Lawrence Leon Smith, Sr. Papers, 1924-1982

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span

1924 - 1982

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Smith's sermon outlines and other materials related to ministry, a detailed office diary, personal correspondence, and material related to the Preachers' Retirement Project.

Biographical Note

Lawrence L. Smith, Sr. was appointed the business manager of ACU in 1927 during his junior year at and he held that position for 42 years. In 1969 he was appointed vice president for financial affairs, and became the treasurer in 1971. When he retired in 1972, he was named treasurer emeritus. During his career he also served as part-time or full-time preacher for many congregations, mostly in Texas.


Boxes #1-2 have been reboxed and slightly reordered from the order in which it was found in University Manuscripts. Boxes #3-14 remain in the order in whic they were found in Lawrence L. Smith, Sr.'s filing cabinet. And Box #15 includes material previously in his father's, George Dallas Smith's, papers.

Content List

Boxes #1-2 (Previously in University Manuscripts) Box #1 Sermons - Lawrence L. Smith, Sr. - Numbers 1-725 Sermon Notes and Outlines Sermons - Subject Index Sermons - Topic Index Record of Sermons Preached (9/19/42 to 3/4/70) Funerals (3/13/46 to 6/27/79) Speeches Rising Star Meeting (July 13-20, 1969) “How Far Men May Differ” - Notes and Outlines War & Violence - Notes and Outlines Office Diary - 8/21/53 to 9/27/76 Box #2 Correspondence -- J.S. Burgess (2/13/56 - 5/12/71) Correspondence -- Orbin Melton (3/17/67 - 1/24/80) Biographical Data Certificates ACU Homecoming 1976 ACU Birthday Party -- May 25, 1976 Dedications -- Books & Dormitory John C. Stevens -- Inauguration (1970) Paul Southern -- Retirement from ACU ACU History Project Manuscript Bible Selling -- Southwestern Co. Weatherford, TX -- South Main Church of Christ History (1856-1978) Preachers’ Retirement Project More than 50 folders of related material See Control File for a detailed list Mt. Carmel School - Johnson Co. Bird House Building Plans Misc. Papers Journal - Bible Study Outlines Too big for Box #1 Boxes #3-14 (From Lawrence Leon Smith, Sr.’s filing cabinet) Boxes #3-5 Alphabetized office files Boxes #5-6 Alphabetized files related to ACC/ACU Boxes #7-8 Alphabetized files concerning ACC/ACU finances Boxes #9-11 Alphabetized files of manuscripts of transcribed interviews regarding the history of ACC/ACU Boxes #11-12 Alphabetized files of histories of ACC/ACU, bulletins, and catalogs Boxes #13-14 Cassette tapes of interviews regarding the history of ACC/ACU Box #15 (Previously in the George Dallas Smith Papers donated by Lawrence Leon Smith, Sr.) A binder including written material regarding the Church of Christ’s beliefs about war, and correspondence with members of other church/religious traditions regarding their traditions’ beliefs about war War/Conscientious Objector Newspaper Clippings


Churches of Christ--Texas



Extent of Collection

Fifteen boxes

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #384

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox

Subjects--Personal Names

Burgess, J.S.; Melton, Orbin


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