Lowell G. and Earline Perry Papers, 1965-2005

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Scope and Content Note

Collection is a mix of books, packets, papers, folders, and reels mostly pertaining to the interaction between religion and media, specifically radio and television.

Biographical Note

Lowell G. Perry and Earline Perry were married June 10, 1947. Lowell G. Perry was an ACU professor who taught communications. His focus was the interaction between religion and media (primarily radio and television). His career ended prematurely when he died in a plane crash in 1977. Earline was a professor in the school of business and a realtor for over two decades. She passed away February 19, 2016.

Donor Note

David Perry is Lowell Perry's son. He donated his father's books, papers, and folders. Susan Perry donated her mother's missions materials.


The accession was received in two boxes, one containing folders and the other reels, along with many books. This accession was combined with an earlier accession (mentioned below) that included two books that were bound by Perry. Most of the books, outside of the earlier accession, were sent to cataloging since they were not written by Perry. However, his book collection did contain two copies of "Dailyaide - The Silent Secretary" which seem to have been a schedule/diary for Perry both of these were kept. Other than the books sent for cataloging, the rest of the material was rehoused in 3 smaller acid free boxes which meant that some of the folders overlapped with the reels in box 2 and box 3 simply contains the two bound books and his "Dailyaide" copies. Originally box 1 contained folders that numbered from 1 - 27 with number 19 being displaced from the rest, as well as a couple of "non-numbered" folders. Maintaining the order, box 1 numbers up to 27 with 19 being the last folder and then the "non-numbered" folders have been moved to the second box. Worship In Song by Godfrey and The Administrative Problems of the 10-Watt Educational FM Station by Lowell G. Perry (2 copies) formerly comprised Manuscripts #87 and were added to this accession and the whole assigned MS #311. Upon searching for Manuscripts #87 a book, Broadcasting from Satellites, by R. P. Haviland was found and also added to MS #311 Boxes 3-14 are an accrual and boxes 15-16 are an additional accrural.

Content List

Box 1 contains folders numbering from 1 to 27 (19 being the last one in the physical order). Many folder numbers are accompanied by various topics (#1 Survey of Course and Need, #2 History of Radio and TV in other religious groups, #5 Potential, etc.) Also miscellaneous packets, papers, and bulletins. Box 2 contains reels numbered from 200-236. The reels contain audio dealing with various topics (#200 "Black Sabbath" and #209 "Rock"). The numbers are not a steady stream rather 25 different copies exist between 200-236. The longest continuation being from 209-220. Boxes 3-7: Regular-sized reels (approximately 200 reels) Boxes 7-8: Small-sized reels Box 9: Reels individually unpackaged Box 10: Audio reels Box 11: Reels and VHS Tapes Box 12: 4-tracks and 8-tracks Box 13, 14: Miscellaneous of tapes, reels, and old headphones Box 15-16: materials from Earline Perry's work





Extent of Collection

16 linear feet (16 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #311

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

Darren Hagood


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