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Scope and Content Note

A collection of the works and papers of Reuel Lemmons arranged by subject. Items include but are not limited to: minutes of various meetings, academic papers, advertisements, broadcast transcripts, articles, pamphlets, commentaries, pictures, letters, sermons, lesson outlines, manuscripts, song lists, Texas history notes, and other miscellaneous items.

Biographical Note

Reuel Gordon Lemmons served Churches of Christ as a minister, writer, editor, and publisher. Born in Pocahontas, Arkansas on July 12, 1912, he attended Abilene Christian College (Abilene, TX), graduating in 1935. Though he served only two congregations as a local minister (in Tipton, OK and Central Church of Christ in Cleburne, TX), his evangelistic and preaching career spanned over five decades. He edited Firm Foundation (Austin, TX) from 1955-1983; he also edited the missions-oriented periodical Action and was founding editor of Image. Lemmons supported and promoted a variety of parachurch ministries such as orphans homes, a singing school, and mission efforts in Europe, Africa, and South America. In 1948 he helped establish Southwestern Christian College (Terrell, TX) and served long tenures on the boards of trustees of Abilene Christian University and Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA).

Donor Note



The collection is arranged by subject in 17 boxes. Various subjects are found within each box with each subject discretely foldered and labeled. The subject headings have been compiled into a single list, stating the heading and content of each folder and the box in which it is located. The list is organized alphabetically by subject. This subject arrangement may reflect the creator’s original order.


Abilene Christian College -- graduate Abilene Christian University Brownlow, Leroy Christian Church (Disciples) Christian education Churches of Christ -- History -- 19th century Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Missions Churches of Christ -- Periodicals Churches of Christ -- Texas -- Abilene Churches of Christ -- Oklahoma Education, Higher -- Texas -- Abilene Education, Higher – California Evolution Firm Foundation Foundation School of Music Harper, Ernest Rosenthal Italy Lanier, Roy H. Nichol, Charles Ready Otey, W. W. Paden, Cline R. Pepperdine University Restoration Movement (Christianity) Showalter, George Henry Pryor Tant, Fanning Yater Wallace, Foy Esco, Jr. Warren, Thomas B. Woods, Guy N. Audiocassettes Clippings Correspondence Ephemera Manuscripts Minutes Newsletters Periodicals Sermons



Extent of Collection

8.5 linear feet (17 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #11

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

David Sessions, Julia Reid, Audrey Schaffner, McGarvey Ice


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