Document Type

Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

The Randolph papers contain materials relating to Mission Journal and Brookline Church of Christ.

The institutional records of Mission Journal, as collected by Robert McMillan Randolph in his capacity as member of the Mission board of trustees, include correspondence, mailings, board documents, financial papers, a staff directory, articles, speeches, pamphlets, clippings, and manuscripts.

An accrual processed on February 27th, 2017, added seventy folders of correspondence, budget meetings and minutes, and material related to the history of Brookline Church of Christ, the Boston Movement, the Crossroads Movement, and the role of women in the church.

The collection also contains some of the personal papers of Robert Randolph. The papers center around two events: the Atlanta conference on race relations in 1969 and the founding of Brookline Church of Christ in Boston, Massachusetts. The materials in this collection include correspondence, printed materials, photographs, newsprint articles, and legal documents. Two bound copies of Lemoine Lewis' class notes and E.W. McMillan's Bible were removed from the collection to be cataloged. In addition, a framed article by Katie Hays (minister of West Islip Church of Christ) titled "Communion Meditation" is included. This article was written in reflection of the events occuring on September 11, 2001 and was in the Brookline Church of Christ Bulletin on September 30, 2001.

Biographical Note

Robert McMillan Randolph has degrees from Abilene Christian College, Pepperdine University, Yale, Brandeis, and the Andover Newton Theological School. He has worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1978, and he played a vital role in organizing and founding what is known as student Support Services. Randolph is now MIT's Chaplain to the Institute. Prior to MIT, Randolph was a chaplain, an inner-city minister, a director of residence, and an instructor in history.

Donor Note

Dr. Robert McMillan Randolph


The processors retained Randolph’s original order and folder labeling. The framed article is located in Flat File A7.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.


Churches of Christ--Texas, Churches of Christ--Texas (Abilene)



Extent of Collection

2.15 linear feet (7 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #61

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

Purcell/Reid/Longwell/Bridwell, Audrey Schaffner, Jackson Hager, Amanda Dietz, Mac Ice


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