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Mary Vance papers

Identifier: MS-140

Scope and Contents

This collection contains home movies and photographs that document the Jesus Name Tradition in Appalachia from circa 1970 to 1985.


  • Creation: 1970-1982


Language of Materials

This collection contains no linguistic content.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Vance amassed her collection of home movies and photographs that document the practice of imbibing poisons and serpent handling in Appalachia as a young woman who was raised in the Jesus Name Tradition. Her home movies and photographs provide an intimate exploration of the lives and deaths of believers as images of practicioners were largely captured in their homes.


6.9 Linear Feet (108 containers)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ralph W. Hood, Professor of Psychology, facilitated purchase of this accession by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2015 October 5.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at

Processing Information

Processing of this collection is complete.

Mary Vance papers
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Collection Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States