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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence, presentations, research, and reviews from Harrell’s academic career. Additionally, there are correspondence and reports regarding his work with Churches of Christ.

Biographical Note

David Edwin Harrell, Jr., was born on February 22, 1930, in Jacksonville, FL. He received a B.A. (1954) from David Lipscomb College, and an M.A. (1958) and Ph.D. (1962) from Vanderbilt University. Harrell served as a professor of history at numerous American universities (1961-2004), finishing his teaching career at Auburn University (1990- 2004). Additionally, he served as a Fulbright Lecturer in India (1976-1977), and as the Director of the American Studies Research Centre in Hyderabad, India (1993-1995). Harrell is a noted social historian of American religious history. His research interests included the Stone-Campbell Movement, Pentecostal traditions, the southern black and white sectarian tradition, and twentieth century American Christianity. Additionally, he wrote biographies of Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, and Homer Hailey.

Donor Note

David Edwin Harrell, Jr.


The collection is arranged by material type.


Harrell, David Edwin, 1930-
Churches of Christ
Stone-Campbell Movement
Restoration Movement



Extent of Collection

15.25 linear feet (32 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #467

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Materials are housed in the Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas and are non-circulating. Access is available during normal business hours; prior appointments are preferred.

This collection includes records which have been restricted to protect personal identifying information and other privacy concerns. Restricted materials are typically noted as [restricted] in the finding aid folder title. Restrictions in this collection will expire 1 February 2027.

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Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox, Amanda Dietz, Sarah Dillinger, Mac Ice, and Jeaniece Silas

Subjects--Personal Names

Harrell, David Edwin, 1930-


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