Religious Life Stories Project

The Department of Religious Studies is cooperating with the University Library Special Collections & Archives to collect and preserve the religious life stories of metro Atlanta residents. This project seeks to expand the available data on the religious/spiritual lives of individuals and acknowledge the diversity and complexity in American religious lives. The 90 minute interviews invite the narrators to speak about their personal religious lives chronologically, starting with their childhoods and continuing to the present. The interviews are loosely structured to allow the narrators to discuss and emphasize those elements of their lives that they feel are important to the understanding of their personal religiosity. The narrators describe their religiosity within the context of their unique life experiences, giving us stories that reflect not only their religious communities but the personal, social, and historical settings of their lives. Recorded interviews and transcripts are available at

Want to have your story recorded? Email us at, and a member of our research team will set up your interview, either on campus or at your home. The interviews (generally 90 minutes) are informal conversations. You will receive a digital recording of your conversation; the original interview recording and transcription will be stored permanently in the University Library Special Collections, where it will be available to researchers.

For further information, contact Dr. Kathryn McClymond ( or Dr. David Bell (