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The Finding Aid of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures Collection 0060
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Historical note
  • Lectureship Directors
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Pepperdine Bible Lectures collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 0060
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Physical Description: 48.96 linear feet (57 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1943-2013
    Abstract: The Pepperdine University Bible Lectures collection includes paper materials (including programs, correspondence, and other items) and audio recordings taken during Pepperdine Bible Lectures held in Los Angeles (beginning in 1943) and Malibu (beginning in 1973).
    Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Pepperdine Bible Lectures collection, Collection no. 0060, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Most materials were collected from the University Archives files and audiovisual collection. Other audio recordings were given to the University Archives, such as the 2011 and 2012 recordings given by the Pepperdine University Office of Church Relations. Some photographs and ephemera formerly owned by Melvin Weldon were donated by Mark Weldon in December, 2012.

    Historical note

    The Pepperdine University Bible Lectures, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, began in January 1943 and were modeled after similar programs at Abilene Christian University, David Lipscomb University, and Harding University. Lectures have been held annually in the spring since 1943 (with the exception of 1957). In addition to the spring lectures, summer lectures were held from 1958 to 1967, but were discontinued after summer attendance began to decline. During the time of largest popularity in the 1960s, the keynote speeches were held at the Shrine Auditorium and Los Angeles Sports Arena while the other programs were still held at the Los Angeles campus. After the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu opened for the 1972-1973 school year, the lectures were held for the first time in Malibu in 1973 and have been held in Malibu since then.

    Lectureship Directors

    Annual Lectureships:
    • 1943-1947 -- Hugh M. Tiner
    • 1948-1951 -- W.B. West, Jr.
    • 1952 -- Hugh M. Tiner
    • 1953-1956, 1958 -- Joseph W. White
    • 1959-1962 -- Rex Johnston
    • 1963 -- William S. Banowsky
    • 1964-1965 -- Jack Scott
    • 1966-1970 -- Don Gardner
    • 1971 -- Syd B. Wyatt
    • 1972 -- Silas Shotwell
    • 1973-1975 -- Tony Ash
    • 1976-1977 -- Carl G. Mitchell
    • 1978 -- William S. Banowsky
    • 1979-1980 -- Carl G. Mitchell
    • 1981-1982 -- Michael C. Armor
    • 1983-2012 -- Jerry Rushford
    • 2013 -- Mike Cope
    Summer Lectureships:
    • 1958 -- Joseph W. White
    • 1959-1960 -- Thomas L. Campbell
    • 1961 -- Gary Moore
    • 1962 -- William S. Banowsky
    • 1963-1965 -- Jack Scott
    • 1966-1967 -- Don Gardner

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains programs, correspondence, schedules, invitations, audio recordings (on audiocassette and CD), and other materials related to annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures. Paper materials date from 1943 to 2013, audio materials date from 1971 to 2012, and materials will be added after each completed Bible Lecture program.


    The collection is arranged in the following two series:
    • Series 1: Lectureship Files
    • Series 2: Audiovisual Materials

    Related Archival Materials

    Other collections of individuals involved in the Churches of Christ (including the M. Norvel and Helen Young papers, George Pepperdine family papers, and William S. Banowsky papers) may include files on the Bible Lectures.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Jamie Henricks and Jessica Geiser in August, 2012.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Banowsky, William Slater
    Pepperdine College.
    Pepperdine University. Office of Church Relations.
    Pepperdine University.
    Rushford, Jerry, 1942-
    Tiner, Hugh M. (Hugh Marvin), 1908-1981
    Compact discs
    Lectures and lecturing--California, Southern
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History
    Malibu (Calif.)--History