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 Henry D. Shapiro Papers contains an early manuscript of Appalachia on our mind: the Southern mountains and mountaineers in the American consciousness, 1870-1920. Also contains correspondence and academic articles related to Shapiro's research on Appalachian identity and missionary workers in the Appalachian Region.

Henry Shapiro was an early Appalachian Studies scholar who helped expand understanding of the Appalachian stereotype and the mission movement's role in its development.

7 linear feet (3.5 boxes)

The Horton Family Papers are a collection of documents accumulated by the Horton family of Watauga County, North Carolina. Jonathan Horton and James Crittenden Horton generated most documents.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

The John B. Vaughan Collection includes biographical information about John B. Vaughan, a hymanal publisher. This collection provides additional contextual information about Vaughan and a photograph.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Joseph R. Murphy Audiovisual Recordings and Papers primarily consist of the recordings and project files for the 1986 "Doc and Merle" documentary film project on Doc Watson and his son, Merle Watson. Recordings on other subjects, such as the Mount Paran Baptist Church in Deep Gap, North Carolina and the 1992 Campaign for Appalachian, are also included. User copies for the majority of the recordings are available.

28.0 linear feet (18 records boxes, 1 small flat box, 14 CD boxes, 2 manuscript boxes= 35 boxes)

This collection of papers by and about Rev. L. Grady Burgiss of Yadkin County, North Carolina contains examples of his writings and several newspaper articles honoring his life of 91 years.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The L. Nelson Bell Collection includes carbon copies of correspondence relating the theological split between Billy Graham and Bob Jones.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Leo Finkelstein Papers contain materials relating to Leo Finkelstein, resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the Asheville Lions Club, Elks Club, and the Beth Ha-Tephila Cemetery in Asheville. It contains computer discs, notes, scrapbooks, book drafts, correspondence, photographs, programs, fliers, and other materials related Leo Finkelstein, his wife Sylvia, and the Jewish Community in Asheville, North Carolina, with some items duplicated on paper and in media formats.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)