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!


Charles H. Marler Papers, 1825-2013, MS#123 [Revised Finding Aid]
Dr. Charlie Marler is professor emeritus of journalism and mass communication who taught full-time at ACU from 1955-2003, one of the longest tenures for a faculty member in his alma mater’s history. (Biographical note from ACU Today website: acu.today/author/marlerc/) The Charles H. Marler Papers include 11 boxes of materials documenting his work as a journalist, professor, and church member. The papers include his extensive research files on Frank Grimes and Alexander Campbell, among others. Dr. Marler’s involvement in University Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, and West Islip in New York are also represented in these papers. Finally, there are teaching materials and campus involvement documents from events such as the Abilene Christian University Centennial included in Dr. Marler’s papers.

University Church of Christ Directory, Box 5, Charles H. Marler Papers,
1825-2013. Center for Restoration Studies MS #123. Abilene Christian University Special
Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Ancel Edward Nunn Collection, 2002, MS#406 [Revised Finding Aid]
Ancel Edward Nunn was born in 1928. He lived in Abilene where he graduated from high school in 1946 before joining the U. S. Army. He was a skilled artist who studied at an early age under artists such as Alexander Hogue and Dong Kingman. He was known for using egg tempera and acrylic in his work. He lived throughout Texas and his work is held in many public and private collections. He died in 1999. This collection includes a leather-bound collection of Ancel Edward Nunn’s lithographs.

Edwin Randall “Randy” Becton Papers, 1970-2012, MS#458 [Revised Finding Aid]
Edwin Randall “Randy” Becton (1944-2015) served in Churches of Christ and various ministries throughout the United States. This collection consists of articles, notes, speeches, publications, and correspondence related to Highland Church of Christ, Herald of Truth, Abilene Christian University, Pepperdine University, Care Ministry, and Cancer Ministry.

“To the Praise of His Glory,” Box 6, Edwin Randall “Randy”
Becton Papers, 1970-2012. Center for Restoration Studies MS #458. Abilene Christian
University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University,
Abilene, TX.

Fifth and Grape Church of Christ (Abilene, TX) Records, 2006-2015, MS#493 [New Finding Aid]
The Fifth and Grape Church of Christ is located in Abilene, Texas. These records include three boxes of audio and visual materials from the congregation.

William Wesley Grasham Papers, 1955-2016, MS#515 [New Finding Aid]

These papers include William Wesley Grasham’s research and topical files, image slides, and some multimedia and print materials.


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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!


Lloyd A. Boyll Papers, 1942-2017, MS#59 [Revised Finding Aid]
Lloyd A. Boyll was born in Sullivan, Indiana in 1917. He began preaching in Sullivan in 1941 two years after he married his wife, Stella Ellinger. He attended Indiana State Teachers’ College and Terre Haute (BS, MS). He served churches in Sullivan, Indiana, Mentone, Indiana, Evanston, Illinois, and Lafayette, Indiana. Boyll taught American History in Sullivan public schools for seven years while preaching for small churches. He served as co-editor and publisher of Fellowship News, 1948-1953 and conducted a daily radio program at Evanston, Illinois for nearly a year. He also taught Bible to Purdue University students in a cooperative housing unit maintained for Christian boys and was editor of A New Spirit. These papers include audio tapes from a lecture series, notes from a lecture series, transparencies, and manuscripts from books. Included is a paper by Boyll on the Sommer Segment movement within the Restoration Movement and the manuscript of “A Spiritual Odyssey.” This collection also includes a book of sermons, Boyll’s Minister’s Personal Record Book: 1942-1990s, and a video series – The Heritage of the Church (Recorded at Elmwood Ave. Church of Christ in Lafayette, IN) -1994. In addition are various papers collected, written by, or pertaining to Lloyd A. Boyll.

“The Sommer Segment in Retrospect,” Box 7, Lloyd A. Boyll Papers, 1942-2017. Center for Restoration Studies MS #59. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Nelson Coates Collection, MS#397 [Revised Finding Aid]
Nelson Coates (’84) is an Emmy-nominated production designer. This collection contains two Ethiopian prayer books written in Ge’ez. The prayer books are estimated to be between 300-400 years old.

Mirror Lake Christian Church (St. Petersburg, Florida) Records, 1920-1991, MS#453 [Revised Finding Aid]
This record group includes one oversized folder of photographs, awards, and historical information about the Mirror Lake Christian Church in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Christian Tape Library Collection, circa 1978, MS#477 [Revised Finding Aid]
The donor of these Christian Tape Library recordings is unknown. This collection includes two copies of 41 numbered sermon and lecture audio cassette tapes produced by the Christian Tape Library on various topics by various Church of Christ ministers. It also includes a brochure organizing the tapes by topic matter.

Harold Thomas and Nellie Jeannette Scruggs Lipford Papers, 1932-2010, MS#517 [New Finding Aid]
These papers include materials from Jeannette and Harold’s time at Abilene Christian University as students and then as faculty and involved community members. There are also church bulletins, sermon notes, scrapbooks, awards, and a few A/V materials.

Abilene Christian College 1949-1950 A Capella Chorus program, Box 1, Harold Thomas and Nellie Jeannette Scruggs Lipford Papers, 1932-2010. Center for Restoration Studies MS #517. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.


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On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, May 2021

In May our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 892 items to the rare books, University Archives, and Center for Restoration Studies collections.  Most supplemented the books, periodicals (bound and unbound), and A/V subsets within the Restoration collection.  The University Archive grew by a few, but ACU Authors and Taylor Hymnal collections received many new items, with 90 and 108 additions respectively.  Some of the additions are newly published, others are new-to-us, and still others represent a second copy or a new-to-us edition or printing.  You’ll notice this is another month of significant additions.  For the past few months our student workers and I worked through a backlog of gift books.  At about the same time Technical Services had some additional availability after closing out a few projects of their own.  And, with the academic and fiscal year winding down, book purchasing for the circulating collection paused.  All that means some additional time became available to tackle our backlog.  Even with 1600+ items now shelved since April, we still have a full queue that will last us through the summer.  The short version is the quality and scope of the collection will grow in some significant areas over the summer.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1952, yearbook, 1952; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

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.

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