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Georgia Tech Athletic Association Records

Georgia Tech Athletic Association Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Tech Athletic Association Records
Identification: UA300
Date: 1892-1978
Size/Quantity: 9.1 linear feet (nine document cases, two half-sized document cases, one oversize box, one flat file)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Tech Athletic Association.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Athletic Association is an independent, non-profit organization that manages Georgia Tech's sports programs. Materials present in this collection include coaching contracts, correspondence between university Presidents on the subject of college athletics, souvenir programs (primarily of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech football games), and newspaper clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Tech Athletic Association is a non-profit corporation responsible for overseeing the university’s participation in intercollegiate sports. It is governed by a Board of Trustees made of three alumni, three students, seven faculty members, with the head of the institution presiding over the group. The Athletic Association was started in January of 1901 to raise money for the university’s fledgling sports program. Its first goal was to reinstate the Georgia Tech football team, which had been disbanded the previous year after a winless 1900 season. When the group was incorporated in 1902, its first fundraising activity was to sell 400 shares of five dollar stock. Since then, the Athletic Association has been responsible for raising funds for all of Georgia Tech’s athletic teams and provides and maintains the facilities for its athletic programs.


Scope and Content Note

The administrative files in this collection contain documents created by the Athletic Association for the purpose of arranging athletic competitions between Georgia Tech and other educational institutions. These materials include the Annual Director's reports, proceedings from Board of Trustee meetings, and correspondence. The contracts include contracts between Georgia Tech and its coaching staff from 1904 to 1927; of particular interest are the contracts of John W. Heisman, for whom the Heisman trophy is named. The hearings contain the proceedings of the 1908 Southeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association's investigation into Georgia Tech's recruitment policies. The charges, which were brought by University of Georgia alumni, were eventually determined to be groundless. A group of materials on individual sports consists of manuscripts relating to Georgia Tech's football program as well as materials about athletic teams other than football. Also included in this collection are a series of programs for unique sporting events and for regularly scheduled games, particularly between the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. The last series contains larger items from other series in the collection, including large souvenir programs and oversized contract forms. Also included in this series is a single blueprint of a 1927 planned remodelling of the west stands in Grant Field.


Arrangement

Arranged into six series, some of which are further divided into subseries:

SERIES 1. Administrative files

SERIES 2. Contracts

SERIES 3. Hearings

SERIES 4. Individual sports

SERIES 5. Programs

SERIES 6. Oversize


Index Terms

Alexander, William A., (William Anderson), 1889-1950
Architectural drawings (visual works).
Athletics--Georgia--Atlanta.
College sports--Georgia.
Crenshaw, J. B., (John Bascom), 1861-1942
Football--Georgia.
Georgia Bulldogs (Football team).
Georgia School of Technology.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Football team).
Heisman, John W., (John William), 1869-1936
Manuscripts.
Programs (documents).
Southeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Sports rivalries--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Georgia Tech Athletic Association Records (UA300), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Accession #1987.1201.

Processing Information

Leah Mickens processed these records in May 2006.

Revisions to Finding Aid

August 2006:
  • Finding aid updated to comply with DACS standards. May 2008: 1903 Heisman contract and photocopy of second page of 1904 contract located and added to the folder titled "Heisman contracts" in Series 2. March 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

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


    Separated Material

    The photographs and negatives from this collection are processed separately as VAUA300.


    Related Material

    Related collections in this repository include the Ella Cliff Kiser Scrapbook (MS101) and the Georgia Tech Baseball Scrapbook (MF001). Photograph collections containing images relating to sports at Georgia Tech include the George C. Griffin Photograph Collection (VAC002), the Images and Memories Photograph Collection (VAC001), and the Early Presidents Photograph Collection (VAUA004).


    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: Administrative files, 1910-1974

    Description

    SERIES 1 contains documents created by the Athletic Association for the purpose of arranging athletic competitions between Georgia Tech and other educational institutions (e.g., University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University, University of Alabama). These materials include the Annual Director's reports, proceedings from Board of Trustee meetings, and correspondence. The correspondence primarily consists of letters and contractual agreements that were exchanged between the Presidents of Georgia Tech and the heads of the rival schools concerning the logistics of organizing athletic events. This series also includes three folders of newspaper clippings on Georgia Tech football and the rivalry between the North Georgia and South Georgia high school football teams during the 1950s and 1960s.

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    11Annual report of Director of Athletics, 1918-1965
    12Awards to players, 1924-1930
    13Board of Trustees, 1921-1977
    14Coach listings and salaries, 1924-1925
    15Correspondence concerning athletic events, 1919-1938
    16Eligibility, 1919-1924
    17Financial reports, 1915-1928
    18Grant Field, 1915-1927
    18aGriffin, George, undated
    19Information regarding the Tech gymnasium, 1923-1924
    110Insurance policies, 1921-1923
    111Minutes, 1922-1923
    112Newspaper clippings, 1973-1974
    113Newspaper clippings on All-Star Game, 1975
    114Newspaper clippings of the Gator Bowl (Penn State vs Georgia Tech) from the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution, December 31, 1961
    115Newspaper clippings of the Gator Bowl (Penn State vs Georgia Tech) from the Florida Times-Union, December 31, 1961
    116Newspaper clippings, North Georgia vs South Georgia, high school football, 1951-1965
    117Stock certificates, 1909-1912
    118Wallace, Samuel Stuart, 1921-1922
     

    SERIES 2: Contracts, 1904-1921

    Description

    SERIES 2 includes contracts between Georgia Tech and its coaching staff from 1904 to 1927. John Bascom Crenshaw, Director of Athletics, signed most of the documents. Of particular interest in this series are the contracts of John W. Heisman, for whom the Heisman trophy is named. Heisman coached the Georgia Tech football team from 1904 to 1919, in which the squad enjoyed three undefeated seasons as well as a 32-game undefeated streak. He was responsible for the team’s 1916 defeat of the Cumberland University Bulldogs, in which the Georgia Tech Engineers (as they were then called) won 222-0. Also included in this series is the 1921 contract of William Anderson Alexander, who served as assistant football coach under Heisman and as head football coach from 1919 to 1944.

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    119Coaching contracts, 1910-1921
    120Contracts, 1904-1921
    121Heisman contracts, 1903-1908; 1918
     

    SERIES 3: Hearings, 1908

    Description

    SERIES 3 contains the proceedings of the 1908 Southeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) investigation into Georgia Tech's recruitment policies. The purpose of the inquiry concerns whether Georgia Tech established a fraudulent scholarship fund to persuade an athlete wanted by the University of Georgia to enroll. The charges (which were brought by University of Georgia alumni) were eventually determined to be groundless. This series includes typewritten transcripts of the trial proceedings.

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    21SIAA hearing, Georgia vs Georgia Tech (folder 1 of 3), 1908
    22SIAA hearing, Georgia vs Georgia Tech (folder 2 of 3), 1908
    23SIAA hearing, Georgia vs Georgia Tech (folder 3 of 3), 1908
     

    SERIES 4: Individual sports, 1892-1968

    Description

    SERIES 4 has been further divided into two subseries: Football and Other sports. All materials contained in this series relate to student athletic teams at Georgia Tech.



    Series 4, Subseries 1: Football, 1892-1968

    Subseries 1 contains materials relating to Georgia Tech's football program from 1906 to 1968, including programs, tickets, telegrams, and newspaper articles. There are also some rare souvenir programs (1910s and 1920s) from banquets given in honor of the football team at the Druid Hills Country Club.

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    31Football, 1904
    32Football, 1905
    33Football, 1915
    34Football, 1916
    35Football, 1917
    36Football, 1918
    37Football, 1919
    38Football, 1920
    39Football, 1921
    310Football, 1922
    311Football, 1923
    312Football, 1924
    313Football, 1925
    314Football, 1929
    315Football team scores, 1915-1938
    316Football banquet program, 1906
    317Notes on Georgia Tech's football teams, lineups, and team captains, 1892-1940
    318Press information for Tech football, 1946
    319Sugar Bowl appreciation program, 1953
    320Football memorabilia and newspaper articles, 1921-1968



    Series 4, Subseries 2: Other sports, 1907-1950

    Subseries 2 contains materials about athletic teams other than football from 1907 to 1950. The minor sports represented in this subseries are baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Materials include tickets, programs, event agreements, and team statistics. Special items include a bound copy of the records of the track team from 1907 to 1913 and telegrams between the Athletic Association and its counterparts at rival institutions (e.g., Oglethorpe University, Notre Dame, United States Naval Academy).

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    41Baseball, 1907
    42Baseball, 1920s
    43Basketball, 1906
    44Basketball, 1921-1950
    45Golf, 1918-1930
    46Lacrosse (folder 1 of 2), 1924-1936
    47Lacrosse (folder 2 of 2), 1924-1936
    48Swimming (folder 1 of 2), 1920s
    49Swimming (folder 2 of 2), 1920s
    410Tennis, 1924-1946
    411Track, 1906
    412Track and field, 1913-1935
    413Track team records, 1907-1913
     

    SERIES 5: Programs, 1929-1978

    Description

    SERIES 5 has been divided into two subseries: Football programs: Special games and Football programs: Georgia vs Georgia Tech games. Each of these programs contains stapled newspaper clippings that provide details of the game covered by the respective program.



    Series 5, Subseries 1: Football programs: Special games, 1942-1975

    Subseries 1 contains programs for unique sporting events, such the 1942 Orange Bowl (Georgia vs. Texas Christian University), matches between North and South Georgia high schools (1951-1965), T-Games, and prevue games.

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    51Georgia vs TCU Orange Bowl program, 1942
    52North Georgia vs South Georgia football programs, 1951-1965
    53T-Game programs, 1954-1975
    54Yellow Jackets prevue programs, 1958-1968



    Series 5, Subseries 2: Football programs: Georgia vs Georgia Tech games, 1929-1978

    Subseries 2 contains programs from regularly scheduled games. They consist primarily of programs from Georgia vs. Georgia Tech games (unsurprising given the rivalry that has existed between the two schools since 1893), including charity freshman games, but a few programs from games with other teams in the Southeast, such as Tennessee, Auburn, and Kentucky, are included. The final scores are written on the covers in pen.

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    55Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, 1929
    56Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1949
    57Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 26, 1949
    58Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1950
    59Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1951
    510Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, December 1, 1951
    511Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1952
    512Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 29, 1952
    513Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1953
    514Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 28, 1953
    515Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1954
    516Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 26, 1955

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    61Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1956
    62Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, December 1, 1956
    63Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1957
    64Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 30, 1957
    65Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1958
    67Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 29, 1958
    67Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1959
    68Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 28, 1959

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    71Georgia Tech vs Kentucky football game program, September 17, 1960
    72Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1960
    73Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1961
    74Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, December 2, 1961
    75Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1962
    76Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, December 1, 1962
    77Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1963
    78Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 30, 1963

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    81Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1964
    82Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 28, 1964
    83Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1965
    84Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 27, 1965
    85Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1966
    86Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 26, 1966
    87Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1967
    88Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 25, 1967

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    91Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, September 21, 1968
    92Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game, Thanksgiving Day, November 1968
    93Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game, Thanksgiving Day, November 1969
    94Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game, Thanksgiving Day, November 1970
    95Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 29, 1969
    96Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 28, 1970
    97Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, Thanksgiving Day, November 1971
    98Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, November 25, 1971

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    101Georgia Tech vs Tennessee football game program, September 9, 1972
    102Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, 1972
    103Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, December 1, 1973
    104Georgia Tech vs South Carolina football game program, September 14, 1974
    105Georgia Tech vs United States Naval Academy football game program, November 16, 1974
    106Georgia vs Georgia Tech football game program, September 20, 1975
    107Georgia vs Georgia Tech freshman football game program, November 22, 1975

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    111Georgia Tech vs Tennessee football game program, December 9, 1976
    112Georgia Tech vs Auburn football game, October 15, 1977
    113Georgia Tech vs Florida football game program, October 28, 1978
     

    SERIES 6: Oversize, 1916-1927

    Description

    SERIES 6 contains larger items from other series in the collection, including large souvenir programs and oversized contract forms. Also included in this series is a single blueprint of a 1927 planned remodelling of the west stands in Grant Field.

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    121Football, 1916
    122Football, 1919
    123Football, 1920
    124Football, 1920
    125Baseball, 1920s

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    1 f1Blueprint: Grant Field - remodelling of west stands, February 23, 1927