Title of Collection
Scope and Content Note
Silvey’s personal collection of writings and works contains material from different ministry activities and programs Silvey was involved in at Culvar Palms Church of Christ and elsewhere in the Los Angeles area. It includes materials from social activist programs in Silvey’s neighborhood, Silvey’s class materials and papers from classes she took at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998, and Silvey’s collection of materials on the Life Kills Lab program she conducted at Culvar Palms Church of Christ. Much of this work and research went into one of Silvey’s books, God’s Child in the City. This collection 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 Los Angeles in the early 1960s to attend Pepperdine College. She continued her education at Fuller Theological Seminary urban ministry. She was a Los Angeles resident since 1965 and has been a journalist for 50 years. She was married to Frank Silvey and had two children. She has authored multiple books, the most recent being The Victory Lap: Growing Old with God, published in 2015. She served as the associate editor of 21st Century Christian Magazine for 24 years and served as the Executive Director of Culvar Palms Life Skills Lab. She also did freelance grant writing and editing.
Upon receiving the collection, some order was imposed but most of the original order of the folders was kept as they were just placed in differently numbered boxes. Materials related to ministry are in the first box. Silvey’s writings, including chapter notes, manuscripts, articles, short stories, poetry, journals, and daily planners, occupy seven boxes. The last two boxes hold copies of magazines and periodicals that Silvey kept.
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Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- California Manuscripts
Extent of Collection
5.0 linear feet (11 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #332
Center for Restoration Studies
[identification of item], [file or folder name], Billie Silvey Papers, 1961-2015. Center for Restoration Studies MS #332. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
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Finding Aid created by
Sarah Dannemiller, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Ashlen Planes