William Telfair Daugherty collection
Date Published: 1909 to 1912
Binding: 3-Ring Binder
The William Telfair Daugherty collection contains 42 items dating from 1909 to 1912 specifically, approximately 40 letters, 2 postcards, and several pieces of ephemera written to his parents between 1909 and 1912 when Daughterty lived in Ann Arbor and attended the University of Michigan.
Daugherty was born on 14 October 1890, a son of Susan Peyton (Telfair) and Charles Michael Daugherty. His brother was James Henry Daugherty (1889-1974), the American modernist painter, muralist, and children book’s author and illustrator. William Telfair Daugherty was a Lieutenant in WWI. He served in the National Production Authority, an agency of the United States government which developed and promoted the production and supply of materials and facilities necessary for defense mobilization. In that capacity he was a chemical specialist with the Commerce Department and a trade attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. He was the author of German Chemical Developments in 1926-1929, The chemical industry in Czechoslovakia (1930), and The chemical industry and trade of Sweden (1931). He retired from public service in 1953, died on 21 February 1958, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
In his letters Daugherty gives detailed reports about attending classes and extracurricular activities on the Michigan campus such as the Cercle français. At the time he was enrolled in the Department of Literature, Science and the Arts and was associated with the Circle of Zeta Psi. There are a number of references to his more famous brother, for example: 16 February 1910, “I received a corking letter from Jimmie this morning, full of his everlasting wit and good cheer.” 23 October 1912, “I am very anxious to hear from Jimie. I do hope that in your next letter to him, you will mention to him the fact that I am expecting a line from him. I was very much surprised the other day to discover in the pages of the Detroit Saturday night a weekly paper of that city that he has a picture in it. It was an illustration of that Apache Story of Alfred Henry Lewis which came out in a magazine last year. I suppose that Lewis owned it and allowed the papers to use it.”
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8415