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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 inventory: Box 1 Folder #1 Correspondence People (Full name) Barnhart, Glenn Brown, Margaret Carver, Georgia Christian, Irma Clark, Dorothy Collie, Barbara Davis, Marcella Johnson Ellis, Mary Winn Engleman, Clota Ruth Ennis, Marjory Ennis, Norman Franklin, Brenda K. Garner, Otis N. Glass, Leslie Goltz, Gisela Green, Patty Griffith, Lloyd Brooke and Evelyn Hanson, R. Harris, J. Richard Henry, Craig D. and Maryse Henry, Howard and Lois Folder #2 Henry, Rebecca Folder #3 Hindsley, Don and Claudia Hobbs, Celia M. King, Bob Kohlmann, Elsa Krassnig, Annemarie Malter, René Mayer, Rupert McPherson, Bertie M. Milliken, Callie Faye Müller, Heinz and Ruth Nixon, Jimmie Novak, Hans V. and Peggy Onstead, Kay Reddick, Pat Rickner, Buna Robinson. Alvin Roemer, Betty S., Mardell Serchen, Helga Skelton, Robert, and Rudolf Rischer Smith, Sue Steele, Nela Stewart, Audrey Striplin, M. Striplin, Nancy Sugger, Barr and Agnes Tharin, Whitney and Elizabeth (Lib) Thornton, Ruby D. Williams, Jane T. Folder #4 People (First name only) Alexine Alice David Deanna Denise Dorothy Elsie Gladys Grace Hatsie Ida Irene Jimmy Kathryn Lenora Louise Margarita Marilyn Mary Naomi Rebekah Robbie Ruth Sylvia Virginia Miscellaneous (no name) Folder #5 Organizations Central Church of Christ (Houston, TX) Gospel Press (Dallas, TX) Houston Independent School District (Houston, TX) North Central Christian College (Rochester, MI) Southside Church of Christ (Mineral Wells, TX) Teenage Christian (Houston, TX) World Vision (Nashville, TN) Folder #6 Newsletters and Bulletins Folder #7 Financial Information Folder #8 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.

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Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox, Mac Ice, and Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Murphree, Sarah Martha


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