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Bathtub Racing Association, records, documents. 1971-1993

Identifier: SP-50-02

Content Description

This collection includes documents, records, scrapbooks, 35mm slides, magnetic film reels, t-shirts, and memorabilia related to the Association and the Bathtub Races themselves. Official documents include the Association's incorporation, and constitution. Other documents include maps, memos, rules, checklists, flyers, and insurance information.


  • Creation: 1971-1993

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. Privately donated materials may carry restrictions imposed by deed as a condition of donation and require the permission of the donor or donor’s agent. The KSU archives does not itself waive such restrictions, nor will it act as an advocate for any researcher seeking such waivers. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work. However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

For preservation reasons, and sometimes lack of necessary equipment, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. Access to all original media, especially in obsolete formats, will require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact the Archives in advance to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for Official University records is held by Kennesaw State University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material must be secured from the repository and/or copyright holder.

Biographical and Historical Information

The Bathtub Racing Association existed from 1972 to 1992 and was a recognized student organization of the university, falling under the authority of the Dean of Student Activites (at the time it existed, the Association fell under the purview of the Vice President of Student Affairs). The Association organized the Spring and Fall Bathtub Races on campus. The races were cancelled in 1992 due to several years of increasing cost and liability, and decreasing attendance. The cancellation of the races led to the dissolution of the association.

The Bathtub Races were revived in 2010 for the March 27th Alumni Reunion. Unlike the original racers, the new ones did not have motors, for "safety reasons." The top speed of these new racers was approximately 30 miles per hour. The race course also changed into a downhill course with twists and turns much like a luge-style race. In the past, hundred of thousands of tires lined the perimeter of campus to create a Nascar-style track stretching about 1 mile. In the spring, racers would go 75 laps and in the fall, 60.


2 cubic feet (1 record carton, 1 artifact box, 1 newspaper box)

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Maggie Thomas
2022 September 9
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Repository Details

Part of the Kennesaw State University Archives Repository

1000 Chastain Road
MD 1704
Kennesaw GA 30144 GKJ