Tech, 1939-1969.



110Campus buildings names information, 1939-1969.
111Campus buildings names information, 1939-1969.



21Florida vs. Tech broadcast schedule, 1963.
22Gator Bowl broadcast schedule, 1965-1966.
23 Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America Awards, 1957-1966.
24 Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America Awards, 1957-1966.