Title of Collection

David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Papers, 1923-2017

Document Type

Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence, presentations, research, reviews, and more from Harrell’s academic career. Additionally, there is correspondence and reports regarding Harrell’s work with noninstitutional 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 was 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 materials within each folder have been left in the original order created by Harrell, but rearranged into three series: professional, church, and media.


Churches of Christ



Extent of Collection

15.25 linear feet (32 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #467

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

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

Processing Status


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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