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Appalachian Training School Collection

Identifier: UA 43

Scope and Contents

The Appalachian Training School Collection contains land deeds, student class constitution and minutes, library borrowing records, promotional brochure, and manuscript for a student magazine. The deeds are for land in and around Boone and Watauga County, NC, owned by Watauga Academy, Appalachian Training School, and members of the school's Board of Trustees. The promotional brochure highlights the programs and facilities at the school and was sent by President B. B. Dougherty to a prospective student. A single ledger includes the constitution, minutes, and a record of library books borrowed and returned.


  • 1900-1920

Conditions Governing Access

The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Historical Note

In 1899, brothers B. B. and D. D. Dougherty founded the Watauga Academy. Beginning with only fifty-three students, Watauga Academy had grown steadily to over one hundred students in the higher grades by March 1901. B.B. Dougherty saw a need for trained teachers in Watauga County as well as throughout North Carolina. Dougherty was instrumental in getting a bill passed for a state-supported school in Watauga County, which then became the Appalachian Training School for Teachers. Classes commenced on October 5, 1903 and 325 students attended during the first year. When it began, the school had a public school course, a high school course, and a special course for public school teachers.

In 1921, the training school was reorganized as a normal school with a four-year high school for students who graduated from the seventh grade and a two-year normal school for regular high school graduates hoping to pursue careers as elementary school teachers.


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Acquisitions Information

On behalf of Mrs. Annie D. Rufty, Elizabeth Scoggins donated the deeds and justice certificates to the University Archives on February 18, 1994. The donors of the manuscript of the student magazine and ledger containing the student class constitution and minutes are unknown. Bob Snead donated the Appalachian Training School brochure signed by D.D. Dougherty to the University Archives on October 12, 2006. Contact sheet with brochure pictures is from accession UA.2011.019. Second brouchre was donated by Alan C. Brantley in 2010, accessioned as UA.2010.088

Related Materials

University Deed Collection (UA 37)


This collection's former identifier was UA 5013.

Processing Information

Processed by Kendall Reese.

Appalachian Training School Collection
Kendall Reese and Norma Riddle, updated by Kim Sims February 2020
February 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository