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Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project - Collection 295


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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Historical Background of the Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project

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

Other Information That Might Be Helpful To Anyone Using This Collection

Lists of Audio Tapes, Books, Microfilm, Oversize Materials and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
    Books
    Microfilm
    Oversize Materials
    Photographs
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)



Brief Description
Newspaper clippings, questionnaires, audio tapes, sermon transcripts, and other documents gathered during a research project into twentieth century evangelistic meetings held in Charlotte, NC, by J. Wilbur Chapman, Billy Sunday, Mordecai Ham, Billy Graham, and Leighton Ford.


Collection 295 [August 13, 2001]
Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project; 1982-1983
Records; 1915-1983
2 Boxes (RC; 2.0 cubic feet), Audio Tapes, Oversize Materials, Photograph

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.


Historical Background

Dr. Ivan Fahs, a professor of sociology at Wheaton College and a staff member of the Billy Graham Center, began a research project in 1982 to gather information on a series of mass evangelistic campaigns held in Charlotte, NC, during the twentieth century. Major meetings had been held there by John Wilbur Chapman, Billy Sunday, Mordecai Ham, Billy Graham, and Leighton Ford. Fahs felt that a study of similar meetings held in the same community over a period of time would provide valuable insight into the generic elements of mass evangelism as well as information on the individual differences in particular evangelism.

Information was gathered by Fahs and his students through a number of methods: search of relevant library and archival materials, copying of newspaper clippings, questionnaires sent to attendees of the meetings, and, in some cases, personal interviews with attendees. As of January 1985, Fahs had written at least one paper based on the data gathered.


Scope and Content

The materials contained in this collection consist of the data Fahs gathered plus notes and aids, such as lists of events, which he and his students made up. Materials include copies of newspaper clippings, returned questionnaires, correspondence with attendees of meetings, typescripts of sermons, a theses on Mordecai Ham, audio tapes, and a photograph.

Most of the data in the collection is self-explanatory. Of particular interest are the returned questionnaires in folders 1-17 and 2-14 about the 1923-1924 Billy Sunday meetings and the 1934 Mordecai Ham meetings. They contain the impressions of the meetings in the memories of many people who attended.

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Provenance

The documents in this collection, which were gathered as part of a Graham Center project, were turned over to the Archives in January 1985.

Accession 85-4, 85-85
February 6, 1985
Robert Shuster
A. Peterson
J. Nasgowitz


CHRONOLOGY
Event Date
Chapman-Alexander Meetings April 4-May 9, 1915
Billy Sunday Meetings December 30, 1923-February 10, 1924
Ham-Ramsey Meetings August 30-November 2, 1934
Billy Graham Charlotte Revival November 9-23, 1947
Billy Graham Charlotte Crusade September 21-October 26, 1958
Billy Graham Charlotte Crusade April 5-9, 1972
Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade April 10-17, 1983


LOCATION RECORD
Accession 85-4
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The items listed below are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Sunday, April 10, 1983. "Hope for an Age of Anxiety."

T2 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Monday, April 11, 1983. "Hope for the Young and Searching."

T3 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Tuesday, April 12, 1983. "Hope for a Life Worth Living."

T4 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Wednesday, April 13, 1983.

T5 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Thursday, April 14, 1983.

T6 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Friday, April 15, 1983. "Hope for the Family."

T7 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Saturday, April 16, 1983. "Hope for the Young and Questioning."

T8 - Cassette, 7-1/2, 70 minutes. Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade. Sunday, April 17, 1983.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 85-4
Type of Material: Books
The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY unless otherwise noted:

Ham, Mordecai F. Battle Front Messages. (Nashville: Hermitage Press, 1950).

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 85-85
Type of Material: Microfilm
The items listed below are located in the CENTER LIBRARY MICROFILM ROOM:

Reel 1 - Guide to CN 295 plus contents of box l. 35 mm.

Reel 2 - Contents of folders 2-1 through 2-15. 35mm.

Reel 3 - Contents of folders 2-16 through 2-23. 35mm.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 85-4
Type of Material: Oversized Material
The items listed below are located in the OS FILE; request by Folder Titles at the beginning of each entry below:

SUNDAY REVIVAL, 1923-1924: Charlotte Observer (OS 24). January 20, 1924. From Folder 1-17.

SUNDAY REVIVAL, 1923-1924: Charlotte Observer (OS 24). February 3, 1924. From Folder 1-17.

SUNDAY REVIVAL, 1923-1924: Charlotte Observer (OS 24). February 4, 1924. From Folder 1-17.

FORD CRUSADE, 1983 : POSTER; 1983. From Folder 2-23. Given to BGC Museum.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 85-4
Type of Material: Photographs
The items listed below are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by Folder Titles at the beginning of each entry below:

HAM, MORDECAI FOWLER. Ham, Ramsey and two other men. 1 b&w.


CONTAINER LIST
Chapman Meetings, 1915
Charlotte Daily Observer articles
1 1 March 1-15, 1915
1 2 March 16-23, 1915
1 3 March 24-28, 1915
1 4 March 29-31, 1915
1 5 April 1-8, 1915
1 6 April 9-14, 1915
1 7 April 15-20, 1915
1 8 April 21-30, 1915
1 9 May 1-8, 1915
1 10 May 9-26, 1915
1 11 Schedule and articles, books; 1915-1982; n.d.
Sunday Revival, 1923-1924
Charlotte Observer articles
1 12 December 4-31, 1923
1 13 January 1-31, 1924
1 14 February 1-18, 1924
1 15 Computer print-out; 1983
1 16 Schedule and articles; 1982-1984
1 17 Questionnaires and correspondence; 1982-1983
Ham Meetings, 1934
2 1 Calendar and schedule of meetings; 1983
Charlotte News articles
2 2 July 1-August 30, 1935
2 3 September 1-October 15, 1934
2 4 October 16-December 17, 1934
2 5 And notes; 1934, 1982-1983
2 6 July 2-December 29, 1934
2 7 Correspondence with Vernon Patterson; 1960-1983; n.d.
2 8 Forms with Information on meetings; 1983
2 9 Miscellaneous; 1982-1983
2 10 Newspaper clippings: Problem of Authority; 1934
2 11 Newspaper clippings and notes: Time Line information; 1934, 1983
2 12 Notes; 1983
2 13 Notes, schedule and questionnaire; 1983
2 14 Questionnaires; 1982-1983
2 15 Sermon index; n.d.
2 16 Thesis by Kenneth Russell; 1980
Graham Revival, 1947
2 17 Calendars of campaign; 1983
Charlotte Observer
2 18 article and miscellany; 1947
2 19 articles; October 6-December 16, 1947
2 20 Graham Crusade, 1958: Miscellaneous; 1954-1983; n.d.
2 21 Graham Crusade, 1972: Newspaper articles; January 2-November 3, 1972; n.d.
Ford Crusade, 1983
2 22 Charlotte Observer articles; March 10-April 29, 1983
2 23 Type-scripts of sermons; April 11, 13, 16, 1983



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