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June 2006: I Read It in the News

Two full-page newspaper clippings from one of the scrapbooks compiled by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to document newspaper and magazine coverage of Billy Graham's crusades and other activities. The selected scrapbook shown above highlights Graham's 1954 crusade in London, the first of the BGEA's international crusades. Click here or on the image above for an enlarged version of the front page of The Evening News, May 22, 1954 (right). This scrapbook on microfilm (Collection 360, reel 46) can be ordered by inter-library loan through public or university libraries.

The Archives has an extensive collection of clippings of press coverage of Billy Graham's and the BGEA's domestic and international crusades and other activities. Some of these are loose, dating back to 1932 when Graham was in his mid-teens. However, the vast majority document his evangelistic career, first with Youth for Christ from the mid-1940s, and then with the BGEA starting in 1950. Altogether the collection contains 842 scrapbooks, spanning the years 1945 to 1986. All of these have been microfilmed (black & white) to reduce wear on these large-format volumes. More importantly, they are available to researchers throughout the United States and the world by interlibrary loan. (In the past year-and-a-half the Archives has responded to forty-seven (47) inter-library loan requests for microfilm, sixty-percent of these for the BGEA scrapbooks microfilm.) Click here to find out more about the resources in the BGEA Clipping Files Collection (Collection 360). Or click here to find out more about how to borrow materials like those featured here from the Archives by inter-library loan.

Detail from upper half of front page of the May 22, 1954, edition of London's The Evening News.

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