Archives & Records Management
Library & Information Center
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta, GA 30332-0900

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Project Info



The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills Exhibit is a joint project between the Georgia Tech Library and Information Center's Archives and Records Management, Digital Initiatives, and Systems departments.

Archives and Records Management

Project Manager :: Kent Woynowski
Processing and Selection :: Christine de Catanzaro
Scanning, Transcriptions, and Metadata Entry :: Grayson Cason, Travis Hampton
Department Head :: Jody Thompson

Digital Initiatives

Metadata Consultant :: Susan Wells Parham
Scanning and Image Processing :: Laurel Crafts, Julie Griffin
Department Head :: Catherine Jannik


Programming :: Tom Cheng, Ross Singer
Servers, Network Administration, and Software Support :: Chris Helms, David McDuffie
Web Design :: Heather Jeffcoat
Department Head :: Susan Coleman

Additonal Support

August Giebelhaus, Doug Flamming, Robert C. McMath, Steve Usselman



Selection Criteria

Due to time, space, and functional concerns, not all documents can be scanned when digitizing an archival collection. The following are formal and substantive criteria for selecting documents from the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill (FBCM) Collection for inclusion in a digital collection.

Formal Criteria

Formal criteria define the types of documents to be selected, without regard to their content or substantive value.

  1. Selection should include documents of all types of which are created by the FBCM administration, or by those directly related to FBCM and its activities.
  2. Priority is to be given to unpublished rather than published documents, under the assumption that published documents are more easily available elsewhere.
  3. Drafts of documents should be selected only if they differ substantially from the final version, as are notes used in preparation of these documents if they similarly differ from the final version. Otherwise, the final version is to be selected.
  4. Priority is to be given to documents containing full sentences, rather than sentence fragments or single words. Complete sentences will usually be more meaningful and less ambiguous than sentence fragments and single words.
  5. Priority is to be given to correspondence that involves more than one exchange (initial letter and response) between an author and a correspondent. Repeated and especially continuous exchanges are likely to be an indication of important activities at FBCM and its essential functions.
  6. Documents which are included in the collection as purely informative or research materials (i.e. "subject files") are not to be selected unless their inclusion is deemed necessary to the edification of a specific issue concerning FBCM activities.

Substantive Criteria

Documents are to be distinguished and ranked further with regard to their major content, and the needs and interests of the Georgia Tech scholarly and research community, keeping in mind both the nature of the FBCM Collection as a historical collection, and the mission of the GT Archives. While these substantive categories often may overlap and inform one another, it will be possible, in most cases, to identify their major content, and evaluate them accordingly. Care should be taken to not favor one "side" or another when selecting materials based on their content.

This site was developed in support of three classes offered by the School of History , Science, and Technology of the Ivan Allen College of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Based on the syllabi of HTS 3001-A: American Economic History, HTS 3101: Historical Methods, and HTS 2007: History of the New South, selection should include records that illustrate the following subject areas:



Digitization Protocols

Scanning was done with a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL scanner, and selected files were retouched and derivative files were created with Adobe Photoshop versions 7.0 and CS. PDF files were created with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Adobe Capture 3.0.

Purely Textual Documents

Handwritten Textual Documents

Photographs and Text Documents with Illustrations or Key Visual Elements



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