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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; 2017-005
Extent: 8 feet, 2 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: Eight feet, two 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., James Stuart Currie, his son, and Elizabeth C. Williams, his daughter. The accession #1996-011, was donated by Currie himself in 1996. Accessions #2007-003 and #2007-005, were donated by James Stuart Currie in 2007, and accession #2017-015 was donated by Elizabeth Williams in 2017. 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
   
Rare books | Row A A History of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary bound copy, May 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
   
A034 “The Church in History” course at Mo-Ranch conference taught by Thomas W. Currie Jr., notes and research materials, 1960:
     Mo-Ranch Synodical Training School pamphlet (Hunt, TX) featuring Lawrence W. Bottoms (the first African American moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States) who was the Platform Hour Speaker each day during the conference. Mo-Ranch was owned and operated by the Synod of Texas, June 27-July 2, 1960
     Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly, Church Service Program, June 26, 1960
     Correspondence from the Presbyterian Book Store, Dallas, TX to Thomas W. Currie Jr. regarding a textbook request for the course “The Church in History” that he taught at Mo-Ranch in 1960, April 14, 1960
     Correspondence from Thomas W. Currie Jr. to Jimmie Regan of The Presbyterian Book Store, May 2, 1960
     Constantine and Nicaea; 8 pages of handwritten notes about the role of Constantine in the history of the Christianity, circa 1960
     Mo-Ranch Conference materials (3 pages), June 27-July 2, 1960
     New Testament Scripture, Romans 3:9b-25a typed quotes, circa 1960
     New Testament Church, handwritten notes with paragraphs summarizing pivotal moments in the development of Christianity (12 pages), circa 1960
     From Augustine to Francis, handwritten notes about Church history (8 pages, written on St. Paul Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
     The Reformation, handwritten notes about the origins of the Lutheran church (10 pages), May 8, 1960
     Typed excerpts from one of Martin Luther’s major reforming treatises of 1520 “On the Freedom of the Christian Man” (typed on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
     Typed excerpts from Roland H. Bainton’s “Here I Stand,” circa 1960
     Reformation in England, handwritten notes, pages 2-6, circa 1960
     John Calvin, handwritten notes about the history of Calvin (typed and handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
     John Knox, Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the country's Reformation. He is the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland (typed and handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
     John Wesley, English Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism (typed and handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
     William Carey, British Christian missionary, Particular Baptist minister, translator, social reformer and cultural anthropologist (handwritten and typed notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), circa 1960
     Outline of “The Church History” course, circa 1960
  “Church Extension: The Church as Mission” course at Mo-Ranch conference taught by Thomas White Currie Jr., notes and research materials, 1956:
     Church Extension Montreat handwritten notes (4 pages), August 8, 1954
     “Church Extension” course notes for Mo-Ranch Conference, 1956 (handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary), 1956
     Edward O. Guerrant (Presbyterian minister at several locations, including Louisville, KY, 1876-1885; and founder and president of the American Inland Mission or "Soul Winners Society" and editor of The Soul Winner) handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
      “Memoirs of Rev. John Leighton Wilson” by Hayden C. DuBose handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
     Bibliographies and notes, handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
     Chart of American Presbyterianism and notes, hand drawn from John V. Stephen’s work, (Professor ecclesiastical history, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee) handwritten on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
     A History of the Presbytery of Washington City by Clifton E. Olmstead handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
     Notes about Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Christianity, handwritten notes on Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church stationary, circa 1954-1956
     Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly program, (Hunt, TX), August 13-18, 1956
     Mo-Ranch handwritten notes (2 pages), August 19, 1956
  Austin Seminary Lecture Series, notes and research materials, 1977-1978:
     Lecture #1 APTS “Beginnings” history of theological education and Austin Seminary, draft with notes (3 copies), circa 1977-1978
     Lecture #2 APTS “A Second Start” history of theological education and Austin Seminary, draft with notes (3 copies), circa 1977-1978
     Lecture #3 APTS ”Up From Depression and War” history of theological education and Austin Seminary draft with notes (2 copies), circa 1977-1978
     Lecture #4 APTS “Toward the Future” history of theological education and Austin Seminary draft with notes (3 copies), circa 1977-1978
     Austin Seminary Association Annual Banquet and Business Meeting program, Currie Lecture on the bill (Austin Seminary Association Financial Report, January 1, 1977-December 31, 1977 on the verso with “Currie Volume” on the itemized list), February 1, 1978
   
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
   
A034    “Church bulletins, 1951-1978:
        Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX, March 11, 1951
        Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX, April 22, 1951
        Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX, April 29, 1951
        Saint Paul Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX, church, April 24, 1960 (on APTS Seminary stationary)
        Saint Paul Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX, church, May 29, 1960
        Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church, January 15, 1978
   
C099 Creative works:
  “Our Cities For Christ” Thomas W. Currie, Jr., 1954
  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., circa 1952
  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
  Handwritten notes [2007-005], undated
  Printed material [2007-005], 1948-1995
  Creative works of others [2007-005], 1954, circa 1990s
  Board of Annuities and Relief monthly statement, Presbyterian Church of the United States, Statement of Dues, November 1, 1955
   
A034 Address book of Thomas W. Currie Jr., circa 1938-1943


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