Document Type

Finding Aid

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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 (23 March 1904-8 November 1992) and Bessie Lorene Chambers (22 November 1910-25 December 2006) Patterson were married June 7, 1931. During their marriage, they lived in Hereford, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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

Sherry Patterson Coldwell


The collection is arranged by material type. It is unclear if this maintains the creator’s original order.


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



Extent of Collection

3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #68

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, Amanda Dietz, Brianna Mullins, Mac Ice, and Avery Reinoehl

Subjects--Personal Names

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


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