Here are some of the ways we served outside of the Reading Room in 2012:
Archival Research Lecture: Dr. Hans Krabbendam of the Roosevelt Study Centre of the Netherlands gave an excellent talk on ”The Lost Continent? The Discovery of Europe by American Evangelicals,1940-1980“ dealing with American Evangelicals perceptions of evangelism in Europe, especially western Europe. The Archives staff also prepared an exhibit of relevant documents and films from the collections.
Classes: The staff gave orientation sessions and prepared assignments involving the use of primary source materials from the Archives for the following fourteen classes:
From Wheaton College: British History; Historical Inquiry (in spring and fall); World Christianity; Missions Intercultural; Social Psychology (spring and fall); East Asian History; African History; Philosophy of Christian Education class; Evangelism and the Gospel
From Other Institutions: Women in Missions Class from Huntington College; History of Christianity form Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Christian Historiography class from TEDS; American Evangelicalism class from the University of Chicago
There were also two presentations in July to Wheaton College classes - Cross-Cultural Research and Evangelism & the Gospel.
Interlibrary loans: Eight times throughout the year we sent out microfilm or audio recordings for use by researchers working in libraries or archives in other parts of the United States or in Canada or Taiwan.
Requests answered: Besides classes and interlibrary loans, the staff respond to 467 requests for assistance. E-mail was far and away the most frequent way that people asked for information or documents from the Archives. But we also responded to requests for one-on-one interviews, and others requests for help that came by phone, letter, and fax. There were also thirty-five requests for help from the BGEA.
Other Archives: Throughout the year, in addition to responding to e-mail requests from various archives, the staff meet personally with archivists from other Evangelical archives to consult and assist, including the Summer Institute of Linguistics/Wycliffe, SIM International, Moody Bible Institute, and the Billy Graham Library of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Walking Tour: The staff put together a tour of sites on campus associated with Billy Graham - scenes from his student days (1940-1943), the 1959 Billy Graham Wheaton Crusade, and the 1980 dedication of the Billy Graham Center. It was held in May on alumni weekend and had a mixed audience of alumni, college students, and townspeople. A website, at http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/walkingtour.htm was also created.