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Southern Appalachian Religious Survey Records,1931-1933

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Southern Appalachian Religious Survey Records




Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Southern Appalachian Religious Survey Records, KYSX250-A, 1931-1933Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


2.4 lin. ft.


The Religious Survey gathered data from approximately 1,000 churches and missions in seventeen counties in the Southern Highlands, within the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. Kentucky counties included Knott, Leslie, and Laurel.

The survey was conducted by the Institute in cooperation with an Economic and Social Study of the Southern Highlands undertaken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics. Results of the Religious Survey were published in RELIGION IN THE HIGHLANDS: NATIVE CHURCHES AND MISSIONARY ENTERPRISES IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN AREA by Elizabeth R. Hooker (1935). Hooker was director of field workers for the study.

Scope and Content

These are completed survey schedules from a survey of religion undertaken by the Institute of Social and Religious Research in the Southern Appalachian highlands in 1931.

Present are completed survey forms and miscellaneous compilations of reference information on counties surveyed. Bound schedules were used to record information in categories of county, church, ministers, and sermons. In addition to field work, surveyors evidently drew on census statistics and other surveys. Schedules provide basic statistical information on churches, including church names, addresses, affiliations, and organizational histories. Minister forms include data on the educational and personal backgrounds of pastors. These, along with summaries of sermons, are reflective of biases of staff toward their subjects. Miscellaneous newsclippings, handdrawn maps locating churches within counties, photographs of church meetings or buildings, and correspondence, are appended infrequently to schedules.


  • Tennessee -- Religion
  • West Virginia -- Religion
  • Virginia -- Religion
  • Appalachia -- Clergy
  • Tennessee -- Surveys, religious
  • Georgia -- Surveys, religious
  • North Carolina -- Surveys, religious
  • West Virginia -- Surveys, religious
  • Virginia -- Surveys, religious
  • Religion in the Highlands. . . , by Elizabeth R. Hooker (book)
  • Appalachia -- Religion
  • Appalachia -- Surveys, religious
  • Knott County, Kentucky -- Religion
  • Laurel County, Kentucky -- Religion
  • Leslie County, Kentucky -- Religion
  • Appalachia -- Churches
  • Georgia -- Religion
  • North Carolina -- Religion
  • Clergy -- Sermons

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