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BGEA: Papers of Grady Baxter Wilson - Collection 544

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

General Historical Background of Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Biography

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

    I. Correspondence
    II. Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board Materials
    III. Address Book and calendars
    IV. Resource Materials
    V. Individual Crusades and Conferences
Lists of Oversize Materials and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Oversize Materials
    Photographs
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)



Brief Description.
Correspondence, sermons, scrapbooks, minutes, reports, budgets, and other documents relating to Wilson's role as one of the major leaders of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The materials in this collection document his role as a friend and advisor to Billy Graham, as an officer of the BGEA and its subsidiaries, and as an evangelist who held meetings around the world. The collection also contains reports and other information about the activities of other evangelists and about the evnagelical and fundamentalist Protestant communities, particularly in the United States. There are restrictions on the use of this collection.
Vol.: 67 DC, Oversize materials, Photographs



Collection 544
[February 14, 2008]
Wilson, Grady Baxter; 1919-1987
Papers; 1951-1987; n.d.

67 boxes (67 DC, 27.8 cubic feet) Oversize Materials, Photographs

Restrictions:

The BGEA retains the copyright to their materials and their permission is needed for quotation. BGEA permission is also required to copy photos, audio recordings, or films in this collection, as well as paper records in any restricted files. The Archives staff will provide the form needed to request copying permission. Paper records in files not otherwise restricted may be copied. For quotation permission, contact the BGEA at bgpermissions@bgea.org


Folders 5-3, 6-7, 10-1, 10-6, 12-11, 12-15, 26-12, 30-5, 30-7, 38-9, 42-2, 47-2, 49-1, 50-1, 53-1 and 54-2 are closed until after the death of Dr. Billy Graham and until thirty years have passed since the date of the youngest document in the folder, whichever is the later event.

Folder 36-7 is closed until after December 31, 2003, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folder 36-6 is closed until after December 31, 2004, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folders 37-2, 37-3, 37-4, 38-2, and 40-1 are closed until after December 31, 2007, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folders 42-3, 42-4 are closed until after December 31, 2008, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folders 46-2, 46-3, 46-4, 46-5, and 47-1 are closed until after December 31, 2009, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folders 49-3 and 49-4 are closed until after December 31, 2010, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folders 51-3 and 52-4 are closed until after December 31, 2012, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folder 54-3 is closed until after December 31, 2016, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folder 22-10 is closed until after December 31, 2043, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folder 28-1 is closed until after December 31, 2045, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.

Folder 41-11 is closed until after December 31, 2052, except to persons with written permission from the authorized representative of the BGEA.




.Biography

Full name: Grady Baxter Wilson

Birth date: August 28, 1919 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Family:
Parents: Thomas Walter Wilson Sr. and Jessie (Hooks) Wilson
Siblings: T. W. Wilson, Jr., Charles K., David F., Helen W. Shrum
Marital Status: Married to Wilma Jane Hardie, June 5, 1943
Children: Nancy Carol Gardner (1944), Constance Jane (1952)

Baptized:
1938 Into the Southern Baptist Church. He had been raised within the Presbyterian Church.

Conversion: September 1934, during an evangelistic meeting led by Mordecai Ham in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wilson went forward at the same meeting as Billy Graham

Education:
Central High School, North Carolina
1936-1940 Attended Bob Jones College, Tennessee
1943 Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; B.S.

Career:
Began preaching, especially evangelistic sermons, around the age of eighteen
1938 Ordained a Baptist minister
1943-47 Pastor of four churches consecutively in Bonneau, Bethera, Summerville and Charleston, North Carolina
1947-1987 Associated with Billy Graham in evangelistic ministry. From 1950 on was an associate evangelist with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was on the board of directors of the BGEA from its beginning in 1950 and held a variety of other responsibilities within the organization, including president of Grason Company (1964-?), the Association's publishing house
1970 Member of the board of trustee of Gardner-Webb College, North Carolina
? Member of the Board of trustees of LeTourneau College, Texas
1969-1972 Member of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention 1978 Cut back on schedule after heart attack early in the year. On October 12 he had successful quadruple bypass surgery on his heart.

Honors:
1953 Honorary doctor of divinity from Wayland College, Texas
1959 Honorary doctor of laws degree from William Jewell College. Missouri
1968 Honorary doctor of letters degree from John Brown University, Arkansas
1974 Grady Wilson Day held in Sweetwater, Texas
1976 Honorary degree from Trinity College, Florida
1982 Honorary degree from Southwest Baptist University, Texas
1986 The Wilson Suite of the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College dedicated jointly to Grady Wilson, T. W. Wilson, Jr. and George Wilson

Books:
1959 Billy Graham as a teen-ager. Miracle Books
1984 Count It All Joy. Broadman Press

Death Date: October 30, 1987. Died of a heart attack in Charlotte, North Carolina

Other significant information: Wilson was one of the major leaders within the BGEA from its formation. He served as an advisor and traveling companion to Graham for decades and served as his representative or substitute at innumerable meetings, churches services and conferences.




Scope and Content

[NOTE: In the Scope and Content Description, the notation "folder 23-7" means box 23, folder 7.]


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Series I: Correspondence

Arrangement: Chronological-alphabetical

Date range: 1951-1987

Volume: Approximately 23 cubic feet

Boxes: 1-54

Geographic coverage: Worldwide

Type of documents: Personal and professional correspondence, minutes, reports, schedules, newspaper clippings, budgets, press releases, greeting cards

Correspondents: The collection contains letters from hundreds of people who corresponded with Wilson on a regular basis, in addition to many others who only wrote one time.. What follows is a select list of some of the more frequent/important correspondents. However, it is intended only as an indication of the breath of Wilson's correspondents and is very incomplete, both as to coverage (all the letters from a particular person) or personnel (persons corresponded with). The researcher will have to actually go through the files to find if it contains correspondence from a particular person or individual.

Lane Adams 30-3
A. Leonard Allen 1-2, 2-3
Stuart Babbage 18-10
Cliff Barrows 5-6, 10-1, 23-1, 26-1, 42-1, 46-2, 51-2, 51-3
Billie Barrows 42-1
Iner Basinger 26-1, 30-4, 42-1, 45-2
Jerry Beavan 4-1, 5-8, 11-7, 33-8, 42-1
L. Nelson Bell 23-1, 42-2
Lowell Berry 30-4, 33-8
Eugene Bertermann 26-1, 33-8, 42-1
Billy Graham Center 30-7, 49-1, 49-4
Joe Blinco 10-2, 20-11
Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation 24-11, 38-6, 37-1, 46-3, 46-5
John Bolton 14-2, 17-3, 26-1, 30-4, 33-8, 37-1, 42-1
John Brown 20-11, 21-9
Wayne Bragg 10-5
Bill Bright 33-8, 45-2, 53-1
Anita Bryant 47-4
Howard Butt 5-7, 9-2, 14-2, 26-1, 37-1
Michael Cassidy 47-3
Christian Broadcasting Association 16-7, 16-14, 24-11
Doug Coe 33-11, 52-3
Robert Coleman 17-6, 23-4
John Conlan 11-1, 26-5
John Connally 14-5
Robert Cook 20-13, 11-7, 14-5, 17-6, 23-4, 30-8, 33-11
Coordinating Office for Asian Evangelism 32-6, 30-4
John H. Cordle 5-13, 8-10, 10-1, 17-6, 20-13
Percy Crawford 5-13
W. A. Criswell 1-1, 14-5, 52-1
Culbertson, William 17-6
A. J. Dain 26-3, 26-9, 30-9, 47-3, 50-1
Art Demoss 17-8, 23-4, 26-9, 32-12, 45-4
Fred Dienert 32-12
Peter Deyeneka Sr. 5-1, 6-1, 30-9
Enock Dyrness 6-3, 30-9
V. Raymond Edman 6-5, 9-7, 11-3, 12-13, 17-9, 19-12
Allan Emery Jr. 14-8, 38-6, 36-6, 44-2, 47-1, 49-2, 50-4, 52-1, 53-1
Jerry Falwell 17-10, 21-4, 34-1, 47-3
Robert Ferm 11-3, 11-7
Leighton Ford 14-9, 17-10, 38-7, 26-11,27-8, 34-1, 43-3, 45-4, 46-4, 47-3, 50-4, 51-3, 51-4
Paul Freed 6-6, 21-4
Gardner-Webb College 14-1, 24-3, 24-9, 32-5, 34-2, , 36-7, 39-1, 41-12, 42-1, 43-3
Richard Gerig 6-7
Armin Gesswein 6-7
Pearle Goode 6-7, 9-2, 11-5, 18-1, 21-11 23-9
Billy Graham 5-3, 6-7, 10-1, 10-6, 12-11. 12-15, 38-9, 26-12, 30-5, 30-7, 54-2, 47-2, 49-1, 50-1, 50-4
Morrow Graham 1-1, 43-3, 51-3
Franklin Graham 48-1, 48-2, 52-1, 53-2
Grason Company/ World Wide Publications 19-7, 19-9, 14-9, 15-1, 16-6, 16-10, 17-4, 18-2, 18-3, 18-6, 21-5, 21-8, 22-7, 23-10
Henry Grube 18-1, 23-9
John Haggai 18-4, 21-7, 50-2
Mark Paul Haines 1-2, 2-3, 18-4
Mordecai Ham 3-7, 4-3, 11-6
Billie Hanks Jr. 18-4, 21-7, 23-11, 26-13, 31-2, 34-4, 43-4, 51-2, 53-3
Akbar Haqq 6-9, 34-4, 42-2
Redd Harper 18-4, 21-12, 34-4
Paul Harvey 9-1, 18-4, 46-2
Willis Haymaker 6-9, 9-1, 9-2, 10-1, 23-11, 26-13, 31-2
Jessie Helms 47-4, 49-2, 52-4, 53-3
Hour of Decision 9-3, 50-4
Sterling Houston 53-2
Philip Howard 6-11, 11-6
H. L. Hunt 12-16, 23-11, 35-6, 26-13, 34-4
George Ivey 6-12
Maxey Jarman 21-10
Lyndon Baines Johnson 27-3
Jimmie Johnson 2-3, 7-1, 11-9, 39-9, 21-10, 34-6, 43-4, 49-2
Torrey Johnson 43-4, 49-2
Bob Jones 21-10
Howard Jones 9-1, 42-2
KAIM 41-2, 41-12, 39-11, 40-4, 24-11, 42-2
Karam, Jimmie 24-2
Martin Luther King Jr. 37-3
Festo Kivengere 11-10, 13-5
Kresage Foundation 24-2, 31-4
Lausanne Congress 32-3, 48-1
Letoureneau, Robert and Letournaeu College 18-11, 24-4, 49-3, 50-4
Harold Lindsell 39-11
Paul Little 7-3
Mayo Clinic 50-4, 52-1
Bill Mead 44-3
Carl McIntyre 11-12
John Minder 50-1, 50-4
W. Stanley Mooneyham 16-1, 24-6, 27-10, 50-1
Jimmy Morgan 22-1,32-2, 35-4, 54-3, 44-1, 44-2, 44-3, 48-1, 50-1, 52-3, 53-3
David Morken 7-6
J. Palmer Muntz 2-3, 11-13, 13-8, 16-1, 17-8
Richard M. Nixon 19-4, 7-8,10-1, 22-2, 24-2, 24-7, 28-4, 33-10
Harold J. Ockenga 7-11, 35-6, 44-3. 48-1, 52-1
Olford, Stephen 24-8. 51-1
J. Edwin Orr 11-15, 32-4
Luis Palau 51-1
Roger Palms 48-1
Vernon Patterson 22-4, 48-1, 50-1
J. Howard Pew 19-6, 6-3, 16-11
Frank Phillips 2-3
Bob Pierce 27-13, 48-2
John Pollock 36-7, 50-1
PTL 40-7, 45-2, 49-2, 51-2
Bebe Rebozo 16-5
Paul Rees 22-7, 35-8, 48-2
Mendel Rivers 1-2, 16-5, 22-7, 24-10, 28-3, 32-6
Oral Roberts 19-8,41-1
W. Dayton Roberts 22-6
Pat Robertson 41-1,
Roy Rogers 7-14
Merv Rosell 7-14, 9-1, 10-1, 12-1, 41-1, 24-10, 28-3, 5-1
Albert Salter 7-15, 10-3, 12-2, 19-12
George Beverly Shea 19-12, 25-1, 48-2, 51-2, 53-2
William Simmer 41-2, 25-1, 51-1, 51- 4
Oswald Smith 7-16, 44-4, 50-2
Wilbur Smith 7-16, 35-9
Walter Smyth 16-8, 28-4, 44-4
Frank B. Stanger 19-12, 8-1, 8-10
Clyde Taylor 12-3, 22-8
Kenneth Taylor 20-1, 22-8
Helmut Thielicke 11-7, 14-13
Strom Thurmond 10-2, 10-7, 41-7, 29-1, 33-1, 44-4. 48-3, 50-2, 51-1, 51-2
E. B. Toles 41-7, 29-1, 44-2,541, 45-3, 48-3
W. Cameron Townsend 8-2, 8-6,8-10,12-3,16-11, 25-4, 29-1, 51-1
Robert . C. Van Kampen 4-5, 12-5, 16-13
Abe Van Der Puy 20-3, 20-10
Fernando Vangioni 20-3, 12-5, 16-13, 22-10, 28-1, 29-3 , 33-3
W. O. Vaught 25-6, 33-3, 50-3
Ethel Waters 16-14, 50-4
W. T. Watson 41-12, 45-1, 48-3
Evan Welsh 6-8, 8-4
George Wilson 20-4, 2-5, 8-7, 9-1, 20-5, 22-11, 29-4, 33-4, 41-12, 46-2
Jim Wilson 41-12,.33-4, 45-1, 45-4, 50-3, 53-1
T. W. Wilson 20-4, 4-3, 8-8, 12-5, 41-12, 22-11, 36-3, 33-4, 45-1, 50-3, 50-4
Wilma Wilson 29-1
Sherwood Wirt 20-4, 10-1, 12-6, 36-3, 29-4, 45-1, 50-3, 53-3
Samuel Wolgemuth 16-14, 22-11, 45-1
World Evangelism and Christian Education Fund 40-1, 42-3, 43-3, 44-3
World Wide Pictures 9-3, 10-10, 21-2, 29-1, 29-4, 42-2, 54-1
Wycliffe Bible Translators/Jungle Aviation and Radio Service 41-12, 31-1, 42-2, 54-5, 49-2, 51-1, 52-3
Louis Zamprini 33-6
Billy Zeoli 20-6, 12-7, 13-16, 16-15, 41-13, 22-13, 25-8, 30-2, 33-6
Pat Zondervan 20-6, 5-3, 6-1, 8-10, 9-1, 9-7, 10-2, 12-7, 13-16, 16-17, 22-13, 25-8, 30-2, 45-1, 48-3

Subjects: Evangelistic activity in all parts of the world, especially the United States; history and development of the BGEA, Billy Graham's career as a minister and public figure, counseling, Baptist churches and missions, particularly those of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Notes: Almost every folder contained loose newspaper clippings about Billy Graham, Wilson, or a BGEA activity. These have been removed to the Archives clipping file in Collection 360.

For the time periods 1951-1956 and 1973-1975 there are only a couple (or less) folders per year. There is virtually no correspondence for 1966.

Wilson's correspondence reflects: his ministry as an evangelist and board member of the BGEA, a minister of the Southern Baptist Convention, an influential person in Evangelical and Fundamentalist circles in the North America and elsewhere in the world, and his personal and family concerns. All these topics are mixed together in practically every folder of this series. However, a majority of the material in this series relates in one way or another to the work of the BGEA. Every folder contains BGEA materials, but the contents of the following are entirely concerned with the Activities of the Association: 4-3, 4-4, 6-4, 9-2, 9-3, 11-7, 14-2, 14-3, 14-4, 16-7, 17-4, 20-12, 21-2, 22-10, 23-2, 25-2, 26-3, 26-4, 28-5, 30-5, 35-10, 36-6, 36-7, 37-2 to 37-5, 38-1, 38-2, 32-8, 42-2. 42-3, 42-4, 46-2, 46-3, 46-4, 46-5. 47-1, 47-2, 48-1, 49-3, 49-4, 51-3, 54-3, 59-4. Wilson was one of the first members of the BGEA's board of directors, a position he held the rest of his life. Many folders (such as 8-7, 9-3, 10-10, 14-3, 14-4, 19-4, 21-2, 21-10, 26-3, 37-2, 40-1, 42-3, 42-4, 46-3, 46-4, 46-5, 47-1, 47-2, 49-1, 49-3, 50-4, 52-2, 53-4, 54-3.) contain minutes of board or executive committee meetings, as well as reports to the board. Other folders contain memos or correspondence about topics to be brought before the board. In addition, Wilson served as president of Grason (World Wide Publications) for many years and was on the board of BGEA subsidiaries, such as World Wide Pictures, Blue Ridge Broadcasting, World Evangelism and Christian Education Fund and the Christian Broadcasting Association (some of the folders with correspondence related to these corporations are listed above under "correspondents"). He also served as a quasi-representative of the BGEA on the boards of other institutions, such as Gardner-Webb and LeTourneau Colleges (see above under "Correspondents"). He was also usually involved or at least informed of the activities of the BGEA's branches in other countries, such as Great Britain (26-3, 42-2) and Australia (26-3, 42-2, 42-3, 46-2, 47-1, 48-1). Apart from his work with various boards, Wilson was a long-time friend, advisor and traveling companion to Billy Graham. He often answered correspondence for Graham or filled in for him as speaker or participant in a wide variety of events. Evidence of this can be found throughout the series. There are many folders that contain nothing but correspondence about speaking invitations to Billy Graham or Grady Wilson or both. See for example folders 5-4, 10-4, 10-5, 11-8, 15-4, 15-5, 18-7, 18-8, 21-9, 23-14, 23-15, 23-16, 27-2, 30-6, 31-4, 39-5, 39-6, 39-7. Wilson also handled, especially in the early years of the BGEA, a certain percentage of general correspondence - people writing in to ask for counseling or to criticize BGEA policies (see for example folder 9-5 with its material about the criticism from Bob Jones, Sr., and others over Graham's association with non-Fundamentalists; see also the draft letter by Graham in folder 5-3 on the issue of separation from the world and criticisms made of the 1957 New York Crusade by Fundamentalists) or to ask for a theological opinion. There are many examples of this in the general correspondence in folders 1-3, 2-1, 2-2, 9-4, among others. Wilson was also, of course, an evangelist in his own right and there is a great deal of correspondence and BGEA memos that deal with city-wide, county-wide and single church meetings which he held around the world. He also often played a part in major evangelistic crusades of Billy Graham. The meetings for which there are an especially large amount of material are described in the notes to series V below. Folders 36-9 and 49-3 contain transcripts of oral histories that Wilson did with John Pollock and Lois Ferm, respectively, about his years of partnership with Billy Graham.

Because Wilson was a leader of the BGEA and the BGEA was a central institution in American Evangelicalism, Wilson received letters from hundreds of evangelists, evangelistic organizations, and parachurch organizations. Sometimes they asked for assistance of some kind, but often they just wanted to report on their activities or give their testimonies. These type and letters and reports can be found throughout this series and they provide a valuable picture of evangelism and missions in the second half of the twentieth century. Most of Wilson's correspondents were from the United States, but there was a sizable minority from other parts of the world.

Wilson was ordained as a Southern Baptist and was in frequent correspondence with Baptist pastors and denominational leaders. His participation on the Foreign Missions Board of the denomination is documented in Series II. Scattered throughout Series I are many letters to and from various state and regional Baptist associations, correspondence with Baptist missionaries (as well as others), and reports on denominational activities. See for example folders 6-3, 6-5, 8-4, 12-8, 12-12, 16-1, 19-12, 22-5, 26-5, 27-10, 33-2. 38-7, 43-3, 45-4, 50-4, 51-1, 51-3, 54-2.

Wilson was a member of a large family and he seems to have stayed in touch with a very large number of cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces, as is reflected in the letters and cards in many folders. His older brother T. W. worked closely with Billy Graham and correspondence between the brothers can be found throughout the series. T. W.'s son and Grady's nephew, Jim Wilson, was also an evangelist and there are many letters from him, especially in folders 41-12, 33-4, 45-1, 45-4, 50-3, 53-1. Folder 9-6 contains information about the death and funeral of Wilson's mother and folders 29-5, 29-6 and 29-7 contain correspondence and other material about the death and funeral of his father.

Wilson published his autobiography, Count It All Joy, in 1984. Folder 36-6 contains some notes that he apparently made while working on the project. There are references to his working on the book in several folders in boxes 51 and 52 as well as folders 53-1, 53-2, 53-3.

Exceptional items:

Folder 4-3: An extensive series of Religious News Service press releases about a variety of religious news events in May 1957. Folder 8-10: A report on a visit to many branches of the Young Men's Christian Association branches in 1958 in Europe, the Middle East, central and southeast Asia by a YMCA worker. Folder 8-10: A proposal to make a film of Pilgrim's Progress. Folder 12-11: Material on Billy Graham's interest in starting a Christian high school in North Carolina. Folder 14-6: Crusade News Service reports on day by day developments at the Second Vatican Council. Folder 26-9: Graham's memorial sermon for David Williams. Folders 33-2 and 35-11: Speeches by President William Tolbert of Liberia. Folder 37-2: Notes, apparently by Wilson, on inaccuracies in a biography of Graham's called The Gospel According to Billy. Folder 40-1: Material on the Unification Church and Rev. Moon. Folder 47-2: Graham's January 79 address to the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Folder 50-4: Graham's sermon, "The Six Hands of Jesus." Folder 50-4: Information on the funeral of Ethel Waters. Folder 54-1: Script of the World Wide Picture film Caught. Folder 54-5: Program for Wilson's funeral service on November 4, 1987.


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Series II: Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board Materials

Arrangement: Chronological. Apart from the grouping of materials by year, the application do not appear to be in any particular order.

Date range: 1969-1979. Almost all of the material is from the period 1969-1972

Volume: A little over .8 cubic feet

Boxes: 55-57

Geographic coverage: United States

Type of documents: Summary of biographical information on candidate, summary of doctrinal statement of candidate, Foreign Mission Board minutes, booklets describing SBC field around the world

Subjects: Background and Christian belief of SBC missionary candidates

Notes: Most of this series consists of summaries of mission candidates' biography and personal faith. For each applicant there are several sheets that consist mostly of excerpts from their autobiographical and doctrinal statements. Apparently these sheets were given to mission board members in preparation for the board's personal interviews with candidates. The biographical material is on white pages and the doctrinal statements (which cover such topics as God and His relation to our world, life and work of Christ, Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Revelation and the Bible, the church, prayer, responsibility to a non-believer, responsibility in society) are on green pages. The green and white pages for the same individual are not together. These files provide material for an interesting group biography of Southern Baptist missionary candidates in this time period.

Folder 57-1 contains a few miscellaneous items, including minutes for one board meeting, one set of administrative committee minutes, a list of board members in 1974-1975, and booklets that describe the history and activities of SBC mission fields in South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Series I contains many letters from individual missionaries. Correspondence with members of the board or the staff can also be found in many folders, such as 23-8, 33-2, 38-7, 38-8, 45-4, 50-3.


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Series III: Address Book and Calendars

Arrangement: Chronological

Date range: 1960-1986

Volume: Approximately .8 cubic feet

Boxes: 57-59

Type of documents: An address book, pocket calendars, desk calendars, executive planners

Subjects: Travel and speaking engagements of Wilson and other evangelists of the BGEA

Notes: This series consists mostly of various kind of calendars in which Wilson made brief notes about upcoming preaching or speaking engagements or other events. Occasionally there are also notes about events on Billy Graham's schedule, particularly if Wilson was traveling with him. There are also notes on purely personal activities, such as hunting trips. Entries are often only one or two words or a couple of initials. However, the calendars do give an idea, especially for the 1970s, of the busy schedule of a BGEA evangelist. Some of these books were all purpose kinds of records. For example, the book for 1962 in folder 57-3 contains addresses, lists of expenses and other information as well as a calendar. Many of the calendars in this series have only a few entries.

The address book in folder 57- 2 was apparently put together around 1973. It appears to contain entries for hundreds upon hundreds of people with whom Wilson was in contact: ministers, evangelists, business people, family, friends, the local plumber, etc. A large number of the addresses and phone numbers are outside of the United States.


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Series IV: Resource Materials

Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title

Volume: Approximately 1.6 cubic feet

Boxes: 59-62

Type of documents: Newspaper and magazine clippings, sermon notebooks and manuscripts, speech texts.

Subjects: (There is a substantial amount of material in the files that are capitalized) Alcohol. astronauts, atheism, Bible, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, Catholicism, children, Christ, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, CHURCH, CIVIL RIGHTS, COMMUNISM, creation, CROSS, crime, death, DEVOTIONAL MATERIAL, discouragement, drugs, Easter, ecumenicism, education, eternal life, EVANGELISM, evolution, faith, football, freedom, Freedoms Foundation, funeral sermon, heaven, hell, HIGHWAY SAFETY, holiness, the home, illustrations, Jews, liberalism, Methodism, miscellaneous, money, MORALITY, National Council of Churches, offering appeals, Pastor's Paragraphs by William Jones, patriotism, Perspective by Richard Halverson, PHYSICAL FITNESS, politics, pornography, poverty, praise, prayer, PRAYER IN SCHOOLS, THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON, race, second coming, sex, sin, SOCIAL ACTION, Southern Baptists, STUDENTS, success, suicide, teenagers, texts, Thanksgiving, tithing, will, WITNESSING, YOUTH.

Notes: These files consist of resource material that Wilson apparently consulted when he was working on sermons. They include clippings with quotations or statistics on various topics, as well as the text and outlines of sermons, both his own and others. The topics of the clippings are indicated above under "subjects."

The sermons include ones by Wilson himself (folders 59-14, 61-1), Woodrow Flynn (61-3), Billy Graham (61-1), Mordecai Ham (61-4), Jimmie Johnson (60-2), and Robert Webber (60-2). Many sermons, especially those in folders 61-1 and 61-5 through 62-4, are unidentified. Several of Wilson's sermons in folder 61-1 are ones he preached over the Hour of Decision radio program. Most of the sermons in this series are evangelistic in nature and cover a wide range of topics and biblical texts. One of the notebooks in folder 62-4 is labeled "book" and may contain material intended for inclusion in Wilson's book Count It All Joy. Folder 62-5 contains material intended for use in wedding sermons. Sermons and speeches appear in other places throughout the collection, such as folder 10-6 which includes, among other items, Billy Graham's address to the World Council of Church's Consultation on Evangelism in Geneva, Switzerland in 1960.

Exceptional items: Folder 60-2 also contains a 1952 article on Billy Graham by British minister Dr. Charles T. Cook. Folder 62-20 contains transcripts of interviews by Elaine Townsend with workers of Wycliffe Bible Translators in South America. This includes Mary Ruth Wise, Martha Diff, and Robert Russell working among the Amuesha Indians; Doris Anderson among the Ticuna Indians (also known as the Tucana), Wes Thiesen among the Bora Indians, Jennie Groves among the Aguaruna Indians.


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Series V: Individual Crusades and Conferences

Arrangement: Chronological by date of meeting

Date range: 1958-1979

Volume: 2.1 cubic feet

Boxes: 63-67

Geographic coverage: Africa, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, United States

Type of documents: Procedure manuals, correspondence, memos, newsletters, programs, budgets, statistical reports, brochures, statistics, minutes of meetings, press releases, address lists

Correspondents: Wilson, Sterling Houston, Walter Smyth, W. B. Berryman, Donald Hoke, T. W. Wilson, Stanley Mooneyham, John Dillon, Gordon Matthews, Hank Beukema

Subjects: Evangelistic work; Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Crusades and conferences for which there are folders in this section are included on the list in this guide's chronology.

Notes: This series contains materials relating to various meetings in which Wilson was involved. Series I also contains a great deal of information on other meetings, but for some reason these files had been kept together and the archivist continued that arrangement.

Most of the files are concerned with evangelistic crusades. Some of these, like the Rio crusade or the Korean crusade, were led by Billy Graham and Wilson assisted in some way. Others, like the Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, crusade or the Kuala Lumpur crusade were led by Wilson, meaning that he did the major preaching. The material in the folder for each crusade differs widely, but typically there is correspondence with the BGEA's Team office about arrangements and schedules; programs, newsletters, and other materials produced for the crusade; correspondence with members local pastors and others on the crusade executive committee, press releases about crusade events, and statistics about the attendance and results of the meeting. The folders almost never contain copies of the sermons preached. Some folders, such as 63-3 from the Africa tour, include brochures and other material Wilson apparently picked up while sightseeing.

There is also one folder of material from Explo 72, which was a conference organized by Campus Crusade for Christ and aimed at training young people in evangelism.

The series also contains some folders of material from evangelism congresses sponsored by the BGEA. These include the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism, held in Berlin (folder 63-4), the 1969 United States Congress on Evangelism, held in Minneapolis (folder 63-8), the 1970 European Congress on Evangelism (folder 64-5) and the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization, held in Lausanne (folders 66-3 and 67-1). (Several folders in Series I also have information about the Lausanne congress, including 32-3, 48-1.) These folders contain information on the programs, correspondence about arrangements, and in some cases some of the presentations that were given. The folders for the Lausanne congress also contain minutes and other documents about the planning of the event and the efforts to create a follow-up program.

In 1971 an "Honor Billy Graham Day" was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Folder 64-8 contains a list of people who were suggested by Wilson for inclusion on the invitation list.

Series I also contains a great deal of information on individual crusades. There is some information on almost every one of Billy Graham's and Grady Wilson's crusades, even if it is only a brief mention in a letter. The events for which there is substantial information include the 1952 visit to Korea (folders 1-2, 1-4), the 1954 London Crusade (folders 3-1, 3-2, 3-3), the 1957 New York crusade (folders 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 5-1, 5-2), the 1959 Wheaton Crusade (folders 6-3, 6-7,6-8, 8-4) the 1959 Indianapolis Crusade (folders 6-13, 8-10), the 1959 crusades in several Australian and New Zealand cities (folders 9-1), the 1960 tour of several African cities (folder 10-3), the 1968 Boiling Springs, North Carolina Crusade (folder 21-9), the 1977 Swedish Crusade (folder 39-2), the 1977 Ironton-Ashland Area Crusade (folder 39-8), the 1977 Metro Manila Crusade (folder 40-3), the 1977 Gray Harbor Crusade in Aberdeen, Washington (folder 36-11), the 1977 Asheville Crusade (folder 36-12), the 1979 Central Louisiana Crusade of Alexandria, Louisiana (folder 46-1), the 1979 Darke County Crusade of Greenville, Ohio (folder 47-4), the 1980 Central Indiana Crusade (folder 49-1), the 1980 Japan tour (folder 49-1), the 1981 BJC Area Wide Crusade of Commerce, Georgia (folders 51-1, 51-2), the 1982 Franklin County Crusade (folder 50-4), and the 1986 International Conference of Itinerant Evangelists held in Amsterdam (folder 54-2).

Exceptional items: Folder 65-5 contains an English text of the 1972 inaugural speech of South Korean president Park Chung Hee.

Provenance

The materials in this collection were deposited in the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in December 1987 and September 1989.

Accession: 87-150, 87-158, 89-96

July 3, 1997
Robert Shuster
M. Bergstedt




LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 89-96
Type of material: Oversize Materials

The location of the following items is indicated in parentheses following the folder title.


Christland (OS31) Architectural drawing for Christland, which was apparently intended to be a park which recreated the Holy Land of Jesus' time, including Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Ca. 1955. Additional information on this project is in folder 3-4.

Posters, 1949-1975, n.d. (OS31) Nine posters of various sizes from Wilson's and/or Billy Graham's evangelistic crusades and other occasions. Includes posters from 1949 Cynthiana, 1950 Atlanta, 1951 Fort Worth, 1957 New York, 1959 Perth Australia, and 1975 Hong Kong Crusades.

Phonograph Record Covers (OS31) - Scrapbook of the front and in some cases the back covers of dozens of phonograph records put out by RCA Victor. Almost all the covers are for records whose content are entirely or partially religious. Several are made up entirely or in part by contributions from BGEA staff members or people associated with the BGEA, such as Billy Graham, George Beverly Shea, Cliff Barrows and Stuart Hamblen. No date, but ca. 1964.

Scrapbook 1 (Non-Fragile Storage) - Topics: September 1966 wire service story that appeared in many newspapers about Wilson's Harlan County Crusade in Harlan, Kentucky.

Scrapbook 2 (Non-Fragile Storage) - Topics: 1969 Gulf Coast Crusade, Cherryville, NC (including photos of a hurricane that struck during the crusade); 1975 Central Alabama Crusade, Montgomery, Alabama.

Scrapbook 3 (Non-Fragile Storage) - Topics: 1970 Cherryville Tri-County Crusade, Cherryville, North Carolina; Greater Reidsville Crusade, Reidsville, North Carolina; Foothills Crusade for Christ, Lenoir, North Carolina.

Scrapbooks #4 (Non-Fragile Storage) - Topics: 1970 Northern Wyoming Crusade, Sheridan, Wyoming; 1971 Greater Chicago Crusade, Chicago, Illinois, the Haymaker fifth wedding anniversary (July 27, 1971), 1971 Greater Green County Crusade for Christ, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; Southside Virginia Crusade for Christ, Petersburg, Virginia; Honor Billy Graham Day, Charlotte, North Carolina (October 15, 1971); 1972 Pee Dee Area Crusade, Florence, South Carolina; Gordon Matthew's evangelistic work in the Barbados in 1971; 1972 Grady Wilson Crusade in Barbados; 1972 Tri-State United Crusade, Steubenville, Ohio; Key '73 crusade rallies at various sites; 1973 Guam Crusade, Agana, Guam; 1973 Korea Crusade, Seoul, Korea.

Scrapbook 5 (Non-Fragile Storage) - Topics: 1974 New Zealand Crusades; 1974 Fayette County Crusade, Uniontown, Pennsylvania; 1975 Mississippi Crusade, Jackson, Mississippi; 1975 Danville Area Crusade, Danville, VA; 1975 Taipei Crusade, Taipei, Taiwan; 1975 Tidewater Virginia Crusade, Norfolk & Hampton, Virginia; Grady Wilson Day (November 24, 1974).


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LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 89-96
Type of material: Photographs

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


BGEA: BARBADOS, JANUARY 1958. Scenes from the crusade, including pictures of Grady Wilson and Billy Graham preaching, crowd shots in daytime and at night, George Beverly Shea singing, a luncheon for local dignitaries. 36 b&w.

CITY RESCUE MISSIONS. Jimmie Strout (sp?) in front of a glass case with a Bible at the Memphis Union Mission ca. 1957. 1 b & w.

GRAHAM, WILLIAM FRANKLIN, 1970s. Graham at the dedication ceremony of historical marker in Tampa, Florida, marking the spot when he decided to become a preacher. March 1979. (See press release in folder 48-1) 1 color.

JOHNSON, LYNDON. Johnson, with his wife, Billy Graham, Grady Wilson and George Wilson at the Houston crusade. November 28, 1965. 1 b & w.

PIERCE, ROBERT. Pierce with Billy Graham, Grady Wilson and a Korean family during Graham's 1952 trip to Korea.

WILSON, GRADY. Portrait photos and candid shots of Wilson; a picture of him preaching, possibly in Kuala Lumpur in January 1969; series of photos of Wilson during an E. B. Toles evangelistic meeting, including billboards for the meeting, Wilson standing and sitting reading his Bible, and with another man, possibly Toles. 4 b & w, 8 color.




CONTAINER LIST
Box First Folder/Last Folder (Number of folders in box)
1 1951/1953 (7)
2 1953/1954(4)
3 London Crusade 1954 / For Billy Graham, 1956 (7)
4 January-February 1957 / June 1957 (5)
5 July 1957 / Cn; 1958-1960 (13)
6 Da; 1958-1960 / Indianapolis 1958-1960 (14)
7 1958-1960 / Sg 1958-1960(16)
8 Sn, 1958-1960 / 1959 (11)
9 1959/ Correspondence-Personal, 1959 (7)
10 Correspondence 1960 / B, 1962 (10)
11 Correspondence C, 1962 / Q, 1962 (17)
12 R, 1962 / H, 1963 (16)
13 Invitations Completed- Grady Wilson, 1963-1964 / XYZ, 1963 (16)
14 A, 1964 / G, 1964 (10)
15 Grason; 1964-1966 / Mc, 1965 (9)
16 M, 1965 / XYZ, 1965 (15)
17 A, 1967 / F, 1967 (10)
18 G, 1967 / L, 1967 (11)
19 Leighton Ford Crusades, 1967 / S 1967 (12)
20 T, 1967 / C, 1968 (13)
21 D, 1968/Mc, 1968 (13)
22 M, 1968/Z, 1968 (13)
23 B, 1969/ Invitations 1969 (16)
24 J, 1969/ Radio and television 1966-1969 (16)
25 S 1969/ Announcements and Invitations 1970 (12)
26 B 1970/H 1970 (13)
27 I 1970/P 1970 (13)
28 Personal 1970/Schedules 1970 (5)
29 T 1970/T.W. Wilson Sr. Funeral, 1970 (7)
30 Y 1970/F 1971 (11)
31 G, 1971/ L, 1971 (8)
32 Mc, 1971/Schedules, 1971 (8)
33 T, 1971/E, 1972 (13)
34 F, 1972/J, 1972 (6)
35 K, 1972/ T 1972 (11)
36 U, 1972/ Asheville Crusade, 1977 (12)
37 B, 1977/BGEA: Press releases, 1977 (5)
38 BGEA: Team Schedules, 1977/ G 1977 (9)
39 Gardner-Webb 1977/ L 1977 (11)
40 M 1977/P 1977 (7)
41 R 77/Z 77 (14)
42 A-B, 78/BGEA, 1978 (4)
43 BGEA expenses, 1978/H-J, 1978 (4)
44 K-M, 1978/S-T, 1978 (4)
45 T-Z, 1978/ 1979 (4)
46 A-B, 1979/BGEA, 1979 (5)
47 BGEA, 1979/G-J, 1979 (4)
48 K-O, 1979/T-Z, 1979 (3)
49 1980/BGEA, 1980 (4)
50 L-R, 1980/1981-1982 (4)
51 1981-1982/1981-1982 (4)
52 1981-1982/1983-1984 (4)
53 1983-1984/ BGEA Employee Handbook, 1985 (4)
54 Caught Screenplay, 1985/1987 (5)
55 Missionary Applicants 1969/Missionary Applicants 1970 (5)
56 Missionary Applicants 1971/Missionary Applicants 1972 (6)
57 Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board Materials, 1975-1979/Calendars 1960,1962,1968 (3)
58 Calendars 1970, 1972, 1973/Calendars 1976, 1978 (3)
59 Calendars 1979-1981, 1984-1986/Liberals (39)
60 Methodism/Sermons File (6)
61 Sermons 1950-1985/Sermon Notebook N.D. (6)
62 Sermon Notebook, 1975, N.D./Youth (21)
63 San Francisco, 1958/United States Congress on Evangelism, 1969 (8)
64 Cherryville, North Carolina, 1970/Florence, South Carolina, 1972 (10)
65 Barbados, 1972/Andalusa, Alabama, 1973 (9)
66 New Zealand, 1974 /International Congress of World Evangelization, 1974 (3)
67 International Congress of World Evangelization, 1974/Atlantic crusades, 1979 (7)



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