Title of Collection
J. Ridley Stroop Collection, 1859-2002
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of J. Ridley Stroop; newsprint articles detailing his life as researcher, professor, preacher, and author; correspondence; photos; many of his books and publications; personal books; publications that reference his work and the "Stroop Test;" syllabi from his classes; notes and outlines for his classes, sermons, and books; and financial papers. The collection also contains some of the personal papers and objects of his wife and children. Also, because of his family connection with David and Margaret Lipscomb, the collection also contains artifacts from their lives: correspondence; photos; physical objects; and books, newsprint, and magazine articles detailing their personal history. The collection is housed in 4 boxes. Box 4 is housed separately in oversized storage because of its large size. It also includes a selection of books, both authored by J. Ridley Stroop and from his personal library. These have been added to the larger library collection and can be found in the catalog; each record will include a note that indicates the item is part of the J. Ridley Stroop collection and its location. A bibliography of these books is also attached to the finding aid.
J. Ridley Stroop (1897-1973) was a man of many talents: renowned psychologist, Bible scholar, preacher and author. He was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on March 21, 1897. He began his academic career at David Lipscomb College, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1921. He married his wife, Zelma Dunn, great-niece of David and Margaret Lipscomb, in December of that same year. After their marriage, they lived with Margaret until her death in 1926. He received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Peabody College, now a part of Vanderbilt University, in 1933. His most lasting contribution to the field has been “The Stroop Test,” which studies how interference affects mental processing speeds and attention. The test has been cited in scholarly publications well over 2,000 times since its initial publication and is still a foundational study in the field of cognitive psychology. However, shortly after its publication, Dr. Stroop chose to switch his focus, and he began a diligent career in biblical study, preaching, and teaching. He served at David Lipscomb College in various roles—registrar, professor, and department chair—for 45 years, until his retirement in 1967, at age 70. During this time, he also published seven major works, as well as many pamphlets and booklets, which discuss Christianity, the Bible, the Church, and the Restoration Movement. He was an active biblical scholar and preacher until his death in 1973.
Katherine Rall, granddaughter of J. Ridley Stroop
The collection appeared to have no discernible order when Special Collections received it. The items were first placed into broad categories: Lipscomb papers, J. Ridley Stroop papers, Stroop family papers (those belonging to his wife and children). After initial research on Stroop, the processor then separated his papers to reflect his three separate ‘careers’ as a psychologist, college professor, and author. These finally became the series within the collection. The series were then divided so that similar materials would be housed together. Following is a list of the series: I. David and Margaret Lipscomb Papers II. J. Ridley Stroop - Personal Papers III. J. Ridley Stroop - Psychologist IV. J. Ridley Stroop - David Lipscomb College Professor V. J. Ridley Stroop - Preacher and Author VI. Stroop Family Papers VII-VIII. Physical Objects IX. Cassette Tapes X. Photographs XI. Books
Series Finding Aid Box 1 Finding Aid I. David and Margaret Lipscomb Papers II. J. Ridley Stroop - Personal Papers III. J. Ridley Stroop - Psychologist IV. J. Ridley Stroop - David Lipscomb College Professor V. J. Ridley Stroop - Preacher and Author VI. Stroop Family Papers Box 2 II. J Ridley Stroop - Personal Papers III. J. Ridley Stroop - Psychologist V. J. Ridley Stroop - Preacher and Author VI. Stroop Family Papers VIII. Physical Objects IX. Cassette Tapes Box 3 VIII. Physical Objects Box 4 X. Photos XI. Books
Churches of Christ--Tennessee (Nashville); David Lipscomb College; Nashville Bible School
Extent of Collection
9 linear feet (4 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #83
Center for Restoration Studies
[Identification of item], File or Folder Name, J. Ridley Stroop Collection, 1859-2002. Center for Restoration Studies MS #83. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
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Finding Aid created by
Stroop, John Ridley, 1897-1973; Lipscomb, David; Lipscomb, Margaret Zellner
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