Guide to the Rachel Dobson Papers

Guide to the Rachel Dobson Papers

Record Group 231

Date Span: 1915, 2017

Extent: 4 files (three of which are digital)

Physical Description: Short Col = 1 ff.

Biographical Sketch: Rachel Dobson, Communications Specialist and Visual Resources Curator at The University of Alabama, Dept of Art & Art History, is a scholar of Pentecostalism in early 20th century Alabama. Her great grandfather, Lafayette "Fate" Snellgrove, was an early minister of the Assembly of God church.

The Assembly of God Church was incorporated in April 1914 at Hot Springs, Arkansas. Snellgrove was ordained in October 1914, receiving his certificate of ordination dated November 24, 1915.

Snellgrove had grown up in the Victoria settlement of Coffee County, AL, lived in the Gilley Precinct near Wicksburg, Houston County, Alabama, and was ordained in Florala, Alabama.

(sources: Email, Rachel Dobson to Marty Olliff, December 18, 2007; "Assemblies of God USA," Wikipedia, accessed May 26, 2017,

Scope / Content Note: Digital image (jpg) of Lafayette Snellgrove's certificate of ordination housed online and one copy of The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History, January 2017, containing an article by Ms. Dobson and autographed by her.  Also contains a digital copy of her Alabama Review article.

Provenance:  Alabama Review editor Rob Riser provided a digital image of Dobson's article, "A Cloud of Witnesses: Family and Community in Early Twentieth Century Wiregrass Pentecostal Evangelism," Alabama Review 70, no. 1 (January 2017): 50-82.

Additional Material:  Dobson's University of Alabama SLIS "LibGuide" entitled "Early Pentecostalism in Alabama," accessed May 30, 2017,  URL

Preferred Citation: Rachel Dobson Collection, RG 231, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Access/User Limits? Open per gift agreement, 5/26/2017

Proc Date:  5/30/2017

Processor: MTO




231 17-0526 001:  Short coll
Autographed copy, The Alabama Review 70, no. 1 (January 2017)


231 17-0526 002: online
Digital copy of Lafayette "Fate" Snellgrove Assembly of God Ordination Certificate, 1915 (thumbnail links to JPG).


231 17-0526 003:  online
Digital copy of Rachel Dobson, "A Cloud of Witnesses: Family and Community in Early Twentieth Century Wiregrass Pentecostal Evangelism" (thumbnail links to PDF).


231 17-0526 004: online
Digital copy, Acknowledgements page for "A Cloud of Witnesses" (thumbnail links to PDF).