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T-Book [second version]

T-Book [second version]

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Title: T-Book [second version]
Identification: UA374
Date: 2008-2012
Size/Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (1 document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. Board of Student Publications. , Georgia Institute of Technology. Ramblin' Reck Club. , Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The T-Book originally began as a publication of Tech's YMCA circa 1904. This original manifestation of the T-Book ceased publication circa 1970. It was later revived as a new publication in 2008 by the Ramblin' Reck Club, a student organization whose goal is to promote Tech history, traditions, and school spirit. The T-Book (2008- ) provides an overview of Tech's legacy and customs for new students.
Note:Access to the collection is available through an onsite visit to the Georgia Tech Archives.

Biographical/Historical Note

Circa 1929 Coach William Alexander, coach for the Yellow Jacket Football Team at Georgia Tech, began to develop an idea for a student organization, the mission of which would be to promote Tech’s history and customs, as well as to cultivate a sense of school spirit and to generate excitement for Georgia Tech athletics amongst the student body. Alexander proposed the idea to Tech Professor Fred Wenn, who in turn set about to create such an organization. The Yellow Jacket Club was founded in 1930 to address this need for student advocates of Tech’s traditions. In 1945 the club’s name was changed to the Ramblin’ Reck Club (RRC.) In the early years following its founding, the club was responsible for administering the “Rat Rules” for Tech Freshmen. These rules mostly centered on the conduct and attire of Tech Freshmen. The RRC has been responsible for keeping up several campus traditions, such as the Mini 500 Tricycle Race, the Freshman Cake Race, and the Ramblin’ Reck Parade. Another key responsibility for the club is the maintenance of the Ramblin’ Reck vehicle, a 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe acquired by Dean James Dull in 1961 and given to Tech as a mascot. Each year a member of the RRC is chosen as the Reck Driver for the Ramblin’ Reck.

The RRC promotes several events and initiatives aimed at promoting the history of Tech and its traditions. One of these initiatives is the annual publication of the T-Book. The T-Book originally began as a publication of the Georgia Tech YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Organization) circa 1904 until 1970. The T Book published by the YMCA was intended to be a guide for newcomers to Tech. It contained information on school traditions, Tech history, and life on campus, as well as information on the YMCA itself. The T Book was revived somewhat by the Student Publications Board in 1997 via the creation of a website. In 2008 the RRC decided to start publishing the T-Book again as a booklet for new students, choosing to hyphenate the revitalized publication's title. The T-Book is still being published as of the time of writing (April 2011.)

Source:, UA373, and UA374 consulted for the preparation of this note.

Scope and Content Note

The T-Book includes information on Georgia Tech traditions and activities, such as the Ramblin’ Reck mascot and the Ramblin’ Reck Club; Tech history; athletics and sports; fans and school spirit; school songs and cheers; historic figures and traditions; freshmen traditions; advice to new students (RATS); campus legends and symbolism; and Tech alumni. The books include welcome letters to new students, as well as a listing of student organizations and information on the T-Book staff. Each book contains a table of contents. The booklets are comprised of text and color images. This newly revived T-Book (2008- ) published by the Ramblin’ Reck Club places more emphasis on Tech’s legacy than did the T Book (circa 1904-1969) published by the YMCA, the latter of which served primarily as a student handbook.

The Archives' holdings of this publication include the 2008, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 volumes as of August 2011. Further additions of volumes are expected.


Books are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

College student orientation--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Freshmen.
Georgia Institute of Technology. History.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Periodicals.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Ramblin' Reck Club.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Sports.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Traditions.
Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
Georgia Tech Student Publications.
Ramblin' Wreck
Serials (publications).
Student activities--Georgia--Atlanta.
Students--Social life and customs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite T-Book, [Date], (UA374), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accessions # 2011.026, 2011.075.

Processing Information

Brittany Parris processed the collection and encoded the finding aid in April 2011.


Accruals are expected annually for this collection.

Revisions to Finding Aid

September 2011:
  • Addition of 2011-2012 issue.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

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

    Related Material

    See UA373 for the Tech YMCA's publication of the T Book, 1909-1969.

    Other Finding Aids

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

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    11 T-Book, 2008-2009
    12 T-Book (2 copies), 2009-2010
    13 T-Book, 2009-2010
    14 T-Book (2 copies), 2010-2011
    15 T-Book, 2010-2011
    16 T-Book (2 copies), 2011-2012



    21 T-Book (2 copies), 2011-2012
    22 T-Book (2 copies), 2013-2014