Title of Collection

Joe Malone Papers (1925-1999)


Joe Malone

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


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 experimented with jobs, trying the occupations of bank clerk, railway clerk, and advertising artist. He then became an editorial and sports cartoonist for the Dallas Times Herald. 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 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 chalk board during his sermons, illustrating his points in a powerful way, especially when around children or the disabled. At one time 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." Joe 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

Series List: Series 1: Drawings – Boxes 1-2 Files 1a, 2, 3a, 4-7 (oversized drawings) –Box 1 Files 3b-m, 8-11 – Box 2 Series 2: Chalk Drawings – Box 3 Oversize Drawings – Box 3 (located atop shelf 7) Series 3: Publications and Notes – Box 4 Drawn in Christ (2 copies) and Drawn to Christ (2 copies) by Avon and David Malone Series 4: Sunday School Lessons – Box 4 Sunday School Lessons (video cassettes) – Boxes 7-8 Series 5: Church Bulletins Boxes 4-6 Series 6: Memorabilia – Box 9-10 Portfolio and 1925 Forester Yearbook – Box 9 Memorabilia (Plaques and engraving prints) – Box 10 Series 7: Newspaper Articles and Memorabilia – Box 11 Newspaper clippings, sports clippings, Firm Foundation, and “Gospel Broadcast – Box 11 Two Framed Drawings (Peak and Eastside Church of Christ & framed photo of the drawing on the cover of Drawn in Christ)– Box 12 Metal Plates –Box 13 Please note Boxes 1, 11, and 12 are housed in oversized storage.



Extent of Collection

8.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #87

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

Reid/Purcell, Audrey Schaffner

Subjects--Personal Names

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


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