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Papers of Harold Edward Renfrow - Collection 627


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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biography

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

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 (Box List)



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Collection 627                                                                                                 [November 18, 2007]
Renfrow, Harry E.; 1923-1995
Papers; 1972-1979

6 Boxes (DC), Oversize materials, Photographs (2.75 cubic feet)


Restrictions: None

Brief Description. Correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, forms, minutes, memos, budgets, incorporation papers relating to Renfrow's work as executive secretary of the 1974 Cruzada Evangelística Billy Graham Grande-Rio, held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.




Biography

Full name

 Harold E. Renfrow

Birth

October 7, 1923 in Wooldridge, Missouri, USA

Death

October 31, 1995

Family

 

Parents

George Washington Renfrow and Sophia Louisa (Mills) Renfrow

 

Siblings

Jerry Arnold (1911), Eunice Roxie Gensler (1913), Charles Everett (1915), Gertie Rentscler (1917), Louis George (1919), Emmett Ward (1921), Wilbur Eugene (1925), Cora Marie Allen (1927)

 

Marital Status

Married Nona Mae Baumgartner on June 25, 1945 in Bonneville, Missouri, USA

 

Children

 Nona Lea (1948), Cynthia Fern (1950)

Conversion

At the age of 16

Ordination

Licenced to preach on June 9, 1941, ordained September 26, 1943, at Pleasant Green Church, Missouri, USA

Education

 

1941

Graduated Laura Speed Elliot High School in Bonneville, Missouri, USA

 

1941

Attended Central State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Missouri, USA

 

1942-1944

Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal, Missouri, USA. Graduated with an A.S. degree

 

1944-1946

William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, USA. Graduated with a B.A. degree

 

1946-1950

Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Graduated with a B.D. degree.

 

1954

Took course on counseling at Southwestern Baptist Seminary

Career

 

1942-1943

Worker at the Southside Baptist Mission in Hannibal, Missouri, USA

 

1942-1944

Pastor of Pleasant Green and Oak Grove churches, Madison, USA

 

1944

Associate pastor at the First Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri, USA

 

1944-1945

Pastor of Williard Baptist Church, Willard, USA

 

1945-1946

Pastor of Wooldridge Baptist and Lupus churches, Wooldridge and Lupis, USA

 

1946

Field promotional secretary of the Training Union Department, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

 

1946-1947

Associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Bonham, Texas, USA

 

1947

Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Trenton, Texas, USA

 

1947-1949

Pastor of New Friendship Church of Bastrop, Louisiana, USA

 

1949-1951

Pastor of Norborne First Baptist Church of Norborne, Missouri, USA

 

1951-1955

Pastor of Steelville Baptist Church of Steelville, Missouri, USA

 

1955-1986

Southern Baptist missionary to Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

1956-1959

Executive secretary of Convencaõ Batista Paulistana

 

1956-1959

Member of the board of trustees of Colegio Batista, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

1958-1959

Head of religious education department, Colegio Batista, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

1973-1975?

Executive Secretary of the Cruzada Evangelística Billy Graham Grande-Rio

 

1974

Attended the International Congress on World Evangelization held in Lausanne, Switzerland




Scope and Content

[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation “folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title. The titles of all of the folders were supplied by Renfrow, except for the following, which were supplied by the archivist: 1-1, 1-2, 1-6, 2-5, 2-6, 3-3, 4-2, 4-6, 4-7, 5-3, and 5-8
Date Range: 1972-1979
Volume: 2.75 cubic feet
Boxes: 1-6
Geographic coverage: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Type of documents: Correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, forms, minutes, memos, budgets, incorporation papers
Correspondents: Victor Davis, Nilson do Amarl Fanini, Billy Graham, Edgar Hallock, Henry Holley, Louis Knowlton, Victor Nelson, John Pollock, and Efrain Santiago
Subjects: The 1974 Billy Graham Greater Rio Crusade
Notes: Almost all the documents in this collection are in Portugese, except for the following folders, which contain some or mostly English language materials: 1-6, 2-5, 2-6, 4-1, 4-2. The staff was unable to review most of the documents because of language limitations. However, most of the materials appear to be the forms, plans, etc. used to plan, hold, and follow-up a Billy Graham evangelistic campaign. Correspondence can be found in folders 1-6, 2-6 to 2-8, and 5-4, among others. Clippings of articles about the crusade and other evangelistic events in Brazil are in folders 4-6 and 4-6. Organizational charts for crusade committees are in folder 5-8. Folders 1-6 and 2-6 include material about author John Pollock’s visit to Brazil to gather material for his biography of Billy Graham. There is a little information about Renfrow’s attendance of the 1974. Lausanne Congress in folder 2-6 and 4-3. Folder 2-6 also has some information on the Lausanne Committee-sponsored 1977 Segundo Encontro de Líderes Evangélicos Da América-Latina.

Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Nona Renfrow in May 1996.

Accession: 96-33
November 18, 2007
Bob Shuster
K. Haywood



LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 96-33
Type of material: Oversize Materials

The following items are in the OVERSIZE FILE. Request by collection number and folder location (in parentheses).


 POSTERS (OS11).

Three multi-color posters for the Greater Rio Crusade (there are three copies of one of the posters) All contain photos of Billy Graham. Text is in Portugese. 1974.

Poster advertising training session for counselors for the crusade, 1974 (2 copies)

Multi-color vinyl banner announcing the crusade, 1974. (4 copies)

Poster announcing the May concerts by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association musical artists Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and Tedd Smith. 1974 (2 copies)

Map of the city of Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding area, with hand drawn lines showing the districts it had been divided into for the crusade’s counseling and follow-up efforts. 1974.

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LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 96-33
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.

BGEA: Rio Crusade, Greater, 1974: 2 b&w, 4 color. Pictures of Billy Graham or Cliff Barrows with local leaders of the crusade, Barrows leading singing, Graham preaching, Nilson Fanini and others at the unveiling of a plaque. 1974, n.d.


BOX LIST

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

Addresses

1974, n.d.

1

2

Address Notebook

1974

1

3

Àreas Billy

1974

1

4

Arte - Desenhos

1973

1

5

As Principas Cruzadas Evangelisticas

1973

1

6

Billy Graham Crusade

1974-1978

1

7

Biografia: Henry Holley’s, Billy Graham’s, Caravans

1974

1

8

Boletim Informativo

1974

2

1

Carta - T.V. Billy Graham

1973-1974

2

2

Cartas De Agredicemento

1973-1977

2

3

Confirmações Sem Pagamento

1974

2

4

Conselhieros

1973-1974

2

5

Correspondence - Finance

1974-1975

2

6

Correspondence - Wrap-Up

1974-1977

2

7

Correspondência (Geral)

1973-1975

2

8

Correspondência Oficial (Às Autoridades)

1974

2

9

Correspondência Para Imprensa Falada, Escrita E Televisionada

1973-1976

2

10

Crusade Office Facilities

1973

2

11

Diario Oficial Crusada

1974

3

1

Esccola De Evangelismo

1974

3

2

Folhetos Cruzada Mundial De Literatura

1973-1975

3

3

Forms Manual

1973-1974

3

4

Hospedagens Confirmadas De I A P

1974

3

5

Hospedagens Confirmadas De Q A Z

1974

3

6

Informação Aos Pastores - 1

1973-1974

3

7

Informação Aos Pastores - 2

1974

3

8

Informação Aos Pastores - Matéria

1972-1974

3

9

Instruções Básicas Para Organização Da Cruzada

n.d.

3

10

Journais Da Cruzada

1974

3

11

Juerp Victor Davis

1974

4

1

Material Sent to Pollock - Advertising (BGEA)

1973-1974

4

2

Minute Book

1973-1974

4

3

Meetings Holley Com Fanini

1973-1975

4

4

Movimento Financiero \DA\ Comissão De Hospedagem

1974

4

5

Musica

1974

4

6

News Clippings

1972-1974

4

7

News Clippings

1974-1979

5

1

Noticias Para Imprensa

1974

5

2

Noticias Para Imprensa

1974

5

3

Official Documents

1973-1974

5

4

O Novo Testamento Vivo \Importação\ Tyndale Publishers

1973-1974

5

5

Operação André

n.d.

5

6

Orçameto

1973-1974

5

7

Orçameto

1973-1974

5

8

Organization Charts

n.d.

5

9

Personnel

1973

5

10

Radio Programas

1974

5

11

Relatorios das Comś

1974

6

1

Reuniões Do Conselho Director

1974-1975

6

2

Team Budget

1974

6

3

Team Correspondence

1974




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