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Robert F. Coffey Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA 5097

Scope and Contents

The Robert F. Coffey Papers cover the years from 1931-1941. They are business documents related to the construction of buildings on the campus of Appalachian State Teacher’s College. During this time, the Watauga County Hospital, which would serve county residents as well as Appalachian students, was under planning and construction. Thus, the majority of Mr. Coffey’s papers are correspondence relating to the design, planning, and ordering of equipment for the Watauga Hospital. Topics discussed about the hospital include: labor costs, material costs and estimates, bills of lading and invoices, railroad shipping receipts, ordering of terra cotta, brick, and stone. Although the major focus of the papers is the hospital, some refer to other buildings and equipment, such as the old library, boys gymnasium, and chlorinator.

Appalachian State Teachers College owed a considerable amount of money to many companies which supplied construction equipment and machinery to build the hospital. Much of Mr. Coffey’s paperwork included account summaries and requests of payments on debts owed. Several companies explained their dire need of money, and insisted that the college’s credit would be affected if immediate payments were not made. This portion of the papers reflects the financial difficulties the college faced during the Depression years.

Dates

  • 1931-1941

Creator

Language of Materials

These materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use inthe Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended.

Biographical/Historical

Robert F. Coffey was the superintendent of construction for Appalachian State Teacher's College during the 1930's and early 1940's. Mr. Coffey not only supervised the construction of buildings, but also the hiring of construction workers and payments made to employees and companies. Mr. Coffey was not a native of Boone, and the Coffey papers contain ony two items that reveal personal information. These show that Mr. Coffey was an avid hunter, and his father died in the early 1930's. After his death, Mrs. Coffey worked in one fo the women's dorms at Appalachian.

(Information taken from control file).

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Abstract

This collection consists of the papers of Robert. F. Coffey, who was the superindendent of construction for Appalachian State Teacher's College during the 1930's and early 1940's. The papers are primarily business documents related to the construction of buildings on campus, though there are two small references to Mr. Coffey's personal life. The majority of Mr. Coffey's papers are correspondence relating to the design, planning, and ordering of equipment for the Watauga Hospital.

Arrangement

This collection is in its original order at point of accession. This order consists of the first nine folders organized by projects and information unrelated to the hospital construction. The remaining folders are then organized alphabetically by company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were transferred from the Appalachian Collection to the University Archives in February 1995.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Michak, under the supervision of Cyndi Harbeson, August 2011.
Title
UA.5097: Robert F. Coffey Papers, 1931-1941
Status
Completed
Author
Jessica Michak
Date
August 3, 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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