Title of Collection

Howard Wayne and Jane Pearce Norton Papers, 1930-2022

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Inclusive Dates--Bulk


Scope and Content Note

These papers reflect Howard Norton's preaching and also preserve Howard Norton's teaching materials from his time at Oklahoma Christian University and Harding University. This collection contains an extensive set of correspondence spanning his career. The work of the São Paulo, Brazil, mission team is also documented in great detail.

This collection is closed to public research and may not be accessed until 10 years after the death of both donors.

Donor Note

Howard Norton, Jane Norton, and Laurie Norton Diles


The Norton papers are arranged into series according to his ministerial function and by material type. The original order within each series is mostly intact and where intact the processor preserved it. The processor constructed the series structure per se after consultation with the donors. Some boxes were unsorted at the time of receipt and these have been left unsorted; they contain more recent sermons, correspondence and topical files. The creator maintained a few discrete file sets. These were brought together into sequence in Series II, but each subdivision was kept intact and the whole was not interfiled.

Content List

Series I: The Brazil Mission Files - São Paulo Mission Team (SPMT) [14 boxes]

Series II: Teaching, Preaching, and Topical Files

Series II/A: Numerical File Set 000-299 [4 boxes]

Series II/B: Missions Resource Network and Continent of Great Cities [2 boxes]

Series II/C: Southern Christian Home, Arkansas Christian Herald, and Institute for Church and Family [1 box]

Series II/D: Sermons, Harding Files, Correspondence, and Continent of Great Cities [4 boxes]

Series II/E: Oklahoma Christian College/Oklahoma Christian University Course Files, Administrative Files, and Correspondence [6 boxes]

Series II/F: Harding University Course Files, Administrative Files, Correspondence, and Institute for Church and Family [2 boxes]

Series II/G: Sermons, Lectures, and Presentations [3 boxes]

Series II/H: Unsorted [5 boxes]

Series III: Early Norton Family Papers, Morrow Family Papers, and Willard Morrow Sermons [2 boxes]

Series IV: Howard Norton Thesis/Dissertation Research [3 boxes]

Series V: Correspondence [11 boxes]

(Series V) Box 1: Early Norton Family Papers and Letters

Box 2: Jane Norton Mementos and Letters

Box 3-5: 1960-1980 (estimated dates)

Box 6: 1973-1979

Box 7: 1972-1985

Box 8: 1986-1989

Box 9: 1989-1994

Box 10: Email printouts 1995 - August 2003

Box 11: Email printouts Sept 2003 - 2006

Series VI: Photographs and Slides [2 boxes]

Series VII: Cassettes, CDs, VHS tapes, reel to reel audio reels, 3x5 diskettes, DVDs [3 boxes]

Series VIII: Planners, calendars, diaries [1 box]

Series IX: Objects, Rolodex, Plaques, and Awards [3 boxes]

Series X: Oversized [1 box and one unboxed large framed photograph]


Churches of Christ, Missions, Brazil, Oklahoma Christian, Harding University, Mission Resources Network, Continent of Great Cities, Howard Norton



Extent of Collection

104 linear feet (68 boxes and one large framed photograph)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #558

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Closed to public research. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives for assistance.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Erica Pye and Mac Ice

Subjects--Personal Names

Norton, Howard; Norton, Jane Pearce


Finding aid for the Howard Wayne and Jane Pearce Norton Papers, 1930-2022.


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