On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, April 2019

In April our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 430 items to the Center for Restoration Studies, Rare Books, and Taylor Hymnals collections.  Some are new to us; in other cases these new additions gave us a second copy.  Some are books, others are tracts, and over half the items added this month (245 items) are A/V in the form of  cassette tape, CD’s, VHS, and a few sets of filmstrips. Further, the work performed on some 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 to build 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.

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

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Foldered & Finished: Elsie Beatrice Green Dement Papers

The Elsie Beatrice Green Dement Papers are ready for researchers. The finding aid for the papers is now available on DigitalCommons@ACU and digitized selections are also available on DigitalCommons@ACU.

Selections from Scrapbook I, Box 1, Elsie Green Dement Papers, 1928-1934. Center for Restoration Studies MS #394. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Elsie Beatrice Green was born to William Hosea Green and Emma Olive Bryant Green on April 28, 1911, in Abilene, Texas. Her father was in charge of the Weather Bureau in Abilene (1909-1945). She attended Abilene Public Schools and graduated from Abilene Christian College with a B.S. in 1932. Elsie taught in schools in Texas, New Mexico, and Alaska after graduating from Abilene Christian College. She married Eugene Dement on May 24, 1951. They lived in New Mexico until they both died on September 14, 1959 following a car accident.

Selections from Scrapbook I, Box 1, Elsie Green Dement Papers, 1928-1934. Center for Restoration Studies MS #394. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

This collection contains a scrapbook (split into two binders) from Elsie’s time as a student at Abilene High School and Abilene Christian College.

Selections from Scrapbook I, Box 1, Elsie Green Dement Papers, 1928-1934. Center for Restoration Studies MS #394. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.


Other resources from ACU Special Collections and Archives related to Abilene High School and Abilene history: