Georgia Tech Alumni Association Slide Collection (VAC027)
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Administrative History of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association
The first recorded meeting of the association was held in 1896. Georgia Tech's first graduate, Henry L. Smith (ME '90), invited former classmates to join him at his home to discuss the idea of an alumni association. Together, they drafted the first set of by-laws in 1898. In 1906, a petition for a charter was produced, and it was granted on June 20, 1908. In 1919, reorganization occurred and new by-laws were drafted under the name of the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association, under the leadership of W. H. Glenn (1891).
In 1922, Albert H. Staton (ME '22) was hired as the first executive secretary. He also served as the editor of the Georgia Tech Magazine, which made its debut in 1923. Other former Tech students have also held the position of executive secretary: George C. Griffin (CE '22), Jack Thiesen (EE '10), Howard Ector (IM '40), Roane Beard (IM '49), Robert Rice (IM '49), John B. Carter, Jr. (IE '69), and Joseph P. Irwin (IM '80).
Certain programs have developed out of the Alumni Association. While Griffin was secretary, he created a placement service in 1923, which later transferred to the Tech's administration. In 1947, the Alumni Association began the annual fund raising campaign known as the Roll Call
This collection contains 372 slides and five photographs from the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. The slides are housed in sleeves within a binder. The largest series contains buildings and grounds photographs, such as Tech Tower, Grant Field, and Alexander Coliseum. There is a large series of faculty and staff slides as well, including a photographic reprint of Dean George Griffin's portrait.
Archival MaterialTop of Tech Tower, without T, against skyline( 1970)The "T" of the illuminated "TECH" sign on Tech Tower has been stolen in this photograph, a long-time Georgia Tech tradition.