The Archives does not collect hymns but does have a few collections which contain hymns in several forms: lyrics, hymns, phonograph records, and audio tapes.
To view a current list of collections in the Archives with information on hymns go to the Archives online database and search under the term Hymns
Additional sources for finding information and materials on hymns:
There are two collections in the Archives which have a fair amount of materials on hymns. The largest is the Papers of Fanny Crosby - Collection 35 which contain thousands of manuscripts of lyrics dictated by the blind poetess and hymn writer. There is an index to these hymns by title or first line. To view the hymn Jesus, Lord, I Come click on the image below and to see another poem Crosby wrote click on the title The story of Jesus will never grow old. The microfilm edition of this collection may be borrowed by inter-library loan.
In the Papers of Oswald J. Smith - Collection 322 are many of Smith's and other composers' hymns, lyrics and poems. Smith was an evangelist, pastor, author and editor, as well as a hymn writer and poet.
Except for the Crosby and Smith collections the Archives rarely has sheet music.
The Archives does not duplicate or sell recordings of hymns.
Please be aware that the purpose of this page is to provide information on some of the most relevant Archives holdings relating to this often-asked question. Because of staff and time limitations, the BGC archivists can spend no more than a half-hour helping an individual researcher; we have to focus our efforts on gathering the material and making it available. In order to find all the materials in the Archives on this particular topic, you will need to personally go through the guides to the various Archives collections available at this Web site and in the Archives Reading Room in the Billy Graham Center building in Wheaton, Illinois. If your request will take longer than the half hour we can provide, you will either need to come to the Archives yourself to do the necessary research in our collections, arrange for someone to come and do the research for you, or pay to use the Archives' research services.
You can also do further independent searching of the online database to explore what the Archives has on a wide variety of subjects. You will find only a very small sampling of the Archives actual documents on this Web site. Most of our Web pages only describe what is at the Archives in Wheaton. In most cases you must visit the Archives to use our collections, unless a collection (or portion of it) is available through inter-library loan or as a short-term loan for a fee. You may also find it helpful to visit Wheaton College's online catalog to its libraries and archives (including the Billy Graham Center Archives).