Alber-Hanna Debate on the Tithe, 1936, now available online

In 1936 John G. Alber, General Secretary of the Nebraska Christian Missionary Society, and W. H. Hanna, Minister of the Knoxville Christian Church (Pittsburgh, PA) conducted a debate on the tithe.  Originally published serially in Christian Standard, the debate was issued later that year by Reporter Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The proposition under discussion is:

Resolved: That according to the New Testament norm of the church there is as good reason for the Disciples of Christ to accept, preach, and practice the principle of the tithe as the minimum of their obligation to the Kingdom of Christ as for them to accept, preach, and practice the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper or immersion as the proper action in Christian baptism.–p. 7

The full text of the 176-page book is available here for viewing and download.

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, front cover

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, title page

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, title page

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, table of contents

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, table of contents

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, advertisement for "helpful literature for the churches", Reporter Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, advertisement for “helpful literature for the churches”, Reporter Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska

E. C. Love’s International Melodies now available online

In 1924 Earnest C. Love issued a slim paperback song book containing the “oldest and sweetest songs in print.”  It is one of over 3,000 items in our Austin Taylor Hymnal collection and is the only institutionally-held copy known.  It is available for download here.

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, front cover

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, front cover

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, Introduction by Alfred Ellmore

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, title page

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, title page

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, advertisement

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, advertisement

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, rear cover

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, rear cover

 

Special Collections and Archives receives Texas State Library and Archives Commission grant

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to Brown Library Special Collections and Archives under its TexTreasures Grant program.  The $25,000 grant will facilitate digitization of the full print run of the Christian Chroniclea major, global newspaper serving Churches of Christ since 1943.  This project will ensure back issues of Chronicle will be available digitally by the end of summer 2021.

This project is just one of 44 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. “Communities in every corner of Texas will benefit from the resources that have been made available through this list of forward-thinking grant proposals,” said TSLAC Director and Librarian Mark Smith.

TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2020 fiscal year, which runs from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.23 million in competitive grants. The TexTreasures Grant will provide assistance and encouragement to 12 libraries to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to library users across the state, including ACU Library’s project to digitize Christian Chronicle.

“We are grateful to the Texas State Library & Archives Commission for their generous support of this digitization project,” said James Wiser, ACU Dean of Library Services & Educational Technology. “The Brown Library houses one of the preeminent archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement, a faith heritage that has contributed much to the religious tapestry of Texas history. Digitizing our tradition’s most influential newspaper allows us to preserve and disseminate this history for generations to come.”

“From the first issue, The Chronicle was globally aware,” said Mac Ice, ACU Director of Special Collections and Archives. “Each issue since has carried news and information about Churches of Christ from around the world. It is rich in information like no other source.  We will be able to write better history because this material is available.”

Front page, Christian Chronicle, October 14, 1960.

Back page, Christian Chronicle, October 14, 1960.

Back page, Christian Chronicle, October 14, 1960.

The Christian Chronicle digital archive will be available on the Portal to Texas History (www.texashistory.unt.edu) and the ACU online repository (www.digitalcommons.acu.edu).

This digital repository of The Christian Chronicle is the result of a partnership among Special Collections and Archives, Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX), The Christian Chronicle, Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, OK), Oklahoma Historical Society (Oklahoma City, OK), and University of North Texas (Denton, TX).