Guide to the Dougherty Family Bible, 1901

Summary Information

Title: Dougherty Family Bible, 1901
Collection: UA.5005
Extent: 1 linear foot (1 tall manuscript box)

This collection contains the family Bible of Lillie Shull and Blanford Barnard (B.B.) Dougherty. B.B. Dougherty founded Watauga Academy in 1899 along with his brother D.D., and developed the institution in to Appalachian State Teachers College, and what would become Appalachian State University.

Creator: Dougherty family.

Biographical/Historical Note

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

When 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 accession contains a Bible that was in the possession of the Dougherty family. The book was originally owned by Lillie Shull Dougherty. Lillie Brown Perry, granddaughter of D.D. and Lillie Shull Dougherty, donated the Bible to the University Archives in July 2005. It contains a register with the family births, deaths, and marriages.


This collection has not yet been fully processed.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. Individual accessions may have access restrictions due to the presence of confidential information. Restrictions are noted in the Accessions List, where applicable.

Acquisitions Information

This Bible was donated to the University Archives by Lillie Brown Perry in July 2005.

Processing Information

This record group has been minimally arranged and described in summary but has not yet been merged into a single collection. The record group currently consists of numerous individual accessions listed below.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5005: Dougherty Family Bible, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

The following accession list links to inventories of records received and added to this record group.

UA.2007.135: The Dougherty Bible, 1901