Guide to the Dougherty Clothing Collection, 1900s-1930s

Summary Information

Title: Dougherty Clothing Collection, 1900s-1930s
Collection: UA.2011.084
Extent: Approximately 7-10 flat boxes

This collection includes a variety of clothing from the early 1900s through the 1930s, primarily adult women’s clothing.

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

This collection includes a variety of clothing from the early 1900s through the 1930s. The clothing includes primarily adult women’s clothing, but also includes a men’s wool coat, a tuxedo, and some children’s clothing. Most of the clothes appear to be handmade. In addition to the tuxedo, there is also a wedding dress, a slip or nightgown, several skirts, children’s shirts, and a children’s opera coat.

Accessories include one pair of high heeled shoes, one pair of child’s canvas shoes, two caps, and one doll’s skirt.


This accession has not been fully processed.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Clothing was purchased from the Dougherty House by donors James R. and Marie Moody in 2009.

Processing Information

This collection has not yet been fully processed.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA. 5009: University Archives Dougherty Clothing Collection. University Archives, Special Collections, Belk Library and Information Commons, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA, 28608.

Container List

Item 1:    Coat, adult. Black wool with velvet trim on collar. 52 inches long, 24 inch sleeves. Top two buttons missing

Item 2:    Tuxedo, adult man’s. Black jacket, vest, and pants, white cloth dickey. Jacket includes white sleeve lining. Pants 42.5 inches in length; jacket 24.5 inch sleeves, 38 inches in length. Vest and Jacket include some insect damage. Tag reads, “Parker, Bridget, and Co, Washington, DC.” Newspaper article found in vest pocket, “Tariff at Breakfast.” Circa 1930.

Item 3:    Wedding dress, adult women’s. Gold silk or satin, button up backing. 23 inch sleeves, front 55 inches, back 68 inches. Stains on rear 13 inches of dress.

Item 4:    Sleeveless shirt, child’s. Ivory [cotton or linen] with embroidered decoration at bottom edges. Threadbare patches, probably hand sewn. Handmade  garment. Sleeves extended 1.5 inches with off-white cotton strip. 13.5 inches in length.

Item 5:    Cape, child’s. Black [wool or linen] with black satin lining and black satin tie at neck. Handmade  garment. 11 inches in front, 16 inches in rear.

Item 6:    Shirt, child’s. Crocheted off-white short sleeve with decorative yellow buttons on front, yellow buttons on back. 3 inch sleeves, 19 inches long.

Item 7:    Dress/nightgown/slip, adult women’s. Peach silk with peach lace on shoulder straps, hemline, and neck. Worn either as nightgown or slip. 53 inches in length.

Item 8:    Skirt/petticoat, adult women’s. White cotton with crochet hem, side attached with safety pin. Handmade  garment. Written inside waist, “Sallie M. Morae.”  53 inches long.

Item 9:    Skirt, adult women’s. Black cotton or linen, black satin bottom, drawstring waistband. 36.5 inches in length.

Item 10:    Skirt, adult women’s. Black cotton, drawstring waistband. Handmade  garment.  Attached tag reads, “Price 100.00.” 38 inches in length.

Item 11:    Pantalettes [undergarment], adult women’s. White cotton with lace hems. Handmade  garment. 27 inches in length.

Item 12:    Shirt, adult women’s. Black satin, pleated front, button-up with high collar, lace at hem of sleeves. Hook-eye attachment at collar. Handmade  garment. Threadbare at collar, right sleeve, and on sides; hook rusted. Handstitched to repair threadbare patches on elbows, sleeves, and sides.  Bodice 19.5 inches, sleeves 22 inches. Circa 1900.

Item 13:    Skirt, adult women’s. Black cotton, drawstring waistband. Handmade  garment. 35 inches in length.

Item 14:    Skirt, adult women’s. Black satin, drawstring waistband. Handmade  garment. 33 inches in length.

Item 15:    Opera Coat, child’s, girl’s. Black velvet with textured ivory lining. Lining torn at collar and around sleeves. Handmade garment. “Duplan’s Leau-vel” printed on inside of velvet cloth on right sleeve. 17 inch sleeves, 34 inches in length. Circa late 1920s.

Item 16:    Shoes, women’s. Gold satin with beaded decoration, leather lining. Cloth worn around edges. Made by “Rich’s Proper Shoes, Washington, D.C.” 2 inch heels. Approximately women’s size 7.

Item 17:    Crochet cap. White with light blue hem. 6 inches in diameter, 9 inches in length.

Item 18:    Leather cap. Brown leather with bill. 7.5 inches in diameter, 4 inches in length. Circa 1920s.

Item 19:    Canvas shoes, child’s. White canvas, brown leather soles, white shoe string in right shoe. 5.5 inches in length.  Size 4.5.

Item 20:    Hat box. Blue cloth with silver and gold pattern and gold ribbon trim.

Item 21:    Doll’s skirt. Brown corduroy with cloth flower decoration on front, Velcro back. Handmade.