Title of Collection

James R. Fife Papers, 1957-1983


James R. Fife

Document Type

Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

The James R. Fife Papers contain 1.5 linear feet of materials. The majority of the papers are research materials from a master’s thesis that Christian Education major James Fife started at Abilene Christian College. He was part of the class of 1957 and studied under Carl Spain. The working title for his research was “A History of the Bible Chair Movement Among Churches of Christ.” Fife left Abilene Christian College in 1958 to become the director of the Bible Chair in Tyler, Texas. These papers also include one folder of information about the founding of Mission Journal.

Biographical Note

James R. Fife from Port Arthur, Texas, attended Abilene Christian College beginning in the fall of 1957. He majored in Christian Education and worked closely with Professor Carl Spain. These papers document some of his academic research on the Bible Chair Movement and his involvement with the early stages of Mission Journal.

Donor Note

James R. Fife


Materials are in the order in which they were received. The materials from the 2018 accrual are filed behind the original accession.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for inventory.



Extent of Collection

1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #241

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

Kayla Sanderson, Ron Longwell, Amanda Dietz, Mac Ice


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