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Postcard Collection - Collection 636

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[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

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

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

Lists of Postcards in This Collection (Location Records)
    Photographs


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Collection 636 [December 1, 2010]
Postcard Collection
8 notebooks and 1 index card box (3.639 cubic feet)


Restrictions: None


Brief Description. Miscellaneous collection of many hundred postcards all related to America religious history in one way or another, gathered by the BGC Museum and Archives staff. Except for a very few items, this collection is not further catalogued.


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Scope and Content

The cards in the collection are related in one way or another to America religious history - a photograph of a Catholic cathedral, an advertising card sent out by a traveling evangelist, an illustrated verse from a hymn, a reminder card to attend Sunday school, etc. Very few cards are earlier than the 20th century.

There are a few postcards described in the location record in this guide. The vast majority are not described and can be found only by looking through the notebooks and box in which they are stored. Most of the cards in the notebooks are arranged by accession number order.

For examples, see http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/docs/PostCards/EvanPost.htm, http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/bulletin/bu1204.htm, and http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/bulletin/bu1206.htm

Provenance

This collection consists of many hundreds cards collected by the BGC staff (mostly the BGC Museum, but a few by the BGC Archives) from a variety of sources. The bulk of the cards were transferred to the Archives from the Museum at the beginning of 2006.

Accession: 85-31, 91-93, 97-60, 06-04 
February 5, 2009
Bob Shuster


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LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 06-04
Type of material: Postcards
The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

COULTHARD, HELEN.
2 b&w. Postcards with different poses advertising the girl preacher. N. d.

DAVIES, IVY C. 1 b&w. Postcard advertising the girl evangelist of Bolton. N. d.

EVANGELISTIC WORK--USA. 10b&w, 10color. Postcard of a woman standing on a platform with an open Bible, in front of a banner that reads "...ostoria for Ch..."; cartoon of the critics of evangelist Billy Sunday, a baby and a preacher, the sinking of the Titanic, various message postcard with Christian themes told by cartoons, photos, captions, etc. 1908-1956, n.d.

HOWARD, MATTIE. 1 b&w. Postcard advertising Howard's path "From Prison to Pulpit, Sin to Salvation." 1933.

HOOKS, E. R.1 b&w. Postcard showing the female evangelist with her hands raised. "january 1939" is written on the back.

HYMNS, ENGLISH. 6 b&w, 7 color. Postcards with the lyrics and illustrations of popular hymns, including "Bringing in the Sheaves," "Just As I Am," "Lead Kindly Light," "Rock of Ages," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, " "God Will Take Care of You," and "The Holy City." 1906, 1909, n.d.

MAYS, NELL.1 b&w. Card advertising girl evangelist Nell Mays. N. d.

POSTCARDS - CHRISTMAS. 2 color. Postcards illustrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ in traditional and international settings. 1909, 1950s.

POSTCARDS - EASTER. 4 color. Postcards illustrating Easter events and themes in traditional settings. Early 1900s.

POSTCARDS - LORD'S PRAYER. 8 color. Postcards illustrating portions of the Lord's prayer with drawings of contemporary scenes. N. d.

POSTCARDS - THE SALOON SMASHER. 6 color. Humorous drawings of a woman attacking taverns with a hatch, obviously based on Carrie Nation. Ca. 1905.

SALVATION ARMY. 1 color. Humorous drawing of a Salvation Army Band with the caption "All Working to Beat Hell!" 1912.

STORER, RUTH E. 1 b&w. Postcard advertising the girl preacher of Denby. N. d.

STORR, FRANCIS BRADLEY. 1 b&w. Postcard with picture of the girl preacher. 1908.

STORR, ROSE BRADLEY. 1 b&w. Postcard of Rose Bradley Storr the girl evangelist and Florrie Elkins, the girl singer. N. d.

SUNDAY, BILLY - CO-WORKERS. 2b&w. Card of music and lyrics for "Ambassadors for the King," with pictures of Sunday and Fred Fischer, The hymn was the theme song for one of their campaigns. Card of Sunday standing an extremely tall, unidentified man who probably was an usher at Sunday's 1907 Knoxville, Iowa meetings. Ca. 1905, 1907.

SUNDAY SCHOOL. 4 color. Humororous cards sent to Sunday school members or potential members to encourage them to attend. 1912-1975, n.d.

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A series of notebooks contain many hundreds of postcards on many themes, all related to America religious history in one way or another. The notebooks are arranged by accession number as shown below:



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