Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Jerry Robert Tompkins papers 1951-1993



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tompkins, Jerry Robert
Title: Jerry Robert Tompkins papers
Dates: 1951-1993
Abstract Jerry Robert Tompkins (1931-) has been a Presbyterian pastor and administrator in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, a chairman of the Synod of Texas' council in the early 1970s, and an author on both religious and secular topics. Correspondence, printed material, and handwritten notes document both the professional and student careers of Jerry Tompkins.
Identification: 1996-089; 1996-090; 1998-001; 1999-007; 1999-015; 2016-012
Extent: 14 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

Jerry Robert Tompkins (1931-) has been a Presbyterian pastor and administrator in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Tompkins was born in Dallas, Texas on July 4, 1931. He received an undergraduate degree in political science from Austin College in 1951, and then attended Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (1951-1952) before transferring to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1952-1955). He graduated and was licensed and ordained by the New Orleans Presbytery. He served as pastor at churches in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas until 1973 when he became vice president of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In 1980, he left this position to serve as president of the Presbyterian Children’s Home and Service Agency. Upon retirement in 1996, Tompkins was elected president emeritus. The following February he began serving for six months as interim president of Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville.

Tompkins also took a role in Presbyterian governance. He served as chairman of the Synod of Texas’ council in the early 1970s. This council assisted in the dissolution of the Synod of Texas and the creation of the larger, more geographically varied, Synod of Red River in 1973.

In addition to his work as a pastor and administrator, Tompkins is an author on both religious and secular topics. He wrote D-Days at Dayton: Reflections on the Scopes Trial (1965) and compiled and edited And a Time to Laugh: Notes from the Pen of an Untamed Iconoclast (1969).


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, printed material, and handwritten notes document both the professional and student careers of Jerry Tompkins. The collection is divided into five series: Course materials; Summer School on Urban Culture and the Church’s Understanding of It; Synod of Texas; Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Pamphlets.

The series Course materials, contains syllabi, notes, course readings, and assignments from Tompkins’ time as a student, primarily at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, as well as some post-graduation notes on continuing education lectures. The series Synod of Texas consists of correspondence and planning documents illustrating Tompkins’ service as chairman of the Synod’s Council. “Synod E,” as mentioned in many documents, was the working title for the Synod of Red River.

Tompkins’ original folder titles have been preserved. Additional information has been added in brackets to facilitate access.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Personal Names
Joekel, Samuel Levinson, 1893-1954.
McCord, James I. (James Iley), 1919-1990.
Nelson, Carl Ellis, 1916-
Street, T. Watson (Thomas Watson), 1916-
Tompkins, Jerry R. (Jerry Robert), 1931-
Organizations
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Synod of Red River.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Synod of Texas.

Related Collections:

Tompkins’ research material and manuscripts of his book D-Days at Dayton: Reflections on the Scopes Trial are housed at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jerry Robert Tompkins papers, 1951-1993, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Detailed Description of the Collection

Course materials:

Box
D041 Theology [James I. McCord courses]:
Biblical Doctrine, 1953-1954, and undated
Christian Theology**Part I, 1953, and undated
Christian Theology**Part II,1953-1954, and undated
Christian Theology**Part II (cont.), undated
Dogma (History of-), 1952-1954, and undated
Modern Theological Thought, 1954-1957, and undated
Philosophy of Religion,1952-1953, and undated
History [T. Watson Street courses]:
Early Church History, undated
Reformation History, 1952-1953, and undated
American Church History, Book Report—“Religion in America”—Sweet Paper on “Cardinal Bellarmine and the VA. Bill of Rights, Devotional Classics,1953-1954, and undated
Missions, “William Paton,” Social Concern in Missionary Strategy, “Five Great Missionaries, 1952-1954, and undated
Union Seminary:
Acts, 1951
Samuel L. Joekel courses:
Books of the Old Testament,1953-1954, and undated
The Four Gospels, 1952-1953, and undated
Acts, Bible 302, 1953, and undated
Epistles—Pastoral, Epistles—Eschatological,undated
Epistles—Prison, 1951-1953
Hebrews and Revelations
C. Ellis Nelson courses:
CE 260, Spring 1954, Prof. C. Ellis Nelson, 1954, and undated
[CE 351, Fall 1954, Prof. C. Ellis Nelson], 1954-1955, and undated
Box
D043 Homiletics, A. Speech Clinic, [Eugene W.] McLaurin, [David L.] Stitt,1951-1953, and undated
Church Music, 1952-1953, UT – Prof. Copes, 1953, and undated
[Bibliographies], 1954-1961, and undated
[Middler’s Bible Survey Final Exam],1957
Continuing education notes [stenographer’s note book + loose Pages, 2016-012], includes notes on talks by James McCord, Jack McMichael, Russell, Cooke, Chandren, Clinebell, Martin Niemoeller (Perkins School of Theology), “Minister’s Week” at Union Seminary, Seward Hiltner, Black, Smith, Robert McAfee Brown, Harrelson, Cleland (Currie Lectures, MidWinters, 1958), circa 1957-1963
[Chart of Development of Presbyterian Church in the U.S.], undated



Summer School on Urban Culture and the Church’s Understanding of It:

Box
D043 Urban Conf.: Practicum, misc., students, papers, 1957-1958, and undated
Urban Conf.: Theo. Inter. of cont. culture—James Gustafson, 1958, and undated
Urban Conf.: Sociology, William Kolb,1958, and undated
Urban Conf.: Art and Philosophy, William Poteat,1958



Synod of Texas:

Box
D043 Synod’s Council,1958, 1971-1972, and undated
[Synod E],1972-1973, and undated
Chairman File [1 of 2],1972
Box
D042 Chairman File [2 of 2],1972
Texarkana,1973, and undated
Staff Search Committee, Synod E 1972, 1972-1973
[Ad Interim] Committee to Study the Charismatic Movement, Presbytery of the Southwest,1969-70, 1969-1978, and undated
[William J.] Fogleman Farewell, 1993



Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary:

Box
C125 Report to the Association of Theological Schools and to the Southern Association of College and Schools on the Self-Study of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, [Tompkins was the general editor of this report while Vice-President of Austin Seminary; 1996-090], April 1978



Pamphlets:

Box
D042 Vocation,c. 1950