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Religion in Tennessee (Special Collections): Other Denominations

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


 Colorful postcard illustration of a Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church

Knoxville First Lutheran Church Bulletin, 1944 (MS.2573)
This is one copy of First Lutheran Church's bulletin made for both those in service and the congregation. The Bulletin served to connect local service men and women while they were away, and to keep the local community informed.

Mary Hoss Headman Genealogical Research, Undated (MS.0267)
This collection houses a wealth of genealogical research accumulated by Mary Hoss Headman. Most of the material deals with Southern families during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Black and white photograph of an Old Roman Catholic Church
Old Roman Catholic Church

Carson Brewer Articles, circa 1925-1994 (MS.2048)
Carson Brewer wrote these columns for the Knoxville News-Sentinel on such subjects as Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the people and communities of the Smoky Mountains region, and the Tennessee Valley Authority between the 1940s and the 1980s.

Thomas Merton Papers, 1968-1969 (MS.2434)
The six items of the Thomas Merton Papers, 1968-1969, include speeches, letters and vitae about or by Father Thomas Merton from the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky (mostly from the fall of 1968).

Rare Books

Latter-Day Saintscover of What the Mormons Believe pamphlet by Chas W. Penrose of the Council of the Twelve Apostles.

Cowley's Talks on Doctrine. 1905 (BX8635 .C68 1905)
Mr. Durant of Salt Lake City, "That Mormon". 1899 (BX8639.R53M7 1899)
Latter Day Saints Southern Star. 1898-1900 (BX8601 .L37)
The Straight and Narrow Way. Undated (BX8637 .N94)
The Tennessee Massacre and its Causes, or, The Utah Conspiracy: a Lecture. 1884 (BX8615 .T4 N53 1884)
What the Mormons Believe: an Epitome of the Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day. 1905 (BX8637 .P45 1905)


David Henkel Against the Unitarians. 1850 (BX9847 .H4)
The Evangelical Lutheran Preacher, and Pastoral Messenger. 1833 (BX8001 .E7)
History of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod. 1890 (BX8061.T5 H4)
History of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and East Tennessee. 1930 (BX8042.V8 C3)
Minutes of the Annual Convention. Evangelical Lutheran Holston Synod. 1847-1920 (BX8061.T42 A3)
A Vindication of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod, on the Doctrine and Discipline of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 1838 (BX8061.T5 B8)

Restoration Movement

Christian baptism: With its Antecedents and Consequents, 1851. (BV811 .C18)full color photograph of the Church of Christ
The Great Controversy: A Biblical and Historical Search after the True Basis of Christian Union.
1894 (BR516.5.J57 1894)
The Harding-Nichols Debate: Four Propositions Discussed. 1888 (BV812 .H3)
The Life of Trust: A Series of Biblical Sermons on the Conditions, Limitations, Encouragements and Possibilities of Believing Prayer. 1897 (BV213.J63 1897)
The Millennial harbinger. 1867 (BX7301.M5)
Opening the Book of the Seven Seals: Or Twenty-two Plain Sermons on the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 1902 (BS2825.J63 1902)

Records and Historical Sketches of Certain Church of Christ Churches in Tennessee. 1938 (BX7316.T4 H5)
The Resurrection and the Future Life. 1913 (BT871.J6)
Terrorite!!!: Synopsis of the Arguments Delivered at the Hemstead (Baptist Church)--Johnson (Church of Christ) Debate. 1891 (BV601.2 .J64 1891)

Roman Catholic

The Centenary of Sts. Peter and Paul's Parish, Chattanooga, Tennessee; The Story of the First One Hundred Years of the Catholic Church in Hamilton County. 1952 (BX1418.C4 S3)
A Charge to the Clergy of the Diocese of Tennessee Delivered in St. Luke's Church, Jackson, Diocesan Convention, May 12, 1870. 1870 (BX5937.Q75 C5)
The Father of the Church in Tennessee; or, The life, Times, and Character of the Right Reverend Richard Pius Miles, O. P., the First Bishop of Nashville. 1926 (BX4705.M553 O3)
George J. Flanigen, ed. Catholicity in Tennessee: A Sketch of Catholic Activities in the State, 1541-1937. 1937 (BX1415.T4 F4)
Heroes and Heroines of Memphis; or Reminiscences of the Yellow Fever Epidemics that Afflicted the City of Memphis during the Autumn Months of 1873, 1878 and 1879, to which is added: A Graphic Description of Missionary life in Eastern Arkansas. 1887 (F444.M5 Q7)
Official Guidebook of General information Pertaining to Church of the Immaculate Conception. 1902 (BX932 .O3 1902a)

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