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Hutson Library Endownment

ACU Library receives Africana Studies Collection Endowment

Dr. Christopher and Mary Lou Hutson of Abilene have made a gift to the ACU Brown Library that establishes the Christopher and Mary Lou Hutson Africana Studies Collection Endowment. This gift creates a permanent endowment fund that will support the Brown Library’s annual acquisition of materials supporting research and teaching in African-American and African diaspora history, literature, and religion. Visit the library’s blog to learn more.

Dr. David Edwin Harrell, Jr.

Milliken Special Collections department remembers historian and religion scholar

With the death of Dr. David Edwin Harrell, Jr. in March, scholars of American Christianity and the Stone-Campbell Movement lost a perceptive historian and analyst, and church members across the world lost a talented writer and evangelist. Visit the library’s blog to learn more about Herrell’s life and career.


Tell Me the Easter Story

Located in the Learning Commons Max Lucado Collection case is a new library exhibit called “Tell Me the Easter Story” that invites meditation during the Easter season on the passion of Jesus Christ and features seventeen works about the death and resurrection of Jesus written by Max Lucado between 1986 and 2013.

Selections from the Max Lucado Collection

The Max Lucado Collection was established in 2015 when Lucado designated his alma mater’s Brown Library as the repository for materials documenting his career as a missionary, evangelist and writer.