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Co-op Club (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records

Co-op Club (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Co-op Club (Georgia Institute of Technology) Records
Identification: UA440
Date: 1959-1999 (bulk dates 1979-1999)
Size/Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (four full-size document cases)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. Co-op Club.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Records, correspondence, and advertisements from the Georgia Tech Co-op Club, Section I.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology was founded in 1885, and its doors first opened in 1889. In 1906, the University of Cincinnati began a new program for their students known as the Co-operative Program. This program combined practical work experience with classroom experience, providing credit toward a degree for successful completion of a term in a work environment. The program was a success, and a few other universities and colleges adopted it as well. In 1912, Georgia Tech adopted co-operative education. Tech's program, unlike those at other schools, was optional for students. Because Tech was on the quarter system, each co-op student would alternate work and class quarters. Half of the co-op students would have their work quarters in the spring and fall, and the other half would work during the winter and summer quarters.

Because many co-op students did not live on or near campus during their work quarters, they found it hard to become active in clubs or organizations in school that coincided with the normal school schedule. Therefore, in 1915, the Co-op Club was formed, and split in to two sections: Section I for students who had their work quarters in summer and winter, and section II for those who worked fall and spring.

Throughout its history, the club served the interests of many co-op students, and in the 1950s and 1960s, it held a dance called the "Miss Perfect Lips" Dance. At the end of the night, the group would crown "Miss Perfect Lips," the woman at the party with the nicest lips. Beginning in the 1980s, the Co-op Club collaborated with the Georgia Tech Bookstore to host the annual Monte Carlo Night, which was later renamed to Casino Night, a free casino-style party open to all Tech students. Also beginning in the 1980s, the Co-op Club's largest service event was the quarterly Blood Drive, which consistently collected hundreds of pints of blood for the Red Cross. The Co-op Club also administered the James G. Wohlford Scholarship, a $250 award for an outstanding senior in the Co-op program.

In 2000, Georgia Tech transitioned from the quarter system to the semester system, combining both sections of the Co-op Club into one. Membership dwindled, and the club probably disbanded in 2004. Administration of the Wohlford Scholarship was transferred to the Briarean Society, the honor society for co-op students.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, advertisements, newsletters, meeting minutes, and other documents relating to the administration of the Georgia Tech Co-op Club, Section I. Series 1 includes constitutions of the club. The documents in Series 2 are taken from the "Co-op Club Presidents' Notebook," a series of binders cataloguing all of the duties and activities of the Club's president, from 1989 to 1999. The materials in Series 3 consist of planning documents for social and service activities, such as Georgia Tech Casino Night and the Red Cross blood drive, correspondence, and meeting minutes.


This collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1: Constitutions of the Co-op Club

Series 2: President's Notebooks

Series 3: Administrative Files

Index Terms

Education, Cooperative--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Co-op Club.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Cooperative Division.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Societies, etc.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta--Societies, etc.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Co-op Club Records (UA440), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Donations, 2000 and 2002; accession numbers 2000.054 and 2002.076.

Processing Information

Lindsay Resnick and Christine de Catanzaro processed this collection in June 2012.


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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

Separated Material

Two scrapbooks and a single photograph from this collection have been processed separately as VAUA440. Artifacts (three T-shirts and three banners) have been removed to the artifacts collection.

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: Constitutions of the Co-op Club, ca. 1960s-1980s

Scope and Content

Series 1 contains a number of Co-op Club Constitutions throughout the years. They define the purpose, traditions, and bylaws of the Co-op club.



11Constitutions of the Co-op Club, ca. 1960s-1980s

SERIES 2: President's Notebooks, 1989-1996

Scope and Content

Series 2 contains the full contents of three President's Notebooks. Every year, the President of the Co-op Club was required to keep all of his or her administrative documents and correspondence in an official notebook and write a description of the position of President, and then present the notebook and description to the next President at the end of their term. All President's reports from 1989 to 1998 are included.



12Notebook 1: President's Reports and Address Lists, 1989-1996
13Notebook 1: Calendars and Minutes, 1989-1996
14Notebook 1: Co-op Advisory Board, Room Reservation, and Equipment Rental, 1989-1996
15Notebook 1: Letters, Other Committee Reports, and Newsletters, 1989-1996
16Notebook 1: Prospective Party, Freshman Welcome Letter, Casino Night, and Prizes, 1989-1996



21Notebook 1: Budget, Constitution Committee, First Meeting Notes, Blood Drive, and Initiation, 1989-1996
22Notebook 2: Address Lists, Calendars and Agendas, 1995-1998
23Notebook 2: SGA Bills, Room Reservations, and Prospective Project, 1995-1998
24Notebook 2: Newsletters, Scholarship info, Blood Drive, Service, Social Activities, and Initiation, 1995-1998
25Notebook 2: T-shirt, Casino Night Rentals, Treasurer, and Constitution, 1993-1998
26Notebook 2: Publicity and Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1995-1998
27Notebook 3: President's Notebook, 1998-1999

SERIES 3: Administrative Files, ca. 1959-1999

Scope and Content

Series 3 contains administrative files, documents, and correspondence relating to the social and service activities of the Co-op Club. Also included are meeting minutes, which cover issues of membership, finances, and planning for social and service activities.



31Administrative Notebook, ca. 1989
32Blood Drive Information and Correspondence, ca. 1985-1998
33Campus Maps and Guides, 1989-1991
34Casino/Monte Carlo Night Records and Correspondence, ca. 1985-1993
35Co-operative Program Handbooks, 1990s
36Correspondence, 1994-1996
37Correspondence, 1996-1997
38Dance Committee Reports, 1959-1978
39James G. Wohlford Co-op Scholarship Info, 1984
310Minutes, August 1979-March 1986



41Minutes, June 1986-August 1991
42Minutes and Correspondence, 1990-1991
43Minutes, August 1991-March 1992
44Minutes, January 1992-March 1997
45Minutes and Notes, March 1997-1999
46President's Reports, 1995-1997
47Recruitment and Inititation, ca. 1989
48Rosters, Agendas, and Minutes, 1986-1998
49Scholarship Applications (RESTRICTED), 1999