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  SERMONS
 

From the start of the meetings, audio recordings were made of Graham’s sermons and some of the other events of the campaign. The photo to the left shows Graham with the microphone for the wire recorder attached to his coat lapel (also see enlarged version). Wire recording was the best technology at that time for capturing sound, soon to be replaced by analog tape (pass your cursor over the photo of the wire player below to see a closeup of a reel of recording wire). It is not known by whom or why these recordings were made, but presumably it was by Graham or the Committee. At any rate, a set of the recordings eventually wound up in the files of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (founded the next year in 1950) and these were later turned over to the BGC Archives, where they are part of Collection 26. (continued below)

Listed on the accompanying page is the complete set of the fifty-nine recordings of the campaign in the Archives’ possession, with links to the online audio files. A few recordings were damaged and are therefore shorter. The first two recordings for the afternoon service on September 25th contain almost the entire service. Later recordings usually contain all of Graham’s sermon (or of the speaker’s sermons in the few cases where Graham did not preach) and George Beverly Shea’s solos. Sometimes there were also testimonies, reports, other musical numbers and other parts of the service. But the main purpose of the recordings was evidently to capture the sermons. For this exhibit, in cases where the pre-sermon portion of a recording is longer than 10 minutes, it has been put on the list below as a separate link. When the recording linked has other material besides the sermon, the comments for that link indicate at what point on the recording the sermon starts.

(For more information about wire recording, see the Dead Media Archive or Wikipedia articles.)

     
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