Title of Collection

Thomas H. Olbricht Papers, 1934-1982

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Inclusive Dates--Bulk

1966 and 1982

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes research materials and drafts for a book about the life of Texas Senator (1981-1983) Mike Richards, who was running for Texas State Comptroller in 1982 against incumbent Bob Bullock. The Richards campaign decided not to use the book, and it was not published. Additionally, the collection includes data from a survey regarding missionary support from US Churches of Christ designed and directed by Thomas Olbricht, George Gurganus, and Phil Elkins in 1966. The surveys and collected data provide insight into Churches of Christ missionary support during the mid-1960s.

Biographical Note

Thomas H. Olbricht was born in 1929. He earned a B.S from Northern Illinois University (1951), an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (1953 and 1959), and a S.T.B. from Harvard Divinity School (1962). He was later awarded a D.H.L. from Pepperdine University (2011). He taught for over 40 years at Harding University (1954-1955), University of Dubuque (1955-1959), The Pennsylvania State University (1962-1967), Abilene Christian University (1967-1986), and Pepperdine University (1986-1996). Olbricht was an active member of academic religious and rhetoric societies during his academic career. He wrote or edited twenty-two books, and published more than one hundred essays on topics such as biblical studies, rhetorical analysis, and church history. Additionally, Olbricht served as a minister in Churches of Christ in Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Texas, and California. See Thomas H. Olbricht, Reflections on My Life: In the Kingdom and the Academy (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012) for more information concerning Olbricht and his influence on the Churches of Christ.

Donor Note

Thoms H. Olbricht


The materials have been grouped in two series. The first includes materials acquired and used by Olbricht in order to write the book about Mike Richards. The second series includes research materials and data from the 1966 survey of Churches of Christ by Olbricht, Gurganus, and Elkins.

Content List

I. Mike Richards Book Materials II. Churches of Christ Missions Survey (1966)



Extent of Collection

1.33 linear feet (3 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #19

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox

Subjects--Personal Names

Richards, William Michael 'Mike'


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