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Archives of Appalachia

The Center for Appalachian Studies & Services


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Appalachian Preaching Mission

The collection consists of material (1954-80) related to this effort among Tri-Cities area churches to bring religious speakers to the upper East Tennessee area. Includes brochures, correspondence, financial statements, memoranda, minutes of committee meetings, and recordings of Mission speakers. An index of guest speakers is included.

Horace C. Atwater

Consists of a copy of Atwater's diary, original lecture notes, and sermons Atwater delivered between the 1840s and 1870s. Documents Atwater's time as a Presbyterian minister in East Tennessee.

Blountville Circuit (Methodist Church)

Minutes (1841-59 and 1873-86) includes financial statements, ministerial examinations, and licensing, reports on the state of the church for the Blountville Circuit, and committee reports on various subjects.


Consists of audio and video recordings on snake-handling religious practices in the region, and includes "Carson Springs: A Decade Later." Restriction: Recordings may not be duplicated without the permission of the donor.

Congregation B'Nai Sholom

Consists of administrative records (constitution, minutes, deeds, etc.); correspondence; financial records (ledgers, passbooks, receipts, etc.); and publications of the congregation and its auxiliary, the B'nai Sholom Sisterhood. Records cover 1905-83, though primarily between 1945-65.

Emmanual Lutheran Church

Consists of photocopies of records (1811-31) of Washington Co., Tenn., church.  Includes lists of communicants, baptisms, confirmants, those attending catechism, and church minutes.

Federation of Communities in Service

Consists of bylaws, minutes, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and research files that document the history of FOCIS. Research and photographic files were used in the publication of Mountain Sisters by Helen M. Lewis and Monica Appleby.

Holston Baptist Association

Consists of the minutes of the Holston Baptist Association for various years between 1826-1904.

Holston Methodist Conference

Consists of the minutes of the Holston Methodist Conference, 1833-40 and various published material related to the Methodist faith, including pamphlets, the Holston Conference Messenger, and Monthly Miscellany.

Harvey Lee Hughett

Consists of 120 audiotapes of church services in East Tennessee, 1957-76. Also includes interviews with ministers and lay persons, and singing religious songs.

Murray Family

Includes sermons, a hymnal and homiletics notebook of Rev. Isaac G. Murray, a native of Washington County, Tenn,. who served as pastor of churches (1893- 1922) in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Philadelphia (Limestone, Tenn.) Presbyterian Church

Includes session minutes and church registers, 1906-58. The minutes record church proceedings, while the registers list pastors, elders, deacons, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Also included are annual church reports and reports to the presbytery.

Southern Appalachian Ministry in Higher Education

Highlights educational, social, economic, and religious issues shaping Appalachia during the 1970s. Includes minutes, correspondence, project files, transcripts of interviews, nd printed materials.

Melanie L. Sovine and Susan Smith

Consists of an audio recording and transcripts of interviews (1982) with Cleo Green, her daughter Pearlie Ann Price, and granddaughter Dale Ann Price discussing their religious beliefs as members of the Calvin Primitive Baptist Church, Bell County, Ky.

WHCB Homecoming '86 Project

Consists of audio recordings and transcripts of a three hour radio program which examined the history of numerous area churches, including churches in Johnson City, Jonesborough, Bristol, Kingsport, Blountville, Bluff City, Erwin, Butler, Mountain City, Tenn. and Bristol and Abingdon, Va.

Reverend Edwin White

Documents White's activities as a minister, 1940s-1960s. Includes his mission work in the Cumberland Plateau prior to WWII and his serving as the first pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tenn.


Bean, Heather Ann Ackley. Women, music, and faith in central Appalachia. BT160.B36 2001

Bruce, Dickson D. And they all sang hallelujah: plain-folk camp meeting religion, 1800-1845. 1974. BV3798.B78

Burton, Thomas G. Serpent-handling believers. 1993. BX7990.H6 B87

Cheek, Angie. The Foxfire 40th anniversary book: faith, family, and the land. F292.R3 F713 2006

Commission on Religion in Appalachia. Atlas of the church in Appalachia. 1983. BR516.5 C65

Covington, Dennis. Salvation on Sand Mountain: snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia. BX7990.H6 C68 1995

Crews, Mickey. The church of God: a social history. 1990. BX7032.C662

Dickinson, Eleanor. Revival. 1974. BV3774.A66 D5

Dorgan, Howard. T he airwaves of Zion: radio and religion in Appalachia. BV656.D67 1993

Dorgan, Howard. In the hands of a happy god: the no-hellers of central Appalachia. BX6383.D67 1997

Eshman, A. N. Why I am a Cumberland Presbyterian. BX8975.A5 1916

Guerrant, Edward O. The Galax gatherers: the Gospel among the highlanders. BV2765.5 .G84 A3 2005

Justice, D. Bruce. Appalachia under God. PS3610.U78 A7 2004

Kane, Stephen M. Snake handlers of southern Appalachia. 1979. BX7990.H6 K35

LaBarre, Weston. They shall take up serpents. psychology of the southern snake handling cult. 1969 BL441.L3.

Leonard, Bill J. Christianity in Appalachia: profiles in regional pluralism. BR535.C45 1999

Lewis, Helen M., and Monica Appleby. Mountain sisters: from convent to community in Appalachia. BV4420.L48 2003

McCauley, Deborah Vansau. Appalachian mountain religion: a history. BR535.M38 1995

McConnell, Lela G. Faith victorious in the Kentucky Mountains. the story of twenty-two years of spirit-filled ministry. 1946. BX7990.H62 M22

Munsey, William Elbert. Sermons and lectures. 1878. NC8444.M82 S4

Patty, John C. Life of Lucius Bunyan Compton, the mountaineer evangelist. BV3785.C65 P3 1914

Peacock, James L. Pilgrims of paradox. Calvinism and experience among the Primitive Baptists of the Blue Ridge. BX6384.B57 P43 1989

Photiadis, John D. Religion in Appalachia. theological, social and psychological dimensions and correlates. 1978. HN79.A135 P56

Posey, Walter Brownlow. Frontier mission, a history of religion west of the southern Appalachians to 1861. 1966. BV2793.P6

Robinson, John J. Memoir of Reverend Isaac Anderson, D. D. 1860. BX9225.A63 R6

Sims, Patsy. Can somebody shout amen? Inside the tents and tabernacles of American revivalists. BV3773.S56 1988

Weatherford, Willis Duke. Life and religion in southern Appalachia. an interpretation of selected data from the southern Appalachian studies by W. D. Weatherford and Earl D. C. Brewer. 1962. F210.W29

Weiner, Deborah R. Coalfield Jews: an Appalachian history. F250.J5 W45 2006

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