Ralph Brown Draughon (1899-1968)

President, Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1947-1959)

President, Auburn University (1960-1965)

In 1922 Draughon received his B.S. degree from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, where in 1929 he earned his M.S. He served as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of Alabama until 1931 when he returned to Auburn as assistant professor of history and political science. Draughon was executive secretary to the president and secretary to the board of trustees at API from 1937 until 1944, when he became director of instruction. He held that position until 1947, when he became acting president. The following year he became president.


Inventory of the President's Records
Listing of the records generated by the President and his office during his tenure.  Arranged by subject.
Synopsis of the President's Annual Reports to the Board of Trustees
Chronicles the significant events of the President's term in office, including the activities of the schools and departments.
Synopsis of the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for the President's term
Provides another view of the events treated by the President in his Annual Reports.
Synopsis of the President's Correspondence
Letters between the President of the University and various political leaders within Alabama.  Provides insight into how the school has maneuvered through the state's political system.

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