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Records of Navigators - Collection 7

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Historical Background of the Navigators

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)



Brief Description.
Correspondence, memos, reports, forms, newspaper clippings relating to the counseling and follow-up work the Navigators organization did for Billy Graham evangelistic meetings in the 1950's. For some crusades, besides manuals for counselors and advisors, staff reports, statistical reports and clippings, there are also follow-up statistical reports on the after-effects of the crusade and pastors' responses to it. Also in the collection are a few items from the Los Angeles campaign of 1947, the Southern California Crusade of 1963, and a notebook dating from 1953 explaining the need for a new headquarters for the Navigators.


Collection 7 [May 10, 2000]
The Navigators; 1943-
Records; 1947-1974, n.d.
5 Boxes (RC; 5 cubic feet)

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.


Historical Background

The Navigators began informally in 1933 as a ministry to men in the United States Navy. It was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in California in 1943. At the end of World War II, many of the men influenced by the Navigators in the service became ministers, missionaries, or active laymen in local churches. The organization itself moved into overseas missionary work in 1949. Within a few years, it was active all over the world.

The goal of the Navigators was to help lead laymen to make a commitment to Christianity and then encourage them in active Bible memorization and Christian service. Because the organization put such a heavy emphasis on follow-up work, Billy Graham in 1950 asked Dawson Trotman, the founder and head of Navigators, to take charge of training local counselors and advisors for the Billy Graham Crusades and to devise a follow-up Bible study program for converts.

Trotman agreed and after his death in 1956, Lorne Sanny continued Navigator participation until after the New York Crusade of 1957. When the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started its own counseling and follow-up department, the head of it, Charles Riggs, was a Navigator.

Originally the Navigators were headquartered in Los Angeles, but in 1953 moved to Colorado.


Scope and Content

[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2,   folder 5.]

The materials in the collections, with few exceptions, relate to the Navigators counseling and follow-up work Navigators, Inc. did for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. From 1950-1957, Navigators were in charge of training local persons to counsel those who came forward at Crusades, contacting local pastors about members or potential members of their congregations who made decisions at Crusades and giving some introductory training in Christian beliefs to new converts.

The files for almost every crusade include forms and manuals for counselors and advisors, statistical reports on the number and type of decisions made at the crusade, newspaper clippings, publicity materials, and staff reports. These staff reports were informal letters sent by a member of the Navigator staff to the home office relating problems, opportunities, needs, and personal information. In addition, for the Pittsburgh Crusade of 1952, there is a Post Campaign Report on the response of local pastors to the Crusade follow-up program. For the London Crusade of 1954, there are numerous responses (filed under Reader's Digest Church Interest Stories) from pastors and laymen on ways the Crusade affected them. For some of the earlier Crusades, there are lists of all the pastors and/or churches participating in the counseling and follow-up work and lists of the names and addresses of everyone making a decision at the Crusade.

These papers also include a notebook dating from 1953 which contains materials explaining the need for a new headquarters for the Navigators and a few items from the Chicago Youth for Christ rally of 1947, the Los Angeles campaign of 1949, and the Southern California Crusade of 1963.

Provenance

These records were donated to BGEA in August, 1974, by the Navigators.

Accession 75-6, 75-8, 75-11
October 30, 1975
R. Shuster


CONTAINER LIST
1 1 Youth for Christ Hollywood Bowl Rally, 1947 - Forms; May - Jun, 1947, n.d.
1 2 Los Angeles Crusade, 1949 - Correspondence; Jun - Jul, 1949
1 3 Miscellaneous Forms; Sep, 1950, n.d.
1 4 Fort Worth Crusade, 1951 - Report Cards; Mar, 1951
1 5 Shreveport Campaign, 1951 - Miscellaneous; Mar - May, 1951, n.d.
1 6 Shreveport Crusade, 1951 - Newspaper Clippings; Apr, 1951
Memphis Crusade, 1951
1 7 Cards sent to Local Pastors for Follow-up Counseling; May - Jun, 1951
1 8 Correspondence; May - Jun, 1951, n.d.
1 9 Forms; Apr - Jun, 1951, n.d.
1 10 List of Memphis Pastors; n.d.
1 11 List of Persons Making Decisions; May - Jun, 1951
1 12 Newspaper Clippings; May - Jun, 1951
1 13 Statistics of Instruction Meetings; May - Jun, 1951, n.d.
Seattle Crusade, 1951
Church Leaders' Attendance Charts
1 14 Assembly of God; n.d.
1 15 Baptist; n.d.
1 16 Brethern; n.d.
1 17 Christian; n.d.
1 18 Christian Missionary Alliance; n.d.
1 19 Church of God; n.d.
1 20 Community; n.d.
1 21 Congregational; n.d.
1 22 Episcopal; n.d.
1 23 Four Square; n.d.
1 24 Free Methodist; n.d.
1 25 Friends; n.d.
1 26 Lutheran; n.d.
1 27 Methodist; n.d.
1 28 Miscellaneous; n.d.
1 29 Mission Covenant; n.d.
1 30 Nazarene; n.d.
1 31 Presbyterian; n.d.
1 32 Undesignated; n.d.
1 33 Correspondence; Aug - Sep, 1951, n.d.
1 34 Forms; Jul - Oct, 1951, n.d.
1 35 Newspaper Clippings; Aug - Sep, 1951
1 36 Notebook; n.d.
1 37 Personal Worker and Advisor Materials; Jul, 1951 - Feb, 1952, n.d.
1 38 Statistics, General; Jul - Aug, 1951
Hollywood Crusade, 1951
1 39 Counselor and Advisor Materials; n.d.
1 40 Forms; Jun - Oct, 1951, n.d.
1 41 Miscellaneous Papers; Jul - Sep, 1951, n.d.
1 42 Newspaper Clippings; Sep - Oct, 1951
1 43 Statistics, Dec, 1951 - Jan, 1952, n.d.
Greensboro Crusade, 1951
1 44 Correspondence; Nov, 1951 - Mar, 1952
1 45 Counselor and Advisor Materials; Sep - Oct, 1951, n.d.
1 46 Forms Notebook; Aug - Oct, 1951
1 47 Miscellaneous Materials; Oct, 1951, n.d.
1 48 Newspaper Clippings; Oct - Nov, 1951
1 49 Notebook of Follow-up Materials; n.d.
1 50 Statistics; n.d.
Washington Crusade, 1952
1 51 Correspondence; Jan - Sep, 1952, n.d.
1 52 Counselor and Advisor Materials; n.d.
1 53 Washington, D.C. Display Book; n.d.
1 54 Follow-up Materials; Feb - Jun, 1952, n.d.
1 55 Follow-up Program Suppl. Book of Forms and Letters; Jan-Feb, 1952
1 56 Forms; Nov, 1951 - Jun, 1952, n.d.
1 57 Instruction Class Material; Jan - Feb, 1952, n.d.
1 58 Newspaper Clippings; Jan - Feb, 1952
1 59 Publicity Materials; Jan - Apr, 1952, n.d.
1 60 Statistics; n.d.
Houston Crusade, 1952
1 61 Correspondence; Mar - Oct, 1952, n.d.
2 1 Counselor Department; May - Jun, 1952
2 2 Houston Campaign Forms and Letters; n.d.
2 3 Newspaper Clippings; May - Jun, 1952
2 4 Statistics; n.d.
Jackson Crusade, 1952
2 5 Correspondence; Jun - Sep, 1952, n.d.
2 6 Counselor and Advisor Materials; Jun, 1952, n.d.
2 7 Follow-up Material; Jun - Jul, 1952, n.d.
2 8 Newspaper Clippings; Jun - Jul, 1952
2 9 Statistics; Jun - Jul, 1952
Pittsburgh Crusade, 1952
2 10 Correspondence; Aug, 1952 - Feb, 1953, n.d.
2 11 Counselor Materials; n.d.
2 12 Follow-up Materials; Sep - Oct, 1952, n.d.
2 13 Forms; Aug, 1952 - Jan, 1953
2 14 Newspaper Clippings; Oct, 1952
2 15 Notebook; n.d.
2 16 Post-Campaign Report; Nov, 1952
2 17 Statistics; Oct - Dec, 1952, n.d.
Albuquerque Crusade, 1952
2 18 Correspondence; Sep, 1952 - Mar, 1953, n.d.
2 19 Follow-up Class Material; n.d.
2 20 Letters and Forms; n.d.
2 21 Newspaper Clippings; Nov, 1952
2 22 Statistics; Dec, 1952 - Feb, 1953, n.d.
Chattanooga Crusade, 1953
2 23 Correspondence; Jan - Apr, 1953, n.d.
2 24 Counselor and Advisor Material; n.d.
2 25 Letters and Forms; n.d.
2 26 Newspaper Clippings; Mar - Apr, 1953
2 27 Statistics; Apr - Jun, 1953, n.d.
St. Louis Crusade, 1953
2 28 Correspondence; Jan - Nov, 1953, n.d.
2 29 Counselor and Advisor Material; Mar - Apr, 1953, n.d.
2 30 Counselor Department; n.d.
2 31 Letters and Forms; n.d.
2 32 Newspaper Clippings; Apr - May, 1953
2 33 Statistics; Jun - Jul, 1953, n.d.
Dallas Crusade, 1953
2 34 Correspondence; Jan - Jun, 1953, n.d.
2 35 Counselors and Advisors; n.d.
2 36 Letters and Forms; n.d.
2 37 Newspaper Clippings; May - Jun, 1953
2 38 Statistics; Jun - Aug, 1953, n.d.
Syracuse Crusade, 1953
2 39 Correspondence; Apr - Sep, 1953, n.d.
2 40 Counselor and Advisor Materials; Jul -Aug, 1953, n.d.
2 41 Statistics; Aug, 1953 - Jan, 1954
2 42 Notebook on Need for a New Headquarters; Sep, 1953
Detroit Crusade, 1953
2 43 Counselor Materials; Sep, 1953, n.d.
2 44 Forms and Letters; n.d.
2 45 Newspaper Clippings; Oct, 1953
3 1 Staff Reports; Sep, 1953 - Feb, 1954, n.d.
3 2 Statistics; Sep, 1953 - Jan, 1954, n.d.
Asheville Crusade, 1953
3 3 Correspondence; Oct - Dec, 1953, n.d.
3 4 Newspaper Clippings; Nov, 1953
3 5 Statistics; n.d.
London Crusade, 1954
3 6 Correspondence; Sep - Dec, 1953, n.d.
3 7 Counselor and Advisor Materials; Nov, 1953 - Jan, 1954, n.d.
3 8 Follow-up Instruction Class Material; n.d.
3 9 Letters and Forms; n.d.
3 10 Newspaper Clippings; Oct, 1953 - Nov, 1954, n.d.
3 11 Publicity Materials; Aug, 1952 - Sep, 1955, n.d.
3 12 Reader's Digest Church Interest Stories; Apr - Sep, 1954, n.d.
3 13 Statistics; Apr, 1953 - Jan, 1954, n.d.
Nashville Crusade, 1954
3 14 Correspondence; Mar, 1953 - Jan, 1955, n.d.
3 15 Counselor and Advisor Materials; Jul, 1954, n.d.
Newspaper Clippings
3 16 Aug, 1954
3 17 Sep, 1954
3 18 Sep, 1954
3 19 Statistics; Sep - Dec, 1954, n.d.
New Orleans Crusade, 1954
3 20 Correspondence; Sep - Nov, 1954
3 21 Counseling and Follow-up Letters and Forms; n.d.
3 22 Counselor and Advisor Materials; n.d.
3 23 Follow-up Instruction Class Material; n.d.
3 24 Newspaper Clippings; Oct, 1954
3 25 Statistics; Dec, 1954 - Jan, 1955, n.d.
Scotland Crusade, 1955
3 26 Counselor and Advisor Materials; n.d.
3 27 Follow-up Instruction Class Material; Apr, 1955, n.d.
3 28 Forms Notebook; n.d.
3 29 Newspaper Clippings; Mar - Apr, 1955
3 30 Notebook; n.d.
3 31 Publicity Materials; Feb, 1955 - Jan, 1957, n.d.
3 32 Statistics; Jun - Sep, 1955, n.d.
London Crusade, 1955
3 33 Counselor and Advisor Material; May - Jun, 1955, n.d.
3 34 Follow-up Reports; Jun - Jul, 1955, n.d.
3 35 Follow-up Material; n.d.
3 36 Miscellaneous; Jan, 1955, n.d.
3 37 Newspaper Clippings; May, 1955
3 38 Publicity; Mar, 1956, n.d.
3 39 Statistics; Jul - Sep, 1955, n.d.
3 40 European Continent Crusade, 1955 - Newspaper Clippings; Jun-Jul, 1955
Toronto Crusade, 1955
4 1 Counseling and Follow-up; n.d.
4 2 Follow-up Instruction Class Material; n.d.
4 3 Newspaper Clippings; Sep - Oct, 1955
4 4 Songbook; n.d.
4 5 Statistics; Feb, 1955
4 6 Cambridge and Oxford Crusade, 1955 - Newspaper Clippings; Nov, 1955
4 7 World Tour, 1956 - Newspaper Clippings; Early 1956
Richmond Crusade, 1956
4 8 Counseling and Follow-up Procedure; n.d.
4 9 Counselor and Advisor Material; Mar, 1956, n.d.
4 10 Form Letters; Apr, 1956, n.d.
4 11 Newspaper Clippings; May, 1956
4 12 Statistics; n.d.
Oklahoma City Crusade, 1956
4 13 Counseling and Follow-up Procedure; n.d.
4 14 Counselor and Advisor Material; n.d.
4 15 Dawson Trotman's Death; Jun, 1956
4 16 Newspaper Clippings; Jun, 1956
4 17 Publicity; Jun, 1956
4 18 Statistics; Jun - Oct, 1956, n.d.
Louisville Crusade, 1956
4 19 Counseling and Follow-up Forms and Letters; n.d.
4 20 Miscellaneous Materials; n.d.
4 21 Statistics; Nov, 1956
New York Crusade, 1957
4 22 Correspondence; Nov, 1956 - Apr, 1958
4 23 Counselor and Advisor Material; Feb, Dec, 1957, n.d.
4 24 Daily Recap Cards; May - Aug, 1957
4 25 Finances; Apr - Dec, 1957
4 26 List of Those Completing Lessons of Assurance; n.d.
4 27 Materials Manual; n.d.
4 28 Newspaper Clippings; Feb - Jun, 1957
4 29 Newspaper Clippings; Jul - Nov, 1957
4 30 Organization Plan for Billy Graham New York Crusade, Inc.; n.d.
4 31 Outline for Counselor Training; n.d.
5 1 Publicity Materials; Aug, 1952 - Jun, 1958
5 2 Publicity Materials; n.d.
5 3 Standard Operating Procedure for the Counseling and Follow-up Dept.; n.d.
5 4 Statistical Report; n.d.
5 5 Statistics; Jun - Dec, 1957
5 6 TMS Enrollees; Mar - Jul, 1958, n.d.
5 7 Caribbean Crusade, 1958 - Publicity; Dec, 1957 - Jan, 1958
5 San Francisco Crusade, 1958
5 8 Committee on Personnel Report; n.d.
5 9 Counselor and Advisor Material; Mar - Jun, 1958, n.d.
5 10 Follow-up Material; n.d.
5 11 Materials Manual; n.d.
5 12 Newspaper Clippings; Apr - Jul, 1958
5 13 Publicity Materials; Feb - Oct, 1958, n.d.
5 14 Statistics; May - Jul, 1958, n.d.
Charlotte Crusade, 1958
5 15 Correspondence; Sep, 1958
5 16 Instruction Class Material; Oct, 1958, n.d.
5 17 Materials Manual; n.d.
5 18 Newspaper Clippings; Sep, 1958
5 19 Publicity Materials; Oct, 1958, n.d.
5 20 Southern California Crusade, 1963 - Budget; May, 1963
Miscellaneous Clippings
5 21 1953-1955
5 22 1955-1959
5 23 1960-1964, n.d.
5 24 Miscellaneous Correspondence; Aug - Sep, 1974



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