Church of Christ history serves as core of ACU's Center for Restoration Studies

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2001

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Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations

From grassroots to mainstream, elements documenting the history of the Church of Christ are archived at Abilene Christian University's Center for Restoration Studies. The Center serves as the only repository of books, archival materials and artifacts of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement and the Churches of Christ.

The nationally-known Center is the only institution within Churches of Christ dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of these materials and to the promotion of education and research of this religious movement.

The Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement the is the history of how the Church of Christ was formed in the United States after Alexander Campbell immigrated from Europe and joined Barton W. Stone.

Although the Center includes materials from the 19th century, its primary focus is on the development of Churches of Christ in the 20th century. For that reason, all materials are available to the public.

Books are cataloged online at and other materials - manuscripts, photographs, audio-visual items and vertical files - are stored in the Center's closed stacks and may be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room of ACU's Margaret and Herman Brown Library.

The Center was established Aug. 29, 1983, by the ACU Board of Trustees but wasn't publicly announced until Feb. 21, 1984. Hubert Roach of Paris aided in the announcement and his extensive library was the first major gift to the Center.

In 1986 the Center acquired the 200-year old pulpit from the Ahorey Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland, from which Thomas Campbell preached for 10 years before migrating to America.

Other items in the Center include hand-written sermons by Barton Stone, an original oil painting of Alexander Campbell, first-edition Campbell books and original sheet music by Tillit S. Teddie.


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