Collection Title:

Henry Webb Sermons, 1940-2011, undated


The Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement
Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan Library
1 Walker Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601


Henry Webb


Henry Webb Sermons, 1940-2011, undated

Collection No.



4.6 cubic feet, (6 boxes)


English, Greek


Dr. Henry E. Webb was a prolific minister in the Stone-Campbell Movement and professor at Milligan College (now Milligan University) and Emmanuel School of Religion (Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan). This collection contains Webb’s sermons and index to his files.

Biographical Note:

Dr. Henry E. Webb was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1922. He attended Cincinnati Bible College (Cincinnati Christian University), Xavier University, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a total of two PhDs. He was a professor at Milligan College and Emmanuel School of Religion (Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan) for forty years, beginning in 1950. At Milligan, he was chair of the Department of Biblical Studies. Webb also wrote In Search of Christian Unity: a History of the Restoration Movement. He was active in ministry, with ministries including First Christian Church of Erwin, Tennessee; Suburban Christian Church of Bristol, Virginia; Central Christian Church of Jonesborough, Tennessee; Harrison Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee; and Bluff City Christian Church of Bluff City, Tennessee. He was also active at First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee and was a founder of Appalachian Christian Camp in Unicoi, Tennessee. Milligan University hosts an annual lecture series in Webb’s honor. He died in 2018 in Johnson City, Tennessee.


The collection was kept in its original order of numbered sermon files. The numbering order was presumably given by Henry Webb. The collection is arranged into three series: I. Series: Sermon Files, II. Series: Sermon Index, and III. Series: Additional Files. While the Additional Files series does contain items that may fit into the other two categories, original order was kept and thus this series has a variety of items.

Scope and Content Note:

The sermons of Henry Webb are organized into three series: Sermon Files, Sermon Index, and Additional Files. The Sermon Files series spans 1940-2011 and includes undated material. These files include sermons written by Henry Webb and the dates he preached those sermons. Dating of these papers takes into account the first and last dates any sermon was given. The Sermon Index series is undated and contains Webb’s indexing of his sermons. The Additional Files series spans 1947-2011 and includes undated material. It includes a register of weddings performed, other sermon notes, and church bulletins, among other items.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

Accession 2020-001

Note: There was no accession year available when this collection was processed, therefore the year when processing started is used for the accession record.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

One file has restricted information in it.

The archivist reserves the right to determine on a case-by-case basis if certain folders within the collection that have been requested for viewing cannot be made available due to various restriction compliance, including but not limited to student information, private personal information, and organizational information of a restricted nature.

Preferred Citation:

[Item], Henry Webb Sermons, Collection HSC0007, The Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Johnson City, TN.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Katherine Banks

Completed in 2020.

Folder List

Box 1

I. Series: Sermon Files, 1940-2011, undated

Box 2

Box 3

  • Sermons 401-415, 1948-1984

  • Sermons 416-435, 1949-2006

  • Sermons 436-455, 1949-1997

  • Sermons 456-475, 1951-2009

  • Sermons 476-495, 1952-1985

  • Sermons 496-515, 1953-2000

  • Sermons 516-540, 1953-2000, undated

  • Sermons 541-560, 1954-1987

  • Sermons 561-585, 1954-1998

  • Sermons 586-594, 598-605, 1955-1988, undated

  • Sermons 606-630, 1955-1981

  • Sermons 631-650, 1956-2004

  • Sermons 651-675, 1956-1989

  • Sermons 676-700, 1957-1991

Box 4

  • Sermons 701-725, 1957-2011

  • Sermons 726-750, 1957-2000

  • Sermons 751-775, 1958-2000

  • Sermons 776-800, 1958-2000

  • Sermons 801, 803-825, 1959-1985

  • Sermons 826-850, 1959-2006

  • Sermons 851-870, 1953-2010

  • Sermons 871-890, 1960-2006

  • Sermons 891-910, 1961-2009

  • Sermons 911-930, 1961-1985

  • Sermons 931-950, 1961-1990

  • Sermons 951-975, 1962-1989

  • Sermons 976-1000, 1963-1997

Box 5

II. Series: Sermon Index, undated

Box 6

III. Series: Additional Files, 1947-2011, undated

  • File 1, 1947-1992, undated

  • File 2, 1957-2011, undated

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