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Religion in North Carolina

Religion in North Carolina


The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection is a special collection providing digital access to publications by and about religious communities in North Carolina. Begun in 2012 as a grant-funded collaboration between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University, these three institutions provided the majority of items in the collection. Historical societies, religious archives, and library systems both throughout and beyond North Carolina contributed the remainder of the resources. The over 6,000 items in this collection include local church histories, periodicals, clergy biographies, cookbooks, event programs, directories, and much more from a diverse array of denominations and practices. Initial funding for Religion in North Carolina was provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources.

This growing collection aims to reflect the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state, and to connect with groups outside of Christianity, including Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Pagan, and Muslim faiths. While the majority of North Carolinians identify with mainstream Protestant denominations, the Duke Divinity School Library will continue to work diligently to develop a collection that is inclusive of as many North Carolinian religious bodies as possible across different cultures, races, ethnicities, and traditions.

Currently, Religion in North Carolina is the only digital collection focused on the history of religion and religious bodies specific to one state. As such, the collection might appeal to anyone interested in how technology is being used to document the diversity of North Carolina’s state’s rich cultural history. Historians, genealogists, librarians, religious groups, teachers, and students will find the project especially useful.

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