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Georgia Tech Afro-American Association Records

Georgia Tech Afro-American Association Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Tech Afro-American Association Records
Identification: UA042
Date: 1968-1976
Size/Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (one document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Tech Afro-American Association.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Georgia Tech Afro-American Association (GTAAA) was formed in 1968 with the aim of bringing an awareness to Georgia Tech about the contributions of African-American students, as well as serving as a support group for black students. The organization was active in publishing a newsletter featuring black students' writings and job postings. This collection includes the 1968 constitution, newsletters, and an "Exponent" article about the GTAAA.

Biographical/Historical Note

Georgia Tech first admitted African-American students in September 1961 with the enrollment of three black students. Seven years later, in the spring of 1968, the Georgia Tech Afro-American Association (GTAAA) was founded by seventeen black and white students with the intention of raising student consciousness about black-related issues. The group was also to serve as a support group for black students.

The group pursued campus recognition of and improvements for African Americans. For example, in February 1969, GTAAA helped lead Tech to observe Negro History Week for the first time. The GTAAA was also active in 1975 and 1979 in presenting the administration with grievances concerning campus conditions for blacks.

The GTAAA made and released its constitution in newsletter form, stating the organization's purpose and rules in 1968. The GTAAA also published a regular newsletter, featuring original writings by Tech's black students, job postings, and goals for the GTAAA. The GTAAA saw the newsletter as an integral tool for communication and encouragement for African-American students.

Scope and Content Note

These records include the GTAAA constitution, newsletters, and an "Exponent" article about the group. The "Exponent" article features interviews with two GTAAA members.


The collection was kept in original order.

Index Terms

African American students--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Tech Afro-American Association.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Georgia Tech Afro-American Association Records (UA042), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #1994.0202 (old number: 94-02-02).

Processing Information

Laura Masce processed these papers in 2003.

Revisions to Finding Aid

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

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    11GTAAA Constitution, 1968.
    12GTAAA Newsletters, 1974.
    13"Exponent" Interview Transcription, 1976.
    14"Exponent Interview: GTAAA", 1976.