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!


Edwin Harold “Ed” Enzor, Jr. Papers, 1950-2015, MS#443 [Revised Finding Aid]
This collection includes materials created by Edwin Harold “Ed” Enzor, Jr. including documents, tapes, negatives, and binders.

James Orville Wilburn Papers, 1927-1970, MS#451 [Revised Finding Aid] 
James Orville Wilburn was born March 9, 1905 in Grove County, Kansas. He passed away on September 7, 1970 in Lubbock, Texas. He was a preacher in the Church of Christ and participated in multiple debates, including with Russellites and Jehovah’s Witnesses. He married Frances Mae on September 1, 1930. The couple worked in ministry throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, California, and Kansas. These papers include a set of sermon notes, clippings, study notes and ephemera collected by James Orville Wilburn over the course of his ministerial career.

From the James Orville Wilburn Papers, 1927-1970. Center for Restoration Studies MS#451.

Noble Festus Patterson, Jr. Papers, 1938-2013, MS#465 [Revised Finding Aid]
Noble Festus Paterson, Jr. was the editor of the Christian Journal. Terry J. Gardner and Patterson edited Foy E. Wallace, Jr.: Soldier of the Cross. This collection includes Patterson’s correspondence, topical files, church materials (e.g., bulletins, directories, etc.), sermons, photographs, 35mm slides, and cassettes. Notably, the first box includes correspondence about Foy E. Wallace, Jr. following his death, and correspondence and photos concerning Patterson’s edited work on Wallace: Foy E. Wallace, Jr.: Soldier of the Cross.

Ewell Prather Papers, 1767-1978, MS#478 [Revised Finding Aid]
Ewell Prather served as Director of Security at Abilene Christian University. The Ewell Prather Papers includes Prather family genealogical and historical information.

Hermitage Church of Christ (Nashville, TN) Records, 1967-2017, MS#499 [New Finding Aid]
Hermitage Church of Christ (Nashville, TN) was established in 1967 (formerly known as Berryville Church of Christ) and closed in 2018 (renamed New Garden Church). Two cubic foot boxes of directories, ministry information, correspondence, financial statements, audio materials on cassette, and photographs and audio materials on CDs and DVDs.

From the Hermitage Church of Christ (Nashville, TN) Records, 1967-2017. Center for Restoration Studies MS#499.


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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!

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!


William Frasier “Bill” Nash Papers, 1983-2003, MS#100 [Revised Finding Aid]
William Frasier “Bill” Nash was born in Highland Park, Michigan on September 29, 1933. He moved to Abilene in 1972 and was heavily involved in the community. He was the special needs and benevolence minister at the Highland Church of Christ and was involved in ministries such as Winter Wonderland, Wheelchair Ministry, and Moms Meals. Bill Nash passed away on July 27, 2009. Personal papers and files donated by Bill Nash, Associate Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. Contains newspapers, bulletins, and various teaching material. Also includes lessons, essays, and correspondence by or pertaining to Bill Nash.

Edith Winifred Burgess Emett Papers, 1933-1934, MS#395 [Revised Finding Aid]
Edith Winifred Burgess Emett (November 24, 1912-April 28, 1996) was a student at Abilene Christian College in the 1930s. This collection contains a scrapbook from Edith Winifred Burgess Emett’s time as a student at Abilene Christian College.

First page of scrapbook. Edith Winifred Burgess Emett Papers, MS#395, Center for Restoration Studies, Abilene Christian University.

Bobby Joe Morrow Collection, 1956-1984, MS#396 [Revised Finding Aid]
Bobby Joe Morrow (1935-2020) was a sprinter at Abilene Christian University and a member of the men’s club Frater Sodalis. Morrow won the sprint double in the national college championships and defended his AAU title. Morrow went to the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia where he won three gold medals and was the leader of the American sprint team. This collection contains magazines with stories about Morrow and a scrapbook about Morrow.

Bobby Joe Morrow Papers, MS#396, Center for Restoration Studies, Abilene Christian University.

Dr. Abigail Curlee Holbrook Papers, 1924-1999, MS#398 [Revised Finding Aid]
Abigail Curlee Holbrook was born in 1897 in Waxahachie, Texas. She studied at the University of Texas where she earned her PhD. She married Thomas Jefferson Holbrook in 1943. She was active in various historical organizations throughout the state of Texas and was involved in various causes in the city of Austin. She died in 1996. This collection contains journals, correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to Dr. Abigail Curlee Holbrook’s life.

Westover Hills Church of Christ (Austin, TX) Records, 1970s-2000s, MS#518 [New Finding Aid]
Westover Hills Church of Christ is located in Austin, Texas. These records include nine boxes of cassette tapes and reels from the church.


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