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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 32 boxes and includes radio sermons, class notes, notes for a book, personal papers, materials relating to the Abilene Christian College lectureship, correspondence, sermons, poems, Harding College choir recordings, Frater Sodalis papers, funeral outlines, papers pertaining to Harding College, David Lipscomb College, Michigan Christian College lectureship, Oklahoma Christian College, Pepperdine College, and University of Arkansas.

Biographical Note

Son of Andy T. Ritchie, Sr., Andy Thomas Ritchie, Jr. was best known for his service as the choral director of Harding College and David Lipscomb College. He was involved as a member and played a vital role in the revival of the Neely's Bend congregation in Tennessee. He was educated at David Lipscomb College and Louisville Conservatory of Music. He began preaching in 1925 and served various congregations in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. He began teaching as a Bible and music professor in 1946 while also directing the chorus at Harding. Every summer beginning in 1945 he led evangelistic campaigns to locations scattered in the Northern United States and Southern Canada. Later in life he was legally blind because of diabetically induced detached retinas.

Donor Note

Andrew T. Ritchie, III


Composed of 32 boxes. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Content List

Boxes 1-3: A-F

Boxes 4-6: H-K

Boxes 7-9: L-O

Boxes 9-12: P-O

Boxes 13-15: S-Y

Boxes 16-17: Book material

Boxes 18-20: Poems, recordings, Scarritt

Boxes 21-22: Campaign, camp information

Box 23-24: General files, hymns

Box 25: Campaign, mission information

Box 26-28: Radio Scripts and sermons

Box 29: Sermon outlines

Box 30: Song and worship programs, sermons

Box 31: Chorus information, a note from Andy T. Ritchie III and files


Christian education
Abilene Christian College
David Lipscomb College
Harding College
Michigan Christian College
Oklahoma Christian College
Pepperdine College
Baxter, Batsell Barrett
Burford, Leonard
Ganus, Clifton
Greer, Robert
McMillan, E.W.
Olbricht, Owen
Pullias, Athens Clay
Ritchie, Andy Thomas, Jr.



Extent of Collection

16 linear feet (32 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #23

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Julia Reid, Beth Purcell, Audrey Schaffner, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Burford, Leonard
Olbricht, Owen
Ganus, Clifton
McMillan, Edward Washington
Baxter, Batsell Barrett
Greer, Robert
Pullias, Athens Clay
Ritchie, Andy Thomas, Jr.


Finding aid for the Andy Thomas Ritchie, Jr. Papers, 1930-1970.


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