Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information note

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Title: Frank Pack Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0136
    Physical Description: 3.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1990
    Abstract: The collection consists of Dr. Frank Pack's daily planners, grade books, correspondence, notes, and sermons from 1933 to 1990. The lifelong preacher spent the majority of his career at David Lipscomb College, Pepperdine College, and Abilene Christian College. He also preached or was a guest speaker at numerous churches and universities across the country.

    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], Frank Pack Papers, Collection no. 0136, Churches of Christ Heritage Center, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Biographical note

    Frank Pack was the eldest of three sons and was born on March 27, 1916, in Memphis, Tennessee to Walter and Mary Pack. Frank was baptized at the age of 10 and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a preacher. When he was 16, he preached his first sermon before the Reid Avenue congregation in Nashville on July 10, 1932. He later graduated from high school as salutatorian and went on to attend David Lipscomb College for three years with fellow students Howard A. White, M. Norvel Young, Batsell Barrett Baxter, and Willard Collins.
    Frank preached in Chattanooga while completing his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Chattanooga and his Master's at Vanderbilt. In 1940, he joined the Bible faculty at David Lipscomb College and also preached at the Grace Avenue Church for four years. In 1945, Frank moved to Los Angeles to attend USC where he pursued a doctorate degree due to the encouragement of Batsell Baxter, Sr. By September of that same year, he was also teaching at Pepperdine College and preaching at the Burbank Church of Christ.
    In August 1946, Della Carlton attended service at the Burbank Church of Christ where she met Frank. The two became instant companions and married in June, 1947. In 1949, Frank and Della moved to Abilene, Texas when Frank received an offer to join the faculty at Abilene Christian College. After 14 years at Abilene Christian College, Frank and Della moved back to Los Angeles when they received a call from President M. Norvel Young to return to Pepperdine College. From 1964 to 1991, Frank preached for the Culver-Palms Church of Christ and served on the faculty of Pepperdine College. In addition to his teaching duties, he also chaired the Bible department from 1964 to 1972, and again from 1980 to 1983. He served as dean of the Graduate School from 1967 to 1978 and was promoted to Distinguished Professor of Religion in 1978. His wife, Della, was also a member of the Pepperdine faculty from 1964 to 1977.
    Frank preached for nearly 60 years at more than 300 gospel meetings and was a featured speaker in college lecture programs throughout the nation. He was also a prolific writer, publishing nine books and more than 300 articles throughout his career. Frank died on December 9, 1998, of natural causes in Upland, California. He was 82.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of Dr. Frank Pack's daily planners from 1963 to 1990, as well as audiocassettes of sermons preached or heard by Dr. Pack. In addition, the collection also includes some of Dr. Pack's grade books, financial records, correspondence, and pieces written about him. The collection as a whole spans from 1933 to 1990.


    The collection is organized into two series: 1. Printed Materials and 2. Audiocassettes.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Melanie Greer and Katie Richardson in April, 2015.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Education, Higher -- California
    Restoration movement (Christianity) -- History
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History
    Financial records
    Sermons, American -- 20th century
    Appointment books
    Grade books
    Christian education
    Christian literature -- History
    Christianity -- History
    Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century
    Malibu (Calif.) -- History
    Christian universities and colleges -- United States -- History
    David Lipscomb College
    Pack, Frank
    Pepperdine College
    Pack, Della (Carlton)
    Pepperdine University
    Abilene Christian College