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Office of the President. Blanford Barnard Dougherty Records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 02.01

Scope and Content

The papers primarily include materials relating to Dr. Dougherty's role as an administrator of Appalachian State Teachers College and predecessor institutions (1903-1955), and his many positions on state boards and committees concerned with the education in North Carolina (1911-1957). Also, the papers contain documentation of his presidency of the Northwestern Bank (1945-1953), and other personal papers. Dougherty was a founder of the Appalachian Training School in 1903. He was superintendent until 1921 when he became president of what was to become Appalachian State Teachers College in 1929. In 1955, he retired as the school's president, but he remained on the State Board of Education until his death in 1957.

Also included are two artifacts, a print block of Dougherty's image and an ashtry given to him by Kentucky Darby Coal Company.

Dates

  • 1903-1957

Creator

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Two folders are restricted due to confidential student information.

Biographical Note

Blanford Barnard Dougherty (October 21, 1872-May 27, 1957) served as the first president of Appalachian State Teachers College now Appalachian State University. He received his bachelors degree from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee in 1896 and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1899. He began teaching at Hamilton Institute in 1892 and taught at Holly Springs College the following year. After completing his doctorate, he and his brother Dauphin Disco formed Watauga Academy, the school that would eventually become Appalachian State University.

When in 1903 Watauga Academy became a state-funded school for training teachers, Dougherty became co-principal adn later superintendent of Appalachian State Training School. In 1925, he was named president of the Appalachian State Normal School and he continued as president when the school became Appalachian State Teachers' College. He served as president until his retirement in May 1955.

Dougherty served on the North Carolina State Textbook Commission, the State Board of Equalization, the State School Commission and the State Board of Education. From 1947 until 1957, he served as president of Northwestern Bank in Boone. He also was instrumental in bringing the first railroad to Boone.

Extent

8 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 1 flat box, 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

B.B. Dougherty was a founder of the Appalachian Training School in 1903. His papers primarily include materials relating to Dr. Dougherty's role as an administrator of Appalachian State Teachers College and predecessor institutions (1903-1955), and his many positions on state boards and committees concerned with the education in North Carolina (1911-1957).

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into five series: Correspondence, Financial, Appalachian State Teachers College, General Files, and Artifacts. Within each series, files are largely arranged alphabetically.

Acquisitions Information

In 1991, Mrs. Roy Rufty donated the Blanford Barnard Dougherty papers to Appalachian State University. At the time of donation, University Archives and Appalachian Collection each housed one section of the papers. In 1994 and 1996, Appalachian Collection transferred its holdings in the papers to University Archives.

General

This collection's former unique identifer was UA 5004.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Grimm, 2011. Encoded by Kelly Grimm and Cynthia Harbeson, 2011.
Title
Office of the President. Blanford Barnard Dougherty Records
Status
Completed
Author
Kelly Grimm
Date
April 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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