Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Graham family papers, 1902-1998

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Graham family
Title: Graham family papers
Dates: 1902-1998
Identification: 2017-003
Quantity: 2 linear inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical Note

William Ezekiel Graham was born in Tiplersville, Mississippi on March 15, 1863. He married Sarah E. "Sallie" Luna in Walnut, MS on December 3, 1884. Shortly thereafter he was ordained by the Bell Presbytery of the Synod of Mississippi on July 25, 1891. Reverend Graham was a preacher and educator throughout Mississippi until 1894. That same year he moved to Kemp, Texas where he served as pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for eleven years. In 1905 he became pastor at Greenville Presbyterian Church (now part of the Dallas Presbytery) where he served for twenty-nine years. The foundation of the church was personally paid for by William in 1907. In 1918, he was elected Moderator of the Texas Synod by more than a two thirds majority. Trinity University conferred upon Dr. Graham an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1929. Resigning this church in 1934, he became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro, Texas until his death. One said of him "He was an outstanding minister of Texas for forty years and his entire ministry was characterized by its constructive work…" He died in Whitesboro, Texas, on January 11, 1936.

Robert Ethan Graham was born in Greenville, TX on July 12, 1915. He is the son of William Ethan Graham and Nannie Moody Armstrong, and the grandson of William Ezekiel Graham. Robert attended Texas Tech from 1932-1936 and Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1938 and was ordained in 1939. On February 20, 1943, Robert married Helen Ruth "Peg" Coats in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. As a pastor in United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America from 1939-1960, Robert served churches in Shickshinny, Tamaqua, Altoona, and Oil City, Pennsylvania before serving churches in Austin (1958-1964). In Austin, Robert’s unwavering support of church integration cost him his position at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Without a church for two years, Robert found service in Brady, Texas where he eventually became a full time pastor. He was ordained on October 14, 1969 and served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, TX from 1969-1980. He retired from the Dickinson church in 1980 moving on to serve as an interim pastor for Presbytery of New Covenant in Gulf Prairie, Alief, and Conroe, Texas and in the Palo Duro Presbytery in Pampa, Texas. Robert Ethan Graham passed away November 16, 1998 in Canyon Lake, Comal, TX.

Scope and Contents

Two inches of sermon notes, correspondence, clippings, and recorded sermons on audio CDs (1902-1998) are arranged in two groups to document William Ezekiel Graham and Robert Ethan Graham’s personal and professional lives. A record of books belonging to William Ezekiel Graham and Robert Ethan Graham (published from 1883-1989, and inventoried by Lois Graham Moran in 2017), is located in the holding record.

Sub-group one is arranged in two series that include William Ezekiel Graham’s professional and personal papers. The professional series consists of 1 inch of sermons and related notes dating from 1931-1933. These sermon files were originally housed in two binders that have been separated from the papers due to preservation concerns [photo copies of the inside of the binders that included written notes have been photocopied and included in with the sermons in their respective folders]. The Personal series includes correspondence and clippings from years 1902-1935.

Sub-group two includes Robert Ethan Graham’s recorded sermons on three audio CD’s dated 1987- circa 1998.


Access Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Graham, Robert Ethan, 1915-1998.
Graham, William Ezekiel, 1863-1936.
Subjects (Organizations)
Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Greenville Presbyterian Church (Greenville, Tex.)
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
Sermons, American--Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Graham family papers, 1902-1998, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Processed by Nikole Koehlert, Archives Assistant, July 2017.


B062 Sub-group 1: William Ezekiel Graham 1902-1998:
Series I: Professional
“Revival Sermons,”sermon files and related material, 1931
“Revival Sermons,”sermon files and related material, 1933
Series II: Personal
Correspondence, 1906-1935:
William Ezekiel Graham to unknown, with quotes and book titles listed on the verso, July 17, 1906
John C. Williams to William Ezekial Graham, March 13, 1925
Andrew D. Zimmerman to William Ezekiel Graham, March 17, 1925
Draft of correspondence from William Ezekiel Graham to Homer and Ruby (Graham’s son-in-law and daughter), with notes on the verso, December 26, 1935
Whitesboro National Bank (Whitesboro, TX) land deed draft, undated
Eunice Hutson of Garland, TX to unknown (handwritten notes on the verso), undated
Clippings, 1902-1935:
“Bible Weights and Measures,” undated
“How The Apostles Died,” undated
Marriage Ceremonial, with notations on the verso, undated
The Presbyterian, newspaper from Philadelphia, PA, September 19, 1935
Presbyterian Constitution Covenant Union, undated
“Rock Me To Sleep Mother,” sheet music, 1902

D022 Sub-group 2: Robert Ethan Graham
Series I: Professional 1987-circa 1998
Audio recordings of sermons, 1987-circa 1998:
Disc 1: Track 1: Good Friday Readings, Run Time: 23:54, 1987; Track 2: Good Friday Readings, Run Time: 19:35, 1987; Track 3: The Humor of Christ, Pampa, TX, Run Time: 21:01 September 13, 1987
Disc 2: Track 1: The Laughter of the Lord, Run Time: 17:01, September 20, 1987; Track 2: Christmas, Run Time: 9:28, 1995; Track 3: What is God, Run Time: 37:05, undated
Disc 3: Track 1: Spirit, Run Time: 23:25, undated; Track 2: The Lesson of the Fig Tree, Run Time: 17:16, undated; Track 3: Equality (one of the last sermons he preached), Run Time: 16:08, circa 1995-1998