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Scott Matheson, an executive with the Navigators evangelistic organization, looking through a box of Navigators files in the BGC Archives. Scott came to Wheaton to confer with the Archives staff about his organization's plans to preserve their historic documents.
the year the staff continued to serve the public outside of the Reading
Room as well as in it. In some respects, the renovations caused us to
cut back on programs we usually offer. For example, there were no Archival
Treasure Hunts in 2006 for home schooled children because there was
not a proper space in which to hold them. But we did continue to have
special presentations and classes, as well as answer hundreds of reference
requests, loan materials to other libraries, and assist other archives.
The staff handled 1,223 such opportunities for service during the year.
Click here for a list of organizations that the Archives assisted in 2006
Among some of the specific projects that the staff worked on were:
Presentations highlighting relevant archival documents and including exercises on how to do research in primary documents were prepared for classes in African History, America in the 1920s, Asian History, Current Trends in Missions, Emerging Evangelism, History & Philosophy of Christian Education, History of Evangelism, Cross Cultural Research Methods, Introduction to Historical Inquiry, Women's History in the United States, Social Psychology. These included seminars from Asbury College, Moody Bible Institute. The last class was held in the Reading Room early in the year. Starting in the fall, all classes from now on will meet in the Archival Seminar Room next door.
As part of the annual
Treasures of Wheaton program, held for Wheaton College alumni just before
commencement in May, Bob gave a talk entitled, "'That
was the Time I Got Converted' : Born Again Tales From the BGC Archives"
about the tapes, letters and other documents in the Archives where people
describe their own conversion to Jesus Christ.
The Archives received over $8,600 gifts in 2006 and almost $4,600 in fees.
© Wheaton College 2007