Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Inclusive Dates--Bulk

1960, 1964-1965, 1972-1978

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes George Benson’s correspondence concerning his fundraising efforts for the Namwianga Christian Secondary School (Kalomo, Zambia), correspondence with American missionaries in Zambia (e.g., Merritt, Elkins, Parker, Perry, and Kumalo), and some correspondence concerning mission work in the Philippines (e.g., Adap, Brashears, Buchanan, LeCroy, Garner), and Vietnam (e.g., Hall). There are meeting minutes and financial records concerning the school as well.

Biographical Note

George Stuart Benson was born in Oklahoma on September 26, 1898. He received a B.A. from Harding College (Searcy, Arkansas) in 1923, a B.S. from Oklahoma A&M University (Stillwater, Oklahoma) in 1925, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) in 1931. He served as a missionary in China and the Philippines (1925-1930, 1932-1936), and then became the President of Harding College in 1936. Benson helped fundraise for a number of Churches of Christ schools, including Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas), Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Faulkner University (Montgomery, Alabama), and Namwianga Christian Secondary School (Kalomo, Zambia). He died on December 15, 1991, in Searcy, Arkansas.

Donor Note

Acquired by McGarvey Ice in portions from 2007-2011; The material for Benson's papers came from the estate/papers of James D. Bales (see MS #82). June 2022 addition from Mark McWhorter.


Correspondence has been alphabetized and then placed in chronological order.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for inventory.



Extent of Collection

2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #81

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

Brady Cox, Amanda Dietz, Natali Gonzalez, Erica Pye

Subjects--Personal Names

Benson, George S.; Elkins, Phillip Wayne; Brashears, Ralph F.; Hall, Maurice C.; Merritt, Roy; Perry, Eugene C.


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