New exhibit: A Century of Great Songs: E. L. Jorgenson’s Remarkable Hymnal

Our newest exhibit, A Century of Great Songs: E. L. Jorgenson’s Remarkable Hymnal, has been installed and is ready for viewing in our main display area. It features one of the most enduring hymnals of the Restoration Movement. E. L. Jorgenson’s Great Songs of the Church was a decade in the making and it remained in print for over seventy years. This exhibit celebrates the centennial of the 1921 publication of this landmark hymnal through displays of each edition of the hymnal, background information, ephemera, and photographs plus links to several additional sources and media.

Installed and ready for viewing in our main display area is a new exhibit featuring one of the most enduring hymnals of the Restoration Movement.  E. L. Jorgenson’s Great Songs of the Church was a decade in the making and it endured in print for over seventy years.  This exhibit celebrates the centennial of the 1921 publication of this landmark hymnal through displays of each edition of the hymnal, background information, ephemera, and photographs plus links to several additional sources and media.

Great Songs of the Church. A Comprehensive Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of First Rank, Suitable for all Services of the Church. Alphabetically Arranged. E. L. Jorgenson, Compiler. First edition. Word and Work: Louisville, 1921. Green cover with round notes.

Great Songs of the Church. A Comprehensive Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of First Rank, Suitable for all Services of the Church. Alphabetically Arranged. E. L. Jorgenson, Compiler. First edition. Word and Work: Louisville, 1921. Green cover with round notes.

 

On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, August 2021

In August our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added over 440 items to the ACU Authors and Center for Restoration Studies collections including 69 new items to the Taylor Hymnal Collection.  Some of the additions are newly published, others are new-to-us, and still others represent a second copy or a new-to-us edition or printing.  Many of the entries this month are of tracts and pamphlets with a few more periodical titles for which we have unbound issues.  The work on unbound periodical issues continues (some titles have just a few issues, others several boxes worth) and the resumption of work on tracts is a great boon.  We have just at 4000 tracts already foldered and several boxes in the queue once cataloging of all 4000 is complete.  As of September 1 about 2300 are fully cataloged and another 200-300 are currently in various stages of cataloging.  When this is complete we will tackle the backlog of tracts and booklets…several boxes worth.  I anticipate very few of these will be held by any other institution, so the original cataloging will see an uptick in coming months.  Sorting the backlogged boxes is almost complete so when the catalogers are ready, we will be ready as well.  I expect future installments of this monthly post will include many more tracts, pamphlets and booklets.  While these are too slim or small to stand on a shelf, they are a significant witness to Restoration thought.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1952, yearbook, 1952; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

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.

440 new items…cataloged, shelved, and ready for research:  Continue reading

Finding Aid Round Up

We’ve been busy writing finding aids for recent acquisitions and revising finding aids for sets of papers already in our holdings. You can browse all of our collections on DigitalCommons. See something below that piques your interest or could be useful for your research? Get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking about; we’d love to help!


James Marion, Jr. and Kathryn Adelaide Kerby Tolle Collection, 1559-1952, MS#448 [Revised Finding Aid]
James Marion Tolle, Jr. was born in Amarillo, Texas on October 22, 1915. Kathryn Adelaide Kerby was born in 1924 and the couple married on July 6, 1959. James attended Lipscomb College and the University of Tampa, Florida. He also did graduate work at George Peabody College and Los Angeles State. He preached throughout Tennessee, Florida, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. James died on June 22, 2005 and Kathryn died January 22, 2013. This collection includes correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts collected by the Tolles. Some of the materials have original autographs.

Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, autograph music manuscript, James Marion, Jr. and Kathryn Adelaide Kerby Tolle Collection, 1559-1952. Center for Restoration Studies MS #448. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Morris Dupree Norman Papers, 1948-2012, MS#461 [Revised Finding Aid]
This collection includes Morris Dupree Norman’s files for preaching and teaching, including annotated research, typewritten and handwritten sermons, teaching notes, and church bulletins.

11th and Willis Church of Christ Collection, 1986-1991, MS#472 [Revised Finding Aid]
The South 11th and Willis Church of Christ is located in Abilene, Texas. These records include cassette tapes of sermons and one DVD. Many of the tapes are of V. E. Howard as broadcast on the International Gospel Hour

Alice Carlson Papers, 1946-1989, MS#489 [Revised Finding Aid]
The Alice Carlson Papers contain 1 box of materials from Carlson’s ministry as a Sunday School teacher. Carlson’s lesson plans, study notes, and other church-related material are arranged in the order in which they were received.

“Year Six – Spring, Bible Reading Guide April – June, Prophets, Psalms,” Box 1, Alice Carlson Papers, 1946-1989. Center for Restoration Studies MS #489. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Everett Oscar Coffman Papers, 1928-1934, MS#514 [New Finding Aid]
Everett Oscar Coffman (1882-1973) was born in Tennessee and eventually attended Abilene Christian College. He was a preacher in the Church of Christ and worked in the Lawrence County, Tennessee school system. These papers include one loose-leaf notebook of typed sermon outlines.


Stay tuned for more installments of Finding Aid Round Ups!