Title of Collection
Billie Silvey Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Billie Silvey Papers consists of Silvey's personal collection of writings and works. It includes material from different ministry activities and programs Silvey was involved in at Culver Palms Church of Christ and elsewhere is the L.A. area. It includes materials from social activist programs in Silvey's neighborhood. This collection also holds Silvey's class materials and papers from classes she took at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998. These materials lead into Silvey's collection of materials on the Life Skills Lab program she conducted at Culver Palm's Church of Christ. Much of this work and research went into one of Silvey's books, God's Child in the City. This collections holds all of her notes and chapter notes along with manuscripts of other works such as, short stories, novels, and articles.
Billie Silvey grew up in Happy, Texas and moved to L.A. in the early 1960s to attend Pepperdine College. She continued her education at Fuller Theological Seminary in urban ministry. She has been a L.A. resident since 1965 and has been a journalist for fifty years. She is married to Frank Silvey and has two children. She has authored multiple books, the most recent being, The Victory Lap: Growing Old with God, published in 2015. She has served as the Associate Editor for 21st Century Christian Magazine for 24 years and has served as the Executive Director of Culver Palms Life Skills Lab. She has also done freelance grant writing and editing.
Upon receiving the collection some order was imposed upon the collection but most of the original order of the folders was kept, they were just placed in differently numbered boxes. First, materials related to ministry are in the first box. Silvey's writings, including chapter notes, manuscripts, articles, short stories, poetry, journals, and daily planners, take up most of the space of the collection, occupying seven boxes. The rest of the collection consists of materials relating to Silvey's job as a freelance grant writer, her website, and scrapbook materials. The last two boxes hold copies of magazines and periodicals that Silvey had kept.
I. Ministry A. Women's Ministry B. Bible Studies and Classes C. Misc. Church-related activities D. Culver Palms Church of Christ E. Lectureships and Symposiums II. Fuller Theological Seminary Class Materials III. Urban Ministry and Life Skills Lab A. Urban Ministry B. Homelessness Health Fair C. Community Activities D. Life Skills Lab Materials E. Social Justice Research - Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles (2004) (located in Flat File C3) IV. Writings A. God's Child in the City B. Manuscripts C. Trusting Women Materials/Time Management for Women Materials D. Byron Fictionalized Biography Materials E. Revolution Materials F. The Power of the Word Materials G.The Victory Lap Materials H. Autobiographical Writings I. Written Articles J. Short Stories and Poems K. Published Books L. Journals M. Daily Planners V. Freelance Writing A. Job and Marketing Materials B. Writing Seminars and Tips C. Website Materials VI. Personal Files A. Research Materials B. Scrapbook Materials VII. Periodicals and Magazines
Churches of Christ-California
Extent of Collection
5.0 linear feet (11 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #332
Center for Restoration Studies
[Identification of item], File or Folder Name, Billie Silvey Papers. Center for Restoration Studies MS #332. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
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