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The Archives Bulletin Board
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highlight a new document or set of documents that are available in the Archives.
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September 1999: "This Can't Be Los Angeles!" The 1949 Christ for Greater Los
Ad from a Los Angeles paper about the meetings. Collection 360, Scrapbook 5.
Click on the image to see the entire ad.
The Christ for Greater Los Angeles had for several years in the 1940s been bringing
evangelists to the city for campaigns. The evangelist for 1949 was Billy Graham and
the meeting began on September 25. The response and enthusiasm from attendees soon began to draw attention,
which was heightened when local celebrities such as Stuart Hamblen and Louis Zamprini
made public confessions of faith and the Hearst newspaper chain began to print daily
favorable stories. The meetings, whose fiftieth anniversary we celebrate this month,
have since become almost legendary as not only the introduction of Billy Graham's
evangelistic ministry to the nation at large and soon to the
world but also as a very public sign of the reemergence of Evangelicalism as a
major force in American life.
The Archives contains a small but significant array of documents from Los Angeles
1949 scattered through fifteen collections. Types of documents include audio tapes
of almost all the sermons Graham preached at the meetings (Collection 26), a 1950 film about
the meetings called The Canvass Cathedral (Collection 74), the newspaper coverage
of the meetings plus a poster, handbill and
a few other items (
Collection 360), and oral history interviews in which
participants in the '49 meetings recorded their experiences there (
Come to the Archives Reading Room to understand and relive these historic events.
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