Mixed Up in History, Part 2: Recipes from the Archives

We will participate in Preservation Week 2019 by hosting three preservation-themed webinars in the Special Collections and Archives reading room on the lower level of the ACU Brown Library from 1-2 pm on April 23, 25, and 26.

The one-hour webinars will focus on very practical strategies anyone can employ to preserve their family history.  At each webinar we will feature three different recipes from the archives, primarily drawing on the 1974 Women of ACC Cookbook. If you’re in Abilene please come join us, and if you can’t make it in person we’ll share links so you can watch the webinars online.  We will also share the recipes and some additional historical context about their authors. Below are the first three recipes we’re trying out– stay tuned for more!

Below are the recipes we’ll feature on Thursday, April 25. Join us from 1-2 pm to learn about caring for family keepsakes.

Miss Lillie's cheese chips
From the kitchen of Mrs. Lefty (Blanche) Walker

Blanche Walker was a member of Ko Jo Kai during her time at Abilene Christian College. She married Lefty Walker, pictured below.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1932, yearbook, 1932; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 10, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.


Pink Salad
From the kitchen of Mrs. Leon (Sue) Barr

Donna Sue Barr (1938-2008) was born in Oplin, Texas, and married Leon Barr in 1959. She worked for West Texas Utilities for over a decade and was very active in University Church of Christ in Abilene, TX.

The Hamil Family Funeral Home, photograph courtesy of the family of Donna Sue Barr.

Page 425, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Coca Cola Punch
From the kitchen of Mrs. W. L. (Elsie) Jones

Elise Jone’s husband, W. L. Jones, managed Gandy’s Creamery in Abilene from the late 1950s into the 1960s. Perhaps she used products from the creamery when developing her recipes.

R.L. Polk & Co. Polk’s Abilene (Taylor County, Texas) City Directory, 1963, book, 1964; Dallas, Texas, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 15, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Check back soon for more recipes and history!

Mixed Up in History, Part 1: Recipes from the Archives

We will participate in Preservation Week 2019 by hosting three preservation-themed webinars in the Special Collections and Archives reading room on the lower level of the ACU Brown Library from 1-2 pm on April 23, 25, and 26.

The one-hour webinars will focus on very practical strategies anyone can employ to preserve their family history.  At each webinar we will feature three different recipes from the archives, primarily drawing on the 1974 Women of ACC Cookbook. If you’re in Abilene please come join us, and if you can’t make it in person we’ll share links so you can watch the webinars online.  We will also share the recipes and some additional historical context about their authors. Below are the first three recipes we’re trying out– stay tuned for more!

Below are the recipes we’ll feature on Tuesday, April 23. Join us from 1-2 pm to learn about preserving your family history.

Fudge, Can't Miss
From the kitchen of Marie Wilmeth and Mrs. J. P. (Maxie) Sewell

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1948, yearbook, 1948, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Thank you to Librarian Shan Martinez for sharing her research on Dr. Wilmeth.

[Portrait of Mrs. Jesse P. Sewell], photograph, 198u, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 158, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Cheezies 
From the kitchen of Mrs. Ernest (Opal) Walls

Opal Kathleen Sloan Walls contributed this recipe shortly after she and her husband, Ernest Walls, moved to Abilene in retirement to be near family and friends.

Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1938, book, February 1938; Abilene, Texas, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Opal (Sloan) Walls taught children’s literature and art methods at Abilene Christian College for several summers during the 1930s.

The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 78, No. 48, Ed. 1, Friday, March 30, 1990, newspaper, March 30, 1990; Abilene, Texas, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Mrs. Walls was active in the Abilene community, including serving as the vice president for publicity for the Friends of the ACU Library board for the 1990-1991 school year.

Page 7, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Hot Cherry Punch
From the kitchen of Mrs. Lefty (Blanche) Walker

Blanche Walker was a member of Ko Jo Kai during her time at Abilene Christian College. She married Lefty Walker, pictured below.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1932, yearbook, 1932; Abilene, Texas, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.


Page 18, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Check back soon for more recipes and history!

This Just In: Congregational Histories

A few days ago a donor sent us another box of wonderful books that will fill in many gaps in our collection. Among those books are several congregational histories. These, too, are a welcome addition. Each one is new to us and as a lot they represent a very wide ideological, chronological, and geographical spectrum. Tip O’Neill remarked ‘All politics is local.’ In a similar way, all history is local, and congregational histories document how people lived out their convictions as an assembly.  They are vital sources of information.  Intellectual and social histories of the Restoration Movement provide one kind of analysis; congregational history provide another. In congregational life and history and practice we see the general rules proved time and again; or we can see exceptions and variations. Sometimes we may see both in the same congregation. In every case, the congregational history, and the congregational historian, makes this kind of analysis possible. For this reason we want very much to preserve a robust collection of congregational histories.

We file them in a subset of our vertical files. Within the collections of Center for Restoration Studies we have a set each of biographical, congregational, missions or world churches, organizational, and subject files. We catalog books with a Dewey number and shelve them; materials that cannot be easily or safely shelved need another storage method. A vertical file is an ideal storage method for items that are small, thin, ephemeral, or for some other reason cannot or should not go on a shelf. Rather, they go in folders in a file cabinet. While a Dewey number gives us access to books (search for an item in the online catalog, find it, then locate the number and go to the shelf), a vertical file gets a finding aid. The folders are arranged in some kind of order (often alphabetical) and each one is listed in a document. That document is published or made available to the public so researchers can read or scan (or search) the document and locate the desired folder.  Then we go to the right drawer in the file cabinet and bring them just what they need.  Our congregational files are arranged in alphabetical order by state, then by city within each state, then by congregation in each city. Items in a vertical file usually are not cataloged or described at the item level. In the case of our vertical files, if a researcher can discover we have a file for a particular person, congregation, organization or subject, then that usually gets them far enough along in the discovery process.  This provides a reliable way to manage the information and get the item in the hands of the researcher.  It is also scalable: we can easily grow and expand the collection when new items like these come in.

So, thanks to a generous donor, here are the newest additions. When we update the finding aid it will be available here.

High Street Church of Christ, Akron Ohio

Church of Christ, Alice, Texas

Gatton Church of Christ, Gatton, Queensland, Australia

Alleghany Church of Christ, Christiansburg, Virginia

First Christian Church, Frankfort, Kentucky

Ninth Avenue Church of Christ, Haleyville, Alabama

Salem Church of Christ, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Highland Street Church of Christ, Memphis, Tennessee

Eastside Church of Christ, Midwest City, Oklahoma

First Christian Church, Nevada, Missouri

Southgate Church of Christ, San Angelo, Texas