Foldered & Finished: James Walton Shepherd Papers

The James Walton Shepherd Papers (1827-2003) are processed and ready for researchers. The finding aid for the papers and digitized selections are now available on DigitalCommons@ACU.

Page one of letter from James A. Harding to James Walton Shepherd dated 5 June 1895, Box 1, Folder Harding, James A., James Walton Shepherd Papers, 1827-2002. Center for Restoration Studies MS #230. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

James Walton Shepherd was born near Lexington, Kentucky, on August 18, 1861. He was converted under the teaching of James A. Harding and attended the College of the Bible (Lexington, Kentucky) where he studied under J. W. McGarvey, I. B. Grubbs, and Robert Graham. Shepherd preached in the U.S. and engaged in mission work in Australia and New Zealand (c. 1888-1892). He later served as the librarian at Nashville Bible School, office manager of the Gospel Advocate, and editor of the Christian Leader. He published multiple books, and edited five volumes of David Lipscomb’s notes on the New Testament. He died at age 86 on July 27, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan.

First page of letter from John Moody McCaleb to V M Metcalfe dated 31 January 1896, Box 1, Folder McCaleb, John Moody, James Walton Shepherd Papers, 1827-2002. Center for Restoration Studies MS #230. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

This collection includes correspondence to and from Shepherd, and personal journals he  kept for several years. Two of these journals (1889 and 1891) describe Shepherd’s time as a missionary in Australia and New Zealand. There are also notes from his time as a student at the College of the Bible and biographical information. The collection also includes correspondence between Mary (Shepherd’s daughter) and Claude French, and correspondence to and from Mary concerning her father in his older age.  The two letters featured here, and several more, are now available for browsing and download at DigitalCommons@ACU.

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.

Folder & Finished: Ila Duncan Sewell Papers

The Ila Duncan Sewell Papers (1921-1924) are processed and ready for researchers. The finding aid for the papers is now available on DigitalCommons@ACU and digitized selections are also available on DigitalCommons@ACU.

Scrapbook page 5, 1921-1924, Ila Duncan Sewell Papers, 1921-1924. Center for Restoration Studies MS#399. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

​Ila Christine Duncan received an A.B. from Abilene Christian College in 1924, and married Jesse Mac Sewell on December 30, 1926, in El Paso, Texas. She taught English in Ysleta High School (El Paso, Texas), and later received an M.A. from Texas Western College of the University of Texas (later named the University of Texas at El Paso) in 1949. She died on December 25, 2002.

Scrapbook page 109, 1921-1924, Ila Duncan Sewell Papers, 1921-1924. Center for Restoration Studies MS#399. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

This collection contains a scrapbook from Ila’s time as a student at Abilene Christian College. This scrapbook includes photographs of ACC students and Jesse Mac Sewell, pamphlets from school shows and graduations, some correspondence, newspaper clippings, and biographical information from many fellow ACC students.