Weatherford, Willis D. (Willis Duke), 1875-1970

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Willis D. Weatherford of Black Mountain, N.C., was president of the Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, N.C., 1906-1944; president of the Y.M.C.A. Graduate School, Nashville, Tenn., 1919-1946; trustee of Berea College, Berea, Ky., 1916-ca. 1962; faculty member of Fisk University, 1936-1946; director of the Southern Appalachian Studies Project, 1956-1968; and lifelong student of race relations in the South.

From the description of Willis D. Weatherford papers, 1911-1969. WorldCat record id: 25422545

  • 1 December 1875: Born in Weatherford, Tex., son of Samuel L. and Margaret Turner Weatherford
  • 1895: B.S., Weatherford [Junior] College, Weatherford, Tex.
  • 1899: B.A., Vanderbilt University
  • 1900: M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • 1907: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • 1902 - 1919 : International student secretary of YMCA
  • 1903 - 1907 : Married Lula Belle Trawick
  • 1906 - 1944 : President, Blue Ridge Assembly (later known as Blue Ridge College, Inc.)
  • 1907: Set up the Southern Summer School for Social Science and Christian Workers of Blue Ridge
  • 1907: Author: Fundamental Religious Principles in Browning's Poetry; College Problems
  • 1910: Author: Negro Life in the South
  • 1911: Author: Introducing Men to Christ
  • 1912: Author: Present Forces in Negro Progress
  • 1912: Served on Standing Committee on Negro Problems of the Southern Sociological Congress
  • 1914 - 1957 : Married Julia McCrory
  • 1915: Served on Board of Governors of the Southern Sociological Congress
  • 1916: Author: Christian Life, a Normal Experience; Personal Elements in Religious Life
  • 1916 - circa 1962 : Trustee, Berea College, Berea, Ky.
  • 1917: Editor: Report on Law and Order Conference
  • 1917: Organized a law and order conference dealing with the lynching problem in the South, held at Blue Ridge, N.C.
  • 1919: Attended organizational meeting of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, Atlanta, Ga.
  • circa 1919: Took part in forming the Interracial Commission in Tennessee from the Tennessee Law and Order League
  • 1919 - 1936 : President, Southern College of the YMCA (later known as the YMCA Graduate School), Nashville, Tenn.
  • 1920: Editor: Interracial Cooperation
  • 1924: Author: The Negro from Africa to America
  • 1925: Chair, Tennessee Commission on Interracial Cooperation; member, Board of Directors, Atlanta University
  • 1927 - 1970 : Member of the Board of Directors of ACIPCO
  • 1932: Editor: Survey of the Negro Boy in Nashville
  • 1934: Editor: Survey of Negro Boy Life in Nashville, Tenn.
  • 1934: Author: Race Relations (co-authored with Charles S. Johnson, President, Fisk University)
  • 1935: Author: Life Sketch of James Brownson Dunwoody DeBow
  • 1936: YMCA Graduate School closes
  • 1936 - 1946 : Head, Department of Religion and Humanities, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • 1945: Blue Ridge Association sold to the Southern Region Headquarters of the YMCA
  • 1946: Accepted position at Berea College dealing with instructional development and student recruitment
  • 1948: Author: Analytical Index of DeBows Review
  • 1954 - 1957 : Organized and directed the development of the outdoor pageant, Wilderness Road
  • 1955: Editor: Religion in the Appalachian Mountains; Educational Opportunities in the Appalachian Mountains
  • 1955: Author: Pioneers of Destiny
  • 1956 - 1968 : Organizer and director of the Southern Appalachian Studies Project
  • 1957: Author: American Churches and the Negro
  • 1962: Author: Life and Religion in Southern Appalachia (co-authored with Earl D. C. Brewer); Studies in Christian Experience
  • 1962: Editor: The Southern Appalachian Region: A Survey (co-edited with Thomas R. Ford)
  • 1965 - 1967 : Served on the Governor's Council on Aging
  • 21 February 1970: Died

From the guide to the Willis D. Weatherford Papers, 1911-1969, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Antone, George. George Antone papers, 1885-1993. Appalachian State University, ASU
creatorOf Willis D. Weatherford Papers, 1911-1969 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Commission on Interracial Cooperation. Commission on Interracial Cooperation administrative records, 1918-1944. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Weatherford, Willis D. (Willis Duke), 1875-1970. Willis D. Weatherford papers, 1911-1969. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Penn School Papers, 1862-2004 and undated (bulk 1862-1978) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
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associatedWith Alexander, Will Winton, 1884-1956. person
associatedWith American Cast Iron Pipe Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Ames, Jessie Daniel, 1883-1972. person
associatedWith Antone, George. person
associatedWith Berea College corporateBody
associatedWith Blue Ridge Assembly, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Brockman, Fletcher Sims. person
associatedWith Commission on Interracial Cooperation. corporateBody
associatedWith Dykeman, Wilma. person
associatedWith Fisk University corporateBody
associatedWith Green, Paul, 1894-1981. person
associatedWith Hutchins, Francis S. (Francis Stephenson), 1902- person
associatedWith Hutchins, William J. (William James), 1871-1958. person
associatedWith Jones, Thomas Elsa. person
associatedWith Moore, Daniel Killian, 1906-1986. person
associatedWith North Carolina Governor's Coordinating Council on Aging. corporateBody
associatedWith Odum, Howard Washington, 1884-1954. person
associatedWith Penn School (Saint Helena Island, S.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Raper, Arthur Franklin, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith Southern Appalachian Studies Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Sparkman, John, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Young Men's Christian Association Graduate School. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
North Carolina
Southern States
African American universities and colleges
Associations, institutions, etc.
College teachers
Education, Higher
Iron industry and trade
Older people
Race relations
Young Men's Christian associations


Birth 1875

Death 1970



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