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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes sermons, scrapbooks, biographical information, notes from graduate studies, and a number of awards. The Australia – Bulletins and Advertisements folder and the red scrapbook provide insight into Guild’s work as a missionary in Australia. The scrapbooks provide the most biographical information and the most substantive correspondence.

Biographical Note

Claude Adrian Guild was born in Buffalo, Montana, in 1916. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Abilene Christian College in 1939 and a Master of Arts in Religion from Pepperdine University in 1978. Guild was raised as member of the Lutheran Church but later converted and began serving as an evangelist for the Churches of Christ. He was baptized by J. C. Bailey in Radville, Saskatchewan. Guild preached for a number of Churches of Christ in Texas including Springtown Church of Christ in Springtown, and Riverside Church of Christ in Fort Worth. In Oregon Guild served at Southwest Church of Christ in Tigard and also held evangelistic meeting across the Western United States and Canada. Additionally, he spent time as a missionary in Australia, and served as the Vice President of Columbia Christian College (Portland, Oregon) and as the President of Fort Worth Christian College (Fort Worth, Texas). Guild died in 1996.

Donor Note

Sammie Guild; Mark Love


The sermons have been removed from binders and placed in folders and remain in the order in which Guild left them. The first ten folders include simple index information created by Guild. The remaining folders of sermons have no further organizational information. The personal items, including newspaper clippings and photographs, have been placed in folders organized by type. The scrapbooks and bound volumes of notes from Guild’s graduate studies are not in folders. The plaques and awards have been placed together.

Content List

Series list:

I. Sermons
II. Personal
III. Graduate Studies
IV. Plaques and Awards


Series I: Sermons

Box #1
Folder #1
Sermons, 1939 - 1971
Assembly, Attendance, Baptism, Beatitudes, Bible, Brethren, Children, Christian

Folder #2
Sermons, 1947 - 1969
Church, Conversion, Courage, Cross

Folder #3
Sermons, 1942 - 1969
Death, Division, Eternal Life, Evangelism, Evolution, Father, Fear, Fellowship, Fundamentals

Folder #4
Sermons, 1947 - 1971
Giving, Grace, Growth, Heart, Heaven, Holy Spirit, Home, Hospitality, Ignorance, Immortality, Influence

Folder #5
Sermons, 1944 - 1991
Jesus, Judge - Judgment, Leadership, Lie, Life, Lost, Love

Folder #6
Sermons, 1949 - 1971
Marriage, Memories, Militant, Miscellaneous, Mother, Music, Parables, Personal Work, Power, Prayer, Preach, Predestination, Prophets, Psalms

Folder #7
Sermons, 1943 - 1971
Refusals, Religion, Repentance, Restoration, Salvation, Self-Control, Service, Sin, Soul, Speech

Folder #8
Sermons, 1947 - 1972
Teaching, The Lord’s Day, The Lord’s Table, The Tabernacle, Truth, Vowing, Women, Word, Worry, Worship, Young People

Folder #9
Sermons, 1945 - 1972
Assembly, Authority, Baptism, Bible, Church, Communion, Compromise, Division, Doctrine, Evolution, Father, Faith, Fellowship, Forgive - Forgiveness, Giving, God’s Image, Grace - Graces, Growth, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Home

Folder #10
Sermons, 1946 - 1968
If I were Young, Immortality, Inspiration, Jesus, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Militant, Miscellaneous, Old Age, Possessions, Power, Preach, Preparedness, Religion, Salvation, Sin, Soul, Stewards, Study, Time, Tolerance, Women, Word, Young People

Folder #11
Sermons, 1939-1952

Folder #12
Sermons, 1939-1978

Folder #13
Sermons, 1940-1947

Folder #14
Sermons, 1940-1951

Folder #15
Sermons, 1940-1951

Folder #16
Sermons, 1940-1954

Folder #17
Sermons, 1940-1956

Folder #18
Sermons, 1940-1959

Folder #19
Sermons, 1940-1981

Folder #20
Sermons, 1940-1985

Folder #21
Sermons, 1941-1989

Folder #22
Sermons, 1944-1951

Folder #23
Sermons, 1944-1991

Folder #24
Sermons, 1944-1992

Folder #25
Sermons, 1945-1989

Folder #26
Sermons, 1947-1978

Folder #27
Sermons, 1947-1985

Folder #28
Sermons, 1947-1991

Folder #29
Sermons, 1948-1991

Folder #30
Sermons, 1956-1990

Folder #31
List of locations for selected sermons

Series II: Personal

Box #1 (cont.)
Folder #1
1939 Abilene Christian College Commencement Program

Folder #2

Folder #3
Advertisements for Preaching and Speaking Engagements

Folder #4
Advertisements for Other Speakers

Folder #5
Newspaper Clippings About the Guilds

Folder #6

Folder #7
Australia - Bulletins and Advertisements

Box #2
Three scrapbooks documenting Guild’s career as a preacher and a missionary in Australia These include photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, and more

Annotated Study Bible

Series III: Graduate Studies

Box #3
Nine volumes of bound term papers, book reviews, and syllabi from Guild’s MA studies at Pepperdine University (1977-1978)
Include papers from B. J. Barnes, Harold D. Groves, Claude A. Guild, Dale Huff, Stanley R. Sanderson, and Walter C. Sanderson

Series IV: Plaques and Awards

Box #4
Abilene Christian College - Bachelor of Arts (May 19, 1939)
Fountain Pen Holder (January 26, 1959)
Columbia Christian College - Membership in the President’s Club (September 11, 1976)
Pepperdine University Graduate School - Master of Arts (April 15, 1978)
Abilene Christian University - Alumni Citation Award (1981)
Springtown Church of Christ - 50 Years of Preaching Recognition (1983)
Springtown Church of Christ - Outstanding Service Award (1984)
Columbia Christian College - Life of Service Honor (October 22, 1986)
Columbia Christian College - Service in Missions Appreciation (October 23, 1986)
Pepperdine University - Distinguished Christian Service Award (April 20, 1989)
Columbia Christian Schools - Honor (February 25, 1995)
“Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary” Plaque
Desk Name Plate


Abilene Christian College
Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century
Churches of Christ -- Sermons
Churches of Christ -- Texas



Extent of Collection

5.3 linear feet (4 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #60

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

Brady Cox, Mac Ice, and Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Guild, Claude Adrian (1916-1996)


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