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 Mountain Retreat Association prospectus, titled "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky,'" outlines a plan for a Christian community (now known as Montreat) near Black Mountain, N.C. The collection consists of three items: the prospectus, accompanying letter, and the envelope in which they were delivered to Mr. W.W. Finlay of the Southern Railway Company.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The North Carolina Folklore Society Audiocassettes is a collection nine audiocassettes and two videocassettes.

1 linear foot (1 box)

The Pamphlets Addressing Mennonite Principles and Beliefs collection includes five pamphlets addressing the Mennonite Church's stands on insurance, Christian love, civil defense, theology, and military service.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection of Paul Frederick Bricker's papers includes his resume and his paper, Toward a Red Neck Theology: Reaching West Virginia for Christ he presented in 1999 to the Evangelical Theological Society.

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The Pedro T. Slone Papers includes two original manuscripts by Slone, a genealogy paper The Way of Life in Turner's Creek Valley Sixty Years Ago and Historical Sketch of Ferrum, Virginia, along with a letter from Slone's son who donated the manuscripts.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Primitive Baptist and Baptist Churches Photographs collection consists of eight digitally-printed 8x10 photographs of white Primitive Baptist and Baptist churches, two of which are still unidentified.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of an unsigned contract to build a Primitive Baptist church house at Cross Roads (state unknown). The specifications are very detailed and exact, dated February 11, 1899.

2.0 linear feet (1 oversize folder)