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Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket

Descriptive Summary

Title: Yellow Jacket
Identification: UP023
Date: 1921-1955
Size/Quantity: 1.8 linear feet (four document cases and one half-size document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Yellow Jacket was a student journal of the Georgia School of Technology that began publication with Volume 1, Number 1 on November 11, 1921 and ended with its final issue in June 1955. The journal generally included satirical and/or comical poetry, short stories, and articles, as well as cartoons and other illustrations. The covers were usually elaborate, brightly colored illustrations, much like the sheet music of the period. Individual issues were usually focused on a specific theme, such as football, homecoming, Christmas, July 4th, or graduation.
Note:Access to the print version of this journal is available through an onsite visit to the Georgia Tech Archives (call number: T171 .G46 Y42x).

Biographical/Historical Note

The Yellow Jacket was a student journal of the Georgia School of Technology that began publication with Volume 1, Number 1 on November 11, 1921. Housed in the Georgia Tech Y.M.C.A. building on North Avenue, the journal was run by students, and it maintained a Board of Managers as well as art, editorial, and business staff. The magazine came to be published monthly, although this schedule varied from year to year. It was published from about October or November until May or June of every school year from November 1921 (Volume 1) to October 1943 (Volume 23), when the publication ceased for several years. The last issue of the first run contained an article entitled "Here Lies the Yellow Jacket," which provided at least a partial explanation for the journal's demise. By 1943, the journal had become a member of the Associated College Comics of the East.

The Yellow Jacket was reinstated after World War II, beginning publication with Volume 50 in December 1946. Apparently the magazine had come under some criticism prior to 1943, as the editorial in December 1946 indicates that some members of the faculty did not believe the journal to be in good taste. The journal was therefore re-established on a trial basis for only a year. An article in Volume 50, Number 2 declares that the journal was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it associates the Yellow Jacket with the earlier journal, The Yellow Jacket (see UA392). This article incorrectly states that the earlier journal was founded in 1897, not 1894.

The final edition of the Yellow Jacket was Volume 58, Number 6 (June 1955). The 31 May 1955 issue of the Technique states that the Student Activities Committee of the Faculty Senate met on 25 May to determine the fate of the Yellow Jacket. The result of this meeting was "a unanimous recommendation to the Senate that the Yellow Jacket be permanently banned, and that no other Georgia Tech publication ever bear that name." This was approved by the Faculty Senate on 31 May 1955. The Technique ran an obituary for the Yellow Jacket on the front page of the 3 June 1955 issue.


Scope and Content Note

The content of the Yellow Jacket remained similar throughout the years of its publication. The magazine generally included satirical and/or comical poetry, short stories, and articles, as well as cartoons and other illustrations. The covers were usually elaborate, brightly colored illustrations, much like the sheet music of the period. Individual issues were usually focused on a specific theme, such as football, homecoming, Christmas, July 4th, or graduation.

The Georgia Tech Archives' holdings of this journal are incomplete. For details on the issues in this collection, see the list of issues below. Please note that Volumes 24 through 49 were never issued; the journal ceases publication with Volume 58, Number 6.


Arrangement

Volumes and issues are arranged in chronological order.


Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. History.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Periodicals.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Serials (publications).
Student activities--Periodicals.
Yellow Jacket

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Author Last, First Initial. Title of Article. (Year, Month, Day). Publication Title, p. page number.

Provenance

These materials have been in the Archives for years and limited information about their immediate provenance is available (Accession #2009.051).

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in June 2010.

Revisions to Finding Aid

June 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit. July 2012: Identification number changed from UA393 to UP023 (URL also changed).

  • 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

    See also UP022 for the publication The Georgia Tech / The Yellow Jacket, which was published from 1894 to 1916.


    Other Finding Aids

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


    Container List

     

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    11Yellow Jacket, volumes 1 and 2, 1921-1923
     
    12Yellow Jacket, volume 5, 1925-1926
     
    13Yellow Jacket, volume 9, number 2, November 1929
     
    14Yellow Jacket, volume 9, number 7, April 1930
     
    15Yellow Jacket, volume 9, number 8, May 1930
     
    16Yellow Jacket, volume 10, number 1, October 1930
     
    17Yellow Jacket, volume 10, number 2, ca. November 1930
     
    18Yellow Jacket, volume 11, 1931-1932
     

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    21Yellow Jacket, volume 12, number 1, October 1932
     
    22Yellow Jacket, volume 12, number 3, December 1932
     
    23Yellow Jacket, volume 12, number 4, January 1933
     
    24Yellow Jacket, volume 12, number 6, May 1933
     
    25Yellow Jacket, volume 13, number 1, October 1933
     
    26Yellow Jacket, volume 13, number 2, November 1933
     
    27Yellow Jacket, volume 13, number 3, December 1933
     
    28Yellow Jacket, volume 13, number 4, January 1934
     
    29Yellow Jacket, volume 13, number 6, March 1934
     
    210Yellow Jacket, volume 13, number 8, May 1934
     
    211Yellow Jacket, volume 14, number 1, October 1934
     
    212Yellow Jacket, volume 14, number 2, November 1934
     
    213Yellow Jacket, volume 14, number 4, January 1935
     
    214Yellow Jacket, volume 14, number 6, March 1935
     
    215Yellow Jacket, volume 14, number 7, April 1935
     
    216Yellow Jacket, volume 15, number 1, October 1935
     
    217Yellow Jacket, volume 15, number 6, March 1936
     
    218Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 1, October 1936
     
    219Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 2, November 1936
     
    220Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 3, December 1936
     
    221Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 4, January 1937
     
    222Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 5, February 1937
     
    223Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 6, March 1937
     
    224Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 7, April 1937
     
    225Yellow Jacket, volume 16, number 8, May 1937
     
    226Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 1, October 1937
     
    227Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 2, November 1937
     
    228Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 3, December 1937
     
    229Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 4, January 1938
     
    230Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 5, February 1938
     
    231Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 6, March 1938
     
    232Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 7, April 1938
     
    233Yellow Jacket, volume 17, number 8, May 1938
     

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    31Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 1, October 1938
     
    32Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 3, December 1938
     
    33Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 4, January 1939
     
    34Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 5, February 1939
     
    35Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 6, March 1939
     
    36Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 7, April 1939
     
    37Yellow Jacket, volume 18, number 8, May 1939
     
    38Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 1, October 1939
     
    39Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 2, November 1939
     
    310Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 3, December 1939
     
    311Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 5, February 1940
     
    312Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 6, March 1940
     
    313Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 7, April 1940
     
    314Yellow Jacket, volume 19, number 8, May 1940
     
    315Yellow Jacket, volume 20, number 1, October 1940
     
    316Yellow Jacket, volume 20, number 5?, February 1941
     
    317Yellow Jacket, volume 20, number 6?, March 1941
     
    318Yellow Jacket, volume 20, number 7?, April 1941
     
    319Yellow Jacket, volume 20, number 8?, May 1941
     
    320Yellow Jacket, volume 21, number 2?, November 1941
     
    321Yellow Jacket, volume 21, March 1942
     
    322Yellow Jacket, volume 21, May 1942
     
    323Yellow Jacket, volume 21, October 1941-May 1942
     
    324Yellow Jacket, volume 22, July 1942-January 1943
     

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    41Yellow Jacket, volume 50, December 1946-1947
     
    42Yellow Jacket, volume 51, September 1947-May 1948
     
    43Yellow Jacket, volume 52, October 1948
     
    44Yellow Jacket, volume 52, December 1948
     
    45Yellow Jacket, volume 52, February 1949
     
    46Yellow Jacket, volume 52, March 1949
     
    47Yellow Jacket, volume 52, May 1949
     
    48Yellow Jacket, volume 52, June 1949
     
    49Yellow Jacket, volume 53, October 1949-May 1950
     
    410Yellow Jacket, volume 54, October 1950
     
    411Yellow Jacket, volume 54, February 1951
     
    412Yellow Jacket, volume 54, April 1951
     
    413Yellow Jacket, volume 54, May 1951
     
    414Yellow Jacket, volume 54, June 1951
     
    415Yellow Jacket, volume 55, October 1951
     
    416Yellow Jacket, volume 55, December 1951
     
    417Yellow Jacket, volume 55, February 1952
     
    418Yellow Jacket, volume 55, March 1952
     
    419Yellow Jacket, volume 55, April 1952
     
    420Yellow Jacket, volume 55, June 1952
     
    421Yellow Jacket, volume 56, October 1952
     
    422Yellow Jacket, volume 56, December 1952
     

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    51Yellow Jacket, volume 56, Spring 1953
     
    52Yellow Jacket, volume 57, numbers 1-6, November 1953-June 1954
     
    53Yellow Jacket, volume 58, numbers 1-6, November 1954-June 1955