READING
ROOM

billy graham center archives
2012 annual report


The Manuscripts Reading Room had a busy year in 2012. Almost 400 visitors used nearly 200 collections, totaling more than 2,000 hours of research. Over half of the visitors to the Manuscripts Reading Room were affiliated with Wheaton College, many of which were students working on class assignments and thesis papers. However, a significant number of students and faculty from other universities also spent time as researchers, as well as various Christian workers, independent scholars, and those making the trip for their own personal interest.

With the departure of Wayne Weber, former Reading Room Supervisor and Reference Archivist, at the end of 2011, the staff began the year juggling administrative duties with overseeing the Reading Room three days per week. This was made trickier during the summer months, when extensive work on the elevators in the Billy Graham Center forced a move into the Archival Seminar Room and complicated the transportation of materials from storage for use.

In the second half of 2012, however, matters resumed more or less to their previous state. Brittany Adams joined the Archives as the new Reading Room Supervisor and Reference Archivist in late June, permitting Paul, Bob, and Marla to return to their normal workloads. The elevator work was completed in August, and researchers were promptly welcomed back into the appropriate space.

Regardless of the space and the size of the staff, the Billy Graham Center Archives has worked all year to serve its researchers and inquirers in an informative and generous manner. We look forward to doing the same in 2013.

Reading Room Statistics

Reading Room Statistics, 1980–2012

   2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Last 5 yrs
avg
Last 10 yrs avg

Last 33 yrs avg

Last 33 yrs
totals
Researchers 392 367 377 451 512 420 404 544 17,943
Research Visits 736 646 704 847 925 772 773 993 32,783
Research Hours 2,108 1,578 1,731 2,038 2,041 1,899 1,789 1,752 57,805
Visits per Researcher 1.9 1.76 1.87 1.88 1.81 1.84 1.93  1.8 1.83
Hours per Researcher 5.46 4.30 4.59 4.52 3.99 4.57 4.10 3.22  3.15
Wheaton College Researchers 215 212 216 256 311 242 216 314 10,367
Non-Wheaton College Researchers 171 155 161 191 201 176 189 230 7,576

Topics Studied in 2012

Reports From Researchers Who Worked in the Archives

List of Most Used Collections, 2012

List of Most Used Collections, 1984-2012

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