Clyde Neal Austin Papers, 1955-2007

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal papers and research of Dr. Clyde N. Austin, professor of Psychology at ACU, in cross-cultural and missionary studies. The collection contains files on missionary studies that include topics such as reentry, financial and church support, conflict resolution, recruitment, and training. The collection has retained Dr. Austin’s order and the arrangement has stayed the same. In addition, other personal papers, such as a photo album, correspondence, two bound theses, and his notes are also included. This collection also contains some of the papers of Clyde Austin pertaining to the Bay Shore/Exodus and Exodus/New Jersey missions, which are part of the larger Megalopolis Exodus Movement. The collection contains correspondence, newsletters, newspaper articles, periodicals, notes and research, and church produced materials. For more information on the Megalopolis Exodus Movement, please see also Charlie Marler Megalopolis Papers and Exodus/New Jersey Papers in the Center for Restoration Studies collections. Books have been removed and catalogued appropriately.

Biographical Note

Clyde Austin served the ACU community for over 40 years as professor in Psychology and as Director of Admissions and Placement. He received his Masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his Ph.D. in industrial psychology from the University of Houston. His research focused on culture shock and cross-cultural re-entry. Austin was instrumental in the Megalopolis Exodus Movement, which involved members from churches in the Southern United States leaving their established homes and careers to move to the Northeast in an effort to establish Churches of Christ in the area.

Donor Note

Clyde Austin


The collection maintains Dr. Austin's arrangement. Austin's system has been retained by preserving and recording his filing system from his two filing cabinets. Each drawer of the filing cabinet is a new series and each series contains subseries. Four boxes (three found atop the filing cabinets and the fourth was a previous accession) are collected into an additional files series. In addition, other previous accessions containing independent material have been retained as their own series. Furthermore, Series XII is composed of additional files that are not organized and were added after the collection was made (these files should probably be relocated by subject into the other files if possible).

Content List

Clyde Austin Series List Series I: Overview of Cycle Recruitment Selection Series II: The Missionary Cycle Training Workshops Series III: SPECIFIC Materials Related to Missionary Teams Series IV: REENTRY Workshop Materials Series V: CROSS-CULTURAL REENTRY: An Annotated Bibliography Series VI: Addendum to CROSS-CULTURAL REENTRY: An Annotated Bibliography Series VII: Topical Workshop Materials A-L Series VIII: Topical Workshop Materials M-Z Series IX: Additional Files [the first three of these boxes were located on top of Austin’s filing cabinets. These three boxes are most likely overflow from other series, but have been separated as their own series. The fourth box was from an earlier accession and was placed here because of content.] Series X: Megalopolis/Exodus Movement Series XI: Photo Album Series XII: Miscellaneous Files/Austin's Hard drive Series XIII: Bound theses (2)


Churches of Christ--New Jersey



Extent of Collection

25 linear feet (18 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #154

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

Kayla Sanderson, Audrey Schaffner, Erica Pye

Subjects--Personal Names

Austin, Clyde Neal, 1931-2014


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