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On September 10, 1951, a selected group of the Christian Business Men's Committee of Albuquerque, New Mexico, met to consider the possibility of conducting a city-wide revival campaign. The CBMC had been approached earlier by evangelist Jack Shuler who suggested the period between November 25 and December 16 of that year. Timing did not seem right, but the desire was almost unanimous that such a campaign was desirable. The City Wide Revival Campaign Committee was formed to suggest the time, place, and personnel for this purpose. It consisted of 18 ministers and four laymen.
In June 1952, the Committee met with fifty-five ministers of the city and two members of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Grady Wilson and Cliff Barrows, to discuss the possibility of Billy Graham's holding a crusade in the city. Wilson and Barrows described the BGEA policies of operation, discussed the possibilities of housing the crusade, its budget, and other details. As a result of this meeting, an invitation was extended to conduct a campaign for the month of November 1952, and to plan for construction of a tabernacle. The Albuquerque group was to incorporate for the duration of crusade needs, to solicit participation of ministers, and to provide for the subcommittees to follow up on all details required for operation. Arrangements for construction of a semi-permanent tabernacle to be used for this Crusade required considerable negotiation.
The crusade was reported in Albuquerque papers as drawing the largest indoor crowds in the history of the city. During the Crusade, Time magazine featured a story on Graham, describing him as "...the hottest Protestant soul-saver since the late Billy Sunday quit the sawdust trail." A total of 144,030 persons attended the meetings resulting in a total of 3,826 responding to the call at the completion of the services.
Scope and Content
[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 1-1" means box 1, folder 1.]
This collection consists of four folders containing records related to the Albuquerque Crusade. Folder 1-1 contains a small amount of correspondence concerning receipts and expenses, an audit including comments on the results and impact of the crusade, and adjustments regarding poor construction of Tabernacle erected for the use of the crusade. Folder 1-2 holds financial records. Legal documents (folder 1-3) include copies of a lease and cancellation and dissolution documents of the corporation formed for the purpose of the crusade.
Of particular interest is folder 1-4, which contains minutes of the Executive Committee meetings. These records provide a valuable study of the procedures involved to set up a crusade, one which was not initiated by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Local support, the decision to invite the BGEA to conduct the crusade, plans for a building and selection of a site, methods of raising the needed money, and negotiations for construction are outlined in these minutes. Also listed are BGEA requirements and operating procedures. Records do not report the crusade itself.
These materials were received at the Center in November 1981.
Accession 81-138February 10, 1982
|1||2||Financial Records; 1952-1953, n.d.|
|1||3||Legal Documents; 1952-1953|
|1||4||Minutes, Executive Committee Meetings; 1951-1953|