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Ephemera of Charles Edward Fuller - Collection 100


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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Charles Edward Fuller

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

Lists of Audio Tapes, Books, Periodicals, and Phonograph Records in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
    Books
    Periodicals
    Phonograph Records
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)


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Brief Description.
Newspaper clippings, sermons, radio logs, form letters to supporters, publicity materials of Fuller's OLD FASHIONED REVIVAL HOUR radio programs, and audio tapes and phonograph records of the program and of gospel music. Acc: 79-110, 79-120, 79-143, 83-105, 83-144, 84-2, 84-108, 85-14, 86-3, 87-44, 87-151, 90-22 Vol: 1 Box (DC; .25 cu ft), 58 Audio Tapes, 17 Phonograph Records Guide: 13 Pages CN # 100


Collection 100
[February 5, 2001]
Fuller, Charles Edward; 1887-1968
Ephemera; 1940-1968; n.d.
1 Box (DC; .25 cu ft); 58 Audio Tapes, 17 Phonograph Records.

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.



Biography

Charles Edward Fuller, born on April 25, 1887, was the fourth and last son of Henry and Helen Day Fuller. Henry Fuller was a furniture store owner in Los Angeles. He had set aside special funds which he used to support various overseas missionaries. The trust fund set up when he died passed into the care of Charles Fuller's organization, the Fuller Evangelistic Association. The trust money was used to support foreign missions in radio work, missionary salaries, and Bible reading programs at home and abroad.

Fuller graduated from Pomona College in 1910 with a B.S. The next October he married Grace Leone Payton, the daughter of one of the area's prominent doctors. Raising oranges occupied Fuller from 1912-1918 as he served as manager of the Southern California Citrus Packing Association. The Fullers moved to Placentia, California, where they became members of the Placentia Presbyterian Church. Fuller held several leadership positions in the church: elder, Sunday school superintendent, and clerk of the Session. To increase his knowledge of the Bible, Fuller attended the Bible Institue of Los Angeles (BIOLA), but left the college in 1921 to teach a Bible class at the Placentia Presbyterian Church. His Bible class grew so large it became necessary to hold meetings in the town hall. Following a break with the Presbyterian Church, Fuller was ordained a Baptist minister in 1925. Some members of his Bible class organized a new church, Calvary. Fuller pastored the church for eight years, when he resigned and committed himself to a gospel radio ministry. Supplemental income for his radio ministry came from speaking engagements at conferences and his own evangelistic campaigns. Fuller's first evangelistic campaign was held at Ocean Beach, California, during January and February, 1927. Los Angeles Baptist Seminary hired Fuller as a faculty member in 1928. He continued his teaching in addition to assuming the responsibilities of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles from 1927 to 1934.

Fuller's radio ministry began in January 1930 with broadcasts of the Sunday evening worship services of his church. The Gospel Broadcasting Association was established in 1933 and, in October 1934, the first Old Fashioned Revival Hour program was aired. Fuller joined the Mutual radio network in 1937, expanding until the program was aired on every Mutual network. The response to Fuller's radio ministry necessitated the establishment of an Association to conduct the business and help maintain other evangelistic efforts and, in 1943, the Fuller Evangelistic Association (FEA) was established. Fuller also felt burdened to establish young men to preach, and soon after the FEA was established, he purchased property in Pasadena. Original plans called for classes to begin in 1945 with courses available for a Bachelor in Theology and postgraduate studies. Plans were changed as World War II continued, but the school finally opened in 1947 as Fuller Seminary. The present seminary buildings were occupied in 1953. Classes were held in the Lake Avenue Congregational Church until a permanent location was purchased and developed.

Fuller continued his active radio ministry, served on the Seminary Board of Trustees, and as a director of the Gospel Broadcasting Association until his death in 1968. Charles Fuller's ministry was continued under the direction of his son, Daniel P. Fuller, Dean at the Seminary.



Scope and Content

The materials in this collection contain a few miscellaneous items relating to the life and ministry of Charles Fuller. Sermons, newspaper clippings, audio tapes, phonographs, brochures, newsletters, publicity materials, and correspondence are all to be found among the collection materials. Folder 1-1 contains a letter and brochure sent to one of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour (OFRH) listeners who wished to make the Fuller organization beneficiary to an insurance policy. Folders 1-2 and 1-3 contain news clippings and bulletins on Charles Fuller's death.

Several folders contain materials on the Old Fashioned Revival Hour. Form letters sent to listeners and contributors to Fuller's program are contained in folder 1-4. Publicity material found in folder 1-5 announced special meetings and items available from the Fuller organization. Listeners were able to locate the nearest radio station and the broadcast time by consulting various radio logs sent out by the radio program. Folder 1-7 holds the 1953 twenty-eighth anniversary souvenir pamphlet in honor of Fuller's radio ministry.

Folder 1-8 contains copies of two sermons Fuller preached on the Old Fashioned Revival Hour. One, printed on yellow paper, is a facsimile of the way Fuller wrote his sermons, on yellow lined paper with a blue-green pen. This sermon was aired in February 1952. The other sermon is a typed copy from Fuller's unedited notes, used April 10, 1955, titled "The First Resurrection--Three Stages." An article in folder 1-9 provides "Highlights in the Life of Chas. E. Fuller," and folder 1-10 has a 1959 commemorative booklet, Grateful to God, on the work of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour. Also in the collection is an OFRH newsletter, titled "Heart to Heart Talk" (folder 1-13), Christmas greetings, perhaps also from a newsletter, with pictures of Fuller's grandchildren, from 1960 and 1961 (folder 1-11), and a tract with two sermons from Fuller's radio broadcasts titled "Storehouse Tithing" and "Christian Giving" (folder 1-15). Folder 1-14 features correspondence, a building lease, and form letters relating to an Old Fashioned Revival Service held on May 28, 1942, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Correspondents include J. Elwin Wright and P. J. Zondervan.

Several phonograph records in the collection contain various song selections and sermons used in the Old Fashioned Revival Hour radio ministry and messages by Charles Fuller. The collection also contains audio tapes of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour. Each program contains songs, a sermon by Charles Fuller, and the reading of listener's letters by Mrs. Fuller. A number of tapes are recordings from phonograph records. Material on the tapes T16 and T17 include songs, sermons, and various people's reminiscences of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour. Several tapes contain music with unidentified people, but may be the Old Fashioned Revival Hour choir conducted by H. Leland Green, the quartet, and soloists, with Rudy Atwood at the piano and George Broadbent at the organ.


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Provenance

Materials in this collection were received in October and December 1979; additional materials were received from the Graham Center Museum in October 1983; Museum staff had purchased the original recording discs from a dealer in June 1980, and copied the programs on the discs onto cassette tape. The Archives staff then copied the contents of the cassette onto reels. Additional materials were received from P. J. Zondervan in November 1983, from a private donor in January 1984 (the disc from the private donor was copied directly onto a reel), from Esther Kelly in February 1985 and December 1987, from Jeannette Thiessen in May 1987, and from Ronald Nelson in February 1990.

Accession 79-110, 79-120, 79-143, 83-105, 83-144,
84-2, 84-108, 85-14, 86-3, 87-44, 87-151, 90-22

February 4, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
S. Kouns

January 11, 1984, revised
Robert Shuster
J. Nasgowitz

June 8, 1987, revised
Paul A. Ericksen
J. Nasgowitz

February 12, 1990, revised
L. Beloz

September 15, 1995, updated
Janyce H. Nasgowitz



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 79-143, 84-108, 90-22
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:


Old Fashioned Revival Hour
T1 - Program 210 - December 21, 1958
Program 211 - December 28, 1958
Program 230 - May 10, 1959

T2 - Program 231 - May 17, 1959
Program 256 - November 8, 1959
Program 257 -

T3 - Program 320 - Program 321

T4 - March 13, 1960

T5 - March 20, 1960

T6 - April 10, 1960

T7 - April 17, 1960

T8 - April 24, 1960

T9 - May 11, 1960

T10 - May 5, 1960

T11 - May 8, 1960

T12 -May 15, 1960

T13 - May 22, 1960

T14 - May 29, 1960

T15 - June 12, 1960

T16 - Miscellaneous songs from the Old Fashioned Revival Hour - n.d. (continued on T17)

T17 - Miscellaneous songs and messages from Charles Fuller's Old Fashioned Revival Hour (continued from T16)

T18 - 24th Anniversary Communion Service, 1/2/49.

T19 - Titled Emergency.

T20 - Program 149.

T21 - Program 151.

T22 - Program 152.

T23 - Program 544. 5/16/65.

T24 - Program 545. 5/23/65.

T25 - Program 550. 6/27/65.

T26 - Program 551. 7/4/65.

T27 - Program 552. 7/11/65.

T28 - Program 553. 7/18/65.

T29 - Program 554. 7/25/65.

T30 - Program 555. 8/1/65.

T31 - Program 556. 8/8/65.

T32 - Program 557. 8/15/65.

T33 - Program 558. 8/22/65.

T34 - Program 559. 8/29/65.

T35 - Program 560. 9/5/65.

T36 - Program 561. 9/12/65.

T37 - Program 562. 9/17/65.

T38 - Program 563. 9/26/65.

T39 - Program 564. 10/3/65.

T40 - Program 565. 10/10/65.

T41 - Program 566. 10/17/65.

T42 - Program 567. 10/24/65.

T43 - Program 568. 10/31/65.

T44 - Program 569. 11/7/65.

T45 - Program 570. 11/14/65.

T46 - Program 571. 11/21/65.

T47 - Program 572. 11/28/65.

T48 - Program 573. 12/5/65.

T49 - Program 131. (Copied from #P6)

T50 - Recorded at 3-3/4 ips from wire recording; approximately 45 minutes. "The Healing of Naaman the Leper" (2 Kings 5). Also includes Mrs. Fuller, n.d.

T51 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, probably recorded from the radio.
Side 1: approximately 90 minutes. Three programs of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, including the choir, letters read by Mrs. Fuller, and message by Charles Fuller; n.d.
Side 2: approximately 90 minutes. Three programs of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, including the choir, letters read by Mrs. Fuller, and message by Charles Fuller; n.d.

T52 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, probably recorded from the radio.
Side 1: approximately 90 minutes. Three programs of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, including the choir, letters read by Mrs. Fuller, and message by Charles Fuller; n.d.
Side 2: approximately 90 minutes. Three programs of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, including the choir, letters read by Mrs. Fuller, and message by Charles Fuller; n.d.

T53 - Reel-to-reel, 7-1/2 ips, perhaps recorded from the radio or phonograph record(s).
Side 1: Approximately 60 minutes. Music by unidentified people, probably the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Choir, quartet, and soloists. Includes such songs as Just A Closer Walk With Thee, There Is A Place Of Quiet Rest, It's A Wonderful Day; n.d.
Side 2: Approximately 60 minutes. Song service from Long Beach, CA, with Bill Shaw, soloist, a men's quartet from Memphis, TN, and probably other musicians from The Old Fashioned Revival Hour. After about 35 minutes, there is music by unidentified people, perhaps the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Choir, quartet, and soloists. Includes such songs as Just A Closer Walk With Thee, There Is A Place Of Quiet Rest, It's A Wonderful Day; n.d.

T54 - Reel-to-reel, 3/3-4 ips, perhaps recorded from the radio or phonograph record(s).
Side 1: Approximately 90 minutes. Music by unidentified people, perhaps the Old Fashioned Revival Hour choir, quartet, and soloists. Includes such songs as It Is No Secret What God Can Do, Whispering Hope. Approximately 40 minutes into the tape is a recording of The Haven of Rest radio program with Charles Blair, music, poetry, and a message on "Archaeology and the Bible." The tape then continues with music such as Rock of Ages, Jesus Lover of My Soul, The Battle Hymn of the Republic; n.d.
Side 2: Approximately 90 minutes. Music by unidentified people, perhaps The Old Fashioned Revival Hour choir, quartet, and soloists. Includes such songs as I'd Rather Have Jesus, How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace; n.d.

T55 - Reel-to-reel, 7-1/2 ips, perhaps recorded from the radio or phonograph record.
Side 1: Approximately 30 minutes. Music by unidentified people, probably the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Choir, quartet, and soloists. Includes such songs as Throw Out The Lifeline, In Times Like These, O How I Love Jesus; n.d.
Side 2: Approximately 60 minutes. Music by unidentified people, perhaps musicians from The Old Fashioned Revival Hour. Includes such songs as Brighten the Corner Where You Are, No One Understands Like Jesus; n.d.

T56 - Cassette, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 30 minutes per side:
Side 1: Program of Feb 3, 1940
Side 2: Continuation of Feb 3, 1940 program.

T57 - Cassette, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 30 minutes per side:
Side 1: Program #634, Nov 20, 1949.
Side 2: Continuation of Nov 20, 1949 program.

T58 - Cassette, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 30 minutes each side:
Side 1: Program #110, Jan 13, 1957.
Side 2: Continuation of Jan 13, 1957 program.



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 79-100
Type of Material: Books

The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection): The following items are all pamphlets.


About Fuller and Old Fashioned Revival Hour. N.d.

Booth, F. Carlton. Old Fashioned Revival Hour Personal Evangelism Fellowship: Helps and Hints to Soul Winning. N.d.

Explore and Discover: A Series of Bible Studies on the Prison Epistles. Introduction and Series 1, 2, 3. N.d.

Financial Integrity of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, The. Reprint from the Sunday School Times, May 27, 1944.

Fuller Evangelistic Foundation: Purpose, Activities, Results. N.d.

Fuller, Charles E. Storehouse Tithing and Christian Giving. N.d.

______. 35 Quiet Time Promises. N.d.

Fuller, Daniel P. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. N.d.

Grateful to God. Los Angeles: Gospel Broadcasting Association. 1959.

Prophetic Bible Lessons, The (Bible Studies). No. 1-12. N.d.

Smith, Wilbur M. The Secret of Christmas Joy. N.d.



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 79-110
Type of Material: Periodicals

The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection):


Bulletin of Fuller Theological Seminary
Vol. XV, No. 2 - April 1965
Vol. XV, No. 3 - July 1965
Vol. XVI, No. 3 - July 1966
Vol. XVI, No. 5 - October 1966
Vol. XVII, No. 2 - May 1967
Vol. XVIII, No. 3 - April 1968

Heart to Heart Talk
April - December 1950-1956
January - July 1957
September - December 1957-1959
January - October 1960
December 1960-1962
January - November 1963-1971
January - April 1972 (Newsletter)

Old Fashioned Revival Hour News
Vol. I, No. 1 - June 1957

Trust
June 1965
Fall 1965
Summer and Winter 1966
June 1967



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 79-110, 84-2, 87-44
Type of material: Phonograph Records

The following items are located in the PHONOGRAPH RECORD File:


P1 - Side 1 - I Never Walk Alone
Side 2 - What A Friend;
45 rpm, 7 inch, RCA Victor

P2 - Side 1 - 30th Anniversary Greeting by Charles E. Fuller
Side 2 - "In the Sweet By and By" & "The Old Account Was Settled";
78 rpm, 7 inch, Gospel Broadcasting Association

P3 - The Glorious Gospel, a message by Dr. Charles E. Fuller with songs by the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Choir;
33 1/3 rpm, 7 inch.

P4 - The Will of God - a series of four sermons by Charles E. Fuller;
33 1/3 rpm, 12 inch, Gospel Broadcasting Association.

P5 - Memories featuring: Dr. Charles E. Fuller, the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Choir and Quartet, Mrs. Grace Fuller ("Honey"), and the people and sounds of the times; narration by David A. Hubbard; 33 1/3 rpm, 12 inch, Gospel Broadcasting Association.

P6 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour radio program #131; radio transcription disk, 16", 7-7/8 speed; see tape T49.

P7 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: Abide with Me
Side 2: My Sins Are Gone
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P8 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: Throw Out the Life-line
Side 2: Hold the Fort and More Love to Thee
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P9 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: Nobody Knows De Trouble I See
Side 2: Praise Him! Praise Him!
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P10 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: When Morning Comes
Side 2: Lead Me Gently Home Father
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P11 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: Softly and Tenderly
Side 2: The Lily of the Valley
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P12 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: I Love to Tell the Story
Side 2: Hallelujah We Shall Rise
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P13 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet
Side 1: Onward Christian Soldiers
Side 2: Rock of Ages and Dare to Be a Daniel
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P14 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Side 2: Just a Little Talk with Jesus
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P15 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet
Side 1: On the Jericho Road
Side 2: In the Sweet Bye and Bye
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P16 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet with pianist Rudolph Atwood:
Side 1: Let the Lower Lights be Burning
Side 2: De Old Ark's A Moverin' and Amazing Grace
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.

P17 - Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet
Side 1: This World Is Not My Home
Side 2: Never Alone
78 rpm, 10 inch, Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet; n.d.



CONTAINER LIST
Box Folder Item
1 9 Article: "Highlights in the Life of Chas. E. Fuller," Today's Christian; July1972
1 10 Booklet: Grateful to God, Los Angeles: Gospel Broadcasting Association, 1959
1 11 Christmas Greetings, with pictures of grandchildren; 1960, 1961
1 1 Fuller Evangelistic Foundation: Brochure/Correspondence; 1967
1 2 Funeral Bulletin: Charles E. Fuller; Mar 1968
1 12 Funeral Bulletin: Mrs. Charles E. Fuller; Jun 11, 1966
1 3 Funeral Notices: News Clippings; Jun 1968
Old Fashioned Revival Hour
1 4 Correspondence (Form Letters); 1955-1968, n.d.
1 13 "Heart to Heart Talk"; Feb 1964
1 5 Publicity Materials; n.d.
1 6 Radio Logs; n.d.
1 7 Twenty-eighth Anniversary Publication; 1953
1 14 Old Fashioned Revival Service, Grand Rapids, MI; May 28, 1942
1 8 Sermon Notes; 1950-1955
1 15 Tract: "Storehouse Tithing" and "Christian Giving"; Charles E. Fuller (radio sermon from the Old Fashioned Revival Hour published by the Gospel Broadcasting Association); n.d.



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