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Religion in Tennessee (Special Collections): Home

This guide includes materials from several religious denominations in Tennessee, as well as early hymnbooks.

Getting Started: Special Collections

Special Collections has both rare books and unpublished manuscript collections related to the history of religion in Tennessee. Examples of resources include minutes, sermons, records, letters, biographies, church histories, diaries, Sunday school literature, periodicals, hymnals, and convention notes related to numerous denominations and religious events in Tennessee. These primary sources form an important and unique collection of nineteenth and twentieth century religious history.

The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to prominent topics and themes available in our collections. To find more materials on a specific topic:


There are several search terms to use when looking for materials. You can try the names of various denominations, or words such as mission, frontier, sermons, evangelical, hymn, song, synod, circuit, serpent, or other aspects of your topic that you see in a title or description.  

General Resources

Religion in America: Or an Account of the Origin, Relation to the State, and Present Condition of the Evangelical Churches in the United States. (BR515 .B3 1844a)
Revivals of Religion.1895 (BV3790 .H8)  
The Gospel Among the Slaves. 1893 (BV2783 .H3)   

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