Robert Ray Vaughn Collection, 1951-1960Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Ray Vaughn Collection, 1951-1960Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0922
Extent: 23.0 Items
Arrangement: The Robert Ray Vaughn Collection was arranged in chronological order by title of artwork.
Languages: English


A collection of apocalyptic teaching charts for Sunday school created by Robert Ray Vaughn from 1951-1960.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Around 1951, in Denton, Texas, Robert Ray Vaughn used pen, paint and paper to create his interpretations of the Book of Revelations on wood panels. The wood panels measured 28x20 inches. Robert Ray Vaughn, a churchman, designed his teaching charts for children 8 and 9 years old. He designed two sided panels because it was easy to display and he added humor in his renditions of Revelations, to hold the children’s interest.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Ray Vaughn was born on March 29, 1897 in Ponder, Texas. In 1915, he married Callie Taralie Wilson, and the couple had four sons and one daughter. Callie Wilson passed in 1929, and in 1930 Robert Vaughn married Adaline “Addie” Viola Whitley in 1930, and they had three children. Addie passed away in 1985.

During World War II, Robert Vaughn worked as a riveter and later owned and operated his own nursery from 1946-1951.

A churchman, Robert Vaughn moved to Denton, Texas in 1951, and attended College View Baptist Church. It was around this time, while teaching Sunday School to to children 8 and 9 years of age when he first worked on the biblical teaching charts, which focus on the book of Revelation.

Robert Vaughn probably saw Clarence Larkin’s “Dispensational Truths”,  which was widely distributed amongst evangelical churches in the 1920’s, along with “The Book of Revelations,” also by Clarence Larkin.  It is most likely these that inspired his ideas to create his own teaching charts which were designed for easy display, and with which he took creative liberties and humor in his renditions of revelations, feeling that to hold the children’s interest one had to entertain them.

Robert Ray Vaughn’s pieces survive due to a family member who as an artist saw value in the work and stored for years. It then passed to the next generation. This individual, also an artist, valued not only her Grandfather’s work but also his artistic vision, and allowed them to be exhibited to the public for the first time in at least a generation. Robert Ray Vaughn died on December 29, 1986.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Robert Ray Vaughn Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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