This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about religion, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

"The Masterpiece" is Mrs. Echol Trusley's undated two page description of Louise Fletcher's work at the Norton Good Will Center, a mission of the Woman's Missionary Union of Virginia in Norton, Virginia. This brief document describes the Progressive women's mission work in the Virginian mountains.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Andrew Jackson Greene Collection consists of 163 diaries written by Greene and describing Watauga County's education system, cultural and religious life, and agriculture from 1906 to 1942.

9.5 linear feet (20 boxes)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

This collection is made up of programs, anniversary celebration booklets, and a church directory of Belmont Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginia, dating from 1937 to 1969. There is a 50th and a 60th anniversary booklet, a 1969 members directory and twelve service programs, all in very good condition.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Benefit for M'town Bible Baptist Church Recordings is the original audiocassette with user and archival CD copies, dated July 1990, place of origin is unknown.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Bingham Dai Papers include the professional and personal papers of Dr. Bingham Dai (1899-1996), a psychotherapist.  Dai was one of the first native-born Chinese to be trained in new theories of psychiatry and psychology in the 1930s.  He taught at Peking Union Medical College in China, Duke University, and finished his career lecturing at Appalachian State University.

19.5 linear feet (40 boxes)

This collection contains the handwritten weekly statistics of Sunday meetings at the Boone Chapel Church in Boone, North Carolina during the years of 1937 and 1938 entered into a Day Book, along with Nameplates of several members.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)