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Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal and professional papers of William Webb Freeman, including correspondence, research materials, thesis material, photographs, and ephemera. The collection is housed in 4 boxes.

Biographical Note

William Webb Freeman began preaching in 1910 in Magnum, Oklahoma. He received an A.B. from University of Louisville, the Th.M. and Th.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and the M.A. from Yale University.

In 1922, he wrote a series of four articles in Firm Foundation attempting to reconcile science and the Bible on the premise that the Bible is not inerrant on every dictum. The articles, titled "The Use and Abuse of the Bible," were met with severe critique from several circles.

In 1923, he taught Bible and Greek at Abilene Christian College. After leaving Abilene Christian College, he began teaching at East Texas State Teachers College, Commerce, Texas. While there, he also preached and served as an elder at Commerce Church of Christ.

Donor Note

Freeman Family


The collection is arranged by material type and then by alphabetical order.

Content List

Box 1
[First Folder] Finding Aid
Pictorial Bulletins: Abilene Christian College
Notes: Alexander Campbell
Notes: Articles and Sermons
Notes: Classes
Newspaper Clippings and Journal Articles

Box 2
Response to critics regarding 1922 Firm
Foundation articles
Bound M.A. Thesis, Yale University

Box 3
Handwritten Notes and Papers

Box 4
Thesis Materials

Box 5
"A History of the Campbell Movement and Its Educational System" - Freeman's MA Thesis submitted to Southern Methodist University on August 24, 1933


Abilene Christian College
Campbell, Alexander (1788-1866)
Christian education
Churches of Christ -- History -- 19th century
Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century
Churches of Christ -- Periodicals
Churches of Christ -- Texas – Abilene
Education, higher -- Texas -- Abilene



Extent of Collection

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #24

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

ACU Staff, Kayla Sanderson, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Freeman, William Webb (1887-1954)
Sewell, Jesse P. (1876-1969)
Showalter, George Henry Pryor (1870-1954)
Brewer, Grover Cleveland (1884-1956)


Finding aid for the William Webb Freeman Papers, 1912-1954.


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