Title of Collection
Walter Ellis Burch, Jr. Papers
Scope and Content Note
A collection of the personal and professional papers of Walter E. Burch. This includes ACC/ACU documents, Pepperdine documents, journalism materials, information on his Non-Profit work, materials related to Mission Journal, WEBCO documents, EXODUS, and some of his material on Race Relations. An accrual from University Manuscripts includes speeches given by Burch at Lectureships, Commencements, Faculty Meetings, Chapel, Education Meetings, and Board of Trustees Meetings (1959-1967).
Walter E. Burch was born in Fort Worth in 1927. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas Christian University in 1949. Married to Ruth Elizabeth Crouch in 1948. was a longtime employee of ACC/ACU. He served ACU as director of publicity (1951-56), journalism instructor (1952-56), director of development (1958-62) and campaign manager/consultant (1964-67). Throughout this, he preached part time in Albany, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas. He also was a consultant for ACU in the 1980s while he owned Webco, a fundraising, public relations and business development company in Abilene. He also worked in university development for Pepperdine University in the early 1970s. He was involved with church planting through the Exodus movement in the 1960s, planting a church in New Jersey. Burch also was an important figure in the race relations debates that took place within Churches of Christ, a stalwart advocate for his African American brothers and sisters. He died in 2009.
Donated by Walter Burch III (Walter E. Burch's son)
This collection is arranged by series by subject. There are a total of eleven series in this collection. The first series, printed materials, is the only series that is arranged in alphabetical order. The others are arranged purely by subject material.
Series I: Printed Materials Series II: Non-Profit Work Series III: Mission (Journal) Series IV: W.E. Burch Co. (WEBCO) Series V: C of C Materials Series VI: World’s Fair Exhibit, 1964/5 Series VII: Race Relations Series VIII: EXODUS 1960’s Series IX: Pepperdine Materials Series X: ACC/ACU Development Series XI: Miscellaneous Series XII: Speeches
Churches of Christ--Texas, Churches of Christ--Texas (Abilene)
Extent of Collection
13 boxes (6 linear feet)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #77
Center for Restoration Studies
[Identification of item], File or Folder Name, Walter Ellis Burch, Jr. Papers. Center for Restoration Studies MS #77. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment.
Finding Aid created by
Brown, Audrey Schaffner, Brady Cox
Burch, Walter E.; WEBCO; Bolinger, John A; Burch, Walter E., III; Rose, Floyd E.; Lewis, John P.
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