Guide to the University Deeds, 1900-2000

Summary Information

Title: University Deeds, 1900-2000
Collection: UA.5283
Extent: 3 linear feet (6 boxes)

Appalachian State University received its current name on July 1, 1967, transforming over the years from a small teachers' college to a multi-disciplinary university. The University Deeds collection contains the original deeds to properties belonging to the university as well as supporting documentation, copies and abstracts of the deeds, notes and correspondence, title analysis, maps and drawings of property, certifications, and contracts.

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 established.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three groups of records. The first group contains the original deeds to properties belonging to Appalachian State University in varying condition. The second group of relating records are not actual deeds, but rather supporting documentation. The deeds are arranged in alphabetical order. The records included are the actual deeds, copies and abstracts of these deeds, notes and correspondence, maps and drawings of property, certifications, and agreements and contracts. The third group contains photocopies of warranty deeds from 1909 to 1954 on property given to the Appalachian Teachers College. Also included are 5 compact discs with 84 pages of title analysis.


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.5283: University Deeds, 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.2007.046: University Deeds, 1900-2000 [Restricted for confidential information.]

UA.2010.020: ASTC Deeds, 1909-1954

UA.2011.078: University Property Deeds, 1939-1993