Title of Collection

Elmer and Bessie Patterson Papers

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains some of the personal papers of Elmer and Bessie Patterson. Materials include extensive notes, outlines, books, and church directories.

Biographical Note

Elmer and Bessie Patterson were married June 7, 1931. During their marriage, they lived in Hereford, Tex. and Tulsa, Okla. Elmer worked as a photographer for local newspapers and served as an elder in the churches they attended. He also directed, for a time, a Bible Correspondence Course supported by the Hereford Church of Christ. Bessie received her B.A. and M.A. from West Texas State College. She worked as a news reporter for Hereford's local radio station, a freelance writer, and a teacher in local schools.

Donor Note

Patterson family


The collection is arranged by material type; it is unclear if this maintains the creator's original order.

Content List

Box 1: Personal Papers; ACC Lectureship Outlines, 1950s; Copies of Gospel Advocate; Billy Graham Association Pamphlets; Bible Correspondence Course Materials Box 2: Notes on Church Doctrine; Cottage Meeting Bible Charts and Notes; Lesson Outlines; Church Bulletins Box 3: Notes on Church Doctrine; Issue of Action Newspaper; Lesson Outlines; Materials on Estate Planning Boxes 4-7: Teaching materials, church directories, church bulletins, casettes, and slides.


Churches of Christ--Texas, Churches of Christ--Oklahoma (Tulsa)



Extent of Collection

7 boxes

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #68

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

ACU StaffKayla Sanderson

Subjects--Personal Names

Patterson, Elmer; Patterson, Bessie (1910-2006)


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