Title of Collection

Elmer and Bessie Patterson Papers

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains some of the personal papers of Elmer and Bessie Patterson. Materials include extensive notes, outlines, books, and tracts concerning Church of Christ doctrine, church directories, and a large collection of religious booklets from the Patterson's personal library. The collection is housed in 20 boxes.

Biographical Note

Elmer and Bessie Patterson were married June 7, 1931. During their marriage, they lived in Hereford, Tex. and Tulsa, Okla. Elmer worked as a photographer for local newspapers and served as an elder in the churches they attended. He also directed, for a time, a Bible Correspondence Course supported by the Hereford Church of Christ. Bessie received her B.A. and M.A. from West Texas State College. She worked as a news reporter for Hereford's local radio station, a freelance writer, and a teacher in local schools.

Donor Note

Patterson family


The collection is arranged by material type; it is unclear if this maintains the creator's original order.

Content List

Box 1: Personal Papers; ACC Lectureship Outlines, 1950s; Copies of Gospel Advocate; Billy Graham Association Pamphlets; Bible Correspondence Course Materials Box 2: Notes on Church Doctrine; Cottage Meeting Bible Charts and Notes; Lesson Outlines; Church Bulletins Box 3: Notes on Church Doctrine; Issue of Action Newspaper; Lesson Outlines; Materials on Estate Planning Box 4: Millions Now Living Will Never Die - book; The Lesson Annual on Uniform Bible Lessons, 1955 - book, Firm Foundation; Periodicals; Tracts and Booklets; Catholic Information Services Materials Box 5: Issues of The Gospel Truth; Catholic Information Services Materials; Tracts and Booklets; Church Directories Box 6: Church Directories; Bound Christian Architect - Bible Chair Annual Box 7: Various Periodicals and Booklets, including: 20th Century Christian, Firm Foundation, The Restoration Review; Christian Family, The Gospel Truth Box 8: Periodicals Box 9: Studies in the Bible Lesson Materials; Periodical and Booklets Box 10: Periodical Issues of The Star; Unto All the World: 1959 ACC Bible Lectures - bound book; Crowning 50 Years: 1968 ACC Bible Lectures - bound book; Periodical and Booklets Box 11: Periodicals and Booklets; Sermons, Studies, and Teaching Tools; Crosstown Church of Christ Bible Correspondence Course Box 12: Notes and Lessons on Church of Christ doctrine; World Bible School Grading Key; Collinsville (Okla.) Church of Christ Trial Newspaper Articles Box 13: Periodicals Box 14: Cottage Bible Class Series Slides; Sharpening the Sword Study Materials; For God So Loved the World - scrapbook Box 15: Periodicals and Booklets; Herald of Truth Materials; Open Bible Study Lessons; Understanding Catholic Faith Materials Box 16: Booklets; Bible Study Course by Ivan R. Stewart Box 17: Booklets; Bible Study Course by Ivan R. Stewart Box 18: Booklets; Church bulletins; Flyers and other church produced publicity Box 19: Booklets; Higher Plane: A Study for Christian Women Materials Box 20: Be Thou Faithful Audio Series (4 vinyl records)


Churches of Christ--Texas, Churches of Christ--Oklahoma (Tulsa)



Extent of Collection

10.75 linear feet (20 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #68

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

ACU Staff, Kayla Sanderson

Subjects--Personal Names

Patterson, Elmer; Patterson, Bessie (1910-2006)


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