Archival Discoveries: Blue Ridge Encampment photograph from the Jimmie Moore Mankin Papers

As we organized the Jim Mankin papers we ran across this photograph from the Blue Ridge (North Carolina) Encampment, very likely from the late 1950’s.











L to R 1st row: Fred Moseley, B.C Goodpasture, Leslie G. Thomas, J.P. Sanders, Ralph Casey.

2nd row: Ira North, Gus Nichols, J.M. Powell, Wayman Love, Stanley Blackman

Update from Milliken Special Collections

Just checking in with the latest news from ACU Special Collections…

–Just this week we completed final processing touches on two more collections. One is a congregational history collection, the other is a rich collection of personal research papers: both are now fully processed and available for research.  We will roll out finding aids next week.

–We received a thirty years’ run of Chicago Christian.  Published by Cornell Avenue Church of Christ (later Stony Island Church of Christ) in Chicago, Illinois, they reflect congregational life, news of Churches of Christ in the midwest and a rich window into postwar missions among Churches of Christ in Japan.  J. H. McCaleb, Harry Fox, O. D. Bixler, the list goes on!  Our holdings span the later 1940’s through the middle 1970’s.  Look for reflections on the processing of this collection by one of our student workers.

–We are preparing the finding aids for our already-processed-and-available collections to post to this site for viewing and download.  This will be a great boost in raising awareness of the treasures in Milliken Special Collections.  Check back often throughout October.

–Work in the Digital Scholarship Center progresses steadily on thousands of 35mm slides donated by Dr. Everett Ferguson.  Dr. Ferguson photographed locations and artifacts across the Mediterranean world and in museums across the globe.  He utilized them in his classroom teaching at ACU and by donating them to Special Collections, has ensured they will be available world-wide to scholars, students and researchers.  How rich is this collection?  Well, we have scanned and logged metadata for only about 1,000 so far…with thousands more to come.  We are excited about these slides!

–Our move to the lower level of Brown Library is complete.  Like any move after dozens of years in one home, we experience some pains at getting used to change, coping with clutter, and finding new rhythms.  After all is said and done, though, we  feel more at home by the day.  Our reading room is ready for your research.  Our coffee pot is always available for you to visit and talk.

–Two displays are up and ready for viewing in our new space.  Our 2013 Friends of the Year are Patty Sue and Frank Coldwater.  Upon Patty’s death, Frank donated to Milliken Special Collections a fine collection representing Patty’s life of faith and vocation in the marketplace.  Carisse Berryhill assembled an exhibit titled “Pieces, Poems and Prayers: The Patty Sue Coldwater Papers.”  In the Coldwater collection we have a clear window into how a Christian woman pursued a successful career in advertising and direct-mail marketing.  It will be a useful across several disciplines: from art and design to business and marketing and from English to theology.  We honored Frank and remembered Patty at our March friends of ACU Library dinner.  In September, at Summit, we unveiled a display, arranged by Mac Ice, titled “Yours and HIS: Letters from W. Carl Ketcherside.” The exhibit features books, tracts, photographs and letters by one of the more well-known editors and evangelists among Churches of Christ in the 20th century.  Online versions of both exhibits are in the works.

–Finally, look for more content on this blog from our corps of student workers, more historic photos, items from current exhibits, collection spotlights, plus more descriptions of what we have and how we can serve you.

Photograph of the Norris-Wallace Debate, Ft. Worth Texas, 5-7 November 1934

My task was to locate a photograph of Foy Esco Wallace, Jr. I found it easily enough, but as often is the case, I saw additional interesting things along the way.  In Special Collections we have several filing cabinets full of biographical and congregational files.  These files could have almost anything in them, clippings by or about a person, photographs, church bulletins, tracts, obituaries, correspondence… you name it. They are a rich deposit waiting to be mined.

In our Church Leaders Vertical File for Foy Wallace we have two clippings from Firm Foundation, a church paper out of Austin, TX.  Pertaining to Wallace’s debate with Baptist mega-church pastor J. Frank Norris in Ft. Worth at First Baptist Church, the clippings feature cuts of the exterior of the building and of the massive crowd inside the main auditorium.  I had previously looked for a photo of the exterior of the building (to no avail), and yet here it is.  And the crowd shot is amazing.

For anyone interested in the power of personality, the power of the spoken word, the rhetorical arts and the rhetoric of debate, and the history of Churches of Christ in the 1930’s…this is a really neat photograph.  Too good not to share.  Enjoy!

Norris-Wallace Debate

Norris-Wallace head shots

For further reading, see;

Norris-Wallace Debate, Delivered in Fort Worth, Texas, November 5th, 6th, and 7th, 1934. Fundamentalist Publishing Company, 1935

Foy E. Wallace, Jr. The Story of the Forth Worth Norris-Wallace Debate. Nashville: Foy E. Wallace, Jr., Publications, 1968.

Terry J. Gardner, “The Influence of Foy E. Wallace, Jr.” in Warren Lewis and Hans Rollmann, Restoring the First-century Church in the Twenty-first Century: Essays on the Stone Campbell Restoration Movement in Honor of Don Haymes. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2005.

Noble Patterson and Terry J. Gardner, Foy E. Wallace, Jr. Soldier of the Cross. Fort Worth: Wallace Memorial Fund, 1999.