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How to Use the Archives of the Billy Graham Center


Click here for information on the hours of the Archives and the days that the Archives is closed.

1. An Orientation Video Tape
2. Working in the Archives Reading Room
3. Using the Finding Aids
4. Using the Materials
5. Using Films and Videos

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1. An Orientation Video Tape

There is a brief 20 minute orientation video which describes the collections of the Archives and is available to any researcher who wishes to use it.


2. Working in the Archives Reading Room

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3. Using the Finding Aids

A network of tools have been created to allow you to find documents relevant to your study.

Archival Database

The primary tool for finding what the Archives has on a particular subject (person, place, topic) is the archival database. To use the database enter a subject in the dialog box and click on the box marked "search". A list of collection guides should appear. You can view a particular guide by clicking on the collection number at the right of the screen. For suggestions on how to most effectively use the database click here.

Collection Guides

For each archival collection there is a guide which describes in detail the elements in that collection. There are four different types of collections.

Each guide will have the elements listed below.

Library Catalog

Apart from the BGC Archives Wheaton College has two excellent libraries. The college library online catalog is available for searches. This includes all the libraries on campus and covers books, periodicals, and archival materials. When you go to the catalog the screen says "login," type "library" and hit return. When the next screen appears type "Q" and also hit return.

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4. Using the Materials

To request materials, list the collection number, box and folder numbers (see the Scope and Content section or the Container List of the guide) on a green Information Request card available at the main desk and give to the staff person there. A sample request card follows:


Note: Place each different collection number on a new Information Request card, that is, items from Collections 47 and 406, for example, should each be placed on separate cards.

To request photographs, list Photograph Folder Title (found in the collection guide on a photograph Location Record page) on an orange Information Request card available at the desk and give to the staff person. A sample follows:


Note: You may list as many photo files as you can get on each orange card.

Do NOT mark the materials in any way.

Do NOT alter the order of the materials.

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The Reading Room is open until 5:00 PM weekdays.
Staff stops bringing requested materials from storage at 4:00 PM

Staff does not bring requested materials on Saturdays.
Materials to be used on Saturdays must be requested by 4:00 PM on Fridays.


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Photocopies may be made of unrestricted materials as follows:

Copies

It is possible in some cases to get copies of photographs, films, videos. Click here for more information.

Loans

Some unrestricted materials (microfilm, audio tapes, films, video tapes, etc.) may be loaned, either directly to individuals or through inter-library loan.
Click here for more information about inter-library loans.
Click here for more information about inter-library loans.

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5. Using Films and Videos

A special room has been set aside to view films and videos in the Archives. Tape and collection numbers are needed to order any of these items. The numbers are found in the collection guides on the Archives Web page or in the Reading Room. You then should contact the Archives to reserve the viewing room and have the materials available when you arrive.

Films require 6 hours notice before they can be used.
Audio tapes require 2 hours unless copies are already available in the Reading Room.
Videotapes require 1 hour notice before viewing.

For more information on using films and videos, click here.

Note: It is strongly recommended that you reserve the viewing room ahead of time otherwise someone else may have signed up before you. Call 630-752-5910 after 10:00 A.M. and ask for the Reading Room desk to make a reservation.

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BGC Archives/ 500 College Avenue, 3rd floor/ Wheaton, IL 60187-5593/ U.S.A.
Telephone: (630) 752-5910
E-mail:

Last Revised: 5/28/05
Expiration: indefinite

Wheaton College 2005