Finding Aid Roundup: 2022 Year in Review

2022 saw growth across the board in ACU Special Collections and Archives, and new archival accessions and finding aids for these materials were no exception. We added 61 accessions to the collection and added or updated 99 PDF finding aids to our DigitalCommons@ACU repository. These new accessions contain material of almost every type and kind: from sermon manuscripts and teaching notes to correspondence, from photographs to magnetic audio reels, and from church records to university records.

61 accessions into University Archives and Center for Restoration Studies

These accessions include new acquisitions, accruals to existing collections, and maintaining records for existing record groups. The total materials accessioned this year totaled over 730 linear feet. 

Center for Restoration Studies new finding aids, 614 linear feet

  1. Pat Hardcastle Papers, 1945-1967, CRS MS#527
  2. Donas Jackson Haymes Papers, 1940s-2019, CRS MS#534
  3. Lawrence S. Steinmetz Papers, 1964-1998, CRS MS#538
  4. Omar Truman Burleson Papers, 1947-1979, CRS MS#548
  5. G. W. Nicholas Papers, 1943-1944, CRS MS#550
  6. Paul Felix Edwards Papers, 1935-1962, CRS MS#551
  7. Sheryl Taylor Curlee Papers, 1855-2022, CRS MS#552
  8. Highland Oaks Church of Christ (Dallas, TX) Records, 1855-2022, CRS MS#553
  9. Michael Robbins Weed Papers, 1970-2015, CRS MS#554
  10. Harold L. Scott, 1952-2017, CRS MS#555
  11. Charles Danny and Judith Lynne Snow Anders Papers, 1954-1985, CRS MS#557
  12. Howard Wayne and Jane Pearce Norton Papers, 1930-2022, CRS MS#558
  13. Billy Dale Dillon Papers, 1993-2020, CRS MS#559
  14. George Arthur Mester Papers, 1960s-1970s, CRS MS#560
  15. Irvington (Indianapolis, Indiana) Church of Christ Records, 1949-1953, CRS MS#561
  16. Stuart Craig Churchill Papers, 1994-2006, CRS MS#562
  17. Helen Morey Papers, 1981-1987, CRS MS#563
  18. Joe Wiley Akins and Shirley Gardner Akins Barber Papers, 1943-1948, CRS MS#564
  19. Stanley Lockhart Papers, 1977-2005, CRS MS#565
  20. J. F. Doggett Papers, 1940s, CRS MS#566
  21. Weldon Cannon Papers, 1952-2022, CRS MS#567
  22. Arthur Emmitt Burnett Papers, 1926-1954, CRS MS#568
  23. John and Catherine Pennisi Papers, 1974-2011, CRS MS#569
  24. Mildred DeSpain Stovall Carson Papers, 1926-1994, CRS MS#570
  25. Walter and Mary Nelle Kreidel Papers, 1965-1996, CRS MS#571
  26. Robert Dean Crutchfield Papers, 1964-1971, CRS MS#573
  27. Luther and Jean Marsh Papers, 1944-2001, CRS MS#574

Center for Restoration Studies revised finding aids, 551.35 linear feet

  1. Blue Ridge Encampment Papers, 1952-2002, CRS MS#38
  2. Central Church of Christ (Nashville, TN) Records, 1925-1969, CRS MS#39
  3. Robert S. Bell Papers, 1936-1988, CRS MS#40
  4. James Sterling Dunn Papers, 1892-1922, CRS MS#41
  5. James Burton Coffman Papers, 1901-1990, CRS MS#44
  6. Ira Young Rice Jr. Papers, 1943-1946, CRS MS#45
  7. Vernon A. and Ruthe Thompson Jackson Papers, 1955-2012, CRS MS#46
  8. Howard Patrick Horton Papers, 1947-2000, CRS MS#47
  9. A. M. Morris Papers, 1869-1977, CRS MS#48
  10. Luther Lamar Plunket Papers, 1960-2000, CRS MS#49
  11. Alfred Ellmore Papers, 1888-1915, CRS MS#56
  12. Slater Family Papers, 1928-2016, CRS MS#57
  13. Claud Francis Witty Papers, 1907-1948, CRS MS#58
  14. Robert McMillan Randolph Papers, 1930-2015, CRS MS#61
  15. Carl Herbert Stem Papers, 1967-1997, CRS MS#62
  16. Hillsboro Church of Christ (Hillsboro, TN) Records, 1957-2004, CRS MS#64
  17. Jack Welch Papers, 1896-1961, CRS MS#65
  18. Leroy Garrett Papers, 1947-2004, CRS MS#66
  19. John Franklin Wolfe Papers, 1939-2001, CRS MS#67
  20. Elmer and Bessie Lorene Chambers Patterson Papers, 1948-1984, CRS MS#68
  21. Kenney Carl Moser Papers, 1922-2000, CRS MS#69
  22. Horace Glen and Emma Dott Forsythe Coffman Papers, 1929-2001, CRS MS#70
  23. Edward Dean Clutter Papers, 1958-2001, CRS MS#71
  24. James Meadows, 1978-2002, CRS MS#72
  25. Reece Vernon Boyd Papers, 1894-2016, CRS MS#73
  26. Orlando Clayton Lambert Papers, 1918-1956, CRS MS#74
  27. Edward William Fudge Papers, 1969-2012, CRS MS#76
  28. Walter Ellis Burch, Jr. Papers, 1956-2006, CRS MS#77
  29. Joe Mac Lynn Papers, 1980-2000s, CRS MS#79
  30. George Stuart Benson Papers, 1955-1983, CRS MS#81
  31. James David Bales Papers, 1938-1991, CRS MS#82
  32. John Ridley Stroop Papers, 1859-2002, CRS MS#83
  33. Robert Henry Boll Papers, 1948-2012, CRS MS#84
  34. Joseph C. Malone Papers, 1925-1999, CRS MS#87
  35. John Lee Norris, 1927-1952, CRS MS#88
  36. Minter Lane Church of Christ Records, 1951-2004, CRS MS#89
  37. Jacob Vincent Papers, 1959-1995, CRS MS#90
  38. Global Campaigns (Abilene, TX) Records, 1981-1994, CRS MS#91
  39. Lester Clois Fowler Papers, 1920-2003, CRS MS#92
  40. Douglas LeCroy Papers, 1908-1993 CRS MS#95
  41. Restoration Forum Records, 1987-2007, CRS MS#97
  42. Rochester College Tape Collection, 1977-1985, CRS MS#99
  43. Ralph Clair Yadon Papers, 1920-1950, CRS MS#102
  44. Francis M. Churchill Papers, 1977-1992, CRS MS#103
  45. Harvie Mac Pruitt Papers, 1918-1967, CRS MS#104
  46. Leonard Ginther Wymore Papers, 1909-2010, CRS MS#108
  47. Robert Woodward Papers, 1980-2008, CRS MS#151
  48. Otis Gatewood Papers, 1910-1999, CRS MS#164
  49. Thomas Alexander Langford Papers, 1950-2011, CRS MS#189
  50. Paul Marlin Tucker Papers, 1940s-2000s, CRS MS#192
  51. John N. Clayton Papers, 1977-1990, CRS MS#208 
  52. James R. Fife, 1957-1983, CRS MS#241
  53. James T. Barclay Papers, 1807-1876, CRS MS#292
  54. Ernest Leo Stumbo Papers, circa 1940s-1970s, CRS MS#300
  55. Albert George Lemmons Papers, 1855-2014, CRS MS#301
  56. Epifanius Stephan Bilak Papers, 1974-1991, CRS MS#302
  57. Cooper’s Chapel Church of Christ Collection, 1950-1980, CRS MS#303
  58. Robert Carl Spain Papers, 1920s-1990, CRS MS#306
  59. Hezekiah Rastus “H. R.” Stringer Papers, 1918-2010, CRS MS#307
  60. National Conference on Youth Ministries Collection, 2012-2013, CRS MS#308
  61. Clifton Leslie Rogers Papers, 1941-1990, CRS MS#309
  62. Richard Barr Collection, 1975-2005, CRS MS#310
  63. Larry M. James Papers, 1975-2001, CRS MS#312
  64. Carladean Thompson Papers, 1955-2013, CRS MS#313
  65. Brush Run Church Collection, 1811-1950, CRS MS#314
  66. Jerry Wood Hill Papers, 1959-2014, CRS MS#319
  67. Bill D. Hoffman Collection, 1926-1957, CRS MS#393
  68. John Wilkins Papers, 2000-2010, CRS MS#428
  69. Timothy W. Bench Papers, 2012-2022, CRS MS#440
  70. Joe Allen Wilson Papers, 1960-1981, CRS MS#510
  71. Artie Odell Collins Papers, circa 1970s-2000s, CRS MS#511
  72. Week of Compassion Records, 1996-2005, CRS MS#524

Stay tuned to see where 2023 takes us! As always, if you see something above that piques your interest or could be useful for your research please get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking about; we’d love to help!

On the Shelf: 2022 Year in Review

Each month I check in here to provide updates about the growth and development of our print collections.  We steward several print collections of books, periodicals (both bound and loose issues), tracts, and pamphlets.  We also catalog audio, video, and digital materials in several formats which were/are published or otherwise widely distributed; nearly all of them are either produced by the University or are Stone-Campbell-related.  These are discoverable through the online library catalog.  As an aside, we have tens of thousands of A/V items (reels and cassettes, mostly) in our archival collections.  These items are usually not published or mass-produced, such as sermons delivered at congregations.  These are discoverable, in varying degrees, through the finding aids we create for each collection.

Callie Faye Milliken (Special Collections Librarian) and Dr. John Stevens (President) at the beginning of the transfer of books from the ‘old’ library in Chambers Hall to the ‘new’ Brown Library. Dr. Stevens, holding a rare copy of Biblia Sacra, led a procession of students and faculty carrying volumes into the new facility. From

In nearly every case, when we add items to print collections, the new catalog records are also pushed over to Worldcat so they are globally discoverable.  Many of the Stone-Campbell items we preserve have never been cataloged before, so each month in my blog posts I call attention to how original cataloging is a tremendous contribution to knowledge about information resources from and about the Stone-Campbell Movement.  Additionally, I am always looking out for variant editions and printings of Stone-Campbell items so our collection represents the full breadth of our publishing activities.  These variations are also noted in the catalog records.

As we begin 2023, with great thanks to our colleagues and student workers in Technical Services, we can reflect on the addition of 4149 items* to our print collections. Thank you to Shan Martinez and Susannah Barrington who created hundreds of original records, did or supervised students in doing copy cataloging (for multiple hundreds of records) and supervising several student employees to make sure the cataloging tasks were completed accurately and in a timely way.  Shan’s work in 2022 is especially significant in that she–again– cataloged box upon box of unbound periodicals this past year, and led a team of student workers to get everything processed, labelled, verified, and ready for our shelves.

*Some of these ‘items’ in my monthly lists are in reality only the titles of items which in the case of loose periodical issues represent many, many (many) more ‘items’ than might be readily apparent.  Some ‘items’ are multi-part video sets or multi-volume sets of books, but to keep the already-long monthly lists a bit more manageable, I edit out the duplicative titles. However, each physical item gets a barcode and call number, so there is considerably more wok going on than meets the eye, even with such a large quantity of items as is listed.  For example, unbound periodical issues present a storage and cataloging challenge.  We store them in boxes (often multiple titles in a single box when we only have a few issues of a title), number the boxes, and when the box contents are cataloged, these box numbers function like a call number.  The boxes vary in size from custom archival boxes (about 10 x 13 x 4 in thick) to standard-sized bankers boxes with a few larger boxes here and there.  The cataloging work involves collation, arrangement, storage, and description, so there is quite a bit more work to cataloging these than you might realize.  Mac and student workers accomplished some of this, but Shan’s work at the point of cataloging is an added layer of verification of arrangement and description.  In 2022 we began at box 824 and now are filling box 831 for the cataloged titles.  This has been a years-long project that looks like we will complete in 2023…at least we will probably complete the backlog of uncataloged items.  By the way. some bulletins (single issues especially) are not cataloged but are filed in the Congregational Vertical File.  Of course, we hope to acquire more and are perfectly content knowing the work will never truly be ‘finished.’

Here are the breakdowns of the number of items added by month in 2022.  If you’d like to see the titles and authors, browse these lists.

January: 426

February: 379

March: 497

April: 182

May: 364

June: 424

July: 604

August: 341

September: 317

October: 366

November: 218

December: 31

In order to prepare new items for our colleagues in Technical Services, I determine whether the item is within our collecting scope.  If not it goes to our colleagues for evaluation for possible addition to the circulating collection.  But if it is in scope, a student worker (I do this often, too) verifies whether we have the item already cataloged.  If not, we add it to the workflow to be cataloged.  If we already have a copy I compare its condition against the one on the shelf.  I also look for variant editions, printings, bindings, or other features (such as an author’s signature or gift inscription) that merit inclusion or a special note.   If the new book is in better condition that the shelved copy, I replace the worn copy.  If it is in comparable condition, it might go in the queue for scanning or digitization, or I offer it for the circulating collection, or trade to another library.  We then take the items upstairs to Technical Services along with instructions for catalogers: where it should be cataloged (into the CRS collection or another sub-collection within rare books), who the donor is, and whether cataloging should make special note of any edition or printing or provenance.  When the catalogers finish, our student workers lead the way in making sure items are shelved, and I or Amanda assist when needed.

Not only do these new (and new-to-us) titles represent the fine cataloging work of our colleagues and their staff, they represent dozens of donors who wanted to see the collection grow in scope, utility, breadth, and depth.  They believe in the power of library collections and have chipped in to make this collection a much better one.  We do not yet know how students and researchers will utilize these materials, but we look forward to the contribution they will make to our history.  And we look forward to what 2023 will bring to the shelves.



On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, December 2022

In December our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 31 items to Special Collections holdings.  Almost all were unbound REST periodical titles.  Other additions include two new REST monographs, two monographs for ACU Authors collection, one for ACU Archive, and three titles went into our staff reference collection.

Compared to past months, December was slow and considering the pace we sustained all year…a slow December was a welcome relief.

Callie Faye Milliken (Special Collections Librarian) and Dr. John Stevens (President) at the beginning of the transfer of books from the ‘old’ library in Chambers Hall to the ‘new’ Brown Library. Dr. Stevens, holding a rare copy of Biblia Sacra, led a procession of students and faculty carrying volumes into the new facility. From

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.

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