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CURRIE (THOMAS WHITE, JR.) PAPERS, 1936-2001


Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas White Currie, Jr. papers
Dates: 1936-2001
Accession Number(s): 1996-011, 2007-003; 2007-005
Extent: 7 feet, 8 inches of manuscript material, 1 inch of photographs, 0.5 inch of negatives, 2.5 inches of microfiche
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Biographical Note: Thomas White Currie, Jr. (1914-2004), a Presbyterian pastor, historian, and writer, was born in Austin, Texas in 1914 to Thomas White Currie, the third President of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He grew up on the campus of the seminary, and though he first earned degrees from the University of Texas and Union Theological Seminary, New York, Currie later returned to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his Th.M., which he earned in 1952. While earning his Th.D. at Union Seminary in Virginia, Currie made the history of APTS through the end of his father’s presidency in 1943 the topic of his thesis. Currie married in 1939 and had five children including Thomas White Currie III and James Stuart Currie, both pastors.

Currie was ordained and installed at Eliasville, Texas, in 1941, and served at churches in Dallas and Houston, including a long pastorate at Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In 1963 Currie was elected Moderator of the Synod of Texas, and from 1963 to 1967 served as Executive Secretary for Church Extension for the Presbytery of Brazos, during which time he played a role in the founding of several churches. A great lover of history, Currie helped found the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest and served as its executive secretary for the Synod of the Sun. He revised, updated, and published his thesis at the urging of then-APTS President Prescott Williams, Jr. with the financial sponsorship of Thomas F. Williams, Jr., as Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History in 1978. Currie was the author of several other books and articles, including Great Protestant Leaders, which he co-authored with his wife, Anne Alison Harrison, in 1952, and Our Cities for Christ (1954), as well as informal church histories, pamphlets, and newspaper articles. Thomas White Currie, Jr. retired in 1983, and passed away in 2004 at the age of 90.

Scope and Contents: Seven feet, eight inches of manuscript material, one inch of photographs, .5 inches of negatives, and 2.5 inches of microfiche (1936-2001) document Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s creation of A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary. A small amount of material documents other aspects Currie’s life, particularly as a retired pastor. The materials are divided into five series: Th.D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1955-1958), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History (1972-1977), Sermons and Related Material (1944-2001), Creative Works (1977-1993), and General (1936-2001). The bulk of the material dates from 1954-1978, and a very small amount dates back to 1936 and up to 2001.

The first series, Th.D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1955-1958), chronicles Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s experiences writing his thesis, from devising the topic to unsuccessfully petitioning for publication. The second and most voluminous series, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary History (1972-1977), documents Currie’s updated seminary history from conception to publication. Correspondence with Prescott Williams, Jr. reveals the project’s humble beginnings, with Currie originally envisioning the updated history as a series of supplements in the APTS bulletin. The difficulties of the publication process are documented in correspondence with Lois Boyd, the volume’s editor at Trinity University Press. The historically rich recollections of board members, faculty, and alumni, which Currie solicited and upon which he based much of the volume, record firsthand accounts of warm, tender, and often humorous moments from across the seminary’s history. The third series, Sermons and Related Material, contains Currie’s collected sermons from 1944-2001. The sermons are in typed form, as well as on microfiche. Of special note in this series are materials related to Currie’s time as an interim-minister at Columba Church in the Oamaru Presbytery in New Zealand. The fourth series, Creative Works (1977-1993), includes Currie’s various writings. Of note in this series are two folders of material relating to a biographical chapter Currie wrote about his deceased brother as an introduction to APTS Professor Gene March’s Texts and Testaments, a book of critical essays dedicated to and inspired by Stuart Currie’s memory. Also, notes from two of his Bible Study sessions are included in the Writing subseries. The fifth series, General (1936-2001), is a small group of materials, predominately from later in Currie’s life.

The material in this collection represents separate accessions of material donated by Thomas White Currie, Jr., and James Stuart Currie, Thomas White Currie, Jr.’s son. The accession #1996-011, was donated by Currie himself in 1996. The remaining material, accessions #2007-003 and #2007-005, were donated by James Stuart Currie in 2007. Material can be assumed to be from accession #1996-011 unless otherwise noted.

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

Index Terms:
Currie, Stuart Dickson, 1922-1975.
Currie, Thomas White.
Currie, Thomas White, 1879-1943.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
First Presbyterian Church (Cumby, Tex.)
Milford Presbyterian Church (Milford, Tex.)
Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church (Dallas, Tex.)
Park Presbyterian Church (Italy, Tex.)
Ridglea Presbyterian Church (Fort Worth, Tex.)
St. Paul Presbyterian Church (Houston, Tex.)
Presbyterian Church--Education.
Presbyterian Church--Texas--History.

Sermons, American--Texas.

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Preferred Citation: Thomas White Currie, Jr. papers, 1936-2001, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Inventory:

Box Number:
 
Contents: 
C095   Th.D. Thesis—A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary:
    Correspondence:
       1955-1957
       1957-1958
       Publication, 1957-1958
    Alumni response cards, 1955
    Alumni recollections:
       1955
       1955-1956
       1955-1957
    D.A. Penick oral history notes, 1957
    Research material—copy of Austin School of Theology charter and constitution, undated
    Notes, 1957 and undated
    Final correspondence, drafts, and research, 1957-1958
    Various chapter drafts, undated
     
C096   Various chapter drafts, undated
    Manuscript:
       Ch. 1-3, 1958
       Ch. 4-7, 1958
       Ch. 8-11, 1958
       Ch. 12-14, 1958
       Ch. 15-Appendices, 1958
     
B025a   Photographic photocopies [2007-005], undated
     
B045a   Negatives, undated
     
C096   Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary History: A Seventy- Fifth Anniversary History:
    Correspondence:
       1972-1975
       1975-1978
       Pictures, 1976-1977
       Tom Williams, publication, 1976
       Publication:
          1976-1977
          1977-1978
     
C097   Board member recollections, 1975
    Faculty recollections:
       1975
       1975-1976
    Alumni recollections:
       1975
       1975-1977
    Consent from authors for publication:
       1975-1977
       1977
    Research notes and correspondence:
       1975 and undated
       1976 and undated
    Research notes, 1975 and undated
     
C098   Research material, 1965-1973
    Research material—Alumni, 1975, undated
    Research correspondence—How Seminary Helped Small Churches, 1975
    Brian Holt—Work scholarship student researcher, 1975-1976
    Maps, Acquisition and disposition of property, 1975
    Documentation of photographs, undated
    Drafts and edits:
       p. 1-78, undated
       p. 77-166, undated
       p. 167-234, undated
       p. 235-appendices and index, undated
    Draft, 1976 and undated
     
C099   Draft, undated
    Manuscript changes and additions:
       1975-1977
       1977
       undated
    Manuscript, 1977
     
B025a   Photographs:
       Undated
       Portraits, undated
     
E065   Sermons and related material:
    Sermons:
       1944
       1946
       1947
       1948
       1949
       1950
       1951
       1952
       1953
       1954
     
E066      1955
       1956
       1957
       1958
     
E067      1959
       1960
       1961
     
E068      1962
       1963
       1964
     
E069      1965
       1966
       1967
       1968
     
E070      1969
       1970
       1971
     
E071      1972
       1973
       1974
       1975 [Folder 1 of 2]
     
E072      1975 [Folder 2 of 2]
       1976
       1977
       1978
       1979 [Folder 1 of 2]
     
E073      1979 [Folder 2 of 2]
       1980
       1981
       1982
     
E074      1983
       1984
       1985
       1986 [Folder 1 of 2]
     
E075      1986 [Folder 2 of 2]
       1987
       1988
       1989
       1990
     
E076      1991
       1992 [Includes church bulletins]
       1993
       1994
       1995
       1996
       1997 [Folder 1 of 2]
     
B151a      1997 [Folder 2 of 2]
       1999
       2000-2001
     
B045b      Microfiche sermons, 1944-2001
     
B151a   Related material:
       Sermon indices, 1944-2001
       New Zealand notes and printed materials, 1983
     
D025      New Zealand photographs, 1983
     
B151a      “Half a Century in a Presbyterian Pulpit” [Currie’s introduction to microfiche], 2001
     
C099   Creative works:
    Writing [2007-005], 1985-1993
    “Texts and Testaments,” Stuart Currie bio chapter, 1977-1979
    Drafts—“A Brother Beloved” (from Texts and Testaments), undated
     
C054   Annotated book—Missions Tomorrow, by K.S. Latourette [2007- 005], 1936
     
C099   General:
    Correspondence [2007-005], 1954-1976
    Great Protestant leaders : biographical sketches of nine great leaders--Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, William Carey, Daniel Baker, John R. Mott, Toyohiko Kagawa, John J. Eagan, prepared by Alison H. and Thomas W. Currie, Jr., ca. 1952
    Handwritten notes [2007-005], undated
    Printed material [2007-005], 1948-1995
    Creative works of others [2007-005], 1954, circa 1990s


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