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Scope and Content Note

The Haymes papers consist of materials Haymes generated and collected over the course of his life and career as a community organizer, congregational leader, librarian, archivist, researcher, writer, observer and critic. The papers span sixty years, from the latter half of the twentieth century well into the second decade of the twenty-first. The materials from Don’s service at West Islip Church of Christ provide a rare glimpse into the community organizing work related to that congregation in the late 1960s and 1970s. Don’s research material and photography provide a perspective unequaled by related holdings in ACU Special Collections. Likewise, his course notes from Harvard Divinity School provide a window into a critical phase of his academic preparation. The sundry research and correspondence files likewise reveal Don’s distinct insight, relentless search for fact, and truth, and reveal his determination to acquire, preserve, and interpret the documentary, monographic, periodical, and archival remains of the Stone-Campbell movement, especially Churches of Christ.

Biographical Note

Biographical note excerpted from obituary:
“Don Haymes was born December 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois and died June 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He died from injuries sustained in a catastrophic automobile accident near his home.

Don was educated at Shelby State Community College, Rhodes College,B.A.; University of Tennessee at Knoxville M.A. Library Science; Harvard Divinity School M.T.S.

Don served in a distinguished capacity in the following: The National Conference of Christians and Jews / Tennessee Roundtable, Memphis, TN; Mercer University Press, Editor-in-Chief, Macon, GA; University of the South, Sewanee TN, Assistant Librarian; American Theological Library Association, Evanston, IL, Director of Index Programs; Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN, Archivist Librarian; Minister of Inner City Faith Corps, Brooklyn, NY; Metropolitan Council on Housing, NY, NY; Smithtown News, Reporter, Long Island, NY. He was a contributor of articles to many professional and religious periodicals.

He was a member of the American Society of Church History, Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, American Theological Library Association, Christian Library Association, Disciples Of Christ Historical Society and Southern Poverty Law Center.

He was a lover of old cars and as a friend said, "...spoke passionately reciting their details in a way only connoisseurs or mechanics could understand." He was a member of Inliners International , Vintage Chevrolet Club of America , National Antique Oldsmobile Club and Studebaker Drivers Club.

Don was preceded in death by his father Jack Haymes and his mother Blair Law Haymes. He is survived by his wife Betty Hollis Haymes, son Malcolm Eldridge Haymes, his partner Lani Brooks, daughter-in-law Susan Foxall Haymes and granddaughters Bailey, Rebekah and Morgan.”

Donor Note

Betty Haymes


The processor retained the original order so far as it was discernible. He then followed it by adding to it those materials which were unsorted. The processor created the overall chronological and topical arrangement based on the development of Haymes’ life and education and his writing and research. The collection is also arranged based on the quantity of materials in the various series. For example, since Haymes retained a significant set of materials relating to his work honoring LeMoine Lewis, these materials were set aside into a discrete series. The same is true of his work in the history of race among Churches of Christ. Additional smaller sets of materials were then ordered into the research and publications files. Haymes arranged his correspondence among various topics of interest. The processor retained this arrangement and used it to receive additional unfiled and unsorted correspondence. The educational series were retained mostly as-is, with only a few separated items returned into these series. The various series for Haymes’ employment were gathered from mostly unsorted and unfiled materials. These are arranged chronologically. As a general rule the processor retained Haymes’ folders as-is. In some cases materials were refoldered, or a second folder created to hold additional files. The inventory below uses [square brackets] to indicate folder titles generated by the processors. By this the researcher may also be alerted to the instances where processors made arrangement and description decisions as they ordered the various items in series and sub-series.

The materials are arranged in to 12 series:
Series I: Biographical Materials, including personal information, resumes, and photographs
Series II: Correspondence and Topical Files
Series III: Lemoine Lewis
Series IV: Research
Subseries A: Campbell-Purcell Debate
Subseries B: Race
Subseries C: Study materials/teaching
Subseries D: Foy E. Wallace, Jr., J. Frank Norris’ research
Subseries E. Periodicals
Series V: Education
Subseries A: Abilene Christian College
Subseries B: Southwestern at Memphis
Subseries C: Library School
Subseries D: Harvard University
Series VI: New York
Subseries A: Urban Planning
Subseries B: West Islip
Series VII: Writings (including articles and reviews)
Series IX: Mission journal
Series X: Employment
Subseries A: Mercer University
Subseries B: Sewanee
Subseries C: Christian Theological Seminary
Series XI: Church
Subseries A: Evanston Church
Subseries B: Fountain Square Church
Series XII: Professional associations and meetings

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.



Extent of Collection

30 linear feet (21 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #534

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

Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Brianna Mullins, Avery Reinoehl


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