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Alexander Memorial Coliseum Construction

Alexander Memorial Coliseum Construction

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Memorial Coliseum Construction
Identification: VAC204
Date: 1954-1956
Size/Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (this collection contains 21 items)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains pictures of the construction of the William Alexander Memorial Coliseum, primarily of the dome perched atop the Coliseum.

Biographical/Historical Note

This collection contains pictures of the construction of the William Alexander Memorial Coliseum, named after William A. Alexander, former Yellow Jacket football coach and athletic director. The Coliseum, now called the McCamish Pavilion following recent renovations, was completed in 1956 and is distinguished by its notable dome. The pictures within this collection focus primarily on the construction of the Coliseum's dome, which would give rise to the Coliseum's nickname "the Thrillerdome."

Scope and Content Note

This collection is solely comprised of pictures of the construction of the William Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The pictures primarily focus on the dome that was perched on top of the Coliseum.

Index Terms

Alexander, William A., (William Anderson), 1889-1950
Georgia Institute of Technology. Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Basketball.
Georgia Institute of Technology. William A. Alexander Memorial Coliseum
Georgia Tech Lady Jackets (Basketball team).
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Basketball team).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Please cite Alexander Memorial Coliseum Construction (VAM204), Archives, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession number: 2011.010

Processing Information note

Taylor Prichard and Mandi D. Johnson processed this collection in April 2014.


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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

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VAC204-01: Alexander Memorial Stadium sign, with details including "steel by," architect, engineer, contractor, and photograph.
VAC204-02: Main portion of the support pole in a warehouse
VAC204-03: Construction yard housing dome's ribs
VAC204-04: Support pole top in a warehouse with a worker
VAC204-05: Support pole being erected on site
VAC204-06: Main portion of the support pole standing up-right, center keystone of dome being raised onto pole
VAC204-07: Support pole standing alone with workers climbing up it
VAC204-08: A singular rib of the dome standing with assistance from a support pole
VAC204-09: Worker on one of the dome's ribs
VAC204-10: Worker grasping the bottom of one of the dome's ribs
VAC204-11: Dome construction with only 2 support ribs and support pole
VAC204-12: Dome construction with only 3 support ribs
VAC204-13: Dome's ribs on the ground
VAC204-14: Dome construction showing several ribs
VAC204-15: Partially completed dome and dome ribs
VAC204-16: Workers working on dome's ribs
VAC204-17: Workers constructing the coliseum dome
VAC204-18: Dome successfully standing alone after the removal of the support pole
VAC204-19: Looking up at center of dome's ribs
VAC204-20: Coliseum Dome standing alone
VAC204-21: Top of incomplete dome with a "Steel By Calvert" sign