Joseph C. Malone

Document Type

Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of awards, cartoons, 1925 yearbook from Forester High School, portfolio, newspaper clippings of cartoons, books by Avon and David Malone, lesson plans, and "Drawing for the Master" videos. Please note that boxes 1, 11, and 12 are housed in oversized storage.

Biographical Note

Born in Texas 1907, Joseph C. Malone grew up Catholic. He attended St. Edwards Catholic School, Fair Park School, and Forest Avenue High School in Dallas, Texas. After his education, he was a bank clerk, railway clerk, and advertising artist. He then became an editorial and sports cartoonist for the Dallas Times Herald. The Vice President of the United States, John Nance Garner, requested several of his original drawings. He became a syndicate cartoonist for the Texas Newspaper Syndicate. He also produced a biographical cartoon of the Honorable Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House, that was cast in bronze and presented as a gift to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In early 1934 Malone came in contact with C.M. Pullias who baptized him into Christ at the age of 27 after a Bible study. In 1940 he began to preach full-time in Dallas, in 1949 to began preaching in Fort Worth, and in 1956 he moved to Denver, Colorado. He served in Colorado until 1956 when he moved to Waukegan, Illinois in 1960 to work with the church there. Malone helped each of these congregations grow during his time with them.

After his conversion his drawing interests were directed more toward church work. It was said that he had a great ability to use the chalkboard during his sermons, illustrating his points in a powerful way, especially when around children or or people with a disability. He designed the masthead for papers such as Christian Chronicle, Gospel Guardian, Ancient Landmarks, and Truth In Love. He made cartoons for books such as Minute With The Master In Script And Sketch, by Eugene S. Smith in 1943 and Cartoons For Church Bulletins in 1950.

He was involved with radio work on WRR in Dallas, Texas, and also held a number of gospel meetings each year.

Malone is well known for his lecture, “Why I left the Catholic Church,” that he gave while he participated in a series of lectures held at the Vickery Boulevard church in Fort Worth, Texas in 1949. The lecture was produced in article form, and added to a volume edited by Guy V. Caskey and Thomas L. Campbell entitled "Why I Left." Malone died in 1993.

Donor Note

Joe Malone Family


All series are arranged separately. Series I, II, III, and IV are arranged by subject. Series V papers are arranged chronologically ranging from 1947-1980 and video cassettes are arranged in numerical order starting with 1 and ending with 13. Series VI contains various oversized materials and the series is arranged by subject/material type. Series VII is arranged by subject/material type.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.



Extent of Collection

8.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #87

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

Reid/Purcell, Audrey Schaffner, Avery Reinoehl, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Malone, David; Malone, Avon; Hardeman, N.B.; Malone, Mrs. Joe C.; Malone, Joe C.


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