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Doris Stam collection

 Collection
Identifier: UA 47

Content Description

The Doris Stam collection mainly consists of artifacts, correspondence, oral histories, papers, and photographs of the Bartlett, Brown, Dougherty, Shull, Perry and Taylor families. Among the artifacts in the collection are the chalkboard slates upon which Dauphin Disco and Blanford Barnard Dougherty are said to have learned their letters. The artifacts also include B. B. Dougherty's wallet, Dr. Henry Baker Perry, Sr.'s prescription pad, and Doris Taylor Perry's eyeglasses. Correspondence includes early letters between Daniel Baker Dougherty and his sons, D. D. and B. B., regarding the founding of the school in Boone which would grow into Appalachian State University. There are letters between D. D. and Lillie Bell Shull from the years prior to their marriage in 1897. A majority of the letters and postcards in the collection are between various relatives. Oral histories were conducted by Doris Stam with Dougherty family and friends in researching her family history. Among the Perry family papers are deeds and can labels from the North State Canning Company, a sauerkraut canning plant in Boone, N.C. Photographs include formal portraits, informal photographs from family gatherings, Clara Dougherty Brown's photo album, snapshots of the ASU campus throughout the years, the Dougherty house in Boone, and tintypes of Lillie Bell Shull and Daniel Baker Dougherty as a boy. The collection also contains material from the early days of Appalachian State University and history of Boone, including early issues of ASU's publication "Dew Drop" and the "Watauga Democrat." In the ASU History series, there is a copy of a speech given on campus in 1911 and a bookroom ledger from 1913. Doris Stam gathered the material of this collection while writing her book "Mountain Educators: The Dougherty Family and the First Fifty Years of Appalachian."

Dates

  • Majority of material found in 1867-2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Access to Oral Histories series is restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Doris Perry Stam has a degree in music education from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master's degree from the Southern Theological Seminary. She has taught music at Durham Academy and Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. Stam has also taught first grade at the Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. Her book, "Mountain Educators," tells the history of her ancestors, which parallels the early history of Appalachian State University (ASU). The founders of ASU (Blanford Barnard, Dauphin Disco, and Lillie Shull Dougherty) were Stam's great-great uncles and aunt.

Extent

18 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Doris Stam collection consists of artifacts, correspondence, oral histories, papers, and photographs the Bartlett, Brown, Dougherty, Perry, Shull, and Taylor families. The collection also contains material from the early days of Appalachian State University and history of Boone, North Carolina. Doris Stam gathered the material of this collection while writing her book "Mountain Educators: The Dougherty Family and the First Fifty Years of Appalachian."

Arrangement

The Doris Stam collection is organized into seven series. The first four series are organized alphabetically by family name: Bartlett; Brown-Dougherty; Dougherty-Shull; and, Perry-Taylor. These series are arranged into sub-series by material type in alphabetical order: Artifacts, Clippings, Correspondence, Newspapers, Papers, Photographs, Printed Material, Tintypes. Files and items within the sub-series are alphabetized by surname. The last three series in the collection are alphabetized by title: Appalachian State University History; General Files; and, Oral Histories. Files and items within these series are arranged chronologically.
Title
Doris Stam collection
Author
Anna Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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