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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence to and from Shepherd, and personal journals written by Shepherd. Two of these journals (1889 and 1891) describe Shepherd’s time as a missionary in Australia and New Zealand. There are also notes from his time as a student at the College of the Bible (Lexington, Kentucky), and biographical information. The collection also includes correspondence between Mary (Shepherd’s daughter) and Claude French, and correspondence to and from Mary concerning her father in his older age.

Biographical Note

James Walton Shepherd was born near Lexington, Kentucky, on August 18, 1861. He was converted under the teaching of James A. Harding, and he attended the College of the Bible (Lexington, Kentucky). Shepherd preached in the U.S., and then engaged in mission work in Australia and New Zealand (c. 1888-1892). He later served as the librarian at Nashville Bible School, office manager of the Gospel Advocate, and editor of the Christian Leader. He published multiple books, and edited five volumes of David Lipscomb’s notes on the New Testament. He died at age 86 on July 27, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan.1

Donor Note

Darryl and Anne Tippens


The correspondence has been alphabetized, and the journals placed in chronological order.

Content List


[first folder] Finding Aid

Box 1
I. Personal
A. Correspondence
1. Allen, James A.
2. Armstrong, John Nelson
3. Baxter, Batsell Barrett
4. Beachboard, Mamie
5. Benson, George S.
6. Boles. H. Leo
7. Boyd, Mattie J.
8. Bradley, I. B. and Clara
9. Carter, J. C.
10. Chamberlin, J. Ray
11. Collins, Willard
12. Doniggian, Paul M.
13. Dorris, Lula K.
14. Elam, E. A.
15. Floyd, J. F.
16. French, Ann
17. French, Mary and Claude (1)
18. French, Mary and Claude (2)
19. Gardener, Barton Stone
20. Glenn, John T.
21. Graham, Robert
22. Green, Jr., L. E.
23. Grubbs, Isaiah Boone
24. Hall, Mary
25. Harding, James A.
26. Hardeman, Nicholas Brodie
27. Harendean, Russell
28. Hay, James
29. Hemingway, Hugh W. and Mabel
30. Hogan, Kittie Bush
31. Hogan, Minnie
32. Hoover, Ernest H.
33. Langly, Judith
34. Lee, Edward
35. Loyd, T. J.
36. Martin, T. L.
37. Maston, Aaron Burr
38. Matherly, John Henry
39. McCaleb, John Moody
40. McGregor, J.
41. McInteer, Jim Bill
42. Menard, Gustavus Francis
43. Miller, Evelyn
44. Miller, Lloyd and Jessie
45. Neely, Jane Martin
46. Nimmo, John W.
47. Norwood. R. W.
48. Pittman, Samuel Parker
49. Sears, Lloyd Cline
50. Shepherd, David
51. Shepherd, Frank Beauchamp
52. Shepherd, James and Martha
53. Shepherd, John and Mary
54. Shepherd, Julia Neely (1)
55. Shepherd, Julia Neely (2)
56. Shepherd, Robert W. and Daisy
57. Shepherd, Sydney and Pearl
58. Stewart, W. G.
59. Tanksley, Sr., Thomas Jefferson (Jerry)
60. Taylor, Joseph
61. Thomas, Leslie G.
62. Watson, Paul
63. Central Church of Christ (Nashville, TN)
64. Department of Commerce (Birmingham, AL)
65. Edward Rehorn & Sons (Nashville, TN)
66. Gospel Advocate Co. (Nashville, TN)
67. John C. Roesch & Company (Nashville, TN)
68. John Schmalzriedt Sons Funeral Homes (Detroit, MI)
69. McQuiddy Printing Company (Nashville, TN)
70. Copies of correspondence between E. H. Ijams, N. B Hardeman, and the board of Trustees at David Lipscomb College (1938); and copies of correspondence between George S. Benson and Foy E. Wallace, Jr. (1938)
71. Miscellaneous Correspondence
B. Journals
1. 1881-1890; 1894-1895; 1913
2. 1889
3. 1891
4. 1897
5. 1903
6. 1904
7. 1905
8. 1915
9. 1921
10. 1922
11. 1926

Box 2
12. 1927
13. 1928
14. 1929
15. 1930
16. 1931
17. 1932
18. 1933
19. 1940
20. 1943
21. 1944
C. Funerals
1. Julia Neely Shepherd
2. James Walton Shepherd
D. Photographs
E. Travel
1. Australia
2. Silver Plate from Australia
3. Westminster Abbey

II. Church
A. Bible College Notes
1. 1881
2. 1882
3. 1883
4. 1884
5. undated
6. undated
7. undated
B. Bible Notes
1. 1893 Quarterly Notes
2. Untitled Teaching Series
3. Undated Notes
4. Clippings from Shepherd’s writings

Box 3
C. Bibles
1. 1900 New Testament
2. 1946 New Testament
D. Tracts
E. Bulletins
F. Newspaper and Journal Article Clippings
G. Advertisements for Gospel Meetings

III. Mary and Claude French
A. Teaching Materials
B. Harding – 1942 Platinum Anniversary
C. Notes Concerning the Shepherd Papers


Churches of Christ -- Doctrines
Churches of Christ -- History -- 19th century
Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century



Extent of Collection

3.2 linear feet (3 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #230

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

ACU StaffAudrey Schaffner, Brady Cox, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz

Subjects--Personal Names

Shepherd, James Walter


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