READING ROOM

billy graham center archives
2004 annual report

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Wayne (left) and local home school students at an Archival Treasure Hunt held in the Reading Room on April 1, 2004.



"We appreciate the BGC personnel's knowledge of the available materials and their helpfulness in our research effort. It is good to know that such a variety of historical Christian material is being preserved in the BGC and that it is accessible to the public for research and study." Note from an archival visitor who conducted research in the Reading Room.
Click here to read reports from nine researchers who spent extensive time in the Archives in 2004.

Reading Room Statistics, 1994-2004

1994-2004

'94

'95

'96

'97

'98

'99

'00

'01

'02

'03

'04

1980-2004
Total

Researchers

758

558

590

510

627

508

465

398

421

433

403

14,730

Research Visits

1,297

977

1,141

1,141

1,141

1,080

1,109

809

783

870

690

26,606

Research Hours

1,702

1,456

1,681

2,065

1,881

2,300

1,417

1,203

1,392

1,725

1,426

43,065

Visits per Researcher

1.71

1.75

1.93

2.24

1.82

2.13

2.38

2.03

1.86

2.01

1.71

Hours per Researcher

2.25

2.61

2.85

4.05

3

4.53

3.05

3.02

3.30

3.98

3.94

Wheaton College Researchers

351

303

384

316

362

345

246

236

195

211

187

8,607

Non-Wheaton College Researchers

407

255

206

194

265

163

219

162

226

222

216

6,121

Types of Researchers

1990-2004

'94

'95

'96

'97

'98

'99

'00

'01

'02

'03

'04

Total

Video/Film/CD/DVD makers

5

3

1

2

2

3

3

4

4

1

1

55

BGC Staff

15

8

12

6

2

7

0

0

2

5

3

150

Christian Workers

28

21

27

40

57

33

20

20

23

20

11

525

General Public

68

77

59

67

45

31

51

54

48

57

58

1110

Secondary School Students

167

15

6

3

33

1

3

1

44

44

40

460*

Home Schooled Students

32

42

38

18

41

7

61

24

18

31

25

337*

Non-Wheaton College Faculty

24

18

15

12

8

15

26

15

16

22

20

414

Non-Wheaton College Grad Students

39

37

38

44

39

51

27

32

53

26

32

309

Non-Wheaton College Undergrads

29

25

15

22

22

18

32

5

6

9

5

310

Pastors

22

12

13

5

4

4

6

3

3

4

17

167

Wheaton College Faculty/Staff

11

12

18

21

17

15

13

13

16

17

11

223

Wheaton College Grad Students

107

77

89

83

171

101

59

72

95

83

58

1,410

Wheaton College Undergrads

203

206

263

182

180

216

156

149

81

106

115

3,358

Writers/Journalists

8

5

6

5

6

6

8

6

10

8

7

110

* Until 1994, home schooled students were counted in with secondary school children. So the total for home schooled covers 1994-2004

Types of Research

1990-2004

94

95

96

97

98

99

00

01

02

03

04

Total

Articles

20

9

11

14

8

5

13

6

11

16

14

183

Film, Video Production

9

5

0

9

8

5

5

6

7

3

4

114

Books

15

19

25

16

20

26

33

21

24

25

24

369

Class Assignments

542

352

396

341

470

371

296

270

240

300

251

5931

Equipment Use

5

0

9

3

6

1

2

3

0

0

0

60

Evangelistic Projects

21

15

24

11

26

8

7

9

23

14

3

225

Genealogy

1

3

10

6

1

0

2

7

7

7

8

55

Miscellaneous

7

13

4

3

1

2

2

3

23

5

9

205

Personal Interest

103

102

71

74

51

46

66

47

58

39

36

1332

Photo Searches

10

14

12

13

10

10

8

6

5

10

10

141

Theses

25

26

28

20

26

34

31

20

25

14

44

399




Gladys Wigden was pleased to view the 1950s television program Youth on the March in which she and her brothers appeared as the Wigden Trio. The tape is from Collection 357.


Classes in the Archives

During 2004 the Archives held many classes for Wheaton College students and others. Sessions covered the following areas of study: African History, Asian History, Cross Cultural Research, Evangelism, Gender Related Issues in Missions, History and Philosophy of Christian Education, Social Psychology, and Women in Missions. There were also sessions for students from 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) viewing materials from the Papers of Philip James Elliot.

Students in Dr. Lyle Dorsett's Introduction to Evangelism class looking at documents.

Paul Ericksen interacts with a student from Graham Center director Lon Allison's evangelism class.


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

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



List of the most frequently used collections, 2004

List of the most frequently used collections, 1984-2004