Guide to the Blanford Barnard Dougherty Collection, 1903-1957

Summary Information

Title: Blanford Barnard Dougherty Collection, 1903-1957
Collection: UA.5004
Extent: 8.0 linear feet (13 boxes, 1 flat box, 2 oversize folders)

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).

Creator: Dougherty, Blanford Barnard, 1870-1957

Biographical/Historical 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 Chapell 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 and 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.

Scope and Contents

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.


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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. Two folders are restricted due to confidential student infromation. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Grimm, 2011. Encoded by Kelly Grimm and Cynthia Harbeson, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5004: Blanford Barnard Dougherty Collection, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1915-1957

Series Description:

This series consists of correspondence to and from B. B. Dougherty. The collection is largely arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

General Correspondence, 1915-1923 Box 1.1
General Correspondence, 1924 Box 1.2
General Correspondence, 1925-1930 Box 1.3
General Correspondence, 1931-1939 Box 1.4
General Correspondence, 1940-1941 Box 1.5
General Correspondence, 1942 Box 1.6
General Correspondence, 1943 Box 1.7
General Correspondence, 1944 Box 1.8
General Correspondence, Jan.-June 1945 Box 1.9
General Correspondence, July-Dec. 1945 Box 1.10
General Correspondence, Jan.-June 1946 Box 1.11
General Correspondence, July-Dec. 1946 Box 1.12
General Correspondence, Jan.-June 1947 Box 1.13
General Correspondence, July-Dec. 1947 Box 1.14
General Correspondence, Jan.-June 1948 Box 1.15
General Correspondence July-Dec. 1948 Box 2.1
General Correspondence, Jan.-June 1949 Box 2.2
General Correspondence, July-Dec. 1949 Box 2.3
General Correspondence, 1950 Box 2.4
General Correspondence, 1951 Box 2.5
General Correspondence, 1952 Box 2.6
General Correspondence, 1953 Box 2.7
General Correspondence, 1954-1957 Box 2.8
General Correspondence, undated Box 2.9
Personal Correspondence, 1929-1955 Box 2.10
Political Correspondence, 1935-1948 Box 2.11
Bowie, Thomas C.  Box 2.12
Bryant, Victor S.  Box 2.13
Conrad, William J., Jr.  Box 2.14
Cooke, Dennis H.  Box 2.15
Doughton, Robert L.  Box 3.1-3
Erwin, Clyde  Box 3.4
Graham, A. M.  Box 3.5
Griffin, Lloyd  Box 3.6
Hancock, Frank, Jr.  Box 3.7
Hanes, Robert M.  Box 3.8
Haynes, Johnson J.  Box 3.9
Highsmith, James Henry  Box 3.10
Hillman, James E. Box 3.11
Hoey, Clyde R.  Box 3.12
Mitchell, Hugh  Box 3.13
Kephart, Dr. A. P.  Box 3.14
Martin, LeRoy Box 3.15
Martin, Sanford  Box 3.16
Phillips, Guy B.  Box 3.17
Ramsey, D. Hiden  Box 3.18
Rankin, Grady  Box 3.19
Story, Romy  Box 3.20
Williams, Cratis  Box 3.21
Winston, R. W.  Box 3.22
Colleges – North Carolina  Box 4.1
Colleges – Out-of-State  Box 4.2-3
Carson Newman College  Box 4.4
Catawba College  Box 4.5
East Carolina  Box 4.6
East Tennessee State  Box 4.7
Wake Forest  Box 4.8
Honorary Degree, Wake Forest,  1935  Box 4.9
Western Carolina  Box 4.10
American Automobile Association, 1947  Box 4.11
Board of Trustees  Box 4.12
Budget Bureau  Box 4.13
Greyhound/Queen City Bus lines  Box 4.14
NC Dept. of Public Inspection  Box 4.15
NC Education Assoc.  Box 4.16
NC Senators and Representatives  Box 4.17
Public Schools  Box 4.18
Roads and Highways  Box 5.1
State Planning Board  Box 5.2
Summer School – ASTC  Box 5.3
United States Senate  Box 5.4

Series II: Financial, 1911-1956

Series Description:

This series consists of financial information largely related to Appalachian State Teachers College (ASTC). The files are arranged alphabetically.

Appropriations from the State, 1916-1953 Box 5.5
Appropriations, 1929-1939  Box 5.6
Appropriations, 1943-1956  Box 5.7
ASTC Audit Reports, 1940, 1946, 1952  Box 5.8
ASTC Finances  Box 5.9
ASTC Ledger of Student Accounts, Salaries, Purchases, 1911-1921  Box 5.10
Cost of Instruction at Chapel Hill, State College, and the Women’s College, 1949  Box 5.11
Electric Current Comparison Costs with Virginia Institutions, 1940  Box 5.12
Endowment Fund  Box 5.13
Estimates and Bids  Box 6.1
Financial Data – NC Public Schools  Box 6.2
Flyers re: Stocks and Investments  Box 6.3
Joint Appropriations Committee – Colored Orphanage of NC  Box 6.4
Joint Appropriations Committee – State School for the Deaf and Blind  Box 6.5
Maintenance Appropriations  Box 6.6
Misc. Budget Statements & Financial Documents  Box 6.7
Paid Bills and Receipts  Box 6.8
Permanent Improvements  Box 6.9
Rodman Trust Fund Committee  Box 6.10
Salaries  Box 6.11
School Building Funds  Box 6.12
State Board of Education Budget Request for the Biennium, 1955-1957  Box 6.13
State Board of Education Audits, 1939, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1950  Box 6.14
State Equalization Fund & Its Distribution  Box 6.15
State of NC Financial Statements  Box 6.16

Series III: Appalachian State Teachers College, 1903-1954

Series Description:

This series contains information related to ASTC and includes information on construction, teaching inquiries, school programs, student distribution statistics, and course outlines. The files are arranged alphabetically. Two of the folders in this series are restricted and have been moved to a separate box at the end of the collection.

Advice and Information for Students  Box 6.17
Alumni Activities  Box 6.18
Appalachian State Normal School Biennial Report, 1928  Box 6.19
Appalachian Training School  Box 7.1
Appalachian Training School Pledges  Box 7.2
ASTC Board of Trustees  Box 7.3
Commencement Programs and Speeches  Box 7.4
Construction and Maintenance, 1903-1954  Box 7.5
Construction and Maintenance: Building Plans, Architects and Contractor’s Proposals  Box 7.6
Construction and Maintenance: Power Plant Specifications  Box 7.7
Construction and Maintenance: WPA Projects  Box 7.8-10
Course Outline – Social Aspects of Christianity  Box 7.11
Delinquent Freshman, 1932-1933  Box 7.12
Dew Drop  Box 7.13
Distribution of Students by State and County  Box 8.1
Distribution Statistics, Graduate Students  Box 8.2
Misc. Student Distribution and Enrollment Statistics  Box 8.3
Ephemera – Campus Events  Box 8.4
Freshman English Instructor’s Manual, 1949-1950  Box 8.5
Graduate School  Box 8.6
Legislative Bills – ASTC  Box 8.7
 Memos and Advice for ASTC Teachers  Box 8.8
Misc. Information on Courses  Box 8.9
Physical Education Dept.  Box 8.10
Psychological Examination, 1947 (Restricted – moved to Box 15) Box 8.11
Questionnaire on Maintenance  Box 8.12
Misc. Questionnaires  Box 8.13
R.O.T.C.  Box 8.14
Student Papers and Tests (Restricted – moved to Box 15)  Box 8.15
Student Petition Regarding Christmas Break  Box 8.16
Student Registration Procedures  Box 8.17
Summer School  Box 8.18
Teacher Position Inquiries, 1931-1948  Box 8.19
Teaching Applications, 1934-1943  Box 8.20
Teaching Applications, 1947-1954  Box 8.21
Teaching Applications, 1947-1954  Box 8.22
Watauga Academy Building Pledges  Box 8.23
We the People Article about the Doughertys and ASTC  Box 8.24

Series IV: General Files, 1924-1956

Series Description:

This series contains information related to B. B. Dougherty’s other interests, predominately his involvement with public schools, and contain information on public school legislation, textbooks, teacher salaries, NC State Board of Education, and NC State School Commission. Some of Dougherty’s speeches are also in this series. The files are arranged alphabetically.

Agriculture  Box 9.1
Amendments to NC Fertilizer Law  Box 9.2
American Association of Teachers Colleges  Box 9.3
Annual Report of the Treasurer of NC, 1929  Box 9.4
Atlantic Steel Company  Box 9.5
Biennial Report – NC Probation Commission  Box 9.6
Biennial Report of the State Treasurer, Louisiana, 1938-1939  Box 9.7
Boone, NC  Box 9.8
Commission on Higher Education Box 9.9
Committees  Box 9.10
Conferences, Workshops, and Trips  Box 9.11
Daily Legislative Bulletins  Box 9.12
Directory of Unidentified Individuals  Box 9.13
East Tennessee Light and Power Company  Box 9.14
Educational Directory of NC, 1932-1933  Box 9.15
Educational Outlines and Activity Schedules  Box 9.16
Ephemera – Non-ASTC  Box 9.17
Forestry  Box 9.18
Fund for the Advancement of Education  Box 9.19
Incomplete Documents  Box 9.20
Joint Army-Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard Procurement Committee  Box 9.21
Maps  Box 9.22
Legislative Bills – Public Schools  Box 9.23
Misc. Newsletters and Articles  Box 9.24
National War Fund, 1943  Box 9.25
New River Light and Power Company  Box 10.1
Newspaper Clippings  Box 10.2
NC Baptist Hospital Trustee, 1943-1948  Box 10.3
NC Bulletin on Rural School Supervision  Box 10.4
NC Dept. of Public Instruction  Box 10.5
NC State Board of Education  Box 10.6-8
NC State Board of Equalization  Box 10.9
NC State Education Report, ca. 1935  Box 11.1
NC High Schools  Box 11.2
NC Schools Statistics  Box 11.3
NC State School Commission  Box 11.4
NC State Superintendent  Box 11.5
Northwest Carolina Utilities  Box 11.6
Northwestern Bank  Box 11.7
Pending Federal Legislation Against Banks, 1934  Box 11.8
Poetry  Box 11.9
Political  Box 11.10
Principals for Accrediting Institutions of Higher Learning  Box 11.11
Proceedings-Central Curriculum Committee-Twelve Year Program Study Report, 1941  Box 11.12
Public Schools  Box 11.13
Reference Material on Other Colleges  Box 11.14
"Remembrances on this Area" - Interview with B.B. Dougherty, November 29, 1956  Box 12.1
Report of the Committee on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar, 1938  Box 13.1
Report on Education, 1924-1953  Box 13.2
Report on Teacher Training Depts. in High Schools, 1926-1927  Box 13.3
Site Surveys  Box 13.4
Small High Schools Survey Reports  Box 13.5
Southern Association of Colleges  Box 13.6
Speeches and Articles by B. B. Dougherty  Box 13.7
Speeches, Misc. (not by Dougherty)  Box 13.8
State School Survey Committee Report to Avery Co. School Board, 1950  Box 13.9
Teacher Certification  Box 13.10
Teacher Salaries Information  Box 13.11
Teacher Training Box 13.12
Textbooks Box 13.13
Transportation  Box 13.14
U. S. Supreme Court  Box 13.15
Watauga County, NC  Box 13.16
Watauga County Schools  Box 13.17

Series V: Artifacts

Series Description:

This series contains a photo plate of Dougherty as well as his ash tray.

B. B. Dougherty Photo Plate  Box 14.1
B. B. Dougherty Ash Tray  Box 14.2