The Nora H. Faires Papers present a broad sketch of the academic career of Dr. Faires. The bulk of her research and documentation concerns German congregations that are located within the Pittsburgh region and was the subject of her dissertation. Included in her papers are a variety of primary sources from the congregations, as well as her own notes and thoughts. She was planning on revisiting the churches of Pittsburgh in a book,
The Splintered Cross, with much of her research re-examining the congregations she had looked at in her dissertation. Thus, there is some overlap in research between these two series, though the research she gained in
The Splintered Cross is different from that of her dissertation. However, the files for
The Splintered Cross project contain a variety of primary sources along with many of her notes which provide a variety of information on the topic but also a window into the creative process.
While the bulk of Dr. Faires papers represent her research on the German immigrant community, it does not include her research materials on the various subjects represented by her academic publications, such as the Great Lakes region, Canada and African-Americans. They do however contain a variety of academic papers she presented throughout her career, which serves to give a broader sense of her academic interests.