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Scope and Content Note

A set of sermon notes, clippings, study notes and ephemera collected by James Orville Wilburn over the course of his ministerial career.

Biographical Note

James Orville Wilburn was born March 9, 1905 in Grove County, Kansas. He passed away on September 7, 1970 in Lubbock, Texas. He was a preacher in the Church of Christ and participated in multiple debates, including with Russellites and Jehovah’s Witnesses. He married Frances Mae on September 1, 1930. The couple worked in ministry throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, California, and Kansas.

Donor Note

Donated by the Wilburn family through James' son Bob.


The materials are in two series and arranged alphabetically. The first series is arranged by topic or subject and contains clippings and ephemera. The second series is arranged by title of the sermon and contains sermon manuscripts and notes. Both series were kept in the original order. Published tracts and booklets were removed and cataloged.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for a folder listing.



Extent of Collection

1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #451

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

Rose Garrett, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz


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