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Title: Alvin M. Ferst, Jr. Papers
Identification: MS388
Date: 1958-2001 (bulk dates 1962-2001)
Size/Quantity: 5.6 linear feet (fourteen document cases)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Ferst, Alvin M., Jr., (Alvin Meinhard), 1922-2009
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains Alvin M. Ferst's papers pertaining to his activities with Georgia Tech, particularly his involvement in the Georgia Tech Foundation as well as the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Less well documented are his various civic activities in Atlanta. Ferst's personal life and his professional career at Rich's department store are not covered in the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alvin M. (Alvin Meinhard) Ferst, Jr. (1922-2009) was the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Rich's Department Store. He worked with the company for 35 years, overseeing the expansion of Rich's from its one downtown store to numerous satellite locations. During and after his career at Rich's, he was an active donor and advisor at his alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ferst, an Atlanta native, was born May 6, 1922. He grew up in the Druid Hills neighborhood, and lived on Springdale Road, near Emory University. Like many men in his family, Ferst attended Georgia Tech, where he majored in Industrial Management. While at Tech, he was a member of the tennis team, ANAK, Omicron Delta Kappa, and President of Phi Epsilon Pi and the Bulldog Club. Graduating in February 1943, Ferst went on to join the Philco Corporation as an industrial engineer, but soon joined the Navy as a member of the Seabees.

Returning to Atlanta in 1946, Ferst began work at Rich's department store as an industrial engineer and manager. While at Rich's, he oversaw the store's expansion to several satellite locations, including the mall anchor at Lenox Square in Atlanta in 1959. At the time of his retirement from Rich's in the early 1980s, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Treasurer. After retiring, he began his own business and real estate consulting firm, Alvin Ferst Associates, Inc., which he ran for ten years.

While at Rich's, Ferst met his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Boyette. They married on March 15, 1950. The couple had three daughters, Mary Lane (b. 1952), and twins Doris Leslie and Sylvia Leigh (b. 1954). Charlotte Ferst died in 2003.

A distinguished alumnus of Georgia Tech, Ferst was an active donor, fund-raiser, and leader in the Tech community. His activities included membership on the Centennial Campaign Steering Committee (1983-1988), the Georgia Tech Foundation (1969-1991), and the Georgia Tech Alumni Association (formerly known as the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association) (1961-1968). He served as President of the Alumni Association (1966-1967) and President of the Georgia Tech Foundation (1979-1981). For fiscal year 1976, Ferst was appointed by President Gerald Ford to head the National Alliance of Businessmen in Metro Atlanta. He received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Georgia Tech in 1983. The Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneurship Scholarship, given annually to a Tech junior or senior who demonstrates his or her outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship and campus or community leadership, was founded by Charlotte Ferst in 1994.

Besides his many activities with Tech, Ferst was an active civic leader, including service as the Vice President of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, President of the Atlanta Kiwanis Foundation, Treasurer of Literacy Action, and Director of United Way.

Ferst died on September 30, 2009 at the age of 87.


Scope and Content Note

The papers of Alvin M. Ferst Jr. are divided into two series: Georgia Tech Activities; Georgia Tech Research Park; and Civic Activities.

The first series, Georgia Tech Associations and Committees, extensively documents Alvin M. Ferst's service to Georgia Tech, particularly as a fund-raiser and as a participant in campus planning, from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The series is divided into four overlapping subseries, each of which covers about a decade. The first of these subseries mainly dates from the 1960s and documents Ferst's work on the Arthur D. Little Study, a committee to set the direction of research at Georgia Tech, as well as the efforts to develop a Georgia Tech Research Park, a proposal for a 500-acre site northeast of Atlanta. (The project eventually developed into Technology Park Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia.) Some documentation of Ferst's service on the Georgia Tech Alumni Association is also found in this subseries. Subseries 2, which covers mainly the decade of the 1970s, contains significant material on the Georgia Tech Foundation, its fund-raising efforts and its committees, as well as folders on the Athletic Association; Ferst's honor society at Tech, Omicron Delta Kappa; and a planned Tech Motel. In Subseries 3, which dates mainly from the late 1980s, a majority of the records again pertain to the Georgia Tech Foundation. The subseries also includes correspondence with the Tech President of this time period, John P. Crecine; correspondence, annual reports, and minutes of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; materials relating to Ferst's avid interest in Georgia Tech sports (in the Athletic Association folder); and financial documents, especially those related to donations to Georgia Tech. Subseries 4, covering the 1990s and early 2000s, again includes extensive material on the Georgia Tech Foundation and other general Georgia Tech correspondence and pamphlets. Of particular interest are several folders on Tech's College of Management, which was then known as the DuPree College of Management.

Series 2, Civic Activities, is much smaller in volume than Series 1. This series contains a small amount of documentation of Ferst's activities in Atlanta civic groups, particularly the Kiwanis Club, the United Way, and the Commerce Club. This series also includes information on the Atlanta World Tower, a project planned for downtown Atlanta during the 1990s.

While this collection provides a wealth of material on Ferst's involvement with Georgia Tech, very little pertains to Ferst's personal life. One newsletter from Druid Hills High School dating from 1938, found in Subseries 1 of the first series, documents Ferst's participation on his high school basketball team. A 1958 letter regarding the reunion of the Class of 1943 is also included in Series 1, Subseries 1. Little else of his personal activities is found in this collection, apart from some personal correspondence scattered throughout the two series. In addition, none of this collection documents Ferst's professional work at Rich's department store. However, Subseries 3 and 4 of Series 1 do contain evidence of Ferst's work at his real estate consulting firm, Alvin Ferst Associates, Inc.


Arrangement

The arrangement of this collection reflects in large part the original order of the papers, which were mainly grouped by decade. The collection is arranged into two series, the first of which is subdivided into four subseries:

SERIES 1. Georgia Tech Associations and Committees

SERIES 2. Civic Activities


Index Terms

Alvin Ferst Associates, Inc..
College facilities--Georgia--Atlanta--Planning.
Correspondence.
Educational fund raising--Georgia--Atlanta.
Ferst, Alvin M., Jr., (Alvin Meinhard), 1922-2009
Georgia Institute of Technology. Alumni and alumnae.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Finance.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Funds and scholarships.
Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Reports.
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta--Finance.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title, Series], Alvin M. Ferst, Jr. Papers (MS388), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Donation, 2001; Accession number 2001.052.

Processing information

Cathy Miller processed this collection in June 2011.


Restrictions

Restrictions: Access

Several folders containing confidential and/or private information have been restricted. These are noted in the box-folder list at the end of this finding aid.

Restrictions: Use

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


Separated Material

The small number of visual materials in this collection have been separated and will be processed as VAM388.


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: Georgia Tech Associations and Committees, 1958-2001 (bulk dates 1962-2001)

Description

This series, Series 1, documents Alvin M. Ferst's extensive service to Georgia Tech from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The series is divided into four overlapping subseries, each of which covers about a decade.



Subseries 1: Georgia Tech associations and committees, 1958-1971 (bulk dates 1962-1971)

Subseries 1 mainly dates from the 1960s and documents Ferst's work on the Arthur D. Little Study, a committee to set the direction of research at Georgia Tech, as well as the efforts to develop a Georgia Tech Research Park, a proposal for a 500-acre site northeast of Atlanta. Some documentation of Ferst's service on the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and one newsletter dating from Ferst's high school years are also found in this subseries.

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11A Plan to Strengthen and Expand Georgia's Scientific Resources (pamphlet), 1963
12Arthur D. Little, Inc., 1963-1964
13Arthur D. Little, Inc., 1964
14Booz, Allen, and Hamilton Inc., Managing Consultants, 1965
15Etheridge, Frank G., 1964
16Georgia Tech - A Bold Future, 1966
17Georgia Tech Research Park, 1962
18Georgia Tech Research Park, 1962-1980

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21Georgia Tech Research Park, 1962-1963
22Georgia Tech Research Park, 1962-1963
23Georgia Tech Research Park, 1963-1964
24Georgia Tech Research Park, 1964-1965

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31Georgia Tech Research Park, 1966-1971
32Georgia Tech Research Park, 1969
33Georgia Tech Research Park, 1969
34Homecoming Class of 1943, 1958
35Newsletter - Druid Hills High School, April 1938
36Southern Railway, 1965
37Tech Today programs, 1965-1971



Subseries 2: Georgia Tech associations and committees, 1969-1980

Subseries 2, which covers mainly the decade of the 1970s, contains significant material on the Georgia Tech Foundation and its committees, as well as folders on the Athletic Association; Ferst's fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa; and a planned Tech Motel.

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41Advisory Search Committee (VP - Development and Public Relations) (1 of 2), 1978-1980
42Advisory Search Committee (VP - Development and Public Relations) (2 of 2), 1978-1980
43Athletic Association - Intercollegiate Sports Facility, 1979-1980
44Athletic Association - Recruiting letters, 1979-1980

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144Friends of George - Atlanta area (RESTRICTED), ca. 1980
45Georgia Tech - Correspondence, pamphlets, 1970-1971
46Georgia Tech Foundation - Proposal for Research on the Economic Impact of Georgia Tech, November-December 1976
47Georgia Tech Foundation, 1978-1980
48Georgia Tech Foundation, 1980

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51Georgia Tech Foundation - Ad Hoc Financial Overview Committee, 1979
52Georgia Tech Foundation - Land acquisition, 1980
53Georgia Tech Foundation minutes, 1979-1980
54Georgia Tech Foundation - Minutes, correspondence, 1979-1980
55Heemann, P. Warren, 1977-1979
56Heemann, P. Warren - Correspondence, financial, 1980
57Joint Tech-Georgia Development Fund, 1978-1979
58National Advisory Board, 1978
59Neely Computer, 1969-1970
510Omicron Delta Kappa, 1967-1980
511Pamphlet: Managing Educational Endowments, 1969
512Tech Motel, 1980



Subseries 3: Georgia Tech associations and committees, 1960-1991 (bulk dates 1985-1990)

In Subseries 3, which dates mainly from the late 1980s, a majority of the records again pertain to the Georgia Tech Foundation. The subseries also includes correspondence with the Tech President of this time period, John P. Crecine; correspondence, annual reports, and minutes of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; materials relating to Ferst's avid interest in Georgia Tech sports (in the Athletic Association folder); and financial documents, especially those related to donations to Georgia Tech.

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61Alumni Association, 1968-1999
62ANAK Society, 1989-1990
63Atlantic Steel property, 1989-1990
64Athletic Association, 1989-1990
65Budget Committee, 1989-1990
66Coca-Cola Graybar Building, 1988
67College of Management - Center for Ethics, 1988-1989
68Committee on Naming Buildings, 1983
69Communications and External Affairs Vice President search, 1989
610Corporate prospect review, 1988
611Crecine, John P., 1987-1990
612Development Office fund-raising, 1989

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71Georgia Tech general Correspondence, pamphlets, 1987-1991
72Georgia Tech Foundation, 1988-1990
73Georgia Tech Foundation, 1989-1990
74Georgia Tech Foundation, 1990
75Georgia Tech Foundation quarterly meeting minutes, 1989
76Georgia Tech Foundation facilities, 1985-1989
77Heeman, Warren P. - Correspondence, 1988
78Leadership gifts, 1987
79Legislative Network, 1988-1990

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81Long range financial plan, 1986
82Major Gifts Committee, 1988-1989
83Major prospects, 1988
84Neely Room, 1982
85Neely Visiting Professorship, 1960-1988
86Nominating Committee, 1988-1989
87Pettit, Joseph M., 1967-1980
88Phi Epsilon Pi reunion, 1988

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145President's Scholarship Committee (RESTRICTED), 1990
89Roll Call, 1989
810Signed Love and Pettit letters, 1985-1986
811Solicitations, 1987-1988
812Special gifts, 1987
813Woodruff Trust, 1988
814Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, 1987-1988



Subseries 4: Georgia Tech associations and committees, 1990-2001

Subseries 4, covering the 1990s and early 2000s, includes extensive material on the Georgia Tech Foundation and its committees, particularly the Real Estate Committee and the Board of Trustees, as well as other general Georgia Tech correspondence and pamphlets. Of particular interest are several folders on Tech's College of Management, which was then known as the DuPree College of Management.

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141Alvin M. Ferst, Jr. Leadership Entrepreneurship Award (RESTRICTED), 1994-1996
142Alvin M. Ferst, Jr. Leadership Entrepreneurship Award (RESTRICTED), 1995
143Alvin M. Ferst, Jr. Leadership Entrepreneurship Award (RESTRICTED), 1995-2001

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91Athletic Association, 1999-2000
92Development Committee, 1990-1992
93DuPree College of Management, 1994-1998
94DuPree College of Management, 1998-1999
95External Affairs, 1992-1998
96General files on Georgia Tech, 1999
97Georgia Tech - Correspondence, pamphlets, 1995-1996

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101Georgia Tech - Correspondence, pamphlets, biographies of deceased faculty, 1997
102Georgia Tech - Correspondence, pamphlets, 1998-1999
103Georgia Tech Enterprise Center, 1991
104Georgia Tech Foundation, 1991-1992
105Georgia Tech Foundation, 1994-1997
106Georgia Tech Foundation, 1998
107Georgia Tech Foundation, 1998-1999

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111Georgia Tech Foundation, 2000-2001
112Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees meetings, 1998-1999
113Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees meetings, 1999-2000
114Georgia Tech Foundation Budget Committee, 1998-2001
115Georgia Tech Foundation Committee Operating Procedures, 2000
116Georgia Tech Foundation meetings, 1999-2000

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121Georgia Tech Foundation Real Estate Committee, 1995-1998
122Georgia Tech Foundation Real Estate Committee, 1998-1999
123Georgia Tech Foundation Real Estate Committee, 1999-2001
124Georgia Tech publications and pamphlets (1 of 2), 2000-2001
125Georgia Tech publications and pamphlets (2 of 2), 2000-2001
126Legislative Network, 1990-1999
127Legislative Network Report, 1997-2000
128Master Plan Committee, 1993-1997
129Newspaper clippings, 1989-1998
1210Strategic Planning guidelines, 1991-1992
 

SERIES 2: Civic Activities, 1980-2001

Description

This small series contains some documentation of Ferst's activities in Atlanta civic groups, particularly the Kiwanis Club, the United Way, and the Commerce Club.

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131Atlanta World Tower, 1993-1994
132Commerce Club, 1980-1991
133Governor's Club correspondence, 1994
134Kiplinger Newsletter, 2000-2001
135Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, 1998-1999
136Kiwanis Foundation, 1990-1997
137Kiwanis Membership Committee, ca. 1990
138Liberty Mutual Advisory Board, 1995-1996
139United Way, 1993-1994