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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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

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

Sermons and related material:

Creative works:

General:

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
Extent: 7 feet, 8 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.

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Scope and Content Note

Seven feet, eight 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.

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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)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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

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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.

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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 two separate accessions of material donated by Thomas White Currie, Jr., and James Stuart Currie, Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s son. The bulk of the material, accession #1996-011, was donated by Currie in 1996. A small amount of material, accession #2007-005, comprising the majority of the third series, General (1936-2001), was donated by James Stuart Currie in 2007. Material can be assumed to be from accession #1996-011 unless otherwise noted.

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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
B025a Photographic photocopies [2007-005], undated
Box
B045a Negatives, undated

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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

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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

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Creative works:

Box
C099 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

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General:

Box
C099 Correspondence [2007-005], 1954-1976
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
Handwritten notes [2007-005], undated
Printed Material [2007-005], 1948-1995
Creative works of others [2007-005], 1954, circa 1990s

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