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Title: Ella Cliff Kiser Scrapbook
Identification: MS101
Date: 1910-1912
Size/Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (one oversize box)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Chambers, Ella Cliff Kiser
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Ella Cliff Kiser, a young woman who lived on Spring Street and attended Georgia Tech's baseball and football games, kept a scrapbook documenting those teams from 1910 through 1912.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ella Cliff Kiser Chambers attended Washington Seminary, where she participated in tennis and girls basketball. She lived on Spring Street during the time that she kept this scrapbook, and was obviously an avid baseball and football fan.

At the time of this scrapbook, both the baseball and football teams played at Ponce de Leon Park, and both teams were coached by John Heisman.

Scope and Content Note

The Ella Cliff Kiser scrapbook is composed almost entirely of newspaper articles presumably clipped from the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution. The scrapbook begins with the 1910 baseball season, and continues chronologically, with baseball and football alternating as they would on a calendar, through the 1912 baseball season.

The early baseball clippings are dated, but none of the others are. Of particular note is a "riot" which occurred on April 12, 1910 during a Boys High School track meet on the Georgia Tech campus. Coach Alexander asked Atlanta police to clear the field, and one Georgia Tech student, who was officiating at the meet, refused. In response to the perceived mistreatment of this student by the police, about 300 students got involved. Ultimately, charges against the student, Richard Edmonds, were dropped, and Georgia Tech paid his fines. Newsclippings in the scrapbook document the event.

In addition to newsclippings, there are some team rosters with batting records for individual games filled in. A few of the clippings are annotated, in particular those dealing with athlete "Mary" Calhoun, who played both baseball and football for Georgia Tech before transferring to the University of Georgia. Also included is one loose photograph of an unidentified young man, and original artwork depicting the sidelines during a Georgia Tech/UGA football game.

A few loose clippings provide information on Ella Cliff Kiser. An article on a girl's basketball game between Washington Seminary and Lucy Cobb Institute reveal that Kiser was a guard; as a sophomore, she also won a tennis tournament at Washington Seminary.

Index Terms

Alexander, William A., (William Anderson), 1889-1950
College sports--Georgia--Atlanta.
Fans (Persons).
Georgia Institute of Technology. Baseball.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Football.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Sports.
Heisman, John W., (John William), 1869-1936

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Ella Cliff Kiser Scrapbook (MS101), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Ella Cliff Kiser Chambers donated this scrapbook in 1975. Accession #1992.1202 (old number: 92-12-02).

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2003.

Revisions to Finding Aid

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

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