billy graham center archives
2003 annual report

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Christian Sawyer (right) and a local home school student using a cardboard phonograph record player at an Archival Treasure Hunt in the Reading Room on April 1, 2003.



"Paul, That's a great team you have there. Thanks for all of the help along the way." Note from a visiting professor after a week of Reading Room research for a book on the social ethics of Billy Graham.
Click here to read reports from six researchers who spent extensive time in the Reading Room in 2003.

Reading Room Statistics, 1994-2003

 

94

95

96

97

98

99

00

01

02

03

Avg.

Total

Researchers

758

558

590

510

627

508

465

398

421

433

527

5268

Research Visits

1297

977

1141

1141

1141

1080

1109

809

783

870

1035

10348

Research Hours

1702

1456

1681

2065

1881

2300

1417

1203

1392

1725

1670

16704

Visits per Researcher

1.71

1.75

1.93

2.24

1.82

2.13

2.38

2.03

1.86

2.01

1.99

 

Hours per Researcher

2.25

2.61

2.85

4.05

3

4.53

3.05

3.02

3.30

3.98

3.24

 

Wheaton College Researchers

351

303

384

316

362

345

246

236

195

211

295

2949

Non-Wheaton College Researchers

407

255

206

194

265

163

219

162

226

222

232

2319

 

Types of Researchers

Film makers

5

3

1

2

2

3

3

4

4

1

3

28

BGC Staff

15

8

12

6

2

7

0

0

2

5

6

57

Christian Workers

28

21

27

40

57

33

20

20

23

20

29

289

General Public

68

77

59

67

45

31

51

54

48

57

56

557

Secondary School Students

167

15

6

3

33

1

3

1

44

44

32

317

Home Schooled Students

32

42

38

18

41

7

61

24

18

31

31

312

Non-Wheaton College Faculty

24

18

15

12

8

15

26

15

16

22

17

171

Non-Wheaton College Grad Students

39

37

38

44

39

51

27

32

53

26

39

386

Non -Wheaton College Undergrads

29

25

15

22

22

18

32

5

6

9

18

183

Pastors

22

12

13

5

4

4

6

3

3

4

8

76

Wheaton College Faculty/Staff

11

12

18

21

17

15

13

13

16

17

15

153

Wheaton College Grad Students

107

77

89

83

171

101

59

72

95

83

94

937

Wheaton College Undergrads

203

206

263

182

180

216

156

149

81

106

174

1742

Writers/Journalists

8

5

6

5

6

6

8

6

10

8

7

68

 

Types of Research

Articles

20

9

11

14

8

5

13

6

11

16

11

113

Film, Video Production

9

5

0

9

8

5

5

6

7

3

6

57

Books

15

19

25

16

20

26

33

21

24

25

22

224

Class Assignments

542

352

396

341

470

371

296

270

240

300

358

3578

Equipment Use

5

0

9

3

6

1

2

3

0

0

3

29

Evangelistic Projects

21

15

24

11

26

8

7

9

23

14

16

158

Genealogy

1

3

10

6

1

0

2

7

7

7

4

44

Miscellaneous

7

13

4

3

1

2

2

3

23

5

6

63

Personal Interest

103

102

71

74

51

46

66

47

58

39

66

657

Photo Searches

10

14

12

13

10

10

8

6

5

10

10

98

Theses

25

26

28

20

26

34

31

20

25

14

25

249




Greta Anderson was elated to find an issue of the Moody Church News which contained a report of her baby dedication performed by Rev. Harry Ironside.


Classes in the Archives

During 2003 the Archives held many classes for Wheaton College students and others. Sessions covered the following areas of study: African History, British History, Cross Cultural Research, Evangelism, Evangelism and Renewal, History and Philosophy of Christian Education, Missions History, Social Psychology, and Women in Missions. There were also sessions for students from Moody Bible Institute, Christian Life High School (Rockford, Illinois), and local home school groups. Below are scenes from some of these classes.

Students from the Christian Life High School (Rockford, Illinois) and Wayne Weber (left) viewing materials from the Papers of Elisabeth Elliot.

Bob Shuster shows students how to locate the London Missionary Society papers in the Records of the World Council for World Missions.

Students from a Social Psychology class using oral history interviews and documents about Wheaton College revivals.


Among the topics in the Reading Room during the year were:

See a more extensive list of the topics researched in the Archives Reading Room.




Artwork for Paul Butler's documentary about Paul Rader. The production included many images from the BGC Archives.

Also available is a list of selected products based on research in the Archives during 2003, including published works, dissertations, videos and other products.



List of the most frequently used collections, 2003

List of the most frequently used collections, 1984-2003