Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Robert Francis Gribble papers, 1907-1993

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gribble, Robert Francis, 1890-1970
Title: Robert Francis Gribble papers
Dates: 1907-1993
Abstract Robert Francis Gribble (1890-1970) was a Presbyterian pastor and educator in Texas. Sermons, correspondence, record books, reports, clippings, notes, printed material, photographs, negatives, and scrapbooks comprise the Robert Francis Gribble Papers. The collection is divided into eight series: Ministerial work, Education materials, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Administration, Creative works, Personal material, Scrapbooks, Photographic material, and Printed material.
Identification: 1993-004; 1997-001; 1997-003; 2000-002
Extent: 8.5 feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

Robert Francis Gribble (1890-1970) was a Presbyterian pastor and educator in Texas. He was born on January 6, 1890 in Waco, Texas to Robert Fonda Gribble and Lucy Sleeper Gribble. He graduated from Waco High School in 1908, and graduated from Austin College in 1911 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1912-1913 he served as Student Supply to Midland, Texas. In 1914, he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He traveled to the University of Chicago to study in the summers of 1914 and 1916. He was licensed and ordained by the Presbytery of Central Texas in 1915. In that same year Gribble served as Student Supply in Bartlett, Texas. The following year he married Joyce Hudson in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1914-1918 he taught Hebrew at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Seminary closed during the latter part of World War I; consequently, he worked at the YMCA headquarters in Dallas, Texas during 1918-1919. From 1919-1923, he was the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Mercedes. In 1924, he achieved a Doctorate of Divinity from Austin College. During his tenure as professor at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1923-1960), Gribble served Bartlett’s First Presbyterian Church as well as Leander Presbyterian Church.

Other professional activities included supervising the Seminary library from the late 1920s-1930s, serving as Moderator of the Synod of Texas in 1935, and serving as acting President of Austin Seminary from 1943-1945.

Professional highlights include a radio address delivered in 1934 in conjunction with Austin Bible Society, an appointment to the General Assembly of the PCUS “Ad-Interim Committee on Curricula of Our Seminaries,” and editing Baker’s Dictionary of Theology in 1960.

He officially retired from the Seminary in late 1960. During his retirement Dr. Gribble taught at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi (1960-1970). He died November 8, 1970 in Austin, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

Sermons, correspondence, record books, reports, clippings, notes, printed material, photographs, negatives, and scrapbooks comprise the Robert Francis Gribble Papers. The collection is divided into eight series: Ministerial work, Education materials, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Administration, Creative works, Personal material, Scrapbooks, Photographic material, and Printed material. There are notes throughout the collection made in a neat, printed handwriting by Nancy Gribble Nelson, Gribble’s daughter.

Ministerial work consists of two pastoral record books, sermons, notes, clippings, minutes, reports, and outlines. The pastoral record books highlight Gribble’s ministerial career, with entries occurring almost daily. He chronologically documented his tenure as stated supply in Midland and his pastorate in Leander, Bartlett, and Mercedes with weather conditions, attendance, and type of ceremony. The sermons are arranged by the book of the Bible and then by date. Clippings and notes relating to the sermons are included. Sermons and material used for special days, subjects, and occasions follow those linked to a specific Bible verse. The Topical Index is a bound volume containing entries on a variety of topics. Some entries refer to material in Scrapbook No. 1, while others refer to material within the index itself. Texas-Mexican Presbytery records include correspondence, budget information, meeting minutes, notes, reports, and publications related Gribble served on the Board of Trustees for the Texas-Mexican Industrial Institute.

Education materials contains course notebooks, notes, outlines, class registers, printed material, and clippings and is divided into two subseries, Student and Professor. The Student subseries contains class notebooks from courses Gribble took at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and Austin College, including a 1911-1912 session notebook from Thornton Rogers Sampson’s junior Church History class and from Samuel Alexander King’s junior Systematic Theology class. The notebook also includes notes from five of the six Seminary guest lecturers for 1911-1912. Gribble frequently used notebooks throughout his career for more than one purpose so many have wide date ranges and cover multiple topics from his career as a student and a professional. The second subseries, Professor, consists of material used by Gribble in his role as a professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Reformed Theological Seminary. Gribble kept related notes, clippings, and printed material in labeled envelopes and utilized these as resources to pull from for his courses and other events such as prayer meetings and workshops. Gribble also retained his class registers; these have been restricted due to the confidential nature of student grades.T

Creative works encompasses material composed by Gribble including drafts and notes for two religious manuscripts, lectures and addresses for special events, a pamphlet, and a large amount of poetry. Poetry was clearly a life-long pastime for Gribble, as poems date from the 1910s through 1970.

Personal material primarily consists of correspondence and an account/daily register. In this register, Gribble recorded the main events of his day, the weather, and sometimes significant national events. This series also includes personal correspondence, a driver’s license, and several clippings about Gribble.

The Scrapbooks series is comprised of three scrapbooks. “Scrapbook created by Nancy Gribble Nelson” was compiled in 1993 and includes photographs, correspondence, family history materials, and World War II ration books. The Photograph scrapbook is a collection of photographs compiled by Gribble which documents family members, activities at Austin College, numerous trips to various locales, and life at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. On many pages, Gribble cut people out from photographs and wrote humorous narrations of the scenes depicted. These photos were labeled more extensively by Nancy and other relatives in 1993.

Photographic material includes both prints and negatives as well as two pages from a photo album featuring the APTS campus and the Gribble girls. Identification of individuals pictured is located in the holding record.

Printed material consists of pamphlets, clippings, and articles related primarily to religious topics.

Organization of Collection

Ministerial Work
Education Materials
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Administration
Creative Works
Personal Material
Photographic Material
Printed Material


Access Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Personal Names
Gribble, Robert Francis, 1890-1970.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary--Faculty.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary--Study and teaching.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Presbytery of Texas-Mexican.
Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Miss.)
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
Sermons, English--Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Francis Gribble papers, 1907-1993, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Processing Information

This collection was partially processed by Bill Brock, Seminary Archivist, and a student assistant in the late 1990s. It was completed in November 2009 by Elizabeth Garber, Archives Assistant.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Ministerial Work:

E009a Pastoral record and commonplace book, 1911-1943
Pastoral record book, 1910-1921, 1943-1970
E010 Sermons:
Old Testament:
Old Testament sermons, outlines, and clippings, 1913-1925, and undated
Genesis, 1912-1968
Exodus, 1912-1946, 1966
Leviticus, 1936
Numbers, 1935, 1940
Deuteronomy, 1929-1956 and undated
Joshua, 1912, 1937-1943
Judges, 1945
I Samuel and II Samuel, 1920-1923, 1935 and undated
I Kings and II Kings, 1919-1938, 1963
I Chronicles and II Chronicles, 1932, 1942
Nehemiah, 1969
Job, 1933
Psalms, 1912-1921, 1932-1960 and undated
Proverbs, 1919-1923 and undated
Ecclesiastes, 1920, 1935-1943 and undated
Isaiah, 1915-1950
Jeremiah, 1930-1964
Daniel, 1912
Hosea, 1922
Amos, 1915
Jonah, 1936, 1949
Micah, 1922, 1945 and undated
Habakkuk, 1937
Haggai, 1936
Zecharaiah, 1938, 1946
Malachi, 1940 and undated
New Testament:
New Testament sermons and outlines, 1910-1923 and undated
E011 Matthew, 1912-1966 and undated
Mark, 1912-1967
Luke, 1913-1964 and undated
John, 1913-1965 and undated
Acts, 1912-1947, 1967 and undated
E012 Romans, 1912-1921, 1940-1963 and undated
I Corinthians, 1912-1969 and undatedDATE
II Corinthians, 1920-1947, 1962 and undated
Galatians, 1912-1934, 1947
Ephesians, 1913-1950, 1965 and undated
Philippians, 1913-1941, 1964 and undated
Colossians, 1913-1949
I Thessalonians, 1946
I Timothy and II Timothy, 1912-1950 and undated
Hebrews, 1912-1964 and undated
James, 1920, 1935-1942
I Peter and II Peter, 1934-1969 and undated
E013 I John and II John, 1913-1939, 1967 and undated
Jude, undated
Revelations, 1915-1938, 1951, 1967
Special days and occasions:
American Bible Sunday, 1947
Armistice Day, 1920-1921 and undated
Campaigns, 1918-1924
Ceta Canyon Conference, 1932
Chapel worship at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1956-1958 and undated
Charge to the Pastor, 1915, 1933 and undated
Christmas, 1920-1923, 1956-1966 and undated
Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, Easter, 1913-1923, 1956-1966 and undated
Civic, 1930-1947 and undated
Day of Prayer for Life Service in Western Texas Presbytery and Junior Congregation Day, 1921
Easter, 1924-1947 and undated
Eulogy for Dr. L. E. Selfridge, 1933
Every Member Canvass, 1920-1939
Funerals, 1925-1969 and undated
Home Mission Week, Home Mission Conference, Home Mission Program, 1917-1939
Installation of officials/pastors, 1929, 1942
Labor Day, 1946
Leadership Training Conferences: Kerrville, Texas and Silliman College, Clinton, Louisiana, 1936-1950
Lord’s Day, undated
Men of the Church, 1921-1949
Mercedes Music Festival, 1926
Minister’s Retreat/Summer School of Theology, Silliman College, Clinton, Louisiana, 1933
Mother’s Day, 1921
New Year, 1919
Opening Faculty Address, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1925-1927, 1941
Ozark Assembly, Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton, Arkansas, 1926
Rally Day, 1921
Reformation Day and Universal Bible Sunday, 1919-1922, 1935-1939
Sunday School Convention, Los Indios, Texas, 1921
Synodical Auxiliary Training School, Kerrville, Texas, 1936
Sunday School Institute for Valley Churches, 1922
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Ministers’ Summer Conference, Kingsville, Texas, 1939
Town and Country Conference, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1960
World-Wide Communion Day, 1943
Young People’s Conferences, 1925-1944
Special subjects:
Adorn, undated
Apostle’s Creed, 1949 and undated
E014 Assorted, 1917-1955 and undated
Baptism, 1956
Bible, 1934-1948 and undated
Calvinism, undated
Children, 1947, 1967 and undated
Christian, 1951
Commemorature of the Divine Lord, undated
Foreign missions, 1943, 1947
Holy Spirit, 1931, 1964 and undated
Jesus, undated
Pacifism, 1936, 1941
Predestination, 1961
Presbyterianism, undated
Presbyterian doctrines, undated
Priceless Ingredient, 1945
Put into Practice the Things That Remind of Him, 1936
Religion and the home, 1921-1924, 1940 and undated
Revival, 1926-1929
Security, 1936
Sunday school, 1923
Ten Commandments, 1958
Temperance, 1920
Theodicy, 1921
War, undated
Series of sermons, 1920-1923, 1935
Sermons for special groups:
Seminary students, 1930, 1968
Sunday school/young people, 1931-1957
Sermons by other pastors, 1914, 1936, 1943, 1960
Incomplete, undated
Related material [includes notes, outlines, and clippings]:
Genesis, 1930-1933, 1967 and undated
Exodus, 1915-1943, 1967 and undated
E015 Exodus, 1915-1943, 1967 and undated
Leviticus, 1926 and undated
Numbers, undated
Deuteronomy, undated
Joshua, 1966 and undated
Joshua and Judges, 1912 and undated
I Samuel and II Samuel, undated
I Kings and II Kings, undated
I Chronicles, 1925 and undated
Job, 1911, 1932-1934 and undated
Psalms, 1926 and undated
Proverbs, undated
Ecclesiastes, undated
Song of Solomon, 1911, 1934 and undated
E016 Isaiah, 1916, 1966 and undated
Jeremiah, 1952-1957 and undated
Ezekiel, 1937, 1955-1957 and undated
Daniel, undated
Hosea, 1968 and undated
Joel, 1968 and undated
Amos, 1924, 1941, 1968 and undated
Micah, 1917, 1933, 1968 and undated
Zechariah, 1938-1941 and undated
Matthew, 1920-1928, 1941, 1956 and undated
Mark, 1931 and undated
E017 Luke, 1921-1922 and undated
John, 1919, 1956 and undated
Acts, 1925-1933 and undated
Romans, 1921-1933, 1944
I Corinthians and II Corinthians, 1929 and undated
Galatians, 1924, 1931 and undated
Philippians, 1917-1922 and undated
Colossians, undated
I Thessalonians and II Thessalonians, 1912, 1934 and undated
I Timothy and II Timothy, undated
Titus, undated
Philemon, 1931-1938
Hebrews, 1924-1931, 1959, 1970 and undated
Prophecy and Psalmody, 1937 and undated
James, 1946 and undated
I Peter and II Peter, 1919, 1934 and undated
I John and II John, undated
Jude, undated
Revelations, 1919, 1932, 1944-1947 and undated
E009b Topical Index [for Scrap Book No. 1], undated
E019c Scrap Book No. 1, 1915-1955
E017 Texas Mexican Presbytery:
Correspondence, 1928-1949
E018 Budget, meeting minutes, notes, and reports, 1923-1932, 1949-1952 and undated
Publications and newsletters, 1931-1932, 1950
Mo Ranch, 1948-1950 and undated
Church bulletins featuring Gribble, 1936-1954 and undated
Other church bulletins, 1952 and undated

Education materials:

E018 Student:
Theology and Church History courses notebook, 1911-1914
Notebook [contains notes from Hebrew language course at APTS and on sermons, notes from a course on Hebrews at Austin College, and notes on several books],1911-1924, 1936-1941
Revelation course notebook, 1912
Notebook [includes material relating to the New Testament], 1912-1914
E020 Theology course notes [includes lectures on pastoral theology and lectures by Samuel A. King], 1912-1914
Pentateuch notebook [contains some material from Gribble’s time at the University of Chicago and later], 1914-1916, and undated
Course notebook [includes material on social politics, Hebrew, theology, and the Bible; from courses at the University of Chicago], 1914-1916
Notebook [includes material for courses on prophecy, poetry in the Old Testament, and Hebrew; contains notes from Homiletic Club and a Hebrew language course taught by Gribble], 1916, 1931-1941
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary course materials:
Hebrew course booklet, undated
Apologetics, 1955 and undated
E021 Archaeology, 1933, 1950-1956 and undated
Atonement, undated
Bible I, 1915 and undated
Bible short course, undated
Bible study, undated
Biblical theology, 1912, 1948-1949 and undated
Books of scripture, 1946-1947
Books of the New Testament, 1947, 1968 and undated
Canon [Old Testament], 1941, 1954-1955 and undated
“Canon” of New Testament, 1918 and undated
Church history prayer meeting, 1920-1922 and undated
Deity of the Lord, undated
Delivery of sermons, 1931-1940 and undated
Etiquette, 1928-1933 and undated
Evangelism, 1912-1921
Evolution, 1925-1930 and undated
Forever, undated
Heads of theology [includes material about atonement and sovereignty], 1915 and undated
Hebraisms in the Bible/Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, 1929, circa 1941 and undated
Hermeneutics, 1933-1945
E022 History and prophecy, undated
Home mission sermons, 1921
Homiletics, 1912, 1923, 1938-1951 and undated
Immortality, 1927
Importance of doctrine, undated
Inspiration of the Bible, 1931 and undated
Introduction to the New Testament, 1936 and undated
Installation and ordination, 1920-1925 and undated
Law, undated
Life of Paul the Apostle, 1939 and undated
Messianism in the Old Testament, 1925, 1951-1957
The New Testament–general characteristics, undated
Old Testament in the pulpit, 1948-1949 and undated
Place of preaching today, 1936 and undated
Prayer, undated
Preaching [also used at Reformed Theological Seminary], 1942, 1967 and undated
Premil[lennial] position examined, 1930-1936 and undated
Psalmody/Imprecation, 1954-1963 and undated
Psychology/fulfillment of purpose, 1913, 1922, and undated
Quotations of the Old Testament in the New Testament, undated
Revival, undated
Ritual of the altar, 1927-1929
[Selecting] the text, 1917 and undated
Seniors exam, 1950
The sermon, 1938 and undated
S.O.M., 1926, 1935, circa 1956 and undated
Theodicy, undated
Theology of Old Testament, undated
Theology of prayer, 1952 and undated
I Thessalonians and II Thessalonians, 1931
Tutorial, 1951
E023 What to preach, 1942 and undated
W. H. Green on the canon and text, undated
Reformed Theological Seminary course materials:
Divisions of sermon, 1967 and undated
Homiletics, 1931-1947, 1967 and undated
Dups on Gen [?], circa 1933, circa 1969
E006 Grade registers [restricted]:
E023 Course administration materials [includes attendance sheets, syllabi, exam questions, and class schedule], 1925, 1949-1952
Research note cards, undated

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Administration:

E023 Correspondence, 1916-1957 and undated
Correspondence regarding The Mr. and Mrs. John Sleeper Endowment for Professors’ Salaries [Gribble was the nephew of the Sleepers], 1941-1952, 1965
Committee reports, outlines, and documents, 1948-1953, and undated
Faculty meeting minutes, 1950-1952
Old Testament courses for Th.M. degree, undated
Seminary history, 1947-1955 and undated
Student related material:
Sampson Hall room assignments and related material, 1924-1936 and undated
Policies, 1951
Directory information, 1949-1953
Orientation program, 1949-1952
Alumni banquet roster, 1926
List of donors and donation amounts for the establishment of APTS, circa 1900
Spanish Speaking Department [includes correspondence, reports, and financial information], 1923-1947
E024 Proposals concerning seminary prerequisites, 1952
Presbyterian Church in the U.S. Ad-Interim Committee on the Curricula of our Seminary:
Correspondence and related material, 1935-1939 and undated
Reports, circa 1942
Chapel hints, undated

Creative works:

E024 “Integrity of the Pentateuch”:
Correspondence regarding manuscript, 1966-1970, and undated
Drafts of manuscript, 1963-1967 and undated
E025 “Sovereignty Over Freedom” manuscript drafts, undated
Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary:
Drafts and notes, circa 1944
Comments on the lectures by George Summey, circa 1944
Our Stewardship of Prayer pamphlet, undated
APTS Alumni association address, 1940
Notebook, 1909-1912
Poetry of Robert F. Gribble [bound volume], 1908-1914, 1959-1962
E026 Poetry journal [includes several diary-type entries and loose papers], 1913-1915 and undated
Loose poetry, 1914, 1945, 1970 and undated

Personal material:

E026 Correspondence, 1922-1966
Driver’s license, circa 1940
Clipping and newsletter, 1941, 1954
Four minute talk on budget, undated
A Resolution in Honor of Robert Francis Gribble, 1960
E019a Accounting/Daily events record book, 1924-1970
ART-11 Plaque honoring Gribble from the Reformed Theological Seminary, undated


E026 Scrapbook created by Nancy Gribble Nelson, 1907-1993
E019b Photograph scrapbook, 1909-1924

Photographic material:

D035 Prints, 1911-1970
FF-7 Photo album pages [images of Nancy Gribble Nelson?], circa 1924
Graduating Class of Austin College, 1911
Graduating Class of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1913-1914
E009c Negatives [nitrate], undated

Printed material:

E027 Religious pamphlets, circa 1920-1965
Other pamphlets, 1948, 1963-1964 and undated
Political material, 1917-1920, 1963-1964
Clippings, 1915-1968 and undated
Sermons for children, 1914-1915
The Daily Meditation, 1920-1921
Collected proverbs, undated