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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence received by Sarah Martha Murphree while she was a missionary in Salzburg, Austria (1959-1962). The correspondence also includes letters Murphree sent to her cousin, Rebecca Henry. Henry saved these letters and later returned them to Murphree. The collection also includes newsletters from Murphree and other missionaries in Europe, photographs of Murphree, and Murphree’s obituaries.

Biographical Note

Sarah Martha Murphree was born in Gadsden, Alabama on August 20, 1909. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Alabama College (Montevallo, Alabama) in 1930, and went on to teach music in public schools in Gadsden, Alabama (1930-1940) and Houston, Texas (1940-1959). Murphree then moved to Salzburg, Austria, to do mission work in conjunction with Robert and Donna Skelton (1959-1962). After her return from Austria, Murphree worked with the Girl Scouts, taught piano lessons, and volunteered with the Southwest Central Church of Christ (Houston, Texas) hospital ministry. Murphree died on April 9, 2003, in Houston, Texas.

Donor Note

Sarah Martha Murphree


The materials have been organized by type. The correspondence has been arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Content List

Series list:
I. Correspondence
II. Newsletters and Bulletins
III. Financial Information
IV. Obituaries and Photographs


Box 1
Folder #1
I. Correspondence
A. People (Full name)
1. Barnhart, Glenn
2. Brown, Margaret
3. Carver, Georgia
4. Christian, Irma
5. Clark, Dorothy
6. Collie, Barbara
7. Davis, Marcella Johnson
8. Ellis, Mary Winn
9. Engleman, Clota Ruth
10. Ennis, Marjory
11. Ennis, Norman
12. Franklin, Brenda K.
13. Garner, Otis N.
14. Glass, Leslie
15. Goltz, Gisela
16. Green, Patty
17. Griffith, Lloyd Brooke and Evelyn
18. Hanson, R.
19. Harris, J. Richard
20. Henry, Craig D. and Maryse
21. Henry, Howard and Lois

Folder #2
22. Henry, Rebecca

Folder #3
23. Hindsley, Don and Claudia
24. Hobbs, Celia M.
25. King, Bob
26. Kohlmann, Elsa
27. Krassnig, Annemarie
28. Malter, René
29. Mayer, Rupert
30. McPherson, Bertie M.
31. Milliken, Callie Faye
32. Müller, Heinz and Ruth
33. Nixon, Jimmie
34. Novak, Hans V. and Peggy
35. Onstead, Kay
36. Reddick, Pat
37. Rickner, Buna
38. Robinson. Alvin
39. Roemer, Betty
40. S., Mardell
41. Serchen, Helga
42. Skelton, Robert, and Rudolf Rischer
43. Smith, Sue
44. Steele, Nela
45. Stewart, Audrey
46. Striplin, M.
47. Striplin, Nancy
48. Sugger, Barr and Agnes
49. Tharin, Whitney and Elizabeth (Lib)
50. Thornton, Ruby D.
51. Williams, Jane T.

Folder #4
B. People (First name only)
1. Alexine
2. Alice
3. David
4. Deanna
5. Denise
6. Dorothy
7. Elsie
8. Gladys
9. Grace
10. Hatsie
11. Ida
12. Irene
13. Jimmy
14. Kathryn
15. Lenora
16. Louise
17. Margarita
18. Marilyn
19. Mary
20. Naomi
21. Rebekah
22. Robbie
23. Ruth
24. Sylvia
25. Virginia
26. Miscellaneous (no name)

Folder #5
C. Organizations
1. Central Church of Christ (Houston, TX)
2. Gospel Press (Dallas, TX)
3. Houston Independent School District (Houston, TX)
4. North Central Christian College (Rochester, MI)
5. Southside Church of Christ (Mineral Wells, TX)
6. Teenage Christian (Houston, TX)
7. World Vision (Nashville, TN)

Folder #6
II. Newsletters and Bulletins

Folder #7
III. Financial Information

Folder #8
IV. Obituaries and Photographs
Received in 2003 from Murphree’s friend, Bobbie A. Huebner


Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century



Extent of Collection

0.42 linear feet (1 box)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #18

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact ACU Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox, Mac Ice, and Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Murphree, Sarah Martha


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