Guide to the Lorin A. Baumhover Papers, 1942 - 1976, undated

Summary Information

Title: Lorin A. Baumhover Papers, 1942 - 1976, undated
Collection: AC.343
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Lorin A. Baumhover Papers consists of student papers, newspaper articles, and pamphlets about Appalachian Regional topics from when he taught in West Virginia. Topics include snake-handling, economic development, characteristics of Appalachian people, and an extensive bibliography dated 1967.

Creator: Baumhover, Lorin A.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lorin A. Baumhover came to Appalachian State University in 1996 as chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work. In 2004, Baumhover was appointed Interim Dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. He served as chief of staff from 2005 to 2009, as interim provost from June 2010 to September 2011, and returned to his chief of staff position in 2012.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of student papers, newspaper articles, and pamphlets about Appalachian Regional topics, including snake-handling, economic development, characteristics of Appalachian people, poverty, and an extensive bibliography dated 1967.


The collection is arranged thematically into two series: Series I: Snake-handling Worshippers and Series II: Appalachian-themed papers.

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

Lorin Baumhover donated this materials to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in August 2006. The accession number is AC.2006.047. It is opened to the public in September 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, September 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, September 2006; Minor revisions to finding aid completed by Cynthia Harbeson, July 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.343: Lorin A. Baumhover Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Snake-handling Worshippers, 1942-1976, undated 

Series Description

Series I: Snake-handling Worshippers includes student papers, such as research papers, participant observation papers, and book reviews, as well as magazine and newspaper articles. Papers and articles are arranged alphabetically by title.

  Box Folder

Student Papers, 1971, undated 

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     "The Church of All Nations" by Allen Arbogast's, undated 

     "Holy Rollers" by Harry Walker, Jr., 

     "Jolo West Virginia," undated 

     Review of Berthold Schwarz's "Ordeal by Serpents, Fire and Strychnine, a Study of Some Provocative Psychosomatic Phenomena," unidated 

     Review for Weston La Barre, "They Shall Take Up Serpents," undated 

     "A Snake Handling Observation" by James Akers, undated 

     "Social Psychology of Religious Movements," undated 

     "Southern Snake Handling Cult" by Paul Harry, 1971 

     "The Upper Room," undated 

     "The Upper Room Religious Movement," undated 

     "Worship with the Snake" by Jack T. Day, undated 

     Untitled, undated 

Magazine articles, 1942-1976 

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     "The Cobra, India's 'Good Snake'" by Harry Miller, September 1970 

     "The Cult of the Serpent in the Americas: Its Asian Background" by Balaji Mundkur, September 1976 

     "God and the Rural Poor" by Robert Coles, January 1972 

     "Herp: Bulletin of the New York Herpetological Society, Vol. 8 No. 3 and 4, 1972 

     "India's Incredible Snake Charmers" by Ben Lucien Burman, October 1970 

     "Rattlesnake Religion" by Keith Kerman, 1942 

     "The Serpent-Handling Religions of West Virginia" by Nathan L. Gerrard, May 1968 

     "The Study of Social Movements," by Joseph R. Gusfield, 1968 

Newspaper articles, 1961-1976, n.d., 

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Notes, undated 

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Series II: Appalachian-themed papers, 1968-1970, undated 

Scope and Contents

Series II: Appalachian-themed Papers includes booklets, pamphlets, articles, newspaper clippings, and an extensive bibliography on Appalachian Regional topics such as economic development, poverty, and mining.

  Box Folder

"Bibliography on Appalachia: A Guide to Studies Dealing With Appalachia in General and Including Rural and Urban Working Class Attitudes Toward Religion, Education, and Social Change" by Hart Nelson and Anne Nelson, 1967 

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Assorted papers, 1963-1970, undated 

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     "Absolute Poverty: Citizens' Board of Inquiry into Hunger and Malnutrition in the United States," undated 

     "'Bring Another Blanket, Maw, Them Flatlanders Drove into the Crick' -- Government Ineptitude in Appalachia" by E. Barbara Phillips, 1970 

     "Challenge to Affluence" by Gunnar Myrdal, undated 

     "A Comparative Summary [of Appalachian Characteristics]," undated 

     "Culture of Poverty," undated 

     "General Outline: Appalachian Youth Leadership Development Program," undated 

     "Hunger and Malnutrition in the United States: Hearings Before the Sumbcommittee on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty," 1968 

     "Poverty: Training and Jobs for the Urban Poor," 1970 

     Unlabeled Hollier Coal Mining excerpt from Harry Caudill's "Night Comes to the Cumberlands," 1963 

Booklets and newsletters 

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     "Appalachia: Case Study in Repression," undated 

     "The Case for the Generalist in Rural Development," 1969 

     "Economic Development in West Virginia," 1968 

     The Floyd County Catholic Parish, June 1969 

     "The Hazards of Mining," 1969 

     "Romantic Appalachia or Poverty Pays if you Ain't Poor" by Don West, undated 

     The Southern Patriot, January 1969 

Newspaper clippings, 1968-1971, undated 

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