Spring 2021 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.
Teaching & Learning
The Georgia Tech Archives & Special Collections are dedicated to the promotion of teaching and learning on Georgia Tech's campus.
Georgia Tech archivists offer orientation and instruction sessions on evaluating primary sources and developing archival literacy skills. Through hands-on, interactive research experiences, participants will have the opportunity to engage with archival collections related to:
- Textile mills
- Architecture in Atlanta and the Southeast
- Retro-computing and web archiving
- Science fiction
- The history of science and technology
- Georgia Tech's institutional history and contextual development
The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills
This project gives students the opportunity to understand the operations of an Atlanta mill during the early twentieth century and the activities concerning mill management and workers during a 1914-1915 worker strike. This session can be adapted into a one-time class project or a complex research assignment
Georgia Tech History
Exploring Georgia Tech’s rich history, students use the archives’ documents, publications and photographs to answer targeted, specific questions about student life, academics and campus development. This project exposes students to the types of materials found in archives and begins to prepare them for more difficult archival research.
Materiality of Archival Collections
The Materiality of the Archive - Physical vs. Digital Archives Expose
This one-time hands-on class encourages participants to consider the differences—and areas of convergence—between physical and digital archives. Students of all levels and backgrounds will explore the world of archives, dive into copyright questions, and investigate questions of materiality through firsthand encounters with physical and digital archival materials.
Science Fiction and Science Fact
Students have the opportunity to use the special collections' holdings of early and contemporary science fiction books, magazines, and fanzines to investigate, analyze, and critique topics such as gender, history of technology, materiality, and popular culture. These magazines allow participants to explore the evolution of cultural values, fears, and expectations through the lens of popular and pulp fiction. Classes use these materials to create digital collections, research copyright, and contemplate how to translate technical findings for a broader audience.
About the Archives
Archives & Special Collections
Georgia Tech Library
266 4th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0900