On the Shelf: New books added to Center for Restoration Studies, University Archives, and Rare Books collections, October 2018

In October our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 183 items to the Center for Restoration Studies, University Archives, ACU Authors, Taylor Hymnals, and general rare books collections.  In nearly every case these were new to us; in some cases these new additions gave us a second copy.  Further, the work performed on some of these items reflects original cataloging, which is a tremendous contribution to knowledge about information resources from and about the Stone-Campbell Movement.

The Library in Daisy Hall, with a Jesse Sewell reading a book at a table and shelves of books around him.

Our goal is a comprehensive research-level collection of print materials by, for, and about the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.  But beyond assembly and preservation, a collection should be discoverable by those who need the information.  Collecting and preserving is only part of our task; those objects must be described and made available.  Thanks to the close and careful work of our colleagues upstairs, who describe our holdings, these materials are now discoverable. By discoverable I mean a patron can utilize our online catalog (such as by searching by author, or title, or subject) to find these materials.

183 new items…cataloged, shelved, and ready for research:

Abilene Christian University. The Graduate catalog
Intergenerate : transforming churches through intergenerational ministry
Abilene Christian University. Students. Freshman Follies (several VHS tapes)
Abilene Christian University. Students. Sing song (many VHS tapes and LP albums)
Abilene Christian University. Students. Aggie club intramural rodeo (several VHS tapes)
Abilene Christian University. Students. Summer Spotlight
Abilene Christian University. Prickly pear.
Knapp, Deborah, Special report
Fang, Berlin, Guo sheng shi dai de xue xi = Design thinking
Heflin, Houston, Pray like you breathe : exploring the practice of breath prayer
Hamilton, Mark W. Meditations for the lone traveler : the life of faith in a changing world
The living pulpit : sermons that illustrate preaching in the Stone-Campbell Movement 1968-2018
Transformations at the edge of the world : forming global Christians through the study abroad experience
Wilsted, Thomas, Planning new and remodeled archival facilities
Bastian, Jeannette A., Archives in Libraries : What Librarians and Archivists Need to Know to Work Together
Teaching with primary sources
Archival and special collections facilities : guidelines for archivists, librarians, architects, and engineers
Hackbart-Dean, Pam, How to manage processing in archives and special collections
O’Meara, Erin, Digital preservation essentials
Thompson, Enid T. Local history collections : a manual for librarians
Corley, Monte. Creative ideas for Bible discovery : a complete make-and-do guide for teachers
Corley, Monte. Games for Bible discovery : a complete make-and-do guide for teachers
Puppets for Bible discovery : a complete make-and-do guide for teachers
Palmer, Peggy, Crafts for Bible discovery : a complete make-and-do guide for teachers
Bryan, Alan M. (Alan Malone), The meaning of prayer
There’s more to this story… and yours too.
Groves, Burt. Participating in God’s nature : giving generously
Stephen, Matt. In His service : educators serving God and his children
Copeland, J. V., Charles Holder (1873-1961) : pioneer preacher in the Sequatchie Valley
Dowling, Enos Everett, Mark
Ferguson, Gordon, Prepared to answer
Sermons that need to be preached
Wolfe, Marge, Witness to the wonder : an open letter to the Church of Christ
McCullough, Russ, Emerging towards apostasy : a documented effective analysis of post-modern, evangelical, and patristic influences upon departing Churches of Christ
Binkley, Sam, Effective preaching as Paul did it
Coats, Wayne, Go to the Lipscomb lectures and learn how to promote incest
Dull, C. J. Intellectual faction and groupings of the Independent Christian Churches
Evangelism amoung the deaf.
Barrie, Douglas Alexander, A history of the Christian Churches and Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Alberta, Canada
Miller, Clarice, Central Christian Church early history
Baird, W. David, A 75-year history of the Edmond Church of Christ (1922-1997)
Four States Lectures The ninth annual four states lectures.
Four States Lectures The tenth annual four states lectures.
Four States Lectures The eleventh annual four states lectures.
Four States Lectures The nineteenth annual four states lectures.
Maxey, Mark. From here to there : my story
Apostolic doctrine.
Broadway bulletin.
Hill, Charles Elledge. Upon this rock
The gospel standard.
Bales, James D., The God killer? Altizer and his “Christian atheism.”
Bales, James D., A dictionary of Communist English.
Hill, Albert, (Albert Ross), On the move with bus evangelism
Yocum, Lynn D. 1979 missionary pictorial supplement
Meyers, Robert Rex, Voices of concern; critical studies in Church of Christism.
McGarvey, J. W. (John William), New commentary on Acts of apostles.
Broking, Darrell L. ACU : changing the unchangeable gospel of Christ
Holloway, Gary, Romans & Galatians : the spirit of Jesus
McGarvey, J. W. (John William), Sermons : delivered in Louisville, Kentucky.
Churches of Christ in the United States : inclusive of her commonwealth and territories
Ice, Rhoderick D. Thirteen lessons on the Gospel of Mark
Ice, Rhoderick D. Thirteen lessons on the Gospel of Mark
Pepperdine University Seaver College catalog.
Bales, James D., The law in the heart
Biblical viewpoints lectureship
Dunn, Franklin Jerome, The New Testament church
Overby, Coleman, Systematic study of Christian development : six months’ course
Intelligence tests and reviews : a monograph consisting of the intelligence sections of the seven Mental measurements yearbooks (1938-72) and Tests in print II (1974)
Lightfoot, Neil R. The parables of Jesus
Inheriting wisdom : readings for today from ancient Christian writers
The books of the Bible : New Testament : NIV.
Murch, James DeForest, The sword and the trowel : exile and restoration
Clevenger, Ernest A., (Ernest Allen), Then and now : a history of West End Church of Christ
Diestelkamp, Leslie (Leslie Eugene), “Here am I, send me” : an autobiography describing forty years of gospel preaching on five continents
Motsinger, Hillery M. Train up a winner
Roady, J. C., What the Church of Christ believes and teaches and why it teaches it
Rowland, Robert H., Economic truths and myths : truths simplified and myths exposed
Bryant, Patti Mattox, Divine choreography
Baird, W. David, Quest for distinction : Pepperdine University in the 20th century
Won by one (musical group) For us all
Christian crusade :   crusading for God and country
Preachers’ and Church Workers’ Forum The role of the woman in the work and worship of the church
My redeemer : a collection of contemporary songs for praise and worship
McKay, Graham. A hymn a day
Rejoice! and sing to the Lord

This just in: Millennial Harbinger issues owned by James Shannon

In late summer we acquired a half-dozen single issues of Millennial Harbinger owned by and addressed to James Shannon.  Three issues are from 1849, one from 1856, and two from 1857 and are in fine condition.  In 1849 Shannon was President of Bacon College in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and from 1856-1859 he was President at Christian University in Canton, Missouri.  Throughout these years he was an ardent defender of slavery and a frequent contributor to church papers such as Alexander Campbell’s Harbinger.

Each issue bears Shannon’s name at the top of the front cover. It is unlikely that Alexander Campbell was involved personally in the hand-addressing of each issue of the Harbinger.  A print shop employee probably penned the names, then bundled issues for each post office, and sent them on their way.  At their destination the postmaster split the bundle and distributed them accordingly.  At year’s end subscribers often had their issues bound to make preservation and reference easier.  Regrettably the covers were almost always stripped off in this process, thereby losing information such as news items, advertisements, or lists of agents who handled subscriptions for the paper.

Front cover, Millennial Harbinger, March 1849, owned by James Shannon

Front cover, Millennial Harbinger, May 1849, owned by James Shannon

Front cover, Millennial Harbinger, June 1849, owned by James Shannon

Back cover, Millennial Harbinger, June 1849, owned by James Shannon

Front cover, Millennial Harbinger, May 1857, owned by James Shannon

Front cover, Millennial Harbinger, July 1857, owned by James Shannon

In bookish terms, these issues are variations of ‘association copies.’ In this case, an association copy is a item owned by “someone of interest in his own right.”*  For this reason, plus the fine condition of the original covers, I sought them for our collection.  In historical terms, these items belonged to a truly significant figure in Stone-Campbell history.  Historian David Edwin Harrell described him as

“the unchallenged leader among Disciples proslavery advocates…probably no other man in the first-generation history of the Disciples came as close to rivaling Alexander Campbell in education, intellectual capacity, and sheer force of personality as Shannon…[He} was also active as a preacher and was regarded by Campbell and many other Disciples leaders as the most brilliant speaker in the brotherhood.”**

How significant it will be to interpret these issues in a museum exhibit or in a class of students.  They forcefully convey the ‘realness’ of the past and the positions Shannon advocated. The January 1856 issues carries an article describing a disturbance at Bethany College among the student body over slavery.

Front cover, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon

Article about a disturbance at Bethany College over slavery, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon

Article about a disturbance at Bethany College over slavery, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon

Article about a disturbance at Bethany College over slavery, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon

Article about a disturbance at Bethany College over slavery, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon

Back cover, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon

The January 1856 issue also bears a pencilled notation concerning the ordination of J. W. McGarvey.  There is also a faint pencil notation on the front cover (see above) calling attention to an article in the issue by C. L. Loos.  Presumably these notations are in Shannon’s hand.

Title page, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon. Notations very likely in Shannon’s hand.

Title page, Millennial Harbinger, January 1856, owned by James Shannon. Notations very likely in Shannon’s hand.

Our normal course of accessioning calls for single issues of periodicals to be foldered,  boxed, and catalogued with other issues of the same journal.  In this case I will accession them as a manuscript collection in Shannon’s name.  What sets these issues apart is Shannon’s ownership and having them in a discrete manuscripts collection will ensure their preservation and visibility to our students and faculty, to the scholarly community, and to the church.

*John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors. New York: Knopf, 1991, 25.

**David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Quest for A Christian America: The Disciples of Christ and American Society to 1866. Nashville: DIsciples of Christ Historical Society, 1966, 122.

Online materials for teaching Restoration Movement history

As an archive embedded within a university, we value the teaching of our history.  We value the practice of teaching as well as the content of the teaching.  We value pedagogy and the raw archival and print materials historians use to teach and write and reflect about the past.  Every so often someone asks if I know of teaching materials online that might be useful for class or personal study.  Usually they want something like a set of class presentations.  If you are looking for something like this, I commend a series now underway by Mike Baker, minister for the Concord Street Church of Christ in Orlando, FL.  He is teaching through Restoration history on Wednesday nights and has uploaded video files and PDFs of his presentations to his congregation’s website.