Fall 2020 Precautions & Procedures:
The Archives Reading Room is open by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00 to 4:00
and Tuesday, Thursday from 10:00 to 1:00
Visiting researchers must schedule an appointment at least 48 hours in advance using the online contact form. Appointments are limited to no more than two hours per day on a first-come, first-served basis. The Reading Room can accommodate up to two simultaneous researchers with social distancing.
Please note: All collection materials must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled visit and will be in the Archives Reading Room upon the researcher’s arrival. Researchers will be required to wear masks and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others in the room.
We are not currently making any appointments to view items from the Rare Books collection.
For reference inquiries, use the online contact form. Staff will allocate up to 90 minutes of research time for each request. Some photographs may be included. Expect at least a 72-hour turnaround.
Additionally, staff will digitize archival collections up to 15 items at no charge. Fees will be applied for 16 or more items, limited to 25 per person. At this time, architectural drawings will only be reproduced using photography. Expect at least a seven-day turnaround for receipt of reproductions.
The Georgia Tech Archives collects, preserves, exhibits, and makes available for research institutional archives, manuscripts, personal papers, organizational records, visual materials, memorabilia, rare books, and architectural collections. These materials primarily document the history of Georgia Tech and the activities of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Georgia Tech History
The University Archives collections document Georgia Tech’s origins, history, and development. They show evidence of the traditions and creative output of Georgia Tech faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Collections in this area contain the records of Georgia Tech’s administrative offices, educational programs, standing bodies of the faculty and staff, extracurricular organizations, and more.
The Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection is one of the largest science fiction collections in the United States. It contains over 12,000 science fiction and fantasy novels and anthologies, and more than 1,000 magazines and fanzines. The Science Fiction Collection also contains manuscripts from science fiction authors and records documenting the fandom of science fiction, fantasy, comics, and affiliated genres.
Architectural records in the Georgia Tech Archives & Special Collections contain materials related to architectural design in the southeast. This collection holds the works of Georgia Tech alumni and faculty, such as Francis Palmer Smith and Joseph Amisano, as well as prominent architects like Neel Reid.
The Georgia Tech Textile Industry Records contain collections about the textile mill industry in the southeast. These records document the religious, social, political, and economic issues of nineteenth and twentieth century mills, particularly in Atlanta. It also illustrates the historical connection the textile industry has to Georgia Tech from the development of the Textile Engineering program in 1897 to the current School of Materials Science Engineering.
The Georgia Tech Archives & Special Collections houses the library’s rare book collection, which focuses on the history of science and technology. With special strengths in Newtoniana, the library owns a copy of each of the first three editions of the Principia Mathematica (1687, 1713, and 1726). One of the library's most beautiful treasures is the nine-volume Dutch language edition of Joan Blaeu's Grooten Atlas (or Grand Atlas), published in the 1660s. Other collecting areas include physics, textiles, architecture, and mathematics.
Retro Computing at Tech
retroTECH invites the Georgia Tech campus community to create the future by exploring and preserving our technological pasts. Visit the retroTECH Lab to interact with vintage technologies, from slide rules to Sega Genesis, as well as emulations of retro platforms on modern devices.
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Georgia Tech Library
266 4th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0900