Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Daniel Allen Penick papers, 1801, 1910-1934, 1949



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Penick, Daniel Allen
Title: Daniel Allen Penick papers
Dates: 1801, 1910-1934, 1949
Abstract Daniel Allen Penick (1869-1964) was a Presbyterian educator in Texas who taught at both the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and The University of Texas at Austin. Daniel Allen Penick papers (1801, 1910-1934, 1949; 3,015 leaves 2,113 items) are arranged into the following series; I. Executive Committee of Schools and Colleges, II. Texas Presbyterian Educational Movement, III. Committee on Budgets and Audits, IV. Relocation of Texas Presbyterian College, V. University Presbyterian Church, VI. Stewardship Committee, VII. Committee on Home Missions, VIII. University of Texas/Southwest Conference, and IX. General.
Identification: 1992-014
Extent: 2 feet, 11 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

Daniel Allen Penick (1869-1964) was a Presbyterian educator in Texas who taught at both the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and The University of Texas at Austin. Penick was born in Cabarus County, North Carolina, graduated from the University of Texas in 1892, received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1898, and returned to the University of Texas a year later where he taught classical languages. He received his full professorship at the University of Texas in 1917. From 1921 to 1938, students of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS) registered at the University of Texas to take his classes and were reimbursed by APTS for the fees. In 1939 APTS hired a professor to teach classical languages, and gradually Penick assumed the role of instructor of New Testament Languages and Exegesis at APTS.

Aside from local activities, Penick also wrote several books. In 1902 he wrote Herodotus in the Greek Renascence and Notes on Lucian’s Syrian Goddess. He edited and contributed notes and vocabulary to Bellum Catilinae (1908) and co-authored Latin with Leslie C. Procter (1927). Just prior to his death he compiled Fifty Years of Student Work at the University Presbyterian Church, edited by DeWitt C. Reddick.

In addition to teaching at the University of Texas and APTS, his accomplishments span a wide spectrum of interests. He served as the University of Texas tennis coach, the president of the Southwest Conference, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Texas, and choir director and teacher at the University Presbyterian Church (organized by his father Dixon Brown Penick, among others).

Penick’s work for Presbyterian education across Texas is evidenced by his activity with the Synod’s causes. He served as the chairman of the Committee on Schools and Colleges of the Synod of Texas, the Synod’s Stewardship Committee, and the Committee on Home Missions. Penick Also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Texas Presbyterian Educational Movement of 1923-1924, which set out to raise $1,350,000 to pay off debts incurred by the Presbyterian institutions in Texas and to raise money for improvements to those schools.

Known for his dedication to education and Presbyterianism, Penick continued to work at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary well into his 70s.


Scope and Content Note

Daniel Allen Penick papers (1801, 1910-1934, 1949; 3,015 leaves 2,113 items) are arranged into the following series; I. Executive Committee of Schools and Colleges, II. Texas Presbyterian Educational Movement, III. Committee on Budgets and Audits, IV. Relocation of Texas Presbyterian College, V. University Presbyterian Church, VI. Stewardship Committee, VII. Committee on Home Missions, VIII. University of Texas/Southwest Conference, and IX. General. See the series abstracts below for more information on the contents of each series.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Baird, Joseph Simon, 1869-1957.
Dickey, Brooks Irving, 1874-1944.
Hollinrake, S. P.
Leslie, J. D. (John Douglass), 1860-1935.
McGill, Stephenson Waters, 1870-1951.
Nesbitt, Raymond.
Peden, E. A.
Penick, Daniel Allen, 1869-1964.
Sweets, Henry H. (Henry Hayes), 1872-1952.
Tenney, Benjamin Kingsbury, 1889-1952.
Thompson, French Woodville, 1876-1961.
Organizations
Austin College (Sherman, Tex.)
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Daniel Baker College (Brownwood, Tex.)
Schreiner Institute.
Southwestern Presbyterian Home and School for Orphans.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Synod of Texas--Committee on Home Missions.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Synod of Texas--Executive Committee of Schools and Colleges.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Synod of Texas--Stewardship Committee.
Texas Presbyterian College (Milford, Tex.)
University Presbyterian Church (Austin, Tex.)
Subjects
Texas Presbyterian Educational Movement.

Related Collections:

Another collection of Daniel Allen Penick’s papers, ranging from 1888-1946, is located at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Daniel Allen Penick papers, 1801, 1910-1934, 1949, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Executive Committee of Schools and Colleges, 1921-1928:

Correspondence, minutes, printed materials, financial documents, circular letters, and handwritten notes document the activities of the Executive Committee of Schools and Colleges of the Synod of Texas as they attempted to foster growth while struggling to stave off debts in Presbyterian educational institutions of higher learning in Texas. The papers illustrate all aspects of the Committee’s function, including communication between the chairman and his officers and member institutions, annual reports and minutes of the Committee, and the Committee’s financial accounting on an annual basis. Most correspondence concerns Daniel Baker College, although some material is related to the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Schreiner Institute.
Box Folder
B052 1 Correspondence:
1 Institutions:
1 Daniel Baker College:
1 Administrative, 1921-1927
2 Financial, 1923-1925
3 Debts, 1922-1925
4 Texas Presbyterian College:
4 Administrative, 1921-1928
5 Financial, 1922-1925
6 Austin College:
6 Administrative, 1922-1927
7 Financial, 1922, 1925
8 Schreiner Institute, 1925-1926
9 Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1923-1927
10 Officers and Advisors to ECSC:
10 Executive Officers:
10 Executive Secretary-Treasurer:
10 John Douglas Leslie, 1922
11-13 Brooks Irving Dickey, 1922-1926
14 Secretary:
14 French W. Thompson, 1921-1924
15 Advisory Committee,1921-1927
Box Folder
B053 1 Financial issues:
1 Debts of ECSC:
1 Robbins debt, 1925
2 General debts, 1923-1924
3 Mexican Bond, 1922-1927
4 Individual contributors to ECSC, 1922-1923
5 Recruitment, 1922
6 Minutes, 1921-1927
7 Printed materials:
7 Annual Reports of the Synod’s Executive Committee of Schools and Colleges, 1921-1927
8 Financial Documents:
8 Reports of Treasurer,1921-1925
9 Other documents, 1921-1923
10 Circular letters, 1922-1923
11 Handwritten notes, 1922-1923?



Series II: Texas Presbyterian Educational Movement,1922-1928:

Correspondence, financial documents, lists of subscribers/pledges, minutes, printed materials, and creative works chronicle the activities of the state-wide campaign to help Texas’ Presbyterian educational institutions and organizations. The campaign ran from June 24, 1923 to July 15, 1924 and was successful in achieving its goal of $1,350,000 in pledges, but failed to collect and distribute the full amount.
Box Folder
B054 1-4 Correspondence:
1-4 Collection of Pledges, Financial Secretary J. S. Baird, 1924-1928
5 Distribution of Pledges:
5 Secretary-Treasurer:
5 Brooks Irving Dickey, 1925-1926
6 Benjamin Kingsbury Tenney, 1926-1928
7 Appeals for payment of debts, 1923-1927
8 Officers of TPEM:
8 Executive Secretary of Christian Education, Henry H. Sweets,1922-1925
9 Chairman, E. A. Peden,1923-1925
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B055 1 Secretary, French W. Thompson,1923
2 Treasurer, Ray Nesbitt,1924
3 Director, S. P. Hollinrake,1923-1924
4 Institutions:
4 Austin College,1923-1926
5 Texas Presbyterian College,1923-1927
6 Texas-Mexican Industrial Institute,1923-1924
7 Daniel Baker College,1923-1924
8 Southwestern Presbyterian Home and School for Orphans,1923-1924
9 Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary,1924
10 Schreiner Institute,1924
11 Texas A & M College,1923, 1925
12 Local campaigns, 1923-1924
13 Staff of TPEM, 1923-1925
14 Individual subscribers, 1924-1925
15 Recruitment,1923
16 Executive Committee of TPEM, 1923-1926
17-18 Financial Documents:
17-18 Monthly financial statements, 1924-1927
19 Statement of expenses,1923-1924
20 Annual reports, 1924-1927
Box Folder
B056 1 Amounts paid on item #7, 1926-1927
2 General documents, 1927
3 General documents, undated
4 Report of churches worked, 1924
5 List of subscribers/pledges,1923-1925
6 Minutes,1923-1927
7 Public relations:
7 Correspondence:
7 Presbyterian Viewpoint,1923-1926
8 Speakers Bureau,1924
9-11 Printed materials:
9-11 Presbyterian Viewpoint,1923-1926
12 Appeals for pledges,1924, 1927
13 Creative works:
13 Draft of article for Presbyterian Viewpoint,undated



Series III: Committee on Budgets and Audits,1926-1934:

Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial documentation, telegrams, handwritten notes, and printed material document the change of the Committee of Schools and Colleges to the Committee on Budgets and Audits in response to the committee’s increasing difficulty in collecting the pledges made to the Texas Presbyterian Educational Movement and in keeping afloat the small colleges owned by the Synod of Texas. Material in this series was created under both names held by the committee. The committee’s name was changed officially in 1931. Documented extensively is the struggle to collect the pledge funds, and the proposed consolidation of Austin College, Daniel Baker College, and the Texas Presbyterian College.
Box Folder
B059 1 Charter, 1926
2 General, 1924-1932
3 Correspondence,1926-1929
4 Pledges and Financial, 1926-1929
5 Pledges and Financial, 1927-1930
6 Consolidation, 1927-1932
7 General,1927-1933
8 Financial, 1928-1929
9 Correspondence, 1928-1929
Box Folder
B060 1 General:
1 1928-1930
2 1928-1933
3 1929-1930
4 Report, 1930
5 General, 1931-1934
6 “Texas Presbyterians’ Opportunity,” undated



Series IV. Relocation of Texas Presbyterian College, 1925-1928:

Correspondence and reports illustrate the activities of the committee charged with relocating Texas Presbyterian College from Milford to a city where the school could attract more students and receive more endowment funds.
Box Folder
B057 1 Correspondence:
1 Inquiries:
1 Arlington, 1925-1926
2 Bryan, 1925
3 Corsicana, 1925-1926
4 Cuero, 1925
5 Dallas, 1925
6 Denton, 1925
7 El Paso, 1925
8 Ennis, 1925
9 Fort Worth, 1925
10 Gainesville, 1925
11 Greenville, 1925
12 Houston, 1925
13 Mexia, 1925
14 Mineral Wells, 1926
15 Palestine, 1925
16 Paris, 1925
17 San Antonio, 1925-1926
18 Taylor, 1926
19 Temple, 1925
20 Waxahachie, 1925
21 Administrative:
21 Texas Presbyterian College, 1925-1926
22 Relocation Committee, 1925, 1928
23 Reports of Relocation Committee,1925-1927



Series V. University Presbyterian Church, 1915-1928, 1949:

Correspondence, minutes, reports and printed material illustrate Penick’s involvement with the church that his father helped to establish. The correspondence is primarily with Henry H. Sweets, Secretary of the Executive Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial Relief, about a new building for the church. Contained in a sub-series is material recording, through Building and Finance Committee documents, the construction of the new church building adjacent to the campus of the University of Texas.
Box Folder
B058 1 Correspondence:
1 Secretary of Executive Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial Relief, Henry H. Sweets, 1920-1922
1 Fundraising, 1923-1925
1 Student Bible Class, 1920
2 Minutes:
2 Student and Pastor Conference,1928
2 House Finance Committee, 1926
3 Reports:
3 Findings Committee for Student and Pastor Conference, 1928
3 Work of University Presbyterian Church, 1926-1927
4 Printed material:
4 Kirk,November 13, 1949
Box Folder
B060 7 Construction of University Presbyterian Church, 1915-1928:
7 Building Committee of the University Presbyterian Church, 1915-1928
8 Finance Committee of the University Presbyterian Church:
8 1924-1925
9 1926-1926
10 Ledger, undated



Series VI. Stewardship Committee, 1922-1927:

Correspondence, an annual report, and handwritten notes document Penick’s work with this committee, which was responsible for establishing new educational institutions throughout the state.
Box Folder
B058 5 Correspondence:
5 Executive-Secretary Treasurer:
5 Brooks Irving Dickey, 1922-1926
6 Benjamin Kingsbury Tenney, 1927
7 General Secretary, 1924-1925
8 Chairman, 1924-1925
9 Establishment of a Presbyterian Junior College in the Lower Rio Grande Valley,1923
10 Annual report, 1925
11 Handwritten notes, 1924



Series VII. Committee on Home Missions, 1922-1925:

This small series consists entirely of correspondence, including letters regarding the selection of a new minister for Texas A&M College. This committee was responsible for helping to find pastors for churches and other domestic missionary activity.
Box Folder
B058 12 Correspondence:
12 Administrative, 1922-1925
13 Selection of Minister for A&M College, 1923



Series VIII. University of Texas/Southwest Conference,1923-1924:

Correspondence documenting non-religious areas of Penick’s life, including University level athletics and work as an administrator in the Southwest Athletic Conference.
Box Folder
B058 14 Correspondence, 1923-1924



Series IX. General,1801, 1910-1933:

Primarily printed material, this series of general documentation includes Penick’s administrative information forms about the Latin courses he taught at the University of Texas.
Box Folder
B061 1 Faculty Course Information Forms,1910
2 Synod of Texas—Printed Minutes,1921
3 Synod of Texas—Printed Minutes, 1921-1932
4 Austin College—Correspondence—Financial Condition, 1933
5 Printed Charter, By-laws, Constitution—Southern Conference, Presbyterian Foundation, 1927, undated
6 Printed Report of the Survey of the Educational Work and Responsibility of the Presbyterian Church, 1928
7 Handwritten Note Scrap—Bible Verse,1801
8 Hymn—“Church of Pentecost,” undated