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

Sample Projects

Children in the backyards of Cabbagetown homes

Textile Mills 

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

History Detective
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. 

Archives materials
Computer Center

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

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.

Science Fiction

Archives Support

Archives Reading Room

Hours & Contact Info

The Archives Reading Room is open is open Monday-Friday from 11:00am-4:00pm.

Telephone: 404-894-4586

Request materials 48 hours in advance

Contact Us Meet the Archives Staff


Archives, Records Management & Digital Curation
Georgia Tech Library
260 4th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0900


The Archives Reading Room is located on the 1st floor of Crosland Tower.

See the Library's Directions & Parking page for more information.