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Papers of J. Palmer Muntz - Collection 108


[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent.]

Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of J. Palmer Muntz

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

    Paper Records
    Audio Materials
Lists of Audio Tapes, Books, and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)

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

Muntz, J. Palmer; 1897-1992
Papers; 1947-1986, n.d.
2 Boxes, Audio Tapes, Photographs (1.076 cubic feet)

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.


Brief Description
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, a book manuscript, a film script, tapes of sermons and speeches, and other items which describe Muntz's early career as director of the Winona Lake Bible Conference, the early development of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the criticism it received, the careers of Billy Sunday and other evangelists. There are also several sermons on Christian prophecy and evangelism to the Jewish people.



Biography

Full name

J. Palmer Muntz

Birth

March 20, 1897

Death

April 29, 1992 in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Family

 

Parents

Rev. John and P. Libbie Landefeld Muntz

 

Siblings

 

 

Marital Status

In 1922 he married Laura E. Wedekindt

 

Children

Ernest, J. Richard, Howard O., and Carrie O.

Conversion

 

Ordination

Ca. 1921

Education

 

1917

Graduated from State University of New York's College of Teachers

 

1921

Graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

1923

Graduated with a Th.M. from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was one of the first, if not the first, to receive a master’s degree in theology from the seminary.

 

1927

Graduated with a B.A. from the University of Buffalo, New York, USA

Career

 

1917-1919

Instructor at the Black Rock Vocational School

 

1918

Served in the U.S. Navy

 

1922-1924

Pastor of Baptist Church of Chaffee, New York, USA

 

1924-1963

Pastor of the Cazenovia Park Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York, USA until his retirement

 

1939-1958

Director of the Winona Lake Christian Assembly in Indiana.

 

1949-1950

President of the Conservative Baptist Association

 

1957-1959

Vice-president of the American Association for Jewish Evangelism

 

1957-1959

Chairman of the board of directors of the World Evangelical Fellowship

Other significant information

 

He grew up in Buffalo, New York, and spent many summers at the Montrose Bible Conference in Pennsylvania.

 

Muntz received honorary degrees from various institutions in the United States, including Wheaton College in Illinois, Taylor University in Indiana, Biola College in California, and Asbury College in Kentucky.

 

One of the Muntz’s main responsibilities of as director of the Winona Lake Christian Assembly was to arrange each summer for well-known and respected Fundamentalist and Evangelical leaders to address the assembly. While serving as director, he played a part in the founding of Youth for Christ International in 1944-1945.

 

Served on the advisory council member of the World Radio Fellowship and Child Evangelism Fellowship, as well as many other posts in other evangelistic or missionary societies.

 

After his retirement, he moved to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.



Scope and Content

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


Series: I. Paper Records
Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title, the titles having been supplied by the Archives staff.
Date Range: 1947-1978
Volume: .8 cubic feet
Boxes: 1-2
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, a book manuscript, brochures, form letters, and a movie script.
Correspondents: Gerald Beaven, Leighton Ford, Donald E. Hoke, R. T. Ketchem, Paul Maddox, J. Palmer Muntz, Walter H. Smyth
Subjects: Protestant Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism; Winona Lake Christian Assembly; Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA); Billy and Helen Sunday; William Bell Riley; Harry Rimmer

Notes: This series consists of a few folders of material given to the archives by Dr. Muntz from his private papers. Most of the information in the collection relates to Billy Graham but there is also data about Helen Amelia "Ma" Sunday, Harry Rimmer, and William Bell Riley, among others.

Exceptional items:
Scattered throughout the collection is a great deal of information about Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Some of the most interesting information is in folder 1-1, which contains articles, letters, and brochures by Fundamentalist Protestants who were critics of Graham, basically because of his willingness to accept the help of liberal pastors and Roman Catholics who were willing to participate in a BGEA crusade. There are copies of correspondence between BGEA staff member Gerald Beaven and R. T. Ketchem of the Baptist Bulletin about these complaints, critiques by John R. Rice and Bob Jones, Jr., several items by G. Archer Weinger attacking the supposedly ecumenical characteristics of the 1958 San Francisco Bay Cities Crusade, and a paper attacking Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship because of its support of Graham.

Folder 2-4 contains ephemera such as newsletters or pamphlets from various BGEA crusades, including the 1950 Atlanta Crusade, the 1950 Greater Portland Gospel Crusade, the 1957 New York Crusade, the 1959 Australia and New Zealand Crusades, and the 1960 African tour. Particularly interesting are the mimeographed notes dated 1956 from BGEA staff members Betty Lowry and Willis Haymaker about how to handle publicity, finances, prayer, tickets, minister and church participation, auditorium arrangements, transportation, platform arrangements, etc., for the 1956 Buffalo rallies. There are numerous photographs of the Buffalo meetings in the photo file and several newspaper clippings in the clippings file. Also in the folder are transcripts of talks Graham gave at Wheaton College in 1956. Folder 2-4 also contains some brochures describing the BGEA's early film ministry. More information on the film ministry, originally called Billy Graham Evangelistic Films but later changed to World Wide Pictures, can be found in folder 2-4.

Folder 2-5 contains several form letters from BGEA associate evangelist Leighton Ford which describe his evangelistic campaigns. Folder 2-3 contains newspaper clippings describing the 1958 "J. Palmer Muntz Day" held in Winona Lake, Indiana, to mark Muntz's retirement from the post of director of the Winona Lake Christian Assembly. Billy Graham was the principal speaker. Folder 1-2 has a few letters about Muntz's participation in the work of the Billy Graham Center.

Folder 2-1 and 2-2 contain a photocopy of a book manuscript by Mignon Brandon Rimmer in which she describes the life of her husband, Harry Rimmer, evangelist, debater, and Bible teacher. It includes lengthy excerpts from his letters to her written while he was traveling.

Folders 1-5 and 1-8 contain documents about the careers of Billy Sunday and his wife, Helen. Westminster Films premiered Twenty Years With Billy Sunday in 1956, a film made with the cooperation of Sunday's long-time co-worker Homer Rodeheaver. Folder 1-5 contains a copy of the director's script for the film and some correspondence about its origins and purpose. Also in folder 1-8 is a manuscript of a talk Mrs. Sunday gave in 1947 in which she talked about her husband and his work. The folder also contains one of her letters giving a portion of her very busy speaking schedule, an article about her life, and an address preached in her memory in Buffalo, New York, by Muntz in February 1957.

There are a few other miscellaneous items of interest in the collection, such as the program for the funeral service of William Bell Riley (folder 1-7) and reports on the National Prayer Breakfasts held in Washington D.C. in 1954 and 1973 (folder 1-6). Photographs in the collection include pictures of R. G. LeTourneau and R. G. Lee, along with dozens of photographs of various prominent Christian leaders who spoke at the Winona Lake Christian Assembly.

*****
Series: II. Audio Materials
Arrangement: Chronological, with undated material last
Date Range: 1953-1986, n.d.
Volume: 2.76 cubic feet
Geographic coverage: United States, Israel
Type of documents: Audio recordings of sermons, speeches, a dinner, reminiscences about Billy Sunday
Subjects: Evangelism, Bible studies, Christian prophecy, evangelism to the Jewish people
Notes: These were tapes belonging to Rev. Muntz which he donated to the Archives. Many but not all were from meetings at the Winona Lake Christian Assembly. Several of the later ones are from the 1986 annual conference of International Ministries to Israel (formerly the American Association for Jewish Evangelism). The location record for audio tapes describes the contents of individual tapes in more detail.


Provenance

The materials for this collection were received by the Center in March 1980 and March 1981 from J. Palmer Muntz. A list of books from this collection given to the BGC Library is available upon request.

Accession 80-45, 81-27
February 19, 1981
Robert Shuster
A. Peterson
B. Pietra

November 23, 1981, revised
Robert Shuster
J. Malone
J. Nasgowitz

June 22, 1993, revised
M. L. Larson
Acc. 93-106

August 29, 2007, updated
Bob Shuster
K. Haywood



LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 81-27, 93-106
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

 Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length in minutes, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.

 #

R/C

speed

length

Sides

Contents

Dates

T3

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter: The Ephesian Doctrine of the Holy Spirit #1
Side 2: Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter: The Holy Spirit
NOTE: Message incomplete

 7/25/1953 (?)

T4

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter: The Ephesian Doctrine of the Holy Spirit #2

7/25/1953

T5

C

--

64

--

Homer Rodeheaver - 20 Years With Billy Sunday: Tape One

8/9/1953

T6

C

--

24

--

Homer Rodeheaver - 20 Years With Billy Sunday: Tape Two

8/9/1953

T7

C

--

--

--

Dr. Walter Wilson: Micah 6:1 Hear What the Lord Says

8/28/1953

T8

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz: Hallelujah

823/1954

T9

C

--

--

--

Dr. Clyde Taylor: Today’s Church Under Fire

8/28/1955

T10

C

--

--

--

Dr. Harry Von Bruch: The 7 Story Christian Life

9/8/1955

T11

C

--

--

--

Dr. Harry Von Bruch

9/12/1955

T1

R

7.5

32

1

Sermon by Billy Graham, probably at the Winona Lake Christian Assembly. Graham gave a brief description of the upcoming 1957 crusade in New York City and then preached about the Sermon on the Mount. NOTE: The signal on this tape and tape T2 has bled almost completely through to the other side, so in order to make usable copies, the tapes were rewound backwards and inside out on their reels. Thus, when the tapes are duplicated, side two of the duplicated cassettes contains the message.

1956

T2

R

7.5

32

1

Conclusion of sermon on T1

1956

T12

C

--

--

--

Dr. John Walvoord: Lessons From the Upper Room

1958

T13

C

--

--

--

Dr. Charles Feinberg: World Upheaval. Conservative Baptist Association

1958

T14

C

--

--

 

Dr. Lehman Strauss: Prophecy of the Jew

4/20/1958

T15

C

--

--

--

Dr. V. Raymond Edman: The Three Crosses

7/13/1958

T16

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. Herman Hoyt: unfinished message
Side 2: Rev. Gustafson: Revelation NOTE: incomplete

7/22/1958

T17

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz Day: Beginning of Program #1 NOTE: Some overlap on each tape

8/17/1958

T18

C

--

--

--

J. Palmer Muntz Day: Hour of Decision Broadcast #2 NOTE: Includes some history of Winona

8/17/1958

T19

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz Day #3 NOTE: Some overlap on each tape

8/17/1958

T20

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz: The Preeminence of Christ

11/1958

T21

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz: Christ the Creator

11/1958

T22

C

--

--

--

Dr. Herman B. Centz: Israel

1/14/1959

T23

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Don F. McKechnie: Sir, I Have No Man
Side 2: Dr. Bob Jones, Jr.: Mark 3

8/26/1959

T24

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. John Walvoord: Judas Iscariot
Side 2: Rev. Leighton Ford: John 1:35

8/26/1959

T25

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Carl Gunderson: Matthew 5:10-21
Side 2: Dr. Chester Tugla: The Jewish Messiah

8/27/1959

T26

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter: Pentecost and Today

10/16/1959

T27

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter: Where Are Our Departed Dead?

10/19/1959

T28

C

--

--

--

Dr. Lehman Strauss: The Date of Christ’s Death

1960

T29

C

--

--

--

Dr. Lehman Strauss: Love One Another

1961

T30

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz: What We Owe the Jews

1961

T31

C

--

--

--

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz: Where Is Heaven?

9/2/1961

T32

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. Walter Wilson: The Sweet Pea Psalm
Side 2: Dr: Walter Wilson: The Letter O

1962

T33

C

--

--

--

Alex B. Stein: Jesus-Conquered or Conqueror?

8/1962

T34

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. William F. Kerr: God’s Chosen People-2nd Coming
Side 2: Arthur Glass: Zion’s Savior

8/1962

T35

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Rev. Ralph Gade: Whom Say Ye That I Am?
Side 2: Rev. Ralph Gade: The Bible-The Word of God

8/30-31/1962

T36

C

--

--

--

Dr. William F. Kerr: God Still Loves His Own

8/30/1962

T37

C

--

--

--

Dr. Herman Hoyt: 7 Aspects of Daniel’s Prophecies

8/30/1962

T38

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr Nathan Stone: Jehovah Jireh
Side 2: Dr. Lehman Strauss: Why Are the Heathen Lost?

8/31-9/1/1962

T39

C

--

--

--

Myron Augsburger: Not Blotted From the Book of Life

9/2/1962

T40

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. Nathan Stone: God Heals
Side 2: Dr. Nathan Stone: Jehovah Nissi

9/2-3/1962

T41

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. Bruce Dunn: The Kingdom of the World
Side 2: Dr. Bruce Dunn: Rewards for Believers

9/3-4/1967

T42

C

--

--

2

Side 1:Dr. Herman Hoyt: 42nd Conference, International Ministries to Israel (IMI)
Side 2: Dr Herman Hoyt

8/10-14/1986

T43

C

--

--

2

42nd Conference, IMI:
Side 1: Elvin Ensign
Side 2: Rev. Bruce Button

8/11-12/1986

T44

C

--

--

2

42nd Conference, IMI:
Side 1: Dr. Ken Hanna
Side 2: Dr. J. Butler

8/10-12/1986

T45

C

--

--

2

42nd Conference, IMI:
Side 1: Dr. David Breese
Side 2: Dr. J. Vernon McGee

8/13/1986

T46

C

--

--

2

42nd Conference, IMI:
Side 1: Dr J. Vernon McGee
Side 2: Dr J. Vernon McGee

8/14-15/1986

T47

C

--

--

--

42nd Conference, IMI: Annual Banquet

8/15/1986

T48

C

--

--

--

42nd Conference, IMI:  Dr J. Vernon McGee

8/16/1986

T49

C

--

--

2

42nd Conference, IMI:

Side 1: Dr Bruce Button
Side 2: Dr. Bruce Button: Passover Demonstration

8/17/1986

T50

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. L. L. Grub: Will Israel Have a Day of Atonement?
Side 2: Dr Stone: Isaiah 53

n.d.

T51

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Rev Russell Purdy: Paul Defends His Ministry
Side 2: Rev. Russell Purdy

n.d.

T52

C

--

--

 

Ernest L. Laycock: Matthew 5:17

n.d.

T53

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. Walter Wilson: The Person God is Looking For
Side 2: Dr. Warren Filken: Psalm 107

n.d.

T54

C

--

--

--

Dr. A.W. Tozer: By the River Chebar

n.d.

T55

C

--

--

--

Dr. Gerald Stover: Translation of the Saints

n.d.

T56

C

--

--

2

Side 1: Dr. R. G. Lee: The Man of God and His Reward
Side 2: Dr Walter Wilson: The Feeble Are Necessary

n.d.

T57

C

--

--

--

Dr. R. G. Lee: Christ’s Seven Sayings From the Cross

n.d.

T58

C

--

--

--

Dr. R. G. Lee: Things Unthinkable From the Standpoint of the Cross

n.d.

T59

C

--

--

--

Dr. James McGinley: The Social Gospel Today

n.d.


*****

LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 80-45, 81-27
Type of material: Photographs

The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

ANKERBERG, FLOYD. 1 b&w.

ARMERDING, CARL. 2 b&w.

AVALONE, RONNIE. 1 b&w.

BGEA: BUFFALO RALLIES: BILLY GRAHAM--BUFFALO, NEW YORK; DEC. 13-14, 1956. 21 b&w.

BOWMAN, ROBERT. 1 b&w.

BRADBURY, JOHN W. 1 b&w.

BRITTON, HOMER. 1 b&w.

BRUSHWYLER, VINCENT. 1 b&w.

CEAREMAN, AUGUSTUS S. 1 b&w.

CENTZ, HERMAN B. 3 b&w.

CODER, S. MAXWELL. 2 b&w.

COMMONS, HAROLD T. 2 b&w.

DAVIS, EUGENE. 1 b&w.

DODD, M. E. 1 b&w.

EDMAN, ELNER A. 1 b&w.

ELSNER, THEODORE. 1 b&w.

EVANS, WILLIAM. 2 b&w.

FERRIN, HOWARD W. 1 b&w.

FLEECE, G. ALLEN. 3 b&w.

FORTNA, RAY D. 1 b&w.

GOODWIN-HUDSON, A. W. 1 b&w.

GRAHAM, WILLIAM FRANKLIN "BILLY". Billy Graham alone and with Lynn An Peterson, George Wilson, and Grady Wilson; 1956, n.d. 4 b&w.

HARRISON, E. MEYERS. Eugene Meyers. 1 b&w.

HEPBURN, HENRY. 1 b&w.

HOUGHTON, WILL HENRY. 2 b&w.

HU, BETTY. 1 b&w.

JARVIS, WILFRED L. 1 b&w.

JOHNSON, EDWIN L. 2 b&w.

JONES, ROBERT R. "BOB", SR. 1 b&w.

KEYES, KENNETH S. 1 b&w.

KING, ALFRED A. 2 b&w.

LAURIN, ROY L. 1 b&w.

LEE, ROBERT GREENE. Robert Greene Lee and J. Palmer Muntz. 1 b&w.

LETOURNEAU, ROBERT GILMORE. Robert G. LeTourneau and J. Palmer Muntz. 2 b&w.

LINDSEY, ALBERT J. 2 b&w.

LOCKYER, HERBERT. 1 b&w.

LOCKYER, HERBERT JR. 1 b&w.

LOVELESS, WENDELL P. 1 b&w.

MANNING, ERNEST C. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Manning. 2 b&w.

MASON, CORETTA. 2 b&w.

MASSEE, JASPER CORNELIUS. 1 b&w.

MCCOMB, JOHN HESS. 2 b&w.

MCKAY, DONALD M. 1 b&w.

MICKELSON, PAUL. 1 b&w.

MUNTZ, J. PALMER. J. Palmer Muntz alone; with Billy Graham, Buffalo, New York, NAE Convention, 1957; and with Robert C. LeTourneau. 4 b&w.

NORDLAND, CHAUNCEY B. 1 b&w.

PARSONS, ROBERT. 1 b&w.

PEALE, NORMAN VINCENT. 1 b&w.

PEARSON, LAWRENCE. 2 b&w.

PENNEY, JAMES CASH. 1 b&w.

PURDY, F. RUSSELL. 1 b&w.

ROSELL, MERVIN E. 1 b&w.

SACHS, ELMER B. 1 b&w.

SEARLE, R. RICHARD. 1 b&w.

SEARS, CEDRIC. 1 b&w.

SKINNER, HOWARD M. 3 b&w.

SMITH, JOHN TAYLOR. 2 b&w.

SMITH, WILBUR M. 3 b&w.

SPENCER FAMILY. 1 b&w.

SUNDAY, HELEN AMELIA THOMPSON. Helen A. Sunday alone, with Billy Sunday, and with J. Palmer Muntz (August 19, 1951). 6 b&w.

THOMAS WALKER, SR. T. W. Wilson. 1 b&w.

TROUP, JOCK. 1 b&w.

VOELKEL, HAROLD. 1 b&w.

WALLIS, REGINALD. 2 b&w.

WATSON, ERNEST. 1 b&w.

WHITNEY, HAROLD J. 1 b&w.

WINONA LAKE CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY. Scenes around Winona Lake including various buildings, and photos of meetings at Winona Lake, including the 50-year anniversary meeting in 1944. 49 b&w.


BOX LIST

Box #

Folder

Description


1

Correspondence

1

Criticisms of Billy Graham; 1951-1957, n.d.

2

Hoke, Donald Edwin; January, 1977

3

Madder, Paul J.; February, 1952 - June, 1957

4

Smyth, Walter Herbert; January, 1951 - June, 1960

5

Westminster Films; March, 1956 - February, 1957

Ephemera

6

National Prayer Breakfast; 1954, 1978

7

Riley, William Bell; 1947

8

Sunday, Helen Amelia Thompson; August, 1947 - February, 1957, n.d.


2

Manuscripts

1

"Fire Inside: A Biography of Harry Rimmer," chapters 1-20; n.d.

2

"Fire Inside: A Biography of Harry Rimmer;" n.d.

Newspaper Clippings

3

J. Palmer Muntz Day; August, 1958

Reports and Form Letters

4

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1950-1968, n.d.

5

Ford, Leighton; March, 1957, October, 1962

6

Winona Lake Bible Conference; 1951

7

Youth for Christ International; 1954-1960

 



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