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Scope and Content Note

Ephemera, audio cassette recordings of sermons by Carl Spain and photographic materials.

Biographical Note

Following biographical note excerpted from the Gospel Advocate obituary:

“Dr. Robert Carl Spain, 73, Abilene Christian University Bible professor emeritus and director of ACUs preacher placement service, died December 21, 1990 at his home in Abilene, Texas.

Spain was born in Chattanooga, TN. He attended school in Opelika, AL, and graduated from David Lipscomb University in 1936 and ACU in 1938. He received his masters degree and another bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1946. In 1963, he received his doctorate of theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He joined the ACU faculty in 1954 after teaching at Harding University and holding the Bible Chair at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He also served churches in Paducah, Handley, Irving, Lubbock and Houston, TX; Auburn, AL; and Searcy, AR., before going to ACU. He received 20th Century Christian magazines Christian Educator of the Year Award in 1978 and was a staff writer for the magazine for 30 years. He was to have received the Award in Christian Communication for 20th Century Christian.

Spain was elected president of the Southwest Regional Chapter of the American Academy of Religion in 1969 and also served on the board of directors of the national academy. He also made evangelical trips to Europe, Russia, South America and Central America. Spain also was known as a pioneer in the campus ministry movement and a courageous speaker against racial segregation in the church and in the Christian college system. He was a member of the Minter Lane Church of Christ. Spain is survived by his wife, Mildred McClung Spain of Abilene; two daughters, Carla Trammell and Claudette Rogers, both of Houston; two sisters, Lorene McCartney of Tampa, FL., and Elaine Spain Gay of Opelika, AL.; and three grandchildren.”

History of the Restoration Movement Gospel Advocate Obituaries, “Spain, Robert Carl.”

Donor Note

Claudette Spain Rogers, daughter


Materials were kept in the order they were received as much as possible.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.


Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Texas – Abilene Manuscripts



Extent of Collection

3 linear feet (2 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #306

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

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Finding Aid created by

Kayla SandersonACU Staff, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Ashlen Planes


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