Title of Collection

Walter Ellis Burch, Jr. Papers

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


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).

Biographical Note

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.

Donor Note

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.

Content List

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)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #77

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

Brown, Audrey Schaffner, Brady Cox

Subjects--Personal Names

Burch, Walter E.; WEBCO; Bolinger, John A; Burch, Walter E., III; Rose, Floyd E.; Lewis, John P.


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