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

This is a collection of records from the Boone Christ's Church United. When it was founded in 1992 as the Metropolitian Community Church of the High Country it was the only church in the area to accept and advocate for members of the LGBT community. Its pastor Cindy Long (1960-) was at the time the only openly lesbian minister of a Christian church in Watauga County.

1.0 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 folder cold storage)

The Brazillar and Sallie Davis Family Bible is the family Bible of Brazillar and Sallie Proffitt Davis of Watauga County, North Carolina. The Davises married in 1887. The bible contains records of their family members' births, deaths, and marriages dating from 1868 to 1961.

0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

The C. Howard Dorgan Papers is a collection of documents created by Dorgan while he was a Communications professor at Appalachian State University. Materials include Dorgan's research on traditional Appalachian religions and documents related to the Appalachian Studies Association.

18 linear feet (26 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 CD box, 2 records cartons, 1 large audiocassette box, 1 small audiocassette box, 1 oversize box, 1 folder in cold storage)

Materials in the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers cover the operation of a summer camp for boys from 1944 to 1970. Also featured are materials related to the camp's founder Vera Lachmann, a poet and educator of German-Jewish background who sought refuge in the United States at the beginning of World War II. The collection contains information on Camp Catawba's history, correspondence with campers and counselors, poetry composed by Lachmann, Lachmann's personal correspondence, and ephemera and sound recordings from Camp Catawba.

15 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 half sized, 3 flat oversize, 3 small media boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small medallion container)

This collection is a seminar paper written by Carl Musser entitled, The Lutheran Church in the Great Valley of Virginia until 1776, circa 1950, as required for his History 271 completion at George Washington University.

0.02 linear feet (1 folder)

The Cassie M. Robinson Papers consist of two papers from her Appalachian Studies graduate courses. They are entitled "Tabernacle Baptist Church: 'The Friendly Little Church by the Road' " and "Community Studies in the Toe River Valley."

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Celo Community Collection consist of 4 items about the intentional community located in the Black Mountains of Yancey County, North Carolina.  These documents detail the origins of the Celo Community from its residents' perspective during the 1950s and the 1960s.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)