Digital collection of Stone-Campbell books now features over 300 items

The Stone-Campbell and associated movements from their beginning harnessed the power of the printing press to advocate for religious freedom and theological reform. James O’Kelly in Virginia and North Carolina, Abner Jones and Elias Smith in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, Barton W. Stone in Kentucky and Tennessee, and Thomas and Alexander Campbell with Walter Scott across the Ohio Valley and the Western Reserve employed a steady stream of published tracts, periodicals and books to advance their causes.  Center for Restoration Studies holds thousands of such items.

Total Depravity, a Review of S. A. Paine’s Book, by W. T. Kidwill. Published by Firm Foundation in Austin, Texas, 1909. Worldcat shows only one other known copy.

A few weeks ago we passed a small milestone for our growing online digital collection of Stone-Campbell Movement books, tracts and pamphlets.  Housed at digitalcommons.acu.edu, the collection now holds 329 published items by, from or about these movements, their leaders, shapers, adherents, principles, and values. Each item is available in full-text PDF download and the site is searchable in a number of ways.

The quantity, though, is relatively a minor milestone.  When celebrating a milestone, we gravitate towards numbers like 100, 500 or 1000…not 300.  But reaching this point gives me an opportunity to stress the qualities of this collection rather than celebrate a quantity (be it 300 or 30,000) for its own sake.

We launched this series realizing many Stone-Campbell books are already available on the web, particularly through archive.org, hathitrust.org and Google books.  So we knew right off the bat it was unwise to steward our resources by scanning items that already exist digitally elsewhere.  Instead, I set these goals to guide selection of items for digitization: we want to curate items that 1) are relevant for historical inquiry into the thought and activity of the movement worldwide; 2) unavailable elsewhere online; 3) are held in hard copy by only a few institutions (at least so far as can be known through Worldcat.org); and 4) reflect a wide representation of the movement.

Our goal is to serve scholarship (whether conducted in the academy or for the sake of the church) by preserving and providing excellent sources.  Hosting these materials online, for free, for any and all users, is one way to fulfill this mission.

Here are the most recent additions:

“Directory of Churches of Christ in the Northeast” (1969) 

C. A. Norred, The Bible Teacher: A Training Course For Bible Teachers” 

W.T. Kidwill, Total Depravity by W.T. Kidwill: A Review of S.A. Paine’s Book” 

H. T. Morrison,Twelve Reasons Why I Stand Identified With The People Known As Disciples Of Christ” 

Charles H. Roberson,Spiritual Depression”  

J. Harvey Dykes,The Kingdoms of the World”  

Guy N. Woods,The Menace of the Movies” 

Elbridge B. Linn, The Gods of “Christianity

Elbridge B. Linn,The Obedience of Faith” 

Elbridge B. Linn,The One Faith and The Creeds of Christendom” 

H. Leo Boles, The Second Coming of Christ and “The Millennium

Norman Davidson, A Christian Business Man Writes His Brethren” 

 

 

Track and Field with ACU’s Bobby Morrow

Track and Field with ACU’s Bobby Morrow (1957-58). This reel of news stories about college track and field meets focuses primarily on Abilene Christian College’s Bobby Morrow competing at meets in 1957 and 58. The stories capture scenes from the West Coast Relays in Fresno in 1957, the Texas Relays in Austin in 1957, and the American Business Club Relays in Big Spring in 1958. Throughout, Morrow and the ACC relay team that also included Bill Woodhouse, James Segrest, and Waymond Griggs consistently break records. Among other footage of big names in track and field are scenes of Morrow racing Duke’s Dave Sime in 1958; Morrow and Sime were constant rivals for the title of “Fastest Man in the World.” Although they had both beat each other previously, in this race, Sime wins by a foot and a half.

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Track and Field with ACU's Bobby Morrow 1957-58

Herald of Truth Television Program 65: at Freed-Hardeman College, 1958

Herald of Truth on the road

In the early period of its television ministry, Herald of Truth utilized a variety of talent for programming.  Rather than filming a single regular speaker in a studio, they filmed many television programs on location in the Sunday assemblies of Churches of Christ across the United States.  While these programs focused on the sermon as delivered by the minister of the host congregation, they included singing, prayers, scripture readings and some information about the particular congregation or speaker for the week.

16mm film canister with label, Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

16mm film canister with label, Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Closing program panel, Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Closing program panel, Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

An early film, program 65 was shot at Freed-Hardeman College (now University) in Henderson, Tennessee on November 20-21, 1958.  It describes aspects of the educational philosophy at Freed-Hardeman, showcases some campus facilities, and introduces well-known campus personnel, notably Hubert Allen Dixon (President), E. Claude Gardner (Dean), Willie Claude Hall, Clifford Paul Roland and Olan Hicks (Professors of Bible), Kelley B. Doyle (Chairman, Department of Music) and Frank Van Dyke (Chairman, Department of Bible).  The program is just under twenty-eight minutes in length.

Old Main, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Old Main, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Bible Faculty, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Bible Faculty, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Faculty, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Faculty, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

The speaker for the chapel program is President H. A. Dixon.  His topic is “Youth Problems: Causes and Cures.” Filmed in historic Chapel Hall inside Old Main Administration Building, the program includes singing, a Bible reading, a prayer, and Dixon’s speech.

Student body in Old Main, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Student body in Old Main, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

E. Claude Gardner, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

E. Claude Gardner, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Kelley B. Doyle, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Kelley B. Doyle, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Olan Hicks, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Olan Hicks, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Frank Van Dyke, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Frank Van Dyke, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

H. A. Dixon, President of Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

H. A. Dixon, President of Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

 

This film was digitized by Special Collections staff Donald Simpson, Becca Kello and Mac Ice as part of a larger project involving full archival processing of the Herald of Truth archives.  Comprised of about 500 linear feet of paper-based files (correspondence, administrative records, scripts, ephemera and photographs), audio reels (for radio broadcast) and film reels (for television broadcast), the collection documents over fifty years’ activity of this ministry beginning in 1952 when Abilene’s Highland Church of Christ assumed leadership.

The processing of these analog files and their digitization renders this radio and television programming available again, but on a much wider scale than was available to the nation-wide ministry in the 1950’s and 1960s.  The original radio and television programming aired once and while listeners could (and did) request transcripts, the momentary nature of the broadcast medium meant that if you missed the program you could only read the transcript.  Once this digital archive is available, listeners and viewers around the world will be able–for the first time in decades– to hear radio broadcasts, see television programming, and read scripts on-demand, over and over, at no cost.

Chorus, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Chorus, Freed-Hardeman College, November 20-21, 1958; Herald of Truth Television Film #65. Center for Restoration Studies, Milliken Special Collections, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Using the Collection

We will host the scans of the scripts and photographs, as well as digital versions of the audio and film reels, online for free access.  Site construction is still underway, the archival processing is nearing completion and the digitization process is ongoing.

So, until we have everything in place, we will share items here on this blog.  Click here to see Herald of Truth Television Film 65.  Available are the digitized 28-minute 16mm film, production notes and a script of H. A. Dixon’s chapel address.  We make these materials available, including download, at no cost with the stipulation that they are not to be reproduced (including online) without permission of Abilene Christian University.

This is still a work in progress; we will have a full statement of rights and permissions (we will use CreativeCommons) when the final digital archive is available.  As always, check back often to see what is new.  Feel free to comment below with your memories of Herald of Truth radio or television programming. Should you have any difficulty accessing or viewing any item, contact me directly at mac.ice@acu.edu. Visit Freed-Hardeman University Archives and Special Collections to learn more about their history.