Author Archives: Laurel Bowen

Too Many Walton Buildings: Early GSU History Revisited

Georgia State University traces its origins to day and evening commerce classes that began on the Georgia Tech campus in 1913.  In 1914 some of the evening classes moved to downtown Atlanta, so older students who worked full-time in the … Continue reading

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1913 or 1914: When was Georgia State “Founded”?

We know that Georgia State University was “founded” in 1913. Or was it? University Archives includes many early “bulletins” (course catalogs) that clearly state on title pages: “Georgia School of Technology. Evening School of Commerce. ORGANIZED 1914.” What should we … Continue reading

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Chasing Clues: Identifying the First Homecoming

Determining when Homecoming began as a named “tradition” at Georgia State is not an easy task. Sources disagree, are unclear, and sometimes are mistaken. The Technite student newspaper (a name reflecting our origin as Georgia Tech’s Evening School of Commerce) … Continue reading

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Extinguished Luminaries of GSU: Robert R. Johnson

In the pantheon of distinguished GSU luminaries, the names of George Sparks (first president and recipient of the “Shining Light” award) and Wayne Kell (founder and first director) glow brightly. But there are other leaders and benefactors, now unfortunately forgotten, … Continue reading

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Little-Known and Unappreciated Facts about GSU History

It is well known that Georgia State University traces its origins to the Georgia School of Technology’s Evening School of Commerce.  Nighttime classes appealed to workers in Atlanta’s central business district who wanted to further their careers and skills. But … Continue reading

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Moving Around Town in Downtown: GSU’s Earliest Locations (1914-1955)

Ever wonder where Georgia State University was headquartered during its early years? The first class met at Georgia Tech, but in 1914 the school relocated to downtown Atlanta, where it then moved from one building to another. Early records are … Continue reading

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John E. Aderhold dies

John E. Aderhold–businessman, civic leader, and Georgia State University benefactor–died Wednesday, August 10. The university’s Aderhold Learning Center was funded by the family and is named for Mr. Aderhold’s wife, Helen (Class of ’76).  For further information, refer to the “GSU History–Building … Continue reading

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