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Descriptive Summary

Title: Faculty Minutes
Identification: UA317
Date: 1888-1965
Size/Quantity: 6.2 linear feet (28 volumes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains the minutes from the faculty meetings at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1888-1965, including discussions, decisions, rulings, and reports that occurred during these meetings. The collection also includes minutes from a variety of faculty committees.

Biographical/Historical Note

The faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology was formed just prior to the opening of the school in October 1888. The faculty held its first meeting on October 5, 1888. Although the full faculty has continued to meet regularly since that date, from its early days the faculty frequently divided into various committees. Many of the committees focused largely on topics related to students, particularly student discipline and behavior, students' academic standing, and achievements.

The school began with only five faculty members. By 1908, the faculty had grown to include seventeen full-time faculty as well as several adjunct professors; by the end of President Matheson's administration in 1922 the faculty numbered about 80. The size and quality of the faculty generally continued to increase along with the expansion of the school during the twentieth century. President Brittain worked to improve the quality of faculty and their salaries during his tenure. By 1948, during the Van Leer administration, the number of faculty exceeded 400. Again, during the early years of President Harrison's tenure in the late 1950s, another move was made to increase faculty salaries and quality. The tremendous expansion of the campus itself during this period as well as increases in funding were again reflected in the growth of the faculty.


Scope and Content Note

This collection of faculty minutes includes a group of bound volumes containing the minutes from the original bi-weekly faculty meetings, along with minutes from faculty committees such as the Advisory Committee, Executive Committee, Administrative Council, and Committee on Standing. Other minutes, including those of the Student Council and Graduate Council, are also included.

The first Secretary of the Faculty, Professor of Mathematics Lyman Hall, was later to serve as Georgia Tech's second President; from the last years of the nineteenth century until his death in 1923, Thomas Pettus Branch, Professor of Mathematics and later the head of the Civil Engineering department, served as Secretary. In later years H.H. Caldwell, Lloyd W. Chapin, and W. L. Carmichael held the position.

These minutes, dating from October 1888-June 1965, include faculty rulings and discussions on issues such as, but not limited to: admission of students, disciplinary actions against students, student hearings held before the faculty (including the Insubordinate Seniors of 1901), suspension or expulsion of students, cheating, fraternity matters, sports schedules, excused absenses for special events, final exam schedules, school calendar, curriculum changes, new courses, course substitutions and transfer credit, appropriations for purchases and to student organizations, reports on Board of Regents meetings, and student fees.

The early volumes include significant information on the incident of the Insubordinate Seniors of 1901, in which the senior class was disciplined for returning two days late from Christmas vacation, as well as some correspondence and memoranda concerning schedules for football, basketball, and baseball games. During the years of World War 1 through the early 1920s, frequent references are made to the students' drill, Army Training Corps, and other military activities.

Volumes 1-19 (1888-1945) contain a handwritten index of all faculty and students noted within the minutes. The minutes also include most programs from Commencement exercises. In addition, some volumes contain invitations, correspondence, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and other printed material.


Arrangement

Volumes are arranged in chronological order.


Index Terms

Branch, T. P., (Thomas Pettus), 1864-1923
Caldwell, H. H., (Hugh Harris)
Carmichael, William L.
Chapin, Lloyd W., (Lloyd Walter)
College discipline.
College student records.
College students--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Class of 1901.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Hall, Lyman, 1859-1905
Military education.
Minutes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Date, Volume Number and Inclusive Dates,] Faculty Minutes (UA317), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Immediate provenance is unknown (accession number 2006.042).

Processing Information

Sheldon Smith and Christine de Catanzaro processed these records in December 2006.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    Volumes 1 through 15 are open to research. Access is restricted to Volumes 16 through 28, due to regulations imposed by the Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. Please see an archivist for any questions related to access to restricted volumes.

    Restrictions: Use

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


    Related Material

    In this repository, see also the Board of Trustees Minutes (UA315). See also J. Wayne Moore Papers (MS132) for materials related to the Insubordinate Seniors of 1901.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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    1UA317-Volume 1: Faculty minutes, October 5, 1888-December 4, 1899
     

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    2UA317-Volume 2: Faculty minutes, December 8, 1899-November 24, 1905
     

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    3UA317-Volume 3: Faculty minutes, December 1, 1905-June 12, 1908
     

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    4UA317-Volume 4: Faculty minutes, September 1908-June 1910
     

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    5UA317-Volume 5: Faculty minutes, September 1910-June 1911
     

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    6UA317-Volume 6: Faculty minutes, September 1911-June 1912
     

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    7UA317-Volume 7: Faculty minutes, September 1912-June 1913
     

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    8UA317-Volume 8: Faculty minutes, July 7, 1913-June 9, 1915
     

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    9UA317-Volume 9: Faculty minutes, June 26, 1915-June 11, 1917
     

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    10UA317-Volume 10: Faculty minutes, July 24, 1917-June 16, 1919
     

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    11UA317-Volume 11: Faculty minutes, August 21, 1919-June 9, 1920
     

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    12UA317-Volume 12: Faculty minutes, June 9, 1920-June 12, 1922
     
    12UA317-Volume 13: Faculty minutes, June 13, 1922-June 26, 1924
     

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    13UA317-Volume 14: Faculty minutes, July 1924-June 1926
     

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    14UA317-Volume 15: Faculty minutes, June 1926-June 1929
     

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    15UA317-Volume 16: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1929-June 1933
     

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    16UA317-Volume 17: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1933-June 1937
     

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    17UA317-Volume 18: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1937-June 1942
     

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    18UA317-Volume 19: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1942-June 1945
     

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    19UA317-Volume 20: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1945-June 1948
     

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    20UA317-Volume 21: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1948-July 1950
     

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    21UA317-Volume 22: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), July 1950-July 1952
     

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    22UA317-Volume 23: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), July 1952-June 1955
     

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    23UA317-Volume 24: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), July 1955-June 1957
     

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    24UA317-Volume 25: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), June 1957-July 1959
     
    24UA317-Volume 26: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), July 1959-July 1961
     

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    25UA317-Volume 27: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), July 1961-June 1963
     

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    26UA317-Volume 28: Faculty minutes (RESTRICTED), July 1963-June 1965