Like Billy Sunday and Billy Graham for their corresponding time periods in the 20th century, DL Moody was probably the most well-known and influential American evangelist of the last decades of the 1800s. However, the Archives has only a handful of documents authored by Moody. The primary example of this is a small series of letters to his family between 1884 and 1897. Reproductions of these documents and accompanying transcripts are available within this Web site. Also see Small Collection 36 for a description of a folder of documents by or about Moody and a phonograph recording of Moody reading the Beatitudes.
Using the online database and using the entry term "Moody, Dwight" without the quotation marks will produce a short list of BGC Archives collections with information about Moody.
The most important of Moody's personal papers are located at Yale University, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and Northfield Schools in Massachusetts. Lyle Dorsett's 1997 biography, Dwight L. Moody: A Passion for Souls, includes a bibliographic essay on sources on Moody.
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).