The Finding Aid of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures Collection 0060

Finding aid prepared by Jamie Henricks and Jessica Geiser
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
August 2012

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.

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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

Box 1-2

Series 1: Lectureship Files 1943-2013

Scope and Content

The series contains files for each time the Pepperdine Bible Lectures were held. Lectures have been held yearly since 1943 (but not in 1957); an extra lecture series was also held during the summer of the years between 1958 and 1967. Each file contains a program with the schedule for the lectureship, at the minimum. Most folders also have advertisements, flyers, or newspaper clippings. Most of the early files between 1943 and approximately 1965 include correspondence and other papers related to the organization and running of the Bible Lectures. Two files at the beginning of the series include summary pages (which list the dates, theme, director, speakers, and other information for each year), director lists, and theme lists for lectures between 1943 and 1990. One folder includes a booklet honoring Jerry Rushford's 30-year tenure as director of the Bible Lectures.


Files are arranged chronologically by date. The two files with summary pages, director lists, and theme lists are placed at the beginning of the series. One file containing a booklet about Jerry Rushford's 30-year tenure as director is placed after the folder for 2012.
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Photographs and Ephemera formerly owned by Melvin Weldon circa 1960s

Box 2

Miscellaneous Photographs circa 1960s

Box 3-57

Series 2: Audiovisual Materials 1971-2012

Scope and Content

Boxes contain recordings of lecture sessions from Bible Lectures from 1971 to 2012. Audio from 1971 is on audio reels. Early sessions are recorded on audiocassette, but sessions from 2005 and on have been recorded on CD. Tapes from 1986 and 1987 have been converted to CD as well. In addition to audio, there are VHS tapes from 1996, 1998, 1991, and 2001; and U-Matic video tapes from 1986 and 1987.


Materials are arranged chronologically by lectureship year.
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