Guide to the University Charter Documents, 1903-1999

Summary Information

Title: University Charter Documents, 1903-1999
Collection: UA.5269
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

Appalachian State University was founded in 1899 as the Watauga Academy, and underwent several name changes over the years as the school transitioned from a small teachers' college to a multi-disciplinary university. This collection includes photocopies of the original charter documents, as well as various other documents concerning the history, charter, and organization of ASU and its predecessors.

Creator: Appalachian State University.

Biographical/Historical Note

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 born.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of the original charter documents for Watauga Academy, Appalachian Training School, Appalachian Normal School, Appalachian State Teachers College, and Appalachian State University. The collection also contains documents concerning the history, charter, and organization of ASU and its predecessors. Included are various reports, newsletters, charts, and correspondence.

Arrangement

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.5269: University Charter Documents, 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.2005.464: Appalachian Charters and History, 1950-1999

UA.2006.287: University Charter Documents, 1903-1967