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  Religion: Information Centers


Archives and Special Collections (East Tennessee State University) Religious faith and practice have historically formed an important part of the fabric of southern Appalachian life. Archives and Special Collections has many resources for documenting various aspects related to religious practice in the region.
Religion in Appalachia (Appalachian State University) Throughout history, humans have used religion as a device to come to grips with what Max Weber called "the problems of meaning." Since the earliest settlements in the Appalachian mountain region, the rugged social and physical conditions have denied its people an optimistic outlook on life.
Appalachian Center (University of Kentucky) Welcome to the Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington: A multi-disciplinary institute created in 1977 to link University of Kentucky resources with Appalachian communities in programs of Research, Instruction, and Service.

Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA)

PO Box 52910 / Knoxville, TN 37950-2910 USA

Phone:(865) 584-6133 / Fax: (865) 584-8114 / Primary Contact: Tena Willemsma, Exec.Coord / Founded: 1965. Staff: 7. Budget: $1,176,562. Regional Groups: 5. State Groups: 10. Local Groups: 65. Description: Christian denominations (19), councils of churches (10), and regional ecumenical units (6). Purpose is to engage the resources of the church and other agencies in activities designed to meet the needs of the Appalachian people. Goals are to build community and combat poverty in Appalachia thereby helping to renew the church.
American Religion Data Archive The American Religion Data Archive collects quantitative data sets for the study of American religion. The ARDA solicits data collections on American religion that are currently not stored in a public archive. Most of our data files are from surveys, but we welcome all forms of quantitative data collections on religion.
Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center / Saint Vincent Seminary is a charter member of the AMERC consortium. The consortium is located at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. AMERC provides specialized training for students preparing for ministry in Appalachia, small towns and rural areas.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Summary: To repair & build houses for economically deprived Appalachian families. Description: Founded in 1969, Appalachia Service Project (ASP) has served as the model for other home-repair work camp ministries. Service with ASP is a life-changing experience for many and is an important part of each volunteer's personal spiritual journey.
Assemblies of God This is the denominational homepage for a protestant group that is numerous in the Appalachian region. It covers much history and doctrine, but from a position of advocacy.
American Academy of Religion Syllabi Project The AAR Syllabi Project offers a wide range of course syllabi from scholars working within the academic study of religion. Some of the best teachers in the field, both junior and senior, have contributed their most creative syllabi to this site.
Divining America: Religion and the National Culture Designed to help secondary school history teachers and their classes understand the interrelationship between religion and the development of American society.
Restoration Movement Pages These pages are for your reading and viewing pleasure and feature historical texts, pictures, resources for historical research and links to other relevant pages dealing with the Restoration Movement. This nineteenth-century unity and restitution effort by Barton W. Stone and Thomas and Alexander Campbell spawned several distinct religious groups: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches, and the Disciples of Christ.
The Christian Appalachian Project This is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.
The UVa Religious Movements Page Religions and human cultures are constantly being renewed and invigorated. This Religious Movements site provides a foundation for understanding how religious groups emerge, grow, stagnate, reinvigorate themselves, and sometimes die.
Kentucky Life in Religion, History, Genealogy, and Storytelling This is the web page of Jill Maria Fraley--a Kentucky native, a performance storyteller, a published writer and photographer, a graduate of Yale University, and a student of law at Duke University Law School. Besides containing personal genealogy information, and some photos, this page connects to several of papers, and also has lists of useful links for Kentucky historians and Appalachian storytellers.
Snake Handlers This page from the UVa Religious Movements site contains a history and profile of this branch of Pentecostalism.
Histories of Religion in West Virginia This page is a bibliography of the history of religion in West Virginia. It does not include Native American religions.
Religion in Early Virginia This page covers the colonial era. A bibliography and some information are included.
Early Virginia Religious Petitions This site presents images of 423 petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802 from more than eighty counties and cities. Drawn from the Library of Virginia's Legislative Petitions collection, the petitions concern such topics as the historic debate over the separation of church and state championed by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, the rights of dissenters such as Quakers and Baptists, the sale and division of property in the established church, and the dissolution of unpopular vestries. The collection provides searchable access to the petitions' places of origin and a brief summary of each petition's contents, as well as summaries of an additional seventy-four petitions that are no longer extant.
Southern Religion in Mulberry, Tennessee This site was established as part of a Southern Religion class project at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Has some interesting denominational history.
Church Of God In Christ This is a denomination's site.
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania Catalog This is an extensive, searchable collection of history resources. It includes some interesting primary sources.
Learning Guide to: Matewan Teaching resources for using the film. Religion in the life of the miners is emphasized.
Teach with Movies: United States History and Culture Heritage Index These are very large collections of teaching resources to use with classic movies. (Also see: Religions Heritage Index)
West Virginia: A Historical Resource Guide This page lists Marshall University's special collections resources in West Virginia History.
Index of West Virginia Humanist Groups Lists Humanist Congregations.
An Introduction To West Virginia Ethnic Communities Includes a detailed listing of communities and contacts in each. This should be helpful for field research.
Kentucky Information Huge resource list from University of Louisville.
Churches of Christ Denominational site(s).
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives State library site.
South Carolina Reference Room State library site.
WPA Life Histories from South Carolina These titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in South Carolina collected during the Great Depression. The Works Project Administration project categories include: Afro-American Life and Beliefs and Customs.
Appalachian Studies Association: A Selected Bibliography of Scholarship on Appalachia Intended to serve as a guide, primarily to works written from 1960. The exception to this principle is in the section Classics in Appalachian Scholarship, where most of the works cited predate 1960. The bibliography focuses on book-length works.
Appalachian Studies Selected Bibliography From Appalachian State University. Compiled 1994.
Denominations Lists numerous denominational links ...
IPHC Archives and Research Center International Pentecostal Holiness Church denominational site and research center.

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