Title of Collection
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.
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.
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.
See PDF finding aid for inventory.
Extent of Collection
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #81
Center for Restoration Studies
[identification of item], File or Folder Name, George S. Benson Papers, 1955-1983. Center for Restoration Studies MS #81. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
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Finding Aid created by
Brady Cox, Amanda Dietz, Natali Gonzalez, Erica Pye
Benson, George S.; Elkins, Phillip Wayne; Brashears, Ralph F.; Hall, Maurice C.; Merritt, Roy; Perry, Eugene C.
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