Title of Collection
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.
Thomas Henry 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.
Thoms Henry 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.
I. Mike Richards Book Materials
1. Correspondence (1)
2. Correspondence (2)
3. Correspondence (3)
4. Correspondence (4)
5. Correspondence (5)
6. Correspondence (6)
7. Research (1)
8. Research (2)
9. Research (3)
10. Research (4)
11. Rough Draft
12. Revised Chapters
II. Churches of Christ Missions Survey (1966)
1. Correspondence and Reports
2. Data Sheets
3. State Data Sheets
4. Blank Forms
30. New Hampshire
31. New Jersey
32. New York
33. North Dakota and South Dakota
38. Rhode Island
44. Washington, D.C.
45. West Virginia
Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century
Churches of Christ -- Mission Work
Richards, William Michael “Mike”
Extent of Collection
1.33 linear feet (3 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #19
Center for Restoration Studies
[identification of item], [file or folder name], Thomas Henry Olbricht, 1934-1982. Center for Restoration Studies MS #19. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.
Finding Aid created by
Brady Cox, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz
Finding aid for the Thomas Henry Olbricht Papers, 1934-1982.