Title of Collection
R.H. Boll Collection, 1948-2012
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of 16 reels of audiotape sermons by R.H. Boll, Victor Broaddus, and others, sermon outlines by R.H. Boll, and various other periodicals. It is composed of three series: Series I includes all reel tapes that have been digitally recorded, Series II is comprised of handwritten sermon notes (two outlines and one full sermon) by R.H. Boll, Series II is comprised of various periodicals including Exhorter issues, the Buechel Church of Christ-60th Anniversary History, and The Kingdom of God by R.H. Boll. (Exhorter issues and The Kingdom of God have been removed and refiled appropriately).
Robert Henry Boll was born in 1875 in Badenweiler, Germany. His family emigrated upon the remarriage of his mother when he was 14. The family moved to Ohio around 1890 and he later migrated to Tennessee as a farm laborer. There, near Nashville, Tennessee, Boll was baptized by Sam Harris of the Churches of Christ in 1895. Boll was admitted into the Nashville Bible School (later David Lipscomb College, now Lipscomb University) and his first sermon was preached at the Nashville jail. After school, Boll became the minister at Portland Avenue Church of Christ in Louisville where he stayed until his death in 1956, with the exception of the one-year period from 1910-1911 in which he was the Bible teacher at a high school in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He continued his education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary studying Latin and Greek while in Louisville. Boll is best known for his premillennialist eschatological views. He was one of the most influential advocates for the premillennial point of view, and was opposed most singularly by Foy E. Wallace, Jr. Articles advocating his premillennial views were published during his editorship of the Gospel Advoacate from 1909-1915 and after 1915 in Word and Work. These articles and views created a significant source of division within the Churches of Christ. Boll died in 1956, but the rifts he had helped bring about in the church were present until the end of the 20th century. In the 2000 edition of the directory Churches of Christ in the United States, published by Mac Lynn, no longer separately listed congregations with premillennial views.
Larry Miles from Louisville, Kentucky donated this collection.
The collection is comprised of three series: Series I includes all reel tapes that have been digitally recorded, Series II is comprised of handwritten sermon notes (two outlines and one full sermon) by R.H. Boll, Series III includes various periodicals including Exhorter issues, the Buechel Church of Christ-60th Anniversary History, and The Kingdom of God by R.H. Boll. The reel tapes were arranged in no particular order and processed according to their placement in the original box. Some reels lacked proper labeling, but titles and track names were kept as found on the box (if labeled at all). A note has been made on the finding aid of how reel and tracks were labeled. The papers are organized in alphabetical order by title.
Series I: Reel Tapes Series II: Handwritten Sermon Notes (transcripts to these are in file name Why Not Curse God and Die?) 1. In Covenant with God 2. Jesus takes up the Message of Repentance which John had preached 3. Why Not Curse God and Die? Sermon Notes Not Digitized: 4. Faith, Jericho, Naaman 5. Beatitudes 6. Miscellaneous 7. Miscellaneous 8. Correspondence/Sermon Notes Series III: Periodicals and Sermons 1. Exhorter Issues a. June 1973, Volume XIV, No. 1-6 b. October 1974, Volume XV, No. 10 c. June 1975, Volume XVI, No. 6 d. July 1977, Volume XVIII, No. 7 e. January 1978, Volume 19, No. 1 f. March 1978, Volume 19, No. 2 g. May-June 1978, Volume 19, No. 3 2. Buechel Church of Christ – 60th Anniversary History (2 copies) 3. The Kingdom of God: A Survey-Study of the Bible’s Principle Theme by R.H. Boll 4. Digital Copy of Word and Works Magazine on CD, 1938-1973
Churches of Christ--Texas
Extent of Collection
1.5 linear feet (1 box)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #84
Center for Restoration Studies
[Identification of item], File or Folder Name, R.H. Boll Collection, 1948-2012. Center for Restoration Studies MS #84. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
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Finding Aid created by
Boll, R.H., 1875-1956; Broaddus, Victor; Patton, John G.; Harrison, E.M; Fuldan, John; Myers, Stanley; Needy, Oscar
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