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Title: Sandra W. Thornton Papers
Identification: MS113
Date: 1981-1996 (bulk 1988-1993)
Size/Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (four document cases)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Thornton, Sandra W., (Sandra Winterberger), b. 1935
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Sandra W. Thornton joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1962 as an instructor in political science, retiring as assistant professor in the School of Public Policy in 1997. These papers document her activities in formulating Georgia Tech policy in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sandra Winterberger Thornton (1935-) earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in 1958, and went on to earn her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1964. She joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1962 as an instructor in political science, eventually rising to assistant professor by her retirement in 1997 from the School of Public Policy.

Her research interests included Soviet foreign policy and science and public policy. In addition, she was a long-standing member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. (See: Who's Who of American Woman, 1983-1984 and American Men and Women of Science.)

Scope and Content Note

The Sandra W. Thornton papers document her committee activities at Georgia Tech in the late 1980s through the early 1990s in the areas of dispute resolution, academic reorganization, scientific misconduct, drug policy, and faculty governance. Materials within each subject designation generally include correspondence, articles, meeting minutes, and reports.

The articles are generally from academic journals covering the topic the committee is discussing, while reports come from both other universities and colleges that have already developed policy and also include Georgia Tech's draft policies. Correspondence encompasses notices of meetings and more in-depth discussions of the issues under discussion. Papers pertaining to former president John Patrick Crecine show the growing dissatisfaction with his leadership among a core group of faculty. Papers documenting the reorganization of Georgia Tech complement, but in some cases, duplicate those found in the Michael Thomas Papers (MS063).

Despite Dr. Thornton's thirty-five year tenure with Georgia Tech, these papers document a very limited time period and subject matter and reveal nothing about her personal life or traditional academic work.


Papers are arranged alphabetically by committee name or subject matter, and alphabetically by type of material within each category.

Index Terms

Academic freedom.
Educational planning--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Scientific misconduct.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Sandra W. Thornton Papers (MS113), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Sandra W. Thornton donated these papers in 1997. Accession #1998.0303 (old number: 98-03-03).

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2004.

Revisions to Finding Aid

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

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    One folder of materials (Box 1, Folder 7) is restricted.

    Restrictions: Use

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

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been separated to the Visual Arts Collection (VAM113).

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    11Alternative Dispute Resolution - Correspondence, 1994-1996
    12Alternative Dispute Resolution - Literature, 1981-1996
    13Alternative Dispute Resolution - Notes, undated
    14Conflict Resolution - Guidebook, 1996
    15Conflict Resolution - Guidebook, 1996
    16Crecine, John Patrick - Articles, 1992-1993
    17Crecine, John Patrick - Correspondence (Restricted), 1991-1993
    18Crecine, John Patrick - Inauguration, 1988
    19Crecine, John Patrick - Task Force for Campus Concerns, 1992-1993
    110Drug Policy - Articles and Reports, 1990-1992
    111Drug Policy - Correspondence, 1989-1992



    21Drug Policy - Department of Defense Documents, 1990-1992
    22Drug Policy - Drafts, 1990-1992
    23Drug Policy - Legal Documents, 1988-1990
    24Drug Policy - Notes, 1992
    25Faculty Governance Study Committee - Articles, 1991
    26Faculty Governance Study Committee - Committee Information, 1991-1993
    27Faculty Governance Study Committee - Correspondence, 1984-Sep 1993
    28Faculty Governance Study Committee - Correspondence, Oct-Dec 1993
    29Faculty Governance Study Committee - Correspondence, 1994-1995
    210Faculty Governance Study Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1991-1993
    211Faculty Governance Study Committee - Notes, 1984-1991



    31Faculty Governance Study Committee - Printed Material, 1988-1993
    32Faculty Governance Study Committee - Recommendations and Reports, 1990-1994
    33Loyalty Oath Case, 1965
    34Neely Nuclear Reactor, 1988
    35Reorganization - Appendices, 1989
    36Reorganization - Committees, 1989
    37Reorganization - Correspondence, 1988
    38Reorganization - Correspondence, Jan-May 1989
    39Reorganization - Correspondence, Jun 1989-1990
    310Reorganization - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989
    311Reorganization - Newsclippings, 1988-1990
    312Reorganization - Notes, 1988-1989



    41Reorganization - Reports, 1988-1989
    42Reorganization - Resolutions and Proposals, 1989
    43Scientific Misconduct - Articles, 1988-1991
    44Scientific Misconduct - Background Information, 1989-1991
    45Scientific Misconduct - Correspondence, 1990-1995
    46Scientific Misconduct - Drafts, 1991-1992
    47Scientific Misconduct - Meeting Minutes, 1991
    48Scientific Misconduct - Policies of Other Universities, 1986-1990
    49Temporary Employees, 1990-1993