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Scope and Content Note

These papers include materials from Jeannette and Harold’s time at Abilene Christian University as students and then as faculty and involved community members. There are also church bulletins, sermon notes, scrapbooks, awards, and a few A/V materials.

Biographical Note

Biographical note excerpted from ACU Today:

“Lipford was born Feb. 25, 1929, in San Angelo, Texas, the daughter of ranchers who lived in nearby Cristoval and the granddaughter of Texas’ earliest settlers who accompanied Stephen F. Austin. She moved to Abilene with her family at age 3.

She graduated from Abilene Christian High School in 1945 and from ACU in 1949 with a B.A. in education. She studied voice at Baylor University and Lipscomb University before earning an M.A. in education from ACU in 1987. She also did graduate work in music at Southern Methodist University and The Juilliard School in New York City.

Jeannette met classmate Harold Thomas Lipford (’50) in ACU’s A Cappella Chorus and they wed Sept. 3, 1948, in Abilene. She developed extensive teaching experience in Texas and Tennessee while Harold was a minister and working on graduate degrees in Waco and Nashville. She served as a music coordinator for the elementary division and taught second grade at Abilene’s Wylie Elementary School, and taught music for second-graders in the Ozona (Texas) ISD and kindergarten music at Otter Creek Christian Schools in Nashville.

The couple returned to Abilene in 1966, and she taught voice to approximately 2,000 students in the music and theatre departments from 1968 to 1992, and continued to instruct and coach scores more for the next 25-plus years. She received ACU’s Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award in 1999. Lipford was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, the National Association of Music Schools, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Abilene Opera Association and the Abilene Harmony Club.”

See ACU Today, Ron Hadfield’s article “ACU Remembers: Jeannette Lipford”.

Donor Note

Cindy Hudson


Materials are arranged in six series.
Series I: Abilene Christian University
Subseries A: Student Years
Subseries B: Faculty/Staff Years
Series II: Church
Subseries A: Directories and Bulletins
Subseris B: Sermons and Notes
Series III: Print Materials
Subseries A: Abilene Christian Schools
Subseries B: Other Theaters
Subseries C: Clippings
Subseries D: Non-ACU Yearbooks
Series IV: Scrapbooks and Photographs
Series V: Awards and Artifacts
Series VI: Audio/Visual Materials

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder listing.



Extent of Collection

9 linear feet (7 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #517

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

Amanda Dietz and Mac Ice


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