Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson field recordings, interviews, and photographs
This collection includes 184 field recordings and interviews totalling more than 400 hours of documentary footage of serpent handling congregations in Southern Appalachia, featuring extensive footage of church services and interviews with church members of many of the major Holiness serpent handling congregations from 1975 to 2004. Additionally, the collection includes more than 2,500 photographic prints of congregants, church leaders, and services.
- Hood, Ralph W. (Videographer, Person)
Language of Materials
This collection contains materials in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may not provide copies of materials from the Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson field recordings, interviews, and photographs without the permission of Ralph W. Hood.
2130 Gigabytes (1109 Files)
Biographical / Historical
Professors Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson recorded the services of major serpent handling churches in Southern Appalachia and conducted interviews with congregation members and leaders to inform their research in the Psychology departments at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas respectively. In 2005, the pair, with co-author Peter C. Hill of Biola University, published Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition, which relies on the recordings of church services and interviews captured by Hood and Williamson.
This collection is arranged in the original order created by Ralph W. Hood, creator and donor.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Ralph W. Hood to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2012 November 15.
Processing of this collection is complete.
- Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson field recordings, interviews, and photographs
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