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Framed Documents Featured in the Archival Seminar Room
Billy Graham Center, Room 309



The Billy Graham Center Archives and the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections both use the Archival Seminary Room for classes, lectures and other events. Holdings from both archives hang on the walls of the room and are described below.

From the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections:

North Wall
• Prints by artist Alan Lewis

• Copy of letter from and photo of Warren L. Wheaton, who gave a gift of land for the college and for whom the college was later named.

• Copy of 1859 letter from the first president of Wheaton College, Jonathan Blanchard (1811-1892) to Warren Wheaton about Wheaton’s gift of land to the college.

South wall:
• Original artwork of political cartoons by Vaughn Shoemaker (1902-1991)


From the Billy Graham Center Archives:

Poster in Swahili describing the missionary work of the Africa Inland Church of Kenya, 1979. From Collection 330, Oversize drawer OS 1. See enlarged version with additional link for very large version.
Full-color poster (measures 10" x 14") promoting the first Inter-Varsity student missions convention, held in Toronto in 1946. These meetings, held every three years, later became known as the Urbana conventions (from being held in Urbana, Illinois) and were an opportunity for students interested in missions to hear talks on the subject and meet representatives from mission boards. Collection 300, Oversize drawer OS 27. See enlarged version.

Photo of the annual conference of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, held at the Toronto Gospel Tabernacle, Toronto, Canada. Oswald Smith and Paul Rader, founders of the Tabernacle, are standing in front. Rader was president of the C&MA at the time. From Collection 322, Photo File: Smith, Oswald J. (Oversize). See enlarged version.


Poster illustrating the Biblical parable of the Good Shepherd (Luke 15:1-7). Poster used for street corner evangelism in China in the 1930s and 40s. (Because this poster was meant for a Chinese audience, it should be read from right to left.) The evangelist would tell the story of the poster, thereby gathering a crowd to which he would preach. Billy Graham Center Archives. From Collection 231, Oversize drawer OS 60. See enlarged version with additional link to very large version.
Issue of the Moody Church News, February 1931. There is a picture on the cover of a conference on evangelistic work that was held at the church. Moody Church is an urban Protestant nondenominational church which grew out of a Sunday school started by evangelist Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899). Billy Graham Center Archives. From Collection 330. See enlarged version with additional link to very large version.
Copy of a handbill announcing the jubilee (50 year) anniversary of the Woman’s Union Missionary Society. 1910. The WUMS was started in 1860 by women in Boston and New York to provide a source of support for single women who wished to go overseas as missionaries. Billy Graham Center Archives. Collection 379, Box 48, Folder 2. See enlarged version.
Poster prepared for Woman's Sunday, December 2, 1934, in Disciples of Christ Churches. The poster photos and drawings illustrate the medical, educational, philanthropic, and educational work the United Christian Missionary Society was doing among the women of India. Collection 178, Oversize drawer OS 33. See enlarged version with additional link to very large version.

 

Poster illustrating the two roads to Heaven and Hell (Matthew 7:13-14) Poster used for street corner evangelism in China in the 1930s and '40s. The evangelist would tell the story of the poster, thereby gathering a crowd to which he would preach. Billy Graham Center Archives. From Collection 231, Oversize drawer OS 60. See enlarged version.

 

Poster with the names and photos of the sixteen missionaries of the Africa Inland Mission who were supported by Moody Church of Chicago. Sometime between 1911 and 1925. Collection 330, Oversize drawer OS 1. See enlarged version.

Poster announcing a Youth for Christ rally in Detroit for the YFC team that would be going to Europe. Includes photos of Torrey Johnson, Billy Graham, Cliff Barrows and Connie Templeton, with information about the meeting. March 16, 1946. The first YFC team to Europe consisted of Torrey Johnson (president of YFC), Billy Graham, Charles Templeton, and J. Stratton Shufelt. This was YFC’s first mission to Europe and Billy Graham’s first trip outside the United States. The team left for Europe on March 19. Collection 285, Oversize drawer OS 35. See enlarged version.

Poster in Portuguese advertising the October 2-6, 1974 Billy Graham crusade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 590,000 people attended and 31,000 filled out decision cards. The drawing on the poster shows Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the most prominent local landmarks of the city. Collection 17, Oversize drawer OS 29. See enlarged version.



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