Foldered & Finished: Thomas Wesley Rogers Papers

The Thomas Wesley Rogers Papers (1962-1985) are processed and ready for researchers. The finding aid for the papers and digitized selections are now available on DigitalCommons@ACU.

The Korean Reporter newsletter December 1965, Box 1, File #2, Thomas Wesley Rogers Papers, 1962-1985. Center for Restoration Studies MS #271. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Thomas Wesley Rogers was born on September 30, 1900, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham–Southern College (Birmingham, Alabama) in 1927, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) in 1928, and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University (Chicago, Illinois) in 1948. Rogers served as a professor and taught business and economics at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) from 1928-1929, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) from 1929-1941, and as a visiting professor at David Lipscomb College (Nashville, Tennessee), and the University of Texas (Austin, Texas). He also worked as an economist for the American Finance Corporation (1938-1964). Rogers served as an elder and as the Chair of the Missions Committee at the Otter Creek Church of Christ (Nashville, Tennessee).

The Korean Reporter July-August 1966 newsletter, Box 1, File #3, Thomas Wesley Rogers Papers, 1962-1985. Center for Restoration Studies MS #271. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

This collection includes correspondence with missionaries, mission reports (e.g., The Korean Reporter), and financial records concerning Churches of Christ mission work in Korea, and Korea Christian College (1962-1971). These materials were arranged and annotated by Thomas Wesley Rogers while serving as the Chair of the Missions Committee at Otter Creek Church of Christ (Nashville, Tennessee). Additionally, there are bulletins from the Otter Creek Church of Christ (1970; 1980-1985).


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Folder & Finished: William Mardell Lynch Papers

The William Mardell Lynch Papers (1939-2003) are processed and ready for researchers. The finding aid for the papers is now available on DigitalCommons@ACU and several items from the collection are digitized and available on DigitalCommons@ACU.

Sermon outline for Immortality, Box 11, Folder I, 1st drawer, William Mardell Lynch Papers, 1915-2003. Center for Restoration Studies MS #16. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

William Mardell Lynch was a Church of Christ preacher and writer. He began preaching in Memphis, Tennessee in 1939. He also wrote articles for the Gospel Advocate and other publications. In addition, he self-published two short books in 1956, “The Tobacco Tormentors” and “The Hydrogen Bomb and our Most Effective Defense Against It.”

Sermon outline for Is it Possible to be Religious and not be a Christian?, Box 11, Folder R, 1st drawer, William Mardell Lynch Papers, 1915-2003. Center for Restoration Studies MS #16. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

​This collection contains some of the personal and professional papers of William Mardell Lynch, including correspondence, research materials, photographs, and church bulletins. The collections is housed in 29 boxes and contains 6 series.

Foldered & Finished: Richard F. Baggett Papers

The Richard F. Baggett Papers are ready for researchers. An updated finding aid and digitized selections from the collection are now available on DigitalCommons@ACU.

Report- April 1-June 8, 1952, folder 1, Richard F. Baggett Papers, 1952. Center for Restoration Studies MS #261. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Richard F. Baggett graduated from Harding College in 1949. Richard and his wife, Mary, served as missionaries in Japan from 1950-1955, and 1956-1958. The focus of their work was training native preachers, establishing churches, teaching Bible at Ibaraki Christian College, and holding gospel meetings. The Baggetts were financially supported by the Coleman Avenue Church of Christ (Memphis, Tennessee), and the Union Avenue Church of Christ (Memphis, Tennessee).

Report- June 9-July 25, 1952, folder 1, Richard F. Baggett Papers, 1952. Center for Restoration Studies MS #261. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

This collection includes two reports from Richard F. Baggett, an American who was serving as a Churches of Christ missionary in Japan. Baggett mentions preaching in Japanese for the first time without the assistance of an interpreter, describes gospel meetings, discusses the presence of communists, and addresses accusations that those operating Ibaraki Christian College were premillennialists.

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