Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Thomas White Currie, Jr. papers, 1936-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Currie, Thomas White
Title: Thomas White Currie, Jr. papers
Dates: 1936-2001
Abstract Thomas White Currie, Jr. (1914-2004), a Presbyterian pastor, historian, and writer was ordained and installed at Eliasville, Texas, in 1941, and served at churches in Dallas and Houston, including a long pastorate at Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In 1963 Currie Jr. was elected Moderator of the Synod of Texas. Currie also helped found the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest and served as its executive secretary for the Synod of the Sun. This collection is divided into three series: Th. D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1955-1958), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History (1972-1977), and General, (1936-2001).
Identification: 1996-011; 2007-003; 2007-005; 2017-005
Extent: 8 feet, 2 inches of manuscript material, 1 inch of photographs, 0.5 inch of negatives, 2.5 inches of microfiche
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

Thomas White Currie, Jr. (1914-2004), a Presbyterian pastor, historian, and writer, was born in Austin, Texas in 1914 to Thomas White Currie, the third President of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He grew up on the campus of the seminary, and though he first earned degrees from the University of Texas and Union Theological Seminary, New York, Currie later returned to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his Th.M., which he earned in 1952. While earning his Th.D. at Union Seminary in Virginia, Currie made the history of APTS through the end of his father’s presidency in 1943 the topic of his thesis. Currie married in 1939 and had five children including Thomas White Currie III and James Stuart Currie, both pastors.

Currie was ordained and installed at Eliasville, Texas, in 1941, and served at churches in Dallas and Houston, including a long pastorate at Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In 1963 Currie was elected Moderator of the Synod of Texas, and from 1963 to 1967 served as Executive Secretary for Church Extension for the Presbytery of Brazos, during which time he played a role in the founding of several churches. A great lover of history, Currie helped found the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest and served as its executive secretary for the Synod of the Sun. He revised, updated, and published his thesis at the urging of then-APTS President Prescott Williams, Jr. with the financial sponsorship of Thomas F. Williams, Jr., as Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History in 1978. Currie was the author of several other books and articles, including Great Protestant Leaders, which he co-authored with his wife, Anne Alison Harrison, in 1952, and Our Cities for Christ (1954), as well as informal church histories, pamphlets, and newspaper articles. Thomas White Currie, Jr. retired in 1983, and passed away in 2004 at the age of 90.


Scope and Content Note

Eight feet, two inches of manuscript material, one inch of photographs, .5 inches of negatives, and 2.5 inches of microfiche (1936-2001) document Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s creation of A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, and his extensive career at the pulpit. A small amount of material documents other aspects Currie’s life, particularly as a retired pastor. The materials are divided into five series: Th.D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1955-1958), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History (1972-1977), Sermons and Related Material (1944-2001), Creative Works (1977-1993), and General (1936-2001). The bulk of the material dates from 1954-1978, and a very small amount dates back to 1936 and up to 2001.

The first series, Th.D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1955-1958), chronicles Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s experiences writing his thesis, from devising the topic to unsuccessfully petitioning for publication. The second and most voluminous series, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History (1972-1977), documents Currie’s updated seminary history from conception to publication. Correspondence with Prescott Williams, Jr. reveals the project’s humble beginnings, with Currie originally envisioning the updated history as a series of supplements in the APTS bulletin. The difficulties of the publication process are documented in correspondence with Lois Boyd, the volume’s editor at Trinity University Press. The historically rich recollections of board members, faculty, and alumni, which Currie solicited and upon which he based much of the volume, record firsthand accounts of warm, tender, and often humorous moments from across the seminary’s history. The third series, Sermons and Related Material, contains Currie’s collected sermons from 1944-2001. The sermons are in typed form, as well as on microfiche. Of special note in this series are materials related to Currie’s time as an interim-minister at Columba Church in the Oamaru Presbytery in New Zealand. The fourth series, Creative Works (1977-1993), includes Currie’s various writings. Of note in this series are two folders of material relating to a biographical chapter Currie wrote about his deceased brother as an introduction to APTS Professor Gene March’s Texts and Testaments, a book of critical essays dedicated to and inspired by Stuart Currie’s memory. Also, notes from two of his Bible Study sessions are included in the Writing subseries. The fifth series, General (1936-2001), is a small group of materials, predominately from later in Currie’s life.

The material in this collection represents separate accessions of material donated by Thomas White Currie, Jr., and James Stuart Currie, Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s son. The accession #1996-011, was donated by Currie himself in 1996. The remaining material, accessions #2007-003 and #2007-005, were donated by James Stuart Currie in 2007. Material can be assumed to be from accession #1996-011 unless otherwise noted.


Organization of Collection

Th.D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1955-1958)
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History (1972-1977)
Sermons and Related Material (1944-2001)
Creative Works (1977-1993)
General (1936-2001)

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Currie, Stuart Dickson, 1922-1975.
Currie, Thomas White.
Currie, Thomas White, 1879-1943.
Organizations
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
First Presbyterian Church (Cumby, Tex.)
Milford Presbyterian Church (Milford, Tex.)
Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church (Dallas, Tex.)
Park Presbyterian Church (Italy, Tex.)
Ridglea Presbyterian Church (Fort Worth, Tex.)
St. Paul Presbyterian Church (Houston, Tex.)
Subjects
Presbyterian Church--Education.
Presbyterian Church--Texas--History.
Sermons, American--Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas White Currie, Jr. papers, 1936-2001, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Acquisition Information

The material in this collection represents separate accessions of material donated by Thomas White Currie, Jr., James Stuart Currie, Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s son, and Currie Jr.’s daughter Elizabeth C. Williams. The accession #1996-011, was donated by Currie himself in 1996. The remaining material, accessions #2007-003 and #2007-005, were donated by James Stuart Currie in 2007, with the exception of #2017-005 donated by Elizabeth Williams in 2017. Material can be assumed to be from accession #1996-011 unless otherwise noted.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Th.D. Thesis, A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary:

Box
C095 Correspondence:
1955-1957
1957-1958
Publication, 1957-1958
Alumni response cards, 1955
Alumni recollections:
1955
1955-1956
1955-1957
D.A. Penick oral history notes, DATE1957
Research material—copy of Austin School of Theology charter and constitution, undated
Notes, 1957 and undated
Final correspondence, drafts, and research, 1957-1958
Various chapter drafts, undated
Box
C096 Various chapter drafts, undated
Manuscript:
Ch. 1-3, 1958
Ch. 4-7, 1958
Ch. 8-11, 1958
Ch. 12-14, 1958
Ch. 15-Appendices, 1958
Box
Rare Books Row A A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary bound copy, May 1958
Box
B025a Photographic photocopies [2007-005], undated
Box
B045a Negatives, undated



Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History:

Box
C096 Correspondence:
1972-1975
1975-1978
Pictures, 1976-1977
Tom Williams, publication, 1976
Publication:
1976-1977
1977-1978
Box
C097 Board member recollections, 1975
Faculty recollections:
1975
1975-1976
Alumni recollections:
1975
1975-1977ATE
Consent from authors for publication:
1975-1977
1977
Research notes and correspondence:
1975 and undated
1976 and undated
Research notes, 1975 and undated
Box
C098 Research material, 1965-1973
Research material—Alumni, 1975 and undated
Research correspondence—How Seminary Helped Small Churches, 1975
Brian Holt—Work scholarship student researcher, 1975-1976
Maps, Acquisition and disposition of property, 1975
Documentation of photographs, undated
Drafts and edits:
p. 1-78, undated
p. 77-166, undated
p. 167-234, undated
p. 235-appendices and index, undated
Draft, 1976 and undated
Box
C099 Draft, undated
Manuscript changes and additions:
1975-1977
1977
undated
Manuscript, 1977
Box
B025a Photographs:
Undated
Portraits, undated
Box
A034 “The Church in History” course at Mo-Ranch conference taught by Thomas W. Currie, Jr., notes and research materials, 1960:
Mo-Ranch Synodical Training School pamphlet (Hunt, TX) featuring Lawrence W. Bottoms (the first African American moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States) who was the Platform Hour Speaker each day during the conference. Mo-Ranch was owned and operated by the Synod of Texas, June 27-July 2, 1960
Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly, Church Service Program, June 26, 1960
Correspondence from the Presbyterian Book Store, Dallas, TX to Thomas W. Currie, Jr. regarding a textbook request for the course "The Church in History" that he taught at Mo-Ranch in 1960, April 14, 1960
Correspondence from Thomas W. Currie, Jr. to Jimmie Regan of The Presbyterian Book Store, May 2, 1960
Constantine and Nicaea; 8 pages of handwritten notes about the role of Constantine in the history of the Christianity, circa 1960
Mo-Ranch Conference materials (3 pages), June 27-July 2, 1960
New Testament Scripture, Romans 3:9b-25a typed quotes, circa 1960
New Testament Church, handwritten notes with paragraphs summarizing pivotal moments in the development of Christianity (12 pages), circa 1960
From Augustine to Francis, handwritten notes about Church history (8 pages, written on St. Paul Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
The Reformation, handwritten notes about the origins of the Lutheran church (10 pages), May 8, 1960
Typed excerpts from one of Martin Luther’s major reforming treatises of 1520 “On the Freedom of the Christian Man” (typed on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
Typed excerpts from Roland H. Bainton’s “Here I Stand,” circa 1960
Reformation in England, handwritten notes, pages 2-6, circa 1960
John Calvin, handwritten notes about the history of Calvin (typed and handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
John Knox, Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the country's Reformation. He is the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. (Typed and handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
John Wesley, English Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism (typed and handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
William Carey, British Christian missionary, Particular Baptist minister, translator, social reformer and cultural anthropologist (handwritten and typed notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
Outline of "The Church History" course, circa 1960
“Church Extension: The Church as Mission” course at Mo-Ranch conference taught by Thomas White Currie, Jr., notes and research materials, 1956:
Church Extension Montreat handwritten notes (4 pages), August 8, 1954
“Church Extension” course notes for Mo-Ranch Conference, 1956 (handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), 1956
Edward O. Guerrant (Presbyterian minister at several locations, including Louisville, Ky., 1876-1885; and founder and president of the American Inland Mission or "Soul Winners Society" and editor of The Soul Winner) handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
“Memoirs of Rev. John Leighton Wilson” by Hayden C. DuBose handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
Bibliographies and notes (handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1954-1956
Chart of American Presbyterianism and notes, hand drawn from John V. Stephen’s work, (Professor ecclesiastical history, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee) handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
A History of the Presbytery of Washington City by Clifton E. Olmstead handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
Notes about Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Christianity, handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly program, (Hunt, TX.), August 13-18, 1956
Mo-Ranch handwritten notes (2 pages), August 19, 1956
Austin Seminary Lecture Series, notes and research materials, 1977-1978:
Lecture #1 APTS “Beginnings” history of theological education and Austin Seminary, draft with notes (3 copies), circa 1977-1978
Lecture #2 APTS “A Second Start” history of theological education and Austin Seminary, draft with notes (3 copies), circa 1977-1978
Lecture #3 APTS ”Up From Depression and War” history of theological education and Austin Seminary draft with notes (2 copies), circa 1977-1978
Lecture #4 APTS “Toward the Future” history of theological education and Austin Seminary draft with notes (3 copies), circa 1977-1978
Austin Seminary Association Annual Banquet and Business Meeting program, Currie Lecture on the bill (Austin Seminary Association Financial Report, January 1, 1977-December 31, 1977 on the verso with “Currie Volume” on the itemized list), February 1, 1978



Sermons and related material:

Box
E065 Sermons:
TITLE, DATE
1944-1954
Box
E066 1955-1958
Box
E067 1959-1961
Box
E068 1962-1964
Box
E069 1965-1968
Box
E070 1969-1971
Box
E071 1972-1975
Box
E072 1975-1979
Box
E073 1979-1982
Box
E074 1983-1986
Box
E075 1986-1990
Box
E076 1991-1997
Box
B151a 1997-2001
Microfiche sermons, 1944-2001
Related material:
Sermon indices, 1944-2001
New Zealand notes and printed materials, 1983
Box
D025 New Zealand photographs, 1983
Box
B151a “Half a Century in a Presbyterian Pulpit” [Currie’s introduction to microfiche], 2001
Box
A034 Church programs, 1951-1978:
Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church program, Dallas, TX, March 11, 1951
Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church program, Dallas, TX, April 22, 1951
Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church program, Dallas, TX, April 29, 1951
Saint Paul Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX, church program (on APTS Seminary stationary), April 24, 1960
Saint Paul Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX, church program, May 29, 1960
Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church program, January 15, 1978



Creative works:

Box
C099 “Our Cities For Christ” Thomas W. Currie, Jr., 1954
Great Protestant leaders : biographical sketches of nine great leaders--Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, William Carey, Daniel Baker, John R. Mott, Toyohiko Kagawa, John J. Eagan, prepared by Alison H. and Thomas W. Currie, Jr., ca. 1952
Writing [2007-005], 1985-1993
“Texts and Testaments,” Stuart Currie bio chapter, 1977-1979
Drafts—“A Brother Beloved” (from Texts and Testaments), undated
Box
C054 Annotated book—Missions Tomorrow, by K.S. Latourette [2007-005], 1936 1936



General:

Box
C099 Correspondence [2007-005], 1954-1976
Handwritten notes [2007-005], undated
Printed Material [2007-005], 1948-1995
Creative works of others [2007-005], 1954, circa 1990s
Board of Annuities and Relief monthly statement, Presbyterian Church of the United States, Statement of Dues, November 1, 1955
Box
A034 Address book of Thomas W. Currie, Jr., circa 1938-1943