Guide to the Blueprints and Architectural Drawings, 1928-2010

Summary Information

Title: Blueprints and Architectural Drawings, 1928-2010
Collection: UA.5133
Extent: 36.77 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 2 folders, 21 rolled blueprints, 27 oversize folders, 2 oversize folders in cold storage)

The provenance of these records is varied, but all of these records pertain to the buildings and campus of Appalachian. Design, maintenance and construction on the campus of Appalachian State University is generally carried out by the Physical Plant. The blueprints and drawings in this collection date 1928-2010.

Creator: Physical Plant.

Biographical/Historical Note

The provenance of these records is varied, and as such, no single historical note can be given. However, design, maintenance and construction on the campus of Appalachian State University is generally carried out by the Physical Plant. Notes on the history of ASU and the Physical Plant follow:

Appalachian State University can trace its origins back to 1899 when brothers B.B. and D. D. Dougherty founded the Watauga Academy. B.B. Dougherty saw a need for trained teachers in Watauga County as well as throughout North Carolina. He was instrumental in getting a bill passed for a state-supported school in Watauga County, which became the Appalachian Training School for Teachers. The school first opened for classes in 1903. In 1925, the school became the Appalachian State Normal School for a period of four years, though in 1929 the name was changed to Appalachian State Teachers' College and it became a four-year college. The transition from a small teachers' college to a multi-disciplinary university would not occur until July 1, 1967 when Appalachian State University was established.

It operates and maintains the Physical Plant segment of this environment (buildings and grounds), and also provides auxiliary services as needed to facilitate and support the distinctive role of Appalachian State University (ASU) as a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. The Physical Plant operates within Business Affairs, and works closely with the Office of Design and Construction. It has been in operation at ASU since at least 1971.

Scope and Contents

Blueprints and Architectural Drawings contain a miscellany of ASU campus blueprints, dating 1928-2010. The blueprints include: copies of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Appalachian Campus (1928-1947), Appalachian Cultural Center, Old Science Building Renovations (ASTC), Department of Technology blueprints, Original Edwin Duncan Hall blueprints, a drawing of the Chancellor's home (1993), and a rendering of what is now Anne Belk Hall.


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

These records were transferred to the University Archives in multiple accessions.

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.5133: Blueprints and Architectural Drawings, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.