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George C. Griffin Photograph Collection


George C. Griffin Photograph Collection


George C. Griffin was Dean of Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1946 until his retirement in 1964. He maintained a lifelong interest in Georgia Tech, from his undergraduate days (1914-18; 1920-22) until his death in 1990.

Dean Griffin was often called "Mr. Georgia Tech" because of his dedication to the school and its students. He established and managed an emergency loan fund to assist students with financial difficulties, and he started, with his own funds, Georgia Tech's Central Placement Office. After his retirement, he operated a job placement service for alumni over forty.

Dean Griffin was a virtual repository of Georgia Tech history. His love of Tech is evident in this photo collection and in the papers and memorabilia he donated to the Georgia Tech Archives.

The George Griffin Photograph Collection consists of over 900 photographs relating to all aspects of Georgia Tech and its history, including students, faculty, administrators, alumni, sports, and buildings. The photographs range in date from ca. 1885-1987 (bulk 1891-1972) and offer a unique perspective on the people and places from Georgia Tech's past.

This digital collection includes most--but not all--images from the Griffin Photograph Collection. Researchers wishing to view the complete Photograph Collection may visit the Archives and request to see VAC002.


Griffin, George C., (George Clayton), 1896-1990

Items in the George C. Griffin Photograph Collection Collection

William Murray Werner graduated from Georgia Tech in 1917 with a degree in Civil Engineering. At the time this photo was received by the donor, Mr. Werner was president of Werner Construction Company.

This is a photo of "Tonto" Coleman while he was a football coach at Georgia Tech. He is seated at a desk, fountain pen in his right hand, with what appear to be financial ledger sheets spread on the desk top. Coleman is wearing a light colored…

This is a studio portrait of Ralph G. Holland in white dress U.S. Navy uniform and cover. Ralph G. Holland was a member of the Georgia Tech Class of 1939.

This is an official U.S. Army photograph of Lt. Colonel Leslie F. Zsuffa in uniform. Leslie F. Zsuffa was appointed Georgia Tech's first director of public relations in 1945 after completing active duty in the Army. Before his Army service, he had…

This is a photographic reproduction of a portrait of Milton P. Higgins, the first Superintendent of Shops at Georgia Tech. Neither the artist nor the date of the portrait are known. Higgins was given a one year leave of absence in 1888 by Worcester…