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Descriptive Summary

Title: Woodshop term reports
Identification: UA353
Date: 1910-1919
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-size document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Henika, John Henry, 1855-1951
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection consists of alphabetical rosters of woodshop students at Georgia Tech, recording examination and term grades, the number of hours due, and other student records.
General noteThis collection was originally partially processed as MS77.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Henry Henika (1855-1951), known to Georgia Tech students as "Uncle Heinie," came to the Georgia School of Technology in 1901 as an instructor in the woodshop. Later an instructor in mechanical engineering, he continued to work and teach at Tech until well into his 80s, and pursued research after his retirement. He died at the age of 95 in February 1951.

Henika was born on November 11, 1855, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where his father was a cabinet maker. The young Henika developed skills early on as a machinist and cabinet maker. He attended Michigan College, but he left school a year before he graduated in order to become a pattern maker. According to some accounts, Henika first came to Tech in about 1892 but left soon afterwards to go to Florida for his health. However, the catalogs do not include his name until the publication for the 1902-1903 school year.

Henika's first position at Tech was instructor in the woodshop. He had become a foreman in the woodshop by the 1903-1904 school year. Sometime during the 1920s, the woodshop started to be administered through the Mechanical Engineering school. In the Blue Print yearbooks, Henika continues to be listed as foreman of the woodshop during the 1920s and 1930s. By 1938, he is listed as an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering department.

According to some accounts, "Uncle Heinie" continued to teach woodwork at Tech until at least 1944, when he was 89 years old. Other sources indicate that he actually retired at the age of 85, but he continued to pursue research after his retirement. Henika suffered a fall in November 1950, shortly after his 95th birthday, and he died two months later, on about February 19, 1951.

One source indicates that the nickname "Uncle Heinie" is derived from the Dutch form of his middle name, Henry. His surname, Henika, is also Dutch.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of alphabetical rosters of woodshop students at Georgia Tech, recording examination and term grades, the number of hours due, and other student records. Each of the rosters is signed by J. H. Henika, who is listed as Professor of Woodshop.


Arrangement

Folders are arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

College student records--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. History.
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Mechanical Engineering.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Georgia School of Technology.
Georgia School of Technology. Woodshop.
Grade books.
Henika, John Henry, 1855-1951

Administrative Information

Custodial History

This collection apparently passed at some time after its creation into the possession of George C. Griffin, Dean of Students at Georgia Tech from 1946 to 1964.

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Folder Title], Woodshop Term Reports (UA353), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Accession number 1990.1101. George C. Griffin's name is listed as the immediate source of acquisition of these papers.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in November 2009. Mallory Velten completed the folder list.

Revisions to Finding Aid

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.


    Related Material

    For further grade books and ledgers from Georgia Tech during the early years of its history, see also the Georgia Tech Ledgers Collection (UA335).


    Other Finding Aids

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


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    12Woodshop term reports, 1911
     
    13Woodshop term reports, 1912
     
    14Woodshop term reports, 1913
     
    15Woodshop term reports, 1914
     
    16Woodshop term reports, 1915
     
    17Woodshop term reports, 1916
     
    18Woodshop term reports, 1917
     
    19Woodshop term reports, 1918
     
    110Woodshop term reports, 1919