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Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. Records

Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. Records
Identification: MS104
Date: 1928-1956
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-sized document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (R. O. T. C.) was established at Georgia Tech in 1926. These records document the history of the Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. program through correspondence and program fliers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Georgia Tech was selected by the United States Navy Department in 1926 as one of six schools - the only one in the South to be so honored - to have a Naval Branch of the R. O. T. C. One of the main factors in its selection was the school's excellence in mathematical training, while overlooking its considerable distance (approximately 300 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean. President Lyman Hall, a West Point graduate, and Dean W. H. Emerson, a Naval Academy graduate, also were responsible for the placement of the R. O. T. C. program at Tech.

Fifty students were admitted into the organization per year for the first four years. A maximum of 200 students can be included in the Naval R. O. T. C. in a single academic year. A Naval Armory was built with federal funds and grants matched by the school.

Scope and Content Note

The Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. papers include announcements, correspondence, and a history of the organization. The announcements are for a 1956 seminar, detailing the program agenda, an invitation for freshman to apply for the R. O. T. C., and a 1928 newsletter recapping that year's summer cruise.

The correspondence includes letters to President Marion L. Brittain in 1930 regarding the three week summer cruise that the Naval R. O. T. C. students participated in, as well as annual reports from 1938 and 1941. Two invitations to Naval R. O. T. C functions are also included.

The history of the Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. consists of a photocopy from a school publication, a typed history of the organization, and information concerning the rank of naval officers and the regulations of the training units. Also included are a copy and its revision detailing the instructional program of the Naval R. O. T. C.


The materials in this collection are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps.
Military education--Georgia--Atlanta.
United States. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite the Georgia Tech Naval R. O. T. C. Records, Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


The records were transferred from the vertical files (Accession #1993.0402; old number: 93-04-02).

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

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    Restrictions: Use

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

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    11Announcements, 1928-1956
    12Correspondence, 1930-1941
    13History of the Georgia Tech Naval ROTC, undated