Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photocopies of a diary from January 1940 through December 1946. The collection is housed in one box, in one series.

Biographical Note

Carl Paul Matheny was born May 1, 1928 in Ohio. He married Betty Lou Gordon (born 1929) and the couple had four children. Carl studied at Freed-Hardeman College, David Lipscomb College, and Harding College School of Religion. He worked with congregations in West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Arkansas, and Kentucky. The Matheny family lived in Beirut, Lebanon, for several years where they served as missionaries and co-founded the Middle East Bible Training School. Carl Paul Matheny died on August 13, 2005 and Betty Lou died on January 22, 2018.

For more information, see Carl Paul Matheny on the History of the Restoration Movement website,

Donor Note

Chad Carter through Tim Hunt


The existing order was maintained. The materials were originally in two three-ring binders with notes for each Biblical book within their own divider. In the course of processing, the notes were removed from the binders and each New Testament book placed in its own folder. The folders are arranged in canonical order.

Content List

Box 1
[First Folder] Finding Aid
A folder for every book of the Bible

Translation notes include the books of Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation


Stone-Campbell Movement, Restoration Movement, Bible Translation


English, Greek

Extent of Collection

.5 linear feet (1 box)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #425

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

Adam Lubbers, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz


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