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 collection is a "Programme of the Sabbath School Institute" to be held at Dayton, Virginia on November 16-18, 1880. It was conducted by R. (Robert) Cowden, General Secretary of the United Brethren Sabbath School Association.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Shore Family Papers contain a Shore Family history written by Marvin H. Shore in May 1924, and photocopies of correspondence between Mr. and Mrs. Charlie E. Shore dated 1926-1927, undated.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Speculation Land Company Records are the records from the owners and agents of the North Carolina branch of the New York-based Speculation Land Company primarily between 1796 and 1920. The collection consists of approximately 10,000 original documents, including land deeds, surveys, land plats, record books, business checks, business and personal correspondence. There are also maps, unidentified information packets, and one photograph. Other portions of Speculation Land Records are located at University of North Carolina at Asheville and Chapel Hill.

33.5 linear feet (27 boxes, 4 half sized boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders)

This small collection consists of the handwritten treasurer's reports of Sugar Grove Church for September 1950 and September 1950 through April 1951, signed by Carl Holloway.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Susan Lea Jennings Papers consists of scholarly articles, newsclippings, and copies of historic documents focused on the social history of women in the Baptist Church. The articles are primarily focused on Baptists in the southeastern portion of the United States.

2.0 linear feet (3 manuscript and 1 CD boxes)

This collection consists of a church bulletin of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Norborne Parish, Martinsburg, WV, dated January 22, 1961. Also included is a slip of paper dated March 6, 1960, signed Rev. Geo. F. LeMoine, saying he had sent "our history to all of our Seminary Libraries -- and a few others."

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Valle Crucis Mission School Collection consists of photocopied documents related to the Valle Crucis Mission School, Valle Crucis School for Girls and its church activities. It contains materials written or published between 1904 and 1983. This collection provides ample examples of missionary's attitude towards mountain residents and fund-raising tactics.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)