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Scope and Content Note

Papers from Luther Alvin Marsh and Jean (Crawford) Marsh related to their time in high school and college, as well as time working as a professor at ACU. Items include diplomas, photographs, graduation booklets, academic writings/theses, church directories, awards/plates, one small Bible, copies of The Optimist (1940s), correspondence.

Biographical Note

The following biographical note is excerpted from the obituary of Luther Alvin Marsh: “Born in Lebanon, Tennessee, Dr. Marsh was the son of William Wallace Marsh and Grace Jones Marsh. He attended schools in Tennessee and Texas, and graduated from Conroe High School, where he was salutatorian of the class of 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1944 to 1946. He completed his undergraduate degree from ACU in 1948. In 1950, he married Jean Crawford. They both taught in public schools, first at Burnet and then at Amarillo. He pursued graduate studies in psychology at the University of Texas, earning a master's degree in 1953 and his doctorate in 1975. Dr. Marsh was employed for 35 years at ACU, where he served in various faculty and staff positions, including professor of psychology and director of testing. He also served the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene as the part-time chief of psychological services from 1971 to 1983. He was a deacon of the University Church of Christ for more than 45 years.”

Donor Note

Laura Flippin (daughter)


The processors retained the original order as received. There was no obvious order of provenance.

Content List

Box 1

[First Folder] Finding Aid

Series I: Artifacts

Anniversary pins

50th wedding anniversary plate


Small black Bible (New Testament and Psalms)

ACC 1948 diploma

Drawing/sketch of College Church of Christ, Abilene, TX

Series II: Abilene Christian College/Abilene Christian University

ACU Century Club paintings (1976-1980)


Commencement program (1972)

ACC diploma (1950)

Jean Crawford manuscript: Major Paper in Primary Education (1950)

1950 ACC Campus Calendar

ACC promotional booklets and directories


Retirement certificate


Series III: Photographs and Newspaper Clippings [1 folder]

Series IV: Local Churches of Christ (Abilene, TX) [1 folder]

Series V: Other Papers

Miscellaneous certificates

Texas Tech University papers

1953-54 Sam Houston Junior High school yearbook

Psychological Associations

University of Texas papers

Luther Marsh writings

Jean Crawford Marsh certificates and writings

Series VI: Oversized Items

ACC seat cushion

Texas Tech diploma (1983)

Commemorative plate - “Dedication Graduate Psychologists” (1978)


Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Texas – Abilene Manuscripts



Extent of Collection

3 linear feet (1 box and oversized items)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #574

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

Erica Pye and Mac Ice


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