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Ephemera of William Ekvall Simpson- Collection SC114

[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


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


Collection SC114                                                                                                    [April 10, 2007]

Simpson, William Ekvall; 1901-1932

Ephemera; 1998

1 folder

Restrictions: None


Full name

William Ekvall Simpson


October 19, 1901 in Old Orchard, Main, USA


June 20, 1932, murdered by army deserters at Shih Keo Waunao in Kansu Province, China




William Wallace and Alma Maria Otilia (Ekvall) Simpson, missionaries to China, first with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and then with the Assemblies of God (AOG)



Margaret Helene (Simpson) Jamieson and Louise Matina (Simpson) Chenoweth


Marital Status



At the age of 10


Received formal appointment as an AOG missionary on December 4, 1923, although he had been one informally since 1919




Home schooled until the age of 13



Attended an academy in Tennessee while his family was back in the United States on furlough



Attended and graduated from Bethel Bible Training School in Newark, New Jersey, USA. His father was principal of the school




Traveled among Tibetan nomadic herdsman in the general area of Labrang, Tibet, and sharing the Gospel with them. He pioneered many uncharted paths in the area and at the time of his death had trained and supported eight Chinese evangelists who were also working in the area

Scope and Content

Date Range: The booklet was created by Ray Smith in 1998. It contains photocopies of photographs and documents, mainly from the mid-1930s.
Volume: 2 folders
Geographic coverage: The Chinese-Tibetan border in the area of Labrang
Type of documents: Narrative of Simpson’s life, death and the investigation that followed, photocopies of letters, photos, articles and miscellaneous documents
Correspondents: William Wallace Simpson, Shao Li-Tse, Nelson Trusler Johnson, Wang Chao-ming, Dimitri Horvath
Subjects: Protestant missions in the early 20th century on the Chinese-Tibet border; the murder of William E. Simpson and Lenoid Horvath
Notes: This collection consists entirely a booklet of photocopies assembled by Ray Smith and a photocopy of a manuscript copied from a typed manuscript said to be by William Wallace Simpson. The booklet contains a narrative by Smith about the life and death of William E. Wallace and copies of many documents, articles and excerpts from books. The documents are mainly concerned with the investigation into the death of the two men, while the articles and excerpts also deal to some extent with Simpson’s work as an evangelist. The W.W. Simpson manuscript consists of a narrative about his son’s life and death, and photocopies of several letters by William E. Simpson from the later 1920s and early 1930s.


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Ray Smith in 1998 and 2001.

Accession: 98-45, 00-01 
April 10, 2007
Robert Shuster

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