A.S. Hammack papers
Scope and Contents
The A.S. Hammack Papers, 1864-1954, comprise two minister books, ten sermon notebooks, and ephemera related to the Virginia Music Camp collected by Paul Hammack Jr. The sub-group of sermon notebooks have notes relating to the construction of Hammack’s sermons, congregation size, donation information, and the date and location for the sermon given. The Minister’s Pocket Ritual has margin notes as well as inserts containing birth and death dates of church members with notes for eulogies. In the 1907 sermon notebook, Hammack’s notes and ephemera contain a 1929 annual report for Mt. Zion church, budgeting information, and slip of paper entitled “United States Casualty Company” with a listed amount Hammack needs to pay by the end of the month.
Paul Hammack Jr.’s (1898-1985) ephemera from the Virginia Music Camp, now a part of Massanetta Springs camp, comprises sheet music, nametags, postcards, and student schedules for the program.
- 1864 - 1954
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Abraham Statton Hammack (1865-1932) was born near Stribling Springs, Virginia. A.S. Hammack married Josie G. Huffman (1867-1963) in 1890. He graduated from Union Biblical Seminary in 1890 and became an ordained minister in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. He worked in the areas of New Creek, South Branch, Augusta, Churchville, and Harrisonburg before a four-year term as a presiding elder. Hammack became Conference Superintendent in 1909 and served until 1922. This era was commonly known as the “Golden Age” era due to the sixty-five buildings erected and significant growth in church membership done under his leadership. Paul Hammack Jr. (1898-1985) is the grandson of A.S. Hammack.
0.2 cubic feet (7 folders)
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The A.S. Hammack Papers, 1864-1954, comprise two minister books, ten sermon notebooks, and ephemera related to the Virginia Music Camp collected by Paul Hammack Jr.
The collection is largely arranged chronologically and according to record type.
Donated by Paul Hammack Jr., grandson of A.S. Hammack, in May 2022.
Select printed materials including those related to the Virginia Music Camp were separated and cataloged individually.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/161030673/paul-willard-hammack: accessed 24 January 2023), memorial page for Paul Willard Hammack (30 Oct 1898–31 Jul 1985), Find a Grave Memorial ID 161030673, citing Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by hgs205 (contributor 46875108).
Loose ephemera was separated from the two Virginia Music Camp books that were cataloged individually.
- Hammack, Paul W., Jr. (Donor, Person)
- A Guide to the A.S. Hammack Papers, 1864-1954
- Grace Thomsen
- December 2022
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