[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent. Some or all of this collection can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.]
[March 12, 2013]
The Moody Church; 1864-
Records; 1864-2007, n.d.
73 boxes (66 DC, 1 ODC, 6 FSB; 34.02 cu ft), Lantern Slides, Negatives, Oversize Materials, Photograph Albums, Photographs, Slides, Video
Because of their fragile condition, the materials in folder 58-3 and 68-2 may not be photocopied.
The contents of folders 66-1, 66-3, 66-4, 67-1, 67-2, 68-1, and former folders 69-1, 69-2, 69-3, 70-1, 70-2, and 70-3, now Photo Albums IX through XIII, have been microfilmed and researchers must use the microfilm instead of the fragile originals.
Scope and Content Description
[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 8-5" means box 8, folder 5.]
The Moody Memorial Church documents in the Archives include records going back almost to the beginning of the congregation and coming up to the present. Types of records include correspondence, reports, diaries, legal papers, church publications, minute books, financial ledgers and journals, church letters (statements that an individual is a member in good standing of a particular church), sermon notes, church bulletins, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, lantern slides, photographs, and slides. The records include material from all periods of the Moody Church's history except the very beginning, but most of the documents are from the period 1916-1946, an era from just after the beginning of Rader's pastorate to just before the end of Ironside's. Files describe the church's administration, membership policies, Sunday school, conferences, ushers, music, programs, theological beliefs, and place in Chicago life. They also illustrate other themes, such as the Modernist-Fundamentalist controversy, disputes between Fundamentalists and Pentecostals, urban evangelism in late nineteenth and early twentieth century America, and the activities of American Protestant missionaries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe, as well as in home missions in the United States. The first thirty boxes contain correspondence and other materials of the church's pastors (almost all of which is from either P. W. Philpott or H. A. Ironside). The rest of the material in the collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title, the titles usually supplied by the Archivist.
NOTE: IN THE DESCRIPTION THAT FOLLOWS, THE ARCHIVIST HAS OFTEN LISTED SOME OF THE CORRESPONDENTS OR ORGANIZATIONS FOR WHICH THERE IS INFORMATION IN THE ARCHIVES. HOWEVER, WITH A COLLECTION AS EXTENSIVE AS THE MOODY RECORDS, THOSE MENTIONED IN THIS GUIDE ARE ONLY INTENDED AS SAMPLES OF THE TYPES OF MATERIAL AVAILABLE. NOR ARE THE FOLDERS LISTED AFTER A PARTICULAR TOPIC NECESSARILY THE ONLY ONES WITH INFORMATION ON THAT TOPIC. THE ARCHIVIST LISTED THE FOLDERS HE WAS AWARE OF, BUT THERE COULD EASILY BE MANY OTHERS. THE RESEARCHER USING THESE MATERIALS WILL NEED TO MAKE A THOROUGH SEARCH HIMSELF/HERSELF.
Dwight L. Moody Materials. Moody was never pastor of the church he founded, although he was its guiding spirit during his lifetime. There is little in the collection with direct information about him. Folder 51-4 contains the membership register of the church which lists him as the first member. This register was apparently made up some time after the church was founded, perhaps in the 1880s. Folder 58-3 contains a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about meetings held by Moody and John McNeill in Scotland and Ireland in 1892 and meetings held by McNeill in South Africa in 1894. Folder 51-3 contains items from the church's 1937 celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Moody's birth. Folder 42-3 contains a list of Moody's Chicago street addresses from 1857-1880, copied from city directories. The same folder contains a typescript, possibly of an article for or from the church newsletter, of reminiscences about Moody by his friend E. W. Blatchford. Finally, the Northside Tabernacle Account Book from 1871-1874 in folder 68-3 features donations from Moody.
Pastors' Files. Most of the materials relating directly to the church's various pastors are in boxes 1 through 30, although other material can be found throughout the collection. Box 1 contains a few items apiece from or about the church's early twentieth century pastors. There is a tract from R. A. Torrey Sr. in folder 1-1. W. J. Jacoby was an assistant to Torrey and folders 31-11, 47-4 and 47-5 contain a couple of his letters.
Letters that A. C. Dixon sent to new converts, a summary of his plan for making sure each visitor was greeted every Sunday, a floor plan of the Moody Church during his time and his letter of resignation are in folder 1-2. Folder 57-4 holds small promotional cards which were apparently passed out to passersby to announce sermons or special meetings led by Dixon as in later years cards would be passed out announcing meetings by Paul Rader, P. W. Philpott, H. A. Ironside, Rodney "Gypsy" Smith, E. Y. Woolley, and W. J. Jacoby. Dwight L. Moody had started this practice, although the collection contains no cards from him. The cards often have a pithy saying or colorful picture to attract attention. The scrapbook in former folder 69-1, now Photo Album IX, contains (in addition to programs and other items published by the church during his pastorate) a long series of sermons by Dixon which appeared in a Chicago newspaper.
John Harper never actually served as pastor of the church, although he did preach there on occasion. He was called by the church in 1912, but died while crossing the Atlantic on the Titanic. Folder 31-9 contains letters he wrote the church, some materials about his call and letters sent to his former congregation (Walworth Road Baptist Church) commiserating with them over their loss. The same folder contains a resolution mourning the death of long time elder John M. Hitchcock in 1912. See also folder 1-4.
Folder 1-3 contains correspondence to and from Woolley (or pastoral assistant and membership secretary P. C. James) on such routine matters as birthday greetings, a form from an adoption agency about the character of a church member, correspondence with James Gray about preaching at the Tabernacle, floor plan of the Moody Tabernacle, etc. Most of this material comes from the period when Woolley was serving as Rader's associate pastor. Also in the file is a 1919 letter asking that his church membership be transferred to the church he had moved to in Massachusetts. Folder 31-9 contains a memo Woolley wrote in 1911 on the actions the church should take while it was without a pastor and one from 1912 on the importance of prayer in the life of the church.
There is material about Paul Rader in several folders throughout the collection. The scrapbooks in former folders 69-2 and 69-3 , now Photo Albums X and XI, contain numerous promotional cards, posters and other announcements of meetings that Rader held at Moody and elsewhere. His desire to involve all Moody's members in the life of the church are outlined in a letter in folder 31-11, a large number of the committee reports and correspondence in boxes 31 through 38 are from the time of his pastorate and the Cedar Lake records in folders 30-3 through 30-7 reflect his interest in the property. Folder 1-4 contains such items that reflect the church's initial enthusiasm for Rader (such as resolutions of support and appreciation by the executive committee) and later estrangement ( such as the letter the executive committee sent to the membership of the church explaining the reasons for Rader's resignation 1921) and finally a 1925 letter from the board suggesting that Rader and the church submit their differences to an impartial arbitrator. Other items in the file include an offer from Rader to buy Cedar Lake from the church. Rader 's departure arose in part from the tension caused by the difference between Rader's free wheeling, entrepreneurial style and the church's more conservative tradition. The animosity between Rader and the next pastor, P. W. Philpott is reflected in letters such as that in file 1-6 between Philpott and Roland V. Bingham. A few letters in the membership files, such as 45-1 are from church members who left Moody to go to Rader's new church, the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle. Folder 2-10 contains information about his evangelistic work in Chicago after he left Moody.
The rest of the files in box 1 and all of box 2 consists of correspondence of P. W. Philpott, most of it from the very end of his pastorate. Topics covered in these files include scheduling evangelistic meetings for himself or for others at Moody; Philpott's opinions on theological trends of the time; response to his sermons or to various church policies; evidence of hostility between Rader and Philpott; background information on Moody congregation members who were applying to various mission and evangelistic organizations, correspondence with other members of the World Christian Fundamentalist Association (such as Gustaf Johnson), and arranging for musicians to appear at Moody. Among his correspondents (whose letters unless otherwise noted can be found in the file labeled with the first letter of their last names) are: evangelists Ellery and Ellen Aldridge, Donald Grey Barnhouse, William Biederwolf, Roland V. Bingham (about the work of the Sudan Interior Mission), Charles Blanchard (see also folders 32-1 and 33-4), J. Mary Borden (mother of William Borden), J. Oliver Buswell Jr. (asking for money for Wheaton College and describing the College's new public relations policy), Lewis Chafer (folder 1-10, mostly about Central American Mission but also some information about Chafer's Evangelical Theological School, which later became Dallas Seminary), Ralph Davis, J. A. Davis, George Engstrom, A. F. Gaylord, James Gray (reporting on activities at Moody Bible Institute), Homer Hammontree, Will Houghton, H. A. Ironside, Gustaf Johnson, J. E. Jaderquist, Charles Rolls of the Bible Institute of New Zealand, William Bell Riley (about the World Christian Fundamentals Association), Mel Trotter, and Henry Clarence Thiessen.
Many of the files in boxes 1 and 2, such as 1-9 and 2-5, contain correspondence and memos on the routine, day-to-day functioning of the church staff. Folder 1-7 contains annual reports for the year 1927-1928 from the various departments and committees of the church. Some of the topics covered in Philpott's correspondence, besides those already mentioned, include:
folder 1-5 - a chart dividing history into seven dispensations
folder 1-6 - anonymous letters sent to Philpott or the executive committee of the church, usually complaining about some aspect of the church or containing prophecies or warnings
folder 1-8 - criticisms of the work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance; an endorsement of Mr. Divine, who was acting as fund raiser for Moody's building campaign
folder 1-9 - the Chicago Hebrew Mission, the Ceylon and India General Mission, and the costs of broadcasting a Gypsy Smith meeting over WMBI radio station, a statement by Philpott on divine healing
folder 1-11 - the work of the Central American Mission, which Philpott served as a board member
folder 1-12 - notification to the county clerk about marriages performed by Philpott
folder 1-16 - suggestions on ways to increase the church's involvement in Jewish evangelism
folder 1-18 - information on E. H. Ironside's plan for a Bible school of African Americans of the Southern states (eventually founded in Texas under the name Southern Bible Training School; see folders 4-4, 4-7, 11-1, 9-4, 15-1, 19-3)
folder 2-6 - plans for an Philpott city-wide union meeting to be held in Milwaukee in 1928
folder 2-7 - an old issue of the journal of the North Africa Mission; constitution and other information about the League of Evangelical Students
folder 2-9 - brochure by Philpott attacking Pentecostal doctrine and Aimee Semple McPherson
folder 2-10 - handbills for missionary conferences, the Cedar Lake Association, the Westminster Press, and Paul Bosworth's evangelistic campaign in Chicago
folder 2-12 - information on the work of the Russian Evangelization Society and on John Steinbrecher's plan for a special tabernacle for African Americans; Wheaton College fund raising letter, Illinois Christian Fundamentals Association
folder 2-14 - plans, reports, testimonials and other documents from the evangelistic meetings Philpott held in Tacoma with song leader Arthur McKee
Folders 58-6 through 62-1 contain stenographic notebooks from 1925-1928. They appear to be in the Gregg system of shorthand and can be read by someone familiar with that system. Most of these appear to be shorthand transcripts of Philpott's sermons, although there are some books of office dictation and minutes of church meetings. Others contain sermons by other preachers who spoke from Moody's pulpit, such as William Biederwolf (folders 58-7, 60-1), Charles Blanchard (folders 58-7, 59-2), John E. Brown (folder 60-2), H. D. Campbell (folder 58-6), Robert Glover (folder 59-4), Jonathan Goforth (folder 58-6), James Gray (folders 58-7, 59-4, 62-1)), Charles Hurlburt (folder 58-6), H. A. Ironside (folder 59-4), John E. Jaderquist (folder 58-7), G. Campbell Morgan (folder 61-1), Gypsy Smith (folder 61-3), John Roach Stratton (folder 59-1), Billy Sunday (folder 59-2). Also of interest are the stenographers notes for the memorial service for Emma Dryer (folder 58-6) and a sermon by Philpott in folder 62-1 on the Holy Spirit and fanaticism, possibly an attack on Pentecostalism.
Folder 2-9 contains a copy of the Moody Church News with the article about Philpott's resignation. Folder 2-17 contains some information about his ministry after he left Moody and anniversary information from the Philpott Tabernacle (later the Philpott Memorial Church) which he founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1892. Folders 9-7 and
18-7 contains some of his correspondence with Ironside.
Charles Porter was an associate pastor under Philpott and Ironside. Folder 2-18 contains a report on his work from 1940.
A large portion of this collection (boxes 3 through 29) consists of H. A. Ironside's correspondence and diaries. He was sometimes called "the bishop of Fundamentalism" and his letters, which cover only a small portion of his time as pastor of Moody, illustrate why. He was continually corresponding with other Fundamentalist leaders and pastors about current events, Christian prophecy, and theological issues; counseling Christians who wrote to him with personal problems, answering requests for his books; exchanging letters with missionaries, soldiers, prisoners and others. His agreement with the church when he became pastor in 1930 included the understanding that he would be allowed to spend much of his time traveling around the country to speak at other churches, schools and conferences. Indeed, he was usually away from Chicago forty weeks of the year. but he was usually back on Sunday to preach. Much of his correspondence concerns plans for speaking engagements.
There is virtually no Ironside correspondence prior to 1940. Folders 3-1, 3-7, 4-5, 6-8, 13-3, and 22-8 contain what there is. Of especial interest are the postcards he sent back to Chicago when he was traveling in Europe (folder 3-1).
Here is a select list of Ironside's correspondents. Please note, this list is only a sampling. It does not include everyone who wrote to him or to whom he wrote and for those people who are on the list, it does not necessarily include every folder with a letter from them or to them: Jessie Blanchard of Africa Inland Mission (folder 11-3, 16-3), Julia Blanchard (folders 11-3, 16-3), H. D. Campbell of Moody Church and Africa Inland Mission (folder 12-4), Christian Businessmen's Committee of Chicago (folder 11-1), Gordon Clark of Wheaton College (folder 8-5), J. Hoffman Cohn of the American Mission to the Jews (folders 8-5 and 20-6), J. E. Conant (folder 3-8), L. S. Chafer or Dallas Seminary staff (folders 3-6, 8-5, 11-1, 12-4, 20-7), Percy Crawford (folder 3-8, 20-4), Ralph Davis of Africa Inland Mission (folders 4-1, 8-6), Peter Deyneka, Sr. (folders 4-1, 20-7), Alex Dodd (folder 24-3), V. Raymond Edman of Wheaton College where Ironside was a trustee (folders 4-2, 13-1), Howard Ferrin (folder 24-5), Herman Fischer of Wheaton College (folders 7-6, 7-7), Robert Glover of the China Inland Mission (folders 4-4, 13-4, 17-1, 24-6), Clara Guilding of Africa Inland Mission (folder 13-4), Ira Hartman (folder 25-1), Will Houghton of Moody Bible Institute (folder 4-7), Leslie Huber (folder 9-4), John Huffman (folder 4-7), Karl Hummel of Central America Mission (folder 4-7), Morris Inch (folder 21-4), Torrey Johnson (folder 21-5), Bob Jones, Sr. (folders 9-7, 11-3, 13-6, 21-5), Reuben Larson of HCJB (folder 9-9), Loizeaux Brothers - Ironside's publisher (folders 5-3, 10-1, 14-2, 17-6, 22-1, 25-1), William McCarrell (folder 20-4), Robert McQuilken of Columbia Bible College (folders 5-7, 14-3), J. Palmer Muntz of the Winona Lake Bible Conference, known also as the Winona Lake Christian Assembly, folders 5-5, 5-6, 13-6, 14-3, 21-5, 25-6, 26-1), Harold John Ockenga (folder 6-4), J. Edwin Orr (folder 6-4), William L. Pettingill (folder 18-7), P. W. Philpott (folder 18-7), Guy W. Playfair (folder 18-7, 33-4), Daniel Poling (folder 26-5), James Rayburn (folders 6-7, 10-10), John R. Rice (folders 6-7, 10-10, 18-8, 26-6), Joy Ridderhof of Gospel Recordings (folder 10-10), William Bell Riley (folder 18-8), Homer Rodeheaver (folder 18-8), Judson Rudd of William Jennings Bryan University (folder 6-7), Ernest Sandeen (folder 27-1), Harry Saulnier of the Pacific Garden Mission (folder 11-1), George Beverly Shea (folders 11-1, 18-9, 26-7), John Stratton Shufelt (folders 18-9, 27-1), Oswald Smith (folders 19-2, 22-5, 27-2), Rodney "Gypsy" Smith (folders 7-2, 27-2), Wilbur Smith (folders 19-2, 22-5), Peter Stam Jr. (folder 11-1), A. H. Stewart (folders 7-1, 11-1), Paul Pinney Stough (19-11), Louis Talbot (folders 7-3, 11-2, 15-3), Clyde Taylor (folder 15-3), Henry Clarence Thiessen (folders 7-3, 11-2, 15-3), W. Cameron and Elvira Townsend about their translation work in Mexico (folders 7-3, 19-4), Dawson Trotman (11-2), Charles Troutman (folder 11-2), United Aborigine Mission of Australia (folder 7-3), Abraham Vereide (11-3), John Walvoord (folders 7-6, 11-4), Evan Welsh (folder 7-6), J. W. Welsh of the College Church of Wheaton (folder 11-4), T. R. Westervelt (folder 7-6), J. Elwin Wright (folders 7-7, 23-1), Jack Wyrtzen (folders 7-6, 15-5), Andrew Wyzenbeek (folder 27-5), Fred Zafara of the Mel Trotter Mission (folder 19-8), P. J. Zondervan (folder 7-9)
Topics: Africa Inland Mission (folders 3-3, 8-2, 12-2, 16-1, 19-11, 23-6), American Council of Christian Churches (folder 14-7), China Inland Mission (later the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, folders 13-4), Jewish evangelism (folders 20-7, 23-7), the Christian Endeavor Society of China (folder 33-4), a letter to a Mr. Soeyer about Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy (folder 11-1), Dallas Theological Seminary (folders 3-6, 4-1, 8-5, 11-1, 12-4, 20-7), the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Charles G. Finney (folder 9-2), Moody Bible Institute (information in many folders, but see especially folder 6-9), Multnomah School of the Bible (folder 11-1), National Association of Evangelicals (14-7, 23-1), Pentecostalism (folder 21-4), Moody Church radio broadcasts over station WMBI (folder 6-8; folder 4-7 contains a letter about the church's plans to move from WMBI to WCBD), Salvation Army (folder 11-1), Southern Bible Training School - a school for African Americans (folder 4-4, 4-6, 4-7, 9-4, 11-1, 15-1, 19-3), Warfield Bible Institute (folder 7-7), and the departure of Gordon Clark from Wheaton College because of his so-called "hyper-Calvinism" (folders 8-5, 11-2).
Since most of Ironside's correspondence comes from the period when the United States was a belligerent in World War II, some of the letters contain information about the war fronts and home fronts. For example, folder 19-6 contains several letters from African American serviceman Tom Wilson about his evangelistic activities in the North African and European theaters. Folder 16-3 contains material from the Chicago Board of Education about the effect of closing Manly High School in order to turn the building over to the Navy. The same folder contains a letter from the Keswick Convention of England mentioning how their meeting had been disrupted by the German's 1944 rocket attack on London. Folder 20-4 contains an interesting letter containing the testimony of Don Castel, a stretcher bearer who had won the Silver Star. Folder 7-9 contains correspondence Ironside had with missionary Esther Yaeger in the Philippines just before those islands were invaded.
Ironside diaries are in folders 28-1 through 29-4. They cover most of his life from 1913 until 1948, the year he left Moody. Most entries are very brief, usually about two hundred words a day, although in some cases, like 1944, he wrote more if the physical size of the journal allowed more. He wrote about sermons preached, classes taught. occasionally a reference to events of the day, contacts with other evangelists, etc. Folder 29-5 contains his life record as a minister, that is a register of the marriages, baptisms, and funerals he performed. A list just of marriages performed between 1931 and 1942 can be found in folder 10-4. Folder 27-8 contains one of his New Testaments, annotated with his comments.
There are a few folders with material from other pastors of Moody. Folders 29-7, 29-8 and 29-9 contain programs or other materials from the installations of, respectively, George Sweeting, Warren Wiersbe, and Erwin Lutzer. Folder 29-6 has a biographical sketch of the life of Alan Redpath and printed summaries of talks that he gave between 1953 and 1955. Sweeting's letter outlining his plans if he became pastor of Moody are contained in folder 29-7, as are a couple of sermon outlines and a letter from Wallace Ericksen outlining his strategy if he were chosen pastor.
Committees' Files. As might be expected in a church with a strong historical tradition, the laity of the congregation played a strong, often dominant part in its governance. This is reflected in the committee files found in boxes 31 through 39. They contain reports and correspondence from the various groups that supervised the main and varied aspects of the church's life. For a full list of the folders with materials from committees, the researcher must consult the container list found near the back of this guide.
The executive committee files (folders 31-11 through 31-13) are a rather haphazard collection of materials, mostly from the 1910s and 1920s. The committee consisted of the pastor, the assistant pastor, the elders, the head usher, the Sunday school superintendent, the deacons, the clerk, the treasurer, the financial secretary, and the trustees (the trustees were the people legally responsible for the church). The committee served as the governing body of the church. Among the items of interest are the following from folder 31-11: a 1892 memo from Fleming Revell suggesting that the most appropriate way to celebrate D. L. Moody's birthday would be to set up scholarships at the Bible Institute, a resolution thanking James Gray for his acting as a supply pastor in 1897, a resolution of mourning passed after the death of elder Eugene Kappeler in 1904, a 1917 letter (possibly from Paul Rader) on the need for a membership secretary, a letter sent to A. F. Gaylord in 1918 when he withdrew from the church, statistics on people who were put in contact with the church after they had come forward during evangelist Billy Sunday's 1918 meeting in Chicago (the scrapbook in former folder 70-1, now Photo Album XII, contains one or two forms from this campaign; folder 62-2 contains a sample of sermon notes for one of Sunday's sermons), a resolution of appreciation on the service given the church by elder Robert Aitchison, attendance lists for committee meetings in the early 1920s, letter about the gift from the Waterman estate to the church (see also folder 51-1), resignations from the board for various reasons, forms signed by committee members indicating their acceptance of the Moody constitution, letters relating to charges of false beliefs or unbecoming conduct against church members, lists of committee members for various years, and materials from the later 1950s and early 1960s relating to changes in the church's constitution. Folder 31-9 contains executive committee-type material although labeled "church committee." Folder 31-13 contains two pamphlets relating to a dispute the executive committee had with former elder W. R. Newall. Folder 47-4 contains letters about J. A. Forestor's resignation from the executive committee in the 1920s. Folder 31-13 contains letters relating to the ordination of Christian workers to various tasks. These appear to be only a small fraction of the letters of ordination actually issued by the committee.
The nominating committee at one time had questions about belief and practice which every candidate for office in the church had to answer. Folder 38-7 contains samples of these questions. (see also the reports of the nominating committee for the Sunday school in folder 64-1).
The file for the music committee (folder 38-6) contains several long reports by Arthur McKee (whose resignation letter is in folder 48-3) about the all aspects of the yearly musical activities at the church, both vocal and instrumental. Of related interest is the correspondence from a slightly later period of music director Richard Oliver in folder
52-3. Included in this file are letters from Roy McGhee about his work as a musician with the YMCA in Paris after World War I. McGhee describes an occasion when he saw Woodrow Wilson during the peace negotiations. Folder 49-3 contains Oliver's letter explaining why he was leaving Moody to work with Rader at the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle.
Folder 38-11 contains a miscellany of reports, including from the children's home, the Yokefellow Band, minutes of 1897 annual business meeting, plans for 1908 re-union week, the Fire Committee (which oversaw fire safety), the Girls Mission Study Circle, the Flowers Committee, the Vacation Camp Committee, the Kitchen, the Baptismal Committee, and the Building Committee.
The Mission Committee or committees took various forms through the church's history but generally it was responsible for helping to select the home and foreign missionaries the church supported (missionaries had to be members of the church) and helped to plan the missions rally held at the church each year to inform the congregation and raise support for missions. Folders 32-1 through 38-3 contain the records of the committee, almost all of the documents from the time periods of 1911-1917 or 1940-1944. For the years 1940 to 1944, there were separate files for letters to mission boards (usually about gifts made to the mission) and letters to individual missionaries. However, filing was rather haphazard, so some letters to or from the same individual might be under their name or under the name of the board they served under or, in a few cases, the name of the country or region they were serving in. Following is a (non-inclusive) list of the countries, organizations, and types of work the church supported: Africa Inland Mission (letters from individual AIM workers can be found throughout Ironside's correspondence as well as throughout the Mission Committee's; among other files, see 3-3, 4-1, 8-2, 8-6, 12-2, 16-1, 19-11, 23-6, 32-1, 32-6, 33-6, 35-6), Alaska (folder 32-6), American Bible Society (folders 32-1, 33-6), American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (folders 32-2, 33-6), American-European Fellowship (folder 33-6), American Mission to the Lepers (folder 33-6), Angola (folders 34-2, 35-9), Arabia (folder 32-6), Belgian Congo (present day Zaire, folders 34-2, 34-3, 35-6), Roland V. Bingham (folders 1-6, 33-4), Bolivia (folders 34-3, 35-8), Bolivia Indian Mission (folder 34-3), Brazil (folders 32-1, 32-5, 34-3, 34-6), evangelistic and humanitarian work in Bulgaria during the 1912-1913 war (folder 32-6), Central American Mission (folders 1-10, 1-11, 3-7, 4-7, 34-4), Ceylon and India Mission (folder 32-3), Chicago Hebrew Mission (later known as the American Messianic Fellowship, folders 1-9, 32-2), Chicago Tract Society (folder 32-2; see also reports of the Moody Tract League in folder 52-2), children's work (folders 32-1, 33-4, 35-8, 30-3, 39-4, 40-1), China (folders 4-3, 13-4, 17-1, 24-6, 32-2, 32-4, 32-6, 33-4, 34-4, 34-3, 35-6, 35-10), China Inland Mission (includes letters from both Canadian and United States home boards, folders 4-4, 13-4, 17-1, 24-6, 32-1, 32-2, 32-4, 34-4, 34-5), Christian and Missionary Alliance (folders 1-8, 34-4), Colombia (folders 32-1, 33-4), home mission work among migrant cotton pickers (folder 35-8), Ivy Craig in Rhodesia (folder 34-5), Evelyn Crane among the Lisu people of southern China (folder 34-5), Cuba (folders 34-4, 36-7), Cuba Evangelization Society (folder 34-4), Enock Dyrness of Wheaton College (folder 20-7), Evangelical Union of South America (folder 37-1, 37-2), famine relief (folder 33-4), Gideons, (folder 35-5), work with girls (folder 32-1), Guatemala (folder 34-3), W. Guilding's postcards from the German internment camp after the ship he was traveling on (the Zamzam) was sunk by the Germans during World War II (folder 35-6), Hebrew Christian Alliance (folder 35-7), Honduras (folder 35-8), Sarah Hosmon's work in Arabia (folder 32-6), India (folders 1-9, 32-3, 33-3, 33-4, 34-6, 36-4), Japan (folders 33-2, 33-4; folder 35-3 has reports on the church in Japan just before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor), Japan Independent Mission (folder 33-2), Jewish evangelism (folders 1-16, 8-5, 20-7, 23-7, 35-7), W. R. Johnson's work among the Navaho people (folder 32-6), Clarence Jones (folders 35-9, 47-4), Ann Jordan of AIM (folder 32-6), Kenya (folders 34-3, 35-6, 35-8), work with lepers (folders 33-3, 33-6), Mexico (folders 7-3, 19-4, 33-4, 34-6, 35-2, 37-1, 37-2), Methodist Episcopal Mission to Italy (32-6), Mission to Lepers in India and the East (later known as the Leprosy Mission, folder 33-3), Moravians (folder 32-6), Morocco (folder 32-2), Doris Needham's work in Mexico (folders 36-4, 36-5), home missions work among New Orleans children (folder 35-8), Nigeria (folders 32-6, 33-4, 34-2, 34-3, 35-8, 36-7), Northeast India General Mission (folders 36-4, 36-9), Nyasaland (folder 35-3), Peru (folder 36-7), Presbyterian missions in China (folder 33-4), Diary of Rees-Jones journey from Chicago to South India via Japan, Manila, Hong Kong, and Ceylon (folder 33-4), Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe, folders 34-5, 35-9), Rural Bible Crusade (folder 36-9), Russia (folders 2-12, 20-7, 32-2, 36-9), Russian Gospel Association (later the Slavic Gospel Association, folders 20-7, 36-9), San Pedro Mission (later known as the East Bolivian Mission, folder 33-4), Scandinavian Alliance Mission (later known as The Evangelical Alliance Mission or TEAM, folders 34-5, 37-1, 37-2, 58-2), South Africa General Mission (folders 26-7,
33-5, 37-1, 37-2), South America Evangelical Mission (folders 32-5, 33-5), Robert Speer (folder 33-4), Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon, folders 32-3, 33-4), Andrew Stirrett's work in Nigeria (folder 33-4), the Stott family of Grace Evangelical Mission in China (folder 33-4), Sudan Interior Mission (folders 18-7, 26-7, 33-4, 34-5, 37-1, 37-2), work among Russian war prisoners in Germany during World War I (folder 32-2), Wheaton College (folders 1-8, 2-12, 4-2, 7-6, 7-7, 8-5, 11-2, 13-1, 20-7, 37-6), Wycliffe Bible Translators (also known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics, folders 26-5, 36-4, 36-5, 37-6), and Zambesi Mission (folder 37-7).
There are many items of interest in the Missions Committee files. For example folders 33-1 and 38-3 contain lists of missionaries supported by the church. Similar material can be found in folder 20-5. See also the ledger in folder 42-7 of funds raised to support missionaries. Folder 32-1 contains a brochure on the plans of the Canadian Congregational Foreign Mission Society to found a school to train Africans to be evangelists. Folder 33-4 contains the missionary's committee explanation not to participate in the 1913 World in Chicago Exposition because of its secularism.
The missionary rally held each year for home and foreign missions was a major event in the life of the church. Representatives of different mission boards would report on their activities, there would be sermons on the purpose of missions, people would be encouraged to consider whether they had a call to be a missionary, and offerings would be taken for various mission programs. Many files throughout the collection have information relating to the rallies, especially 6-1, 10-5, 14-4, 18-3, 22-4, 38-1, 38-2, and 53-11. Other folders containing material relating to the church's mission programs include 14-5, 16-5, 18-2, 26-1,38-14, 38-11 and 42-7.
Church Organizations. As noted above, the Sunday school was founded before the church and the collection contains a great deal of information about its programs. Almost every folder contains something related to the program. Folders 62-3 through 64-4 contain reports, statistics, lists of officers, teachers, and students, minutes of the governing board, and a copy of the constitution. Folder 53-12 through
54-4 contain programs from various events such as Rally Day or the annual Christmas program. Folders 57-5, 57-6 and 57-7 contain various publications of the Sunday school, such as attendance sheets, class lists, and the innumerable colorful small cards that were distributed to invite children and adults to classes. More such publications are in folders 57-6, 57-7, 65-5, and former folders 70-2 and 70-3, now Photo Albums XIII and XIV. Others can be found intermingled with other church publications in scrapbooks in former folders 69-1 through 70-1, now Photo Albums IX through XII.. (These folders have been microfilmed and researchers must use the film.). Folder 70-4 holds various ephemera from the Sunday School program ca. 1892-1937, including a certificate of membership, several recruitment tools, copies of “Little Will and May’ or, ‘We’ll Go Where Grandma Go’ed.’”; and various hymns. It also includes application papers to teach Sunday School. Another folder with information about the Sunday school (besides the church bulletins and minute books described elsewhere) is 42-3.
The church's conference grounds were used extensively for events aimed at Sunday school students and other children, although it was also the site of events for adults. Folders 30-3 through 30-7 and 65-1 contain records about Cedar Lake, the site of the camp for several years, The camp was sometimes referred to as Cedar Lake and sometimes as Restawhile. Most of the materials in these refer to the financial management of the camp or ownership of the camp, such as the legal papers in folder 30-6 or the payroll in folder 30-7. Folder 30-3 does have some information on its program, as does a brochure in folder 42-3. Other information on Cedar lake can be found in the church scrapbooks in former folders 69-1, 69-2, and 70-1, now Photo Albums IX, X and XII, as well as in folders 1-4 and 2-10. There is a little material in folder 64-11 on the camp the church purchased later at Lake Loon in northern Illinois. See also the photo album labeled "Moody VI" for additional information on the church's camp program.
The church as an organization and its members as individuals were often involved in evangelistic outreach in Chicago or the surrounding area, as documented in the membership files and the minutes, among other places. The work among the Italian immigrant population, first at 400 W. Chicago and eventually headquartered in a church at the corner of Elm and LaSalle, is described in the statistical reports in folder 38-5, among other places. The mission later became the independent LaSalle Street Church. The Mission Church of Ravenswood (4803 N. Claremont) was another congregation started by Moody and supported by the church until at least the mid 1930s (folders 31-16, 44-16, 44-17, 50-4). The Moody Gospel Mission (604 N. Clark) for the poor and derelict was another outreach of the church. Besides the reports in folders 38-4 and 48-4, the ledgers in folder 65-2 contain descriptions of the daily expenses of the staff. There does not appear to be any significant amount of material in the collection about the Clyburn Gospel Mission, also started by the church. Reports on some of the open air evangelistic preaching undertaken by church members are in folders 38-8 and 49-2. In the latter part of the twentieth century the church became the base for reaching children through the telephone ministry called Dial-a-Story. Children could call up to hear Bible stories or stories about the Christian life. Information on this program is in folders 39-4 and 69-5. The newspaper clippings in folder 52-4 also have information about some of the outreach programs of the church. Folder 39-1 contains a report from 1897 about meetings held to convert women.
The church also made use of radio to broadcast its services and other types of evangelistic outreach. They began broadcasting the church services over WMBI (the station of Moody Bible Institute) in 1934. Folder 6-8 contains correspondence about the shift from WMBI to WCBD in 1939 (see also folders 1-9 and 4-7). In 1968, the radio program Songs in the Night, which had been broadcast since 1943 by the Village Church of the Chicago suburb of Western Springs, moved to Moody Church. Folder 53-5 contains a booklet from the program's thirtieth anniversary with a brief history. Folder 57-8 contains two of the show's newsletters.
Within the church there were many programs, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and other groups that developed strong identities of their own. The collections contains records of several of these. In a church the size of Moody, the ushers were an important group. Besides helping to manage the services, the Moody Usher Band organized evangelistic outreach of their own and held regular social events. Some of these activities are documented in folder 64-10, which include reports, lists of members, banquet programs, and a newsletter. Folders 31-2 through 31-5 contain reports, minutes, newsletters and other records of the Christian Companionship Club, which was a group for young adults. The materials in the file document their social events and evangelistic outreach. Other groups for which there are files include the Christian Clarion Club (folder 54-7), Christian Endeavor (31-6), the Friendly Bible Class (folder 39-7), the Friendship Club (folder 39-8), the Great Commission Prayer League (folder 42-2), the Moody Tract League (folder 52-2), the Women's Home and Foreign Missions Society (folder 38-14), and the Young Married People's Bible Class (folder 64-4).
Membership Records. The membership records of the church are another rich source of information about the congregation. Besides yielding genealogical information, the materials in these files document the development of the church over the years and offer many glimpses into the everyday life and beliefs on the individual members. Folder 43-3 contains a members address list. Folders 43-4 through 44-20 contain small cards which were kept for each member, giving basic information such as when he or she joined the church, address, etc. Folders 45-1 through 51-2 contain membership files. These are arranged alphabetically by members name, although often there is no order within a particular file. Among the types of documents that can be found in a file are letters transferring membership from Moody to another church or from another church to Moody, certificates of membership, documents relating to an investigation or criticisms of a member's conduct, letters from members explaining what the church means to them or giving them reasons for leaving and much miscellaneous material. Several files contain reactions of members to Rader's departure. Among the items of interest are a 1927 letter from a woman who was resigning from Moody to join the Foursquare Lighthouse, partly in protest against attacks on Aimee Semple McPherson (folder 45-1); letter from Norman Camp about the need for an evangelistic ministry among the unchurched of the Roger's Park area and letters from the prize fighter-turned evangelist J. C. Cardiff (folder 46-1) , papers relating to J. A. Forest's resignation from the executive committee (folder 46-4), A. F. Gaylord's complaint that the church supported divine healing and was going into debt (folder 46-5), a 1917 letter by Cecilia Larson describing how she had come to the church as a lonely young woman in a big city and how much the congregation had meant to her (folder 48-1), and the 1921 program from Clarence Jones' graduation from Moody Bible Institute (47-4). Additional lists of members, officers and properties can be found in the directories in folder 56-5.
The membership registers in folders 51-4, 51-5, and 52-1 include lists of the first members, often giving the address and marital status of each and indicating if the member had left, died, or was dismissed. The register in folder 53-3 contains the list of the very first members, starting with Dwight L. Moody, but the record appears not to have been made in 1864 when the church started but some time later. Folder 39-5 contains another list of members who had been transferred to another church, died or been excommunicated. Folder 43-2 contains a (seemingly incomplete) list of marriages performed at the church between 1920 and 1940 (see also folder 10-4). Folder 39-3 lists the deaths of members.
Activities at the church. Another major source of information for the life of the church are the church bulletins contained in folders 54-8 through 56-1. (Folder 54-5 contains a single bulletin from the Moody Tabernacle.) These contain bulletins from 1911 to 1983, although the series is only reasonably complete for 1947 to 1966. In these publications are the usual kind of information found in church bulletins: title and text of sermon, Sunday school classes, deaths, marriages, upcoming events, etc. Sometimes there are announcements of events going on in Chicago, such as the information about Billy Graham's 1962 Chicago Crusade in bulletins in folder 55-6. Another, even more valuable source of information is in the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections): the Church's newsletter, which was published under a variety of names. These contain stories about people and events at the church for the years from 1888 through 1980. See the Periodicals Location Record in this guide for more information. Reports and receipts for the publication of the newsletter in the 1930s are in folders 57-1 and 57-2. Folder 57-9 contains an interesting analysis from the mid-1960s on the strengths and weaknesses of the congregation.
Other folders concerning church events include 69-1, which contains promotional materials for the church, such as informational brochures and programs. Tickets of different colors and sizes for Moody events c. 1873-1910 are found in 70-6. Folder 69-2 covers various aspects of Moody centennial celebrations, with special focus on the church’s 100th anniversary in 1964. Documents included are correspondence between Bernard DeRemer, who was in charge of Moodyana at Moody Bible Institute, and various staff from Moody Church, such as Alan Redpath and Richard Maund, the Pastor and Business Manager at the time, respectively. A brochure of the Sunday School Centennial is also included.
Events at the church are also documented by the voluminous scrapbooks in formerly in folders 69-1 through 70-3 and now in Photo Album File IX through XIV. (These folders have been microfilmed and researchers must use the film.) These contain just hundreds upon hundreds of handbills, letters, brochures, programs, cards, posters and other items (some of them very colorful) published by the church to announce Sunday school classes, concerts, evangelistic campaigns, picnics, and much more. One scrapbook is concerned almost totally with meetings led by Paul Rader (formerly folder 69-3, now Photo Album XI). Others contain only items about the Sunday school (folders 65-5, and former folders 70-2, 70-3, now photo albums XIII and XIV). Dwight L. Moody used to hand out small cards announcing his meetings and the church continued this tradition, as illustrated by the multitude of colorful cards in the scrapbooks and folder 57-4, among other places.
There is another set of scrapbooks in the collection which should be mentioned. Four books, two of them very large, document the life and influence of William W. Borden, a wealthy young man who died just before he began his work as a foreign missionary. He had been a member of the church and gave one hundred thousand dollars in his will (as well as bequests to other mission organizations totaling one million dollars) for the support of home and foreign missions. The memorabilia scrapbooks' origins are unclear, but perhaps they were put together by his mother Mary and given to the church as a memorial. They describe his life and the continuing impact of his efforts after his death and appear to be grouped roughly by topic. Scrapbook I (folder 71-1) contains Borden's childhood notes, materials about the founding and outreach of the Yale Hope Mission in New Haven, Connecticut (which worked among the indigent and poor of New Haven), letters from friends remembering him (including Kenneth Scott Latourette), a photo of the 1910 World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh, Bible study notes, and Princeton memorabilia. The second scrapbook (folder 71-2) includes a consolation letter to Mary Borden from Moody Church after her son's death, letters from friends around the world including James M. Gray, material on the National Bible Institute in New York (Borden served on its board of directors), articles and reports and other material about the Borden Memorial Hospital in Kansu Province of China, materials about work among Muslims in China, photos of scenes in Mecca and other Muslim sites, copy of one of Borden's memorial services led by Samuel Zwemer, letters from Robert Speer and John R. Mott, a pamphlet containing Borden's will and probate documents.
Borden took a trip around the world with Rev. Walter Eerdman in 1905, partly to visit missionaries and find out more about their activities. Folder 71-3 contains a scrapbook of postcards from that trip. They contain very brief messages and have printed scenes from Japan, China, Ceylon, India, Palestine, and Lebanon. A photo album from the same trip is described in the Photo Album Location Record (Moody Church - VIII). Additional information about Mary and William Borden can be found in folders 1-8 and 30-2.
The scrapbooks about events at the church are supplemented somewhat by the programs and publications in folders 53-5 through 57-8. These include bulletins, programs to special events (folders 53-5, 53-6, 53-7, 53-8, 53-9, 53-12, 54-1, 54-3, 53-4), conferences (folder 53-11), letters sent to raise funds for special projects (such as the 1924-25 construction of the new church structure at the corner of North and Chicago Avenues, folders 56-6, 57-5), newsletters or other materials for special groups within the church such as parents with babies (folder 56-4), or the Christian Clarion Club (folder 54-7). Another interesting folder is 64-5, which contains poems and other memorabilia created to commemorate someone, such as a popular Sunday school teacher. For example, the folder has a pamphlet about Mrs. Thomas Smith (her own first name not given), who died in 1943. She was a church elder who was involved in many ministries with business and professional women over a forty year period and the booklet includes letters of appreciation from many of these, including Amy Lee Stockton and Rita Gould. Several pieces written by the Poetess of the church, Avis Christiansen, are also located in this folder.
Administrative records. These are contained in many folders. Perhaps most important are the minute books of the executive committee in folders 66-1 through 68-1. (These minutes have been microfilmed and researchers must use the film.) These go back to within a decade of the founding of the church. Perhaps earlier records were destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. For the earliest minute books, from 1876 to 1878, the Archives does not have the minute books but only photocopies made much later and of poor quality. Folder 66-2 contains the original thermofax wet copies, which are badly fading. Folder 66-1 contains dry copies made by the Archives staff on acid free bond. Because they were made from the fading thermalfax copies, these copies are also not very readable. These files describe the large and small decisions made by the board of trustees of the church over more than fifty years. The books include discussion of the spiritual needs of the congregation, work of the Sunday school, disciplinary action taken against church members, appointments, annual budgets, future plans, purchases of new property, reports of the annual church meeting, fund raising, and much more on matters large and small. The reports of the trustees are a helpful supplement to the minutes, although there are not many of them. They give an annual picture of Moody Church's activities and finances (folder 64-9). Very similar are the reports of the church clerk contained in folder 31-8 and the much later annual reports in folder 58-1.
The various financial records of the church, of course, also show the congregations' activities and priorities. Among the type of records included are the annual reports of the treasurer (there are only a relative few of these, folder 64-8), annual financial reports from the 1950s (folder 39-6), ledgers on the management of Cedar Lake campground (folders 30-4 through 30-7), correspondence of the church's finance committee for a few years at the beginning of the century (folder 31-15), receipts for gifts received during the 1920s, mostly for the building fund (folders 40-2 though 41-8), a variety of ledgers (folders 42-4 through 42-8) from the 1910s, 20s, and 30s, such as a listing of church accounts (folder 42-5), pledges and the poor fund (folder 42-8), a journal of purchases which gives an idea of daily expenses (folder 65-4), and a book of funds raised for missionaries (folder 42-7).
Of particular interest is the Northside Tabernacle account book (68-3), likely the oldest item in the collection, which was started after the Chicago Fire. It contains the various incomes and expenditures of the Tabernacle beginning in Nov. 1871 through January 1874. It includes accounts for the General Fund, Tabernacle School Fund, Tabernacle Relief Fund, and the Relief Fund, and features entries concerning D. L. Moody as well as Ira Sankey.
The office correspondence in files 52-5 through 53-4,
although only an incomplete series, illustrates the daily concerns of the staff. (It also contains
interesting information about current evangelistic activities, such as the report on the religious
campaign among British and Allied soldiers in Europe in folder 53-4 or the report in folder 53-3
from John Matson, a guard at a POW camp in Canada.) Generally, the correspondence in these
files seems to be many things mixed together: receipts, information about pledges. reports, etc.
Other documents helpful in understanding the Moody Church are its constitution, by-laws and manuals. These have undergone revisions over the years. Folders 56-2, 56-3 and 69-3 contain samples of these documents as they evolved over the years. This last folder also includes one copy of the manual for volunteers with the Sunday school. The minute books in folders 66-1 through 68-1 usually contain some information about changes that occurred. Reports on proposed constitution changes in the 1960s are in folder 31-11. New members were required to sign a statement affirming their acceptance of the constitution and rules of the church and many examples of some forms can be found in the membership files.
Very early, Moody Church seems to have developed a strong sense of historical tradition, as shown by the various pamphlets written on the history of the church and the efforts to preserve and use its documents. Folders 56-7 and 69-6 contain many of the pamphlets on church history that have been written. Often the latest version seems to be a somewhat modified version of the last. This folder also has programs from the 1925 dedication of the Clark and LaSalle structure. In 1968 a church history center was dedicated and folder 42-3 contains correspondence about people donating materials to it, as well as some of the documents themselves. Among the items in this folder are a booklet about the Cedar Lake conference grounds, a 1937 pamphlet on the history of Moody Sunday school, a 1944 brochure about a youth campaign by Bob Jones Jr., notes for a speech about John Harper, training notes meant for people who would be giving tours of the church building, Moody Bible Institute bulletins from the time of Dr. Gray's retirement (May 1935) and his death (November 1935), and a pamphlet from the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Sunday school. This folder also contains a diary from 1905 kept by someone only identified as Elisabeth S. It does not appear to have any connection to Moody Church. Also of interest to a student of the church's history are the plans in folder 38-11 for the celebration of the 1909 jubilee, the material in folder 51-3 about the celebration of the centennial of Dwight L. Moody's birth, and, in folder 31-8, of a draft of a resolution from the Chicago Avenue Church to the Moody Church. Programs for historical services may also be found in 69-6.
Folder 69-4 contains miscellaneous correspondence. Items of interest include a Christmas greeting card, a letter to Mrs. Fitt on Jubilee Year letterhead, a letter to the Moody Bible Institute Executive Committee from J. P. Clapham with some notes and figures attached, and an order of The Romance of a Doctor’s Visits, one of the books published by Moody Press, from Rev. Fred Champion. Folder 69-7 contains a collection of historical recounts relating to Moody Church members and events. Items included in this folder are several updated drafts of those who have sung or spoken in the church (ca. 1920); recounts from the 1908 reunion; and writeups concerning the church’s building and history.
Folders 70-1, 70-2 and 70-3 contain miscellaneous items relating to additional aspects of Moody Church history. Several of these items relate to the history of the buildings, including a sketch of the original building (which was burned in the Chicago fire) and the North Side Tabernacle (which was used for two years after the Chicago fire); programs for the final service held in the Chicago Avenue structure; and a photo commemorative from the 2007 dedication of the Christian Life Center. Other notable items include a booklet of “Campaign Rally Songs for the Dry Chicago Federation”; a pamphlet of hymns for “Meetings for Sober–Unemployed men every Morning” from 1908; an unrevised copy of the Church Constitution; random service programs; and a negative and photographic print copy of a brief 1887 history of the “Chicago Avenue Church” written by D. L. Moody.
Except for a few photos, the materials in this collection were given to the Archives by Moody Church in May 1986 and Moody Bible Institute Archives in 2012. A list of all the books that were given from this collection to the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections) is available upon request.
Accession # 84-20, 86-46, 86-50, 88-40, 92-100
December 6, 1994
Stephen Ericksen, volunteer
Edna McEwen, volunteer
Revised, November 10, 1998
Revised, March 12, 2013
96-62, 98-71, 98-72, 99-41, 01-60, 12-21
|SELECT LIST OF EVENTS FROM MOODY CHURCH HISTORY|
|ca. 1858||Moody began his Sunday school work|
|2/24/1864||Moody's Sunday school moved into building he had built for them on the south side of Illinois Street, between Wells and Lasalle|
|12/24/1864||Illinois Independent Church founded, J. H. Harwood pastor|
|12/24/1871||North Side Tabernacle dedicated at Wells and Ontario|
|1873||Church building at Chicago and LaSalle begun, (called the Chicago Street Church). First services held there 12/31/1873.|
|6/1/1876||Church dedicated and free of debt|
|10/1876||Moody holds an evangelistic meeting in Chicago in a wooden tabernacle at the corner of Monroe and Franklin|
|1878||First missionary dedicated, Frederick Franson|
|2/5/1887||Chicago Evangelization Society organized (granted charter, 2/12/87)|
|ca. 1888||Pen and Scissors began publication|
|9/29/1889||Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions of the Chicago Evangelization Society opened|
|1890||Church membership of seven hundred|
|1893||Church was one of many participating in Dwight L. Moody's effort to evangelize at World Columbian Exposition|
|1896||G. Campbell Morgan preached at church|
|1897||Moody conducted a series of evangelistic meetings at the auditorium|
|1897||Our Field and Work began publication; December 1897 issue|
|ca. 1899||First fresh air camp held|
|1899||Death of Dwight L, Moody|
|3/21/1900||Bible Institute renamed the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago; around this time the church began to be called informally the Moody Church|
|ca. 1902||Fresh Air work begun|
|1902||Moody Church Herald began publication|
|1903||Church membership of 1775|
|1908||Church formally renamed The Moody Church|
|1909||Moody Italian Mission begun (1813 Milton avenue). Gospel Rescue Mission was at 604 N. Clark|
|1910||Church membership of 2453|
|1910||Moody Italian Mission began renting space in the Northside Holiness Church at the corner of Elm and LaSalle|
|1910||Moody Church News begins publication|
|ca. 1912||Moody Church Home for Young Women begun (1015 N. LaSalle)|
|1914||Prophetic Bible Conference, sponsored by MBI, held at Moody Church|
|1914||Church membership approximately 3000 (Sunday school enrollment 3800)|
|11/7/1915||Moody Tabernacle opened on the corner of North Avenue and Clark|
|ca. 1916||Acquired Cedar Lake Conference grounds in Indiana (also called Rest-a-while)|
|1918||MBI buys Chicago Avenue building and grounds|
|1925||Church membership of 2436|
|3/15/1925||Last service in Moody Tabernacle; congregation moves temporarily back to Chicago Avenue building|
|11/8/25||New building dedicated. Church offices at 1605 LaSalle by 1939|
|11/22/25||Evangelistic services led by R. A. Torrey|
|12/20/25||Evangelistic service led by Billy Sunday|
|ca. 1926||Sunday school changes from morning to afternoon|
|1927||G. Campbell Morgan preached at church|
|12/27||Gypsy Smith held meetings at church|
|1928||Church membership of 3740|
|1929||Borden Library dedicated|
|6/1929||Reuter pipe organ installed|
|1930||Church membership of 3750|
|1933||A variety of activities at church to attract people attending the Century of Progress fair|
|1933||Gypsy Smith held meetings at the church|
|1934||Billy Sunday held meetings at the church|
|1934||Church membership of nearly 4000, Sunday school enrollment of 1700|
|1934||Broadcast of Sunday morning services over station WMBI begun|
|1935||Billy Sunday's funeral held at church|
|1936||Moody Church purchased the church at the corner of Elm and LaSalle for the Italian Mission, under Antonio F. Scorza. The church became known at the Elm-LaSalle Church|
|1937||Celebrated Moody centenary with Bible Institute|
|1937||Church membership of 3950 (Sunday school enrollment 1750)|
|1/1938||Charles Fuller radio program broadcast live from the church|
|1939||Old Chicago Avenue church building razed to make way for MBI woman's dormitory|
|1941||Gypsy Smith held meetings at the church|
|1941||Moody supported missionaries traveling on the Zamzam, a ship sunk by the German naval vessel Atlantic|
|1942||Gypsy Smith held meetings at church|
|1942||Home Missionary department formed|
|12/31/1943||Church burned its mortgage|
|ca. 1944||Moody Italian Mission became the Elm-LaSalle Street Church|
|1944-1945||Stained glass memorial windows installed in main auditorium|
|1946||Hosted first annual convention of National Sunday School Association|
|1947||Bob Murfin hired as youth director|
|1947||Hammond electric organ installed in Torrey Chapel|
|1951||Hosted Greater Chicago Sunday School convention|
|1951||Billy Graham spoke at church|
|1953||Church hosted its first Mid-America Keswick Convention|
|1954||Moody Church purchases a campground on Loon Lake, near Antioch, Illinois|
|1955||Clyburn Gospel Mission begun (1307 N. Clyburn), although the church had been using the Clyburn (or Clybourne) Avenue Hall since the 1890s|
|1956||Hosted National Sunday School Convention|
|1958||Held services at the Men's Grill of Carson, Pirie and Scott|
|1960||Sunday school enrollment 1200|
|1961||Christian day school started|
|3/23/1962||Three African Americans admitted into membership|
|1966||Meeting held by Jack Wyrtzen|
|ca. 1967||Dial-a-story ministry begun|
|1967||First Songs in the Night banquet|
|1/21/1968||Songs in the Night became a Moody church radio program|
|1968||First Moody Church Founder's Day|
|1968||Moody Youth Camp changed its name to MoYoCa|
|1968||History Center opened|
|1970||First "Adventures in understanding " banquet for Christians and Jews|
|1970||Elm-LaSalle Church became independent|
|2/1970||Day care center begun|
|1974||First broadcast of the Moody Church Hour radio program|
|1976||Participated in Here's Life America campaign in Chicago|
|5/16/1976||Festival Americana held at church|
|ca. 1980||"Women in the Working World" luncheons begun|
|1981||REECH program begun (Reaching through Evangelism Explosion in Chicago)|
|1983||Operation Nehemiah campaign begun to refurbish the church building|
|10/1983||Ray Bakke hosted a seminar on how to reach Chicago|
|1/15/1986||Fire damages organ and main altar|
|SELECT LIST OF CHURCH STAFF AND OFFICERS|
|Aitchison, Robert F.||Elder in the nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries|
|Amstutz, Waldo||Assistant treasurer in the 1920s|
|Anderson, Grant M.||Christian education administrator, 1980s|
|Benson, Stan||Director of the Sunday school after Peterson|
|Bickham, Arnold||Director of Ushers, ca. 1984?|
|Bittokofer, T. J.||Director of music in the 1920s|
|Blanchard, Charles||Supply pastor, 1891-1893|
|Borden, William Whiting||Church member, ordained at Moody, member of the board of trustees 1909-?, and gave $100,00 to the church in his will|
|Browne, Baynard B.||Church clerk, 1928-1930|
|Burch, J.H.||Superintendent of Moody's first Sunday school, 1859-1860|
|Burkholder, Samuel R.||Organist in the 1940s and 50s|
|Buske, Stab||Director of ushers, 1980s|
|Cady, George||Church clerk in the 1980s|
|Campbell, Henry D.||Assistant pastor in early 1920s, acting pastor in 1921-1922, assistant pastor, 1922-1924|
|Campbell, Joseph P.||Treasurer, 1900-?|
|Campbell, William||Head usher, 1909-?|
|Carbaugh, Helen||Organist, 1958-1969|
|Carbaugh, Robert||Choir director, 1958-1969|
|Christiansen, Avis||Poetess of church|
|Church, E. W.||Church clerk, 1898-1899, Financial secretary, 1899-?|
|Cox, Sydney E.||Sunday school director, 1925-1926|
|Craig, Paul S.||Visitation pastor in the 1980s|
|Crichton, Eric||Associate pastor, 195?-1960|
|Crofts, T. J.||Director of the Sunday school, 1926-1928|
|Crossell, E. J.||Financial secretary in the 1890s|
|Dahlstrom, Richard||Director of ushers in the 1980s|
|Davis, Ralph||Missionary to Africa supported by church, ordained at church in 1928|
|DeGloger, Watts||Preached and took on other pastoral responsibilities at times during the church's pre-1876 period|
|Deyneka, Peter Sr.||Converted under Rader, later founded the Russian Gospel Association (Slavic Gospel Association), which the church supported|
|Dinwiddie, Richard D.||Director of Music, 1971?-?|
|Dixon, Amzi Clarence||Pastor, 1906-1911|
|Edmunds, Gerald H.||Minister of music in the 1980s|
|Edwards, William||Church clerk, 1890s|
|Ehrenkrook, Courtenay J.||Director of Sunday school ca. 1953-ca. 1955|
|Erdman, William J.||Pastor, 1876-1878|
|Erickson, Arthur F.||Church clerk, 1918|
|Erickson, J. E.||Church clerk in 1910|
|Ewing, John Jr.||Assistant treasurer, 1928-1929|
|Farlin, J. W.||Bible teacher at the church until his death in 1893|
|Farwell, James||Superintendent of Dwight L. Moody's Sunday school, 1860-1867|
|Ferguson, J.S.||Missionary to Africa supported by church|
|Filkin, Warren||Minister of visitation and adult ministries, 1972-|
|Franson, Frederick||First missionary of church, dedicated in 1878|
|Frisbie, F. S.||Head usher, 189?-190?, Financial secretary in the 1890s, Treasurer in 1910|
|Gaylord, Aymer Frank||Superintendent of the Sunday school, 1892-1904, member of executive committee, trustee 1900-1918|
|Genn, Merle J.||Director of ushers in the 1940s and until ca. 1954|
|Gibbs, Robert H.||Assistant to pastor of Elm-Lasalle Church under Rill|
|Goss, Charles F.||Pastor, 1885-1890|
|Gotaas, David S.||Pastor's assistant, 1948-1952|
|Gowman, Daniel J.||Church clerk, ca. 1952-|
|Gray, James M.||Served briefly as supply pastor in 1898 and during the early years of the twentieth century|
|Guidone, James||Building superintendent, 1980s|
|Hachtel, Fred C.||Director of ushers from ca. 1917-ca. 1931|
|Hammontree, Homer||Assistant pastor under Philpott and minister of music, 1925-?|
|Harper, John||Preached at the church in the early 1910s; invited to become pastor, but died on the Titanic|
|Harwood, J. H.||Pastor, 1866-1869|
|Hayward, J. Keesey||Singles and outreach pastor in the 1980s|
|Heistad, Wallace||Director of ushers, 198?-1984|
|Herald, Charles||Choirmaster, 1890s?|
|Heard, Matthew B.||Minister of singles and evangelism, 1980s|
|Hermansen, Howard||Pastor's assistant in 1920s, associate pastor, 1946-1968 (fulltime), acting pastor 1948-1950|
|Herring, Harry||Visiting pastor, 1919-?, associate pastor in the 1920s and 30s and superintendent of the Moody Gospel Mission; teacher of the Sword and Trowel and Brotherhood Bible classes|
|Herring, Robert H.||Clerk in the 1940s and until ca. 1952|
|Hitchcock, Bensen E.||Youth pastor 1953-?|
|Hitchcock, J. M.||Superintendent of the Sunday school 1870-1891, elder, ?-1912|
|Holzworth, Alfred||Organist in the 20s|
|Hoells, Edward||Organist, 1897-|
|Hubbard, John M.||First choir leader of the Illinois Street Church, 1864-?|
|Hutton, Harry||Church clerk, 1899-|
|Hyde, Thomas B.||Assistant to Charles Goss and acting pastor for part of the period between Goss and Torrey (1890-1894)|
|Innes, John||Pianist played frequently at church in 1960s and 70s|
|Ironside, Harry Allen||Pastor, 1930-1948|
|Ironside, John||Assistant pastor, 1941-?|
|James, Edward P.||Church clerk in 1910; treasurer in 1917; director of the Sunday school, 1918-1925; chairman of the board of trustees in the 20s|
|James, P. C.||Membership Secretary, 1917-?|
|Jacoby, Walter S.||Pastor's assistant to Torrey and Superintendent of the Moody Gospel Mission. 1895-?|
|Jensen, James||Director of ushers, ca. 1932-?|
|Joseph, Albert||Treasurer, 1980s|
|Johnson, Edward L.||Director of Sunday school in 1940s and until ca. 1952|
|Johnson, James||Pastor Elm-LaSalle Street Church, late 1950s-1961|
|Jones, Bruce W.||Associate pastor in the 1980s|
|Kappeler, ?||Director of the brass band under Dixon|
|Kappeler, Eugen||Elder, ?-1904|
|Karnath, Richard||Director of Sunday school, 1980s|
|Lane, H. S.||Treasurer, 189?-1899|
|Langston, John W.||One of the first children in Moody's Sunday school and later a teacher there and secretary of the school under Hitchcock|
|Leslie, Bill||Youth pastor, 1959-1961, became pastor of Elm-Lasalle Church which then became independent of Moody in 1970|
|Lindh, Victor E.||Financial secretary in 1910, Treasurer in the 1920s|
|Loes, Harry Dixon||Life long member of the church, composer|
|Logsdon, S. Franklin||Pastor, 1951-1952|
|Lorenz. Robert W.||Church clerk, 1917|
|Lowden, A. H.||Head usher in the 1880s|
|Lutzer, Erwin Wesley||Stated pulpit supply 1978-1979, pastor, 1980-|
|MacMillian, Thomas C.||One of the first children's in Moody's Sunday school in 1860, later a state legislator|
|Mains, David||Assistant pastor, ?-1967|
|Martin, Neil||Church clerk, 1920s|
|Mason, J. D.||Church clerk at the turn of the century|
|McDill, Samuel R.||Sunday school visitor, 1940-1942; pastor of the Elm-LaSalle Bible Church, 1942-?|
|McKee, Arthur||Song leader and soloist under Rader|
|McKown, J. Bryson||Clerk, 1880s|
|Meeker, George||Executive committee member, first elected in 1904, served more than 50 years; church clerk in 1910|
|Meyer, E. D.||Financial secretary, 1900-1901|
|Miller, F. O.||Treasurer in the 1940s and until ca. 1951|
|Moody, Dwight Lyman||The church grew out of his efforts and he remained a strong presence in it, even though for most of the latter part of his life he did not live in Chicago; served as elder and trustee from the church's founding until the 1890s|
|Moon, R. H.||Pastoral assistant, 1918|
|Morrison, John||Usher, 1870s|
|Morrison, John||Pastors Assistant, 1910s and 1920s|
|Morton, Charles||Pastor, 1878-1879|
|Murfin, Robert||Youth minister, 1940s-ca. 1951, assistant pastor, ca. 1951-ca. 1953|
|Needham, George C.||Pastor, 1879-1881|
|Nicholls, Mary||Pastor's assistant, 1940s and 50s|
|Oliver, R. J.||Band director and choir leader in the 1910s and 1920s|
|Pagenta, Dan||Assistant treasurer, 1917|
|Palm, Charles||Head usher, 190?-ca. 1910|
|Persson, John||Camp director, 1980s|
|Peters, A. E.||Head usher in the 1890s|
|Peterson, Elof W.||Director of the Sunday school after James|
|Peterson, Gilbert C.||Director of music in the 1940s and 50s|
|Philpott, P. W.||Pastor, 1922-1929|
|Playfair, Guy W.||Missionary to Nigeria supported by Moody Church|
|Porter, Charles A.||Associate Pastor, 1927-?; director of Sunday school, 1928-?|
|Pugmire, Herbert||Member of pastoral staff under Philpott and/or Ironside|
|Rader, Paul||Pastor, 1915-1921|
|Rasmusssen, Rose||Secretary to E. Y. Woolley, 1911-1918|
|Redpath, Alan||Pastor, 1953-1962|
|Reiner, E. L.||Financial secretary, 1901-?, superintendent of the Sunday school, 1905-1908; president of Christian Endeavor|
|Revell, Fleming||Served as elder in the 1890s, and probably earlier as well|
|Rill, Robert E.||Pastor of Elm-Lasalle Bible church in the 1940s and until ca. 1952|
|Rodeheaver, Homer||Assistant pastor at Moody, 1930s|
|Rowland, Lawrence||Assistant to Rill, then Pastor Elm-LaSalle Bible Church, ca. 1952-?|
|Samorajski, Dorothy||Early Childhood Center director, 1980s|
|Sandberg, M. Sandie E.||Director of ushers, ca. 1931-ca. 1932|
|Sastrom, Ken||Played in the brass band when he was growing up in the 1910s|
|Schuaubert, Everett G.||Treasurer, ca. 1952-?|
|Schuler, George||Choir director in the 20s|
|Scorza, Antonio F.||Pastor of the Italian Mission from at least 1922 into the 1940s|
|Sellers, E. Oo.||Assistant chorister, 1910s|
|Shaubert, Everett G.||Assistant treasurer, 1940s and 50s|
|Shufelt, John Stratton||Music director in the 1940s|
|Slichter, Morris||Missionary to China, supported by church, killed in 1926 by bandits|
|Smith, Donald H.||Assistant pastor, 1968-1978, in charge of Songs in the Night|
|Smith, Oran A.||Director of the young people's program, 1945-?|
|Soderstrom, W. G.||Treasurer in the late 1920s|
|Springer, Joseph A.||In charge of songs in the night 1978-1984|
|Stewart, David||Financial secretary, 189?-1900|
|Streeter, Tom||Assistant pastor in charge of youth, 1970-|
|Stuecher, Henry C.||Director of the Sunday school ca. 1955-|
|Sweeting, George||Pastor, 1966-1971|
|Taylor, Herbert Hudson||Son of James Hudson Taylor, missionary to China supported by church|
|Tollberg, Maynard William||Member of church, killed at Gudalcanal in 1943, received Navy Cross|
|Torrey, R.A.||Pastor, 1894-1906 (also head of MBI during the same time); elder in the 1890s|
|Towner, D. B.||Choirmaster, 1893-?|
|Tucker, A. L.||Treasurer, 1880s|
|Van Der Naalt, Herman||Director of ushers, ca. 1954-ca. 1961|
|Van Kley, Albert E.||Pastoral assistant in the early 1940s|
|Vaughn, Byrl||Chairman of board of elders in 1970s|
|Vaughn, Robert P.||Pastor of the Mission Church of Ravenswood in the 1920s|
|Vogel, E. L.||Church clerk, 1890s|
|Walworth, Winona||Executive secretary of Christian education, 1950s and 1960s|
|Ward, Dan||Building manager, 1980s|
|Wedeking, Frank L.||Assistant director of the Sunday school in the 1940s and 50s|
|Wheeler, Charles H.||Pastor sometime during the church's first twelve years|
|White, Paul||Minister of music, ca. 1951-|
|Whittle, J. D.||Elder, 1890s|
|Wiersbe, Warren W.||Pastor, 1971-1978|
|Wininger, Zoe||Organist, 1930s and 1940s|
|Woolley, E. Y.||Assistant pastor under Dixon; acting pastor, 1911-1915; associate pastor, 1915-1919; director of the Sunday school, 1908-1918|
|Worman, Theresa||"Aunt Theresa" of Dial-A-Story, begun in the late 1960s|
|Wright, Gaylord||Superintendent of the Clyburn Gospel Mission, 1956-?|
|Wyzenbeek, Andrew||Longtime member|
|SELECT LIST OF PROPERTIES OWNED OR USED BY THE MOODY CHURCH|
|Camp Moyoca||22925 W. Villa Rica Road|
|Chicago Avenue Church||Corner of Chicago and LaSalle Avenue|
|Church office||808 N. LaSalle, later moved to 1630 N. Clark, later renumbered to 1609 N. Clark|
|Clybourne Avenue Hall||Unknown|
|Clyborn Gospel Mission||1307 N. Clyburn|
|Early Childhood Center||1609 N. LaSalle|
|Elm-LaSalle Street Church||Corner of Elm and LaSalle Street|
|Illinois Street Independent Church||Wells and Illinois Streets|
|Restawhile (Moody Conference Grounds)||Cedar Lake, Indiana|
|Moody Gospel Mission||604 N. Clark|
|Moody Italian Mission||813 Milton Avenue, later 400 W. Chicago, later moved to 454 W. Division|
|Moody Memorial Church (after 1925)||Clark and LaSalle Streets, at North Avenue|
|Moody Mission Church of Ravenswood||Montrose and Claremont Streets (4803 N. Claremont)|
|Moody Tabernacle||Corner of North and Clark|
|Northside Tabernacle||Corner of Wells and Ontario|
|Union Sunday school (1859-1864)||North Market Hall|
|Young Women's Home||1015 N. LaSalle|
In June-July, 1998, through the generosity of Carlton and Miriam Ericksen, some of the scrapbooks from Collection 330 were filmed by the Document Image Management Center of the Department of Administration of the State of Wisconsin. These microfilm copies should be used by the researcher instead of the originals. The microfilm is available for inter-library loan.
Reel 1 - Box 69, Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1907-1911
Reel 2 - Box 69, Folder 2: Scrapbook, 1911-1917
Reel 3 - Box 69, Folder 3: Rader Scrapbook, 1915-1919
Reel 4 - Box 70, Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1917-1930
Reel 5 - Box 70, Folder 2: Sunday School Scrapbook, 1907-1911
Reel 6 - Box 70, Folder 3: Sunday School Scrapbook, 1914-1921
Reel 7 - Box 66, Folder 1: Xeroxes of Minute Book of the Church's Executive Committee, 1872-1876 (Good Copies); Box 66, Folder 3: Xeroxes of Minute Book of the Church's Executive Committee, 1878-1890; Box 66, Folder 4: Xeroxes of Minute Book of the Church's Executive Committee, 1890-1899
Reel 8 - Box 67, Folder 1: Xeroxes of Minute Book of the Church's Executive Committee, 1900-1906; Box 67, Folder 2: Xeroxes of Minute Book of the Church's Executive Committee, 1906-1913; Box 68, Folder 1: Xeroxes of Minute Book of the Church's Executive Committee, 1919-1920
Accession #: 86-46, 86-50
Type of material: Negatives
The following items are located in the NEGATIVE FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below. All the negatives are black and white, unless otherwise noted.
DINWIDDIE, RICHARD D. Dinwiddie conducting choir and in his office. 1970-1978. 11 35mm strips
DIXON, AMZI CLARENCE. Portrait negative. N.d.
IRONSIDE, HARRY A. Portrait negative. N.d.
MOODY CHURCH--GROUP SHOTS. Founders day ceremonies. 1972. 8 35mm strips.
MOODY CHURCH--BUILDINGS--EXTERIORS. Aerial view of neighborhood around Clark Street Church, Clark Street Church from the street. N.d. 1 color, 2 b/w negatives.
MOODY CHURCH--BUILDINGS--INTERIORS. Scenes of the interior of the Clark Street Church, almost all of them nearly identical shots of the main auditorium. N.d. 15 color negatives.
MOODY CHURCH--DAY CARE. Scenes of children, parents, and staff at the church's day care center. 1972-1974. 15 35mm strips.
MOODY CHURCH--MISSIONS--FOREIGN. Scenes from the annual foreign missions conference held at the church. 1973-1976. 51 35mm strips.
MOODY CHURCH--MISSIONS--HOME. Scenes from the annual home missions conferences held at the church. 1977-1978. 20 35mm strips.
MOODY CHURCH--NEW ENGLAND DINNER. Scenes from the annual banquet. 1971-1973. 19 35mm strips, 5 60mm strips
MOODY CHURCH--SUNDAY SCHOOL. Moppet fashion show for little children, Festival of Faith, Daily Vacation Bible School, informal shots of teachers and classes. 1974-1978. 13 35mm strips, 1 other negative.
MOODY CHURCH--YOUTH CAMP. Informal shots of arrival, crafts, sports, hiking, sermons at the church camp. 1978. 9 35mm strips.
SCHAEFFER, FRANCIS IV. Schaeffer talking to an audience at the church in 1976.
6 35mm strips.
SONGS IN THE NIGHT (Radio program). Scenes from the annual banquet held at the church, shots of the staff preparing broadcasts. 1969-1978. 98 35mm strips.
SWEETING, GEORGE. With his family, preaching, at his farewell party. 1971, n.d.
8 35mm strips, 2 other negatives.
WIERSBE, WARREN. Installation ceremony, preaching, scenes around church. 1971.
4 35mm strips.
Accession #:86-46, 86-50
Type of material: Oversize Materials
The location of the following items is indicated in parentheses following the folder title.
31" x 43.5" poster in red and black on a white background. Describes the work of the Christian Evangelical Mission in Poland and Soviet Russia (White Russia, Ukraine and Galicia) using text, a map, photographs of workers and activities. Ca. early 1920s.
10" x 17" poster, brown letters on an ivory background. Announces a service in Cleveland to meet Paul Rader and ten missionaries going to India under the auspices of World Wide Christian Couriers. Includes photos of Rader and the missionaries and information about World Wide Christian Couriers. N.d.
10.75" x 19" poster, black ink on ivory background. Poster with the names and photos of the sixteen missionaries of the Africa Inland Mission who were supported by Moody Church. Sometime between 1911 and 1925.
24" x 36" poster, black ink on white background. Poster is printed on both sides. Fund raising appeal that describes the plans for the new Moody Church to be located on Clark Street. Includes a great deal of text on the history of the church, the activities and facilities planned for the new building, photos of the previous homes of the church, sketches and floor plans of the new building, pledges of support from the various departments of the church. 1925.
12" x 15" certificate, black ink on an ivory background. Certifies charter membership (number 17) in the Moody Church Assembly Grounds at Cedar Lake, Indiana. Illustrated with pictures of the Chicago Avenue Church, the Moody Rescue Mission, the Young Woman's Home, the Italian Mission, and the Young People's building. 1914.
10.25" x 13.5" certificate, black ink and pictures of multicolored flowers on white background. Moody Sunday school, Cradle Roll certificate, 1920.
24" x 18.5 poster, multicolored pictures on a white background. Poster shows a book divided into twenty-three pictures. Each picture shows how Christ is relevant to a particular group or occupation, with a relevant Bible text. Entitled, God Calls the Roll of the World's Workers. Drawings by W. J. Dittmar. N.d.
14" x 22" poster, black ink on white background. Poster all in Swedish, appears to announce an meeting led by Gustaf Johnson at the Moody Tabernacle. Poster also includes photos of Russian pastors and the band of the Russian Bible Institute. The meeting apparently was to raise support for evangelism in Russia. 1918.
Two 17.25" x 21.5" posters, black and red ink on white background, one 15" x 20" poster, red and black ink on white background. All posters have the words "Africa Inland Church Missionary Board" in English, the rest of the posters are in an African language. Besides text, they also include photos, apparently of AIC leaders and activities. 1979-1981.
Accession 86-46, 86-50
Type of Material: Periodicals
The following items are available in the Archives Reading Room:
Good News [newsletter of Moody Church, Chicago] Vol. 1, No. 1 (3/18/1916) through Vol. 6, No. 52 (December 28, 1921)
Hearing and Doing [magazine of Africa Inland Mission] Vol. 16, no.3, 7-9/1911
The Moody Church Herald [newsletter of Moody Church, Chicago] Incomplete set. Vol. 1, No. 2 (2/1902) through Vol. 15 No. 12 (12/1916)
The Moody Church News [newsletter of Moody Church, Chicago] Incomplete set. Volume 8 No. 1 (1/1923) through Vol. 64 No. 2 (4-6/1980) . February 1931 issue.
Our Field and Work [newsletter of the Chicago Avenue Church, Chicago] Vol. 1 No. 1 (7/1897) through Vol. 5 No. 1 (July 1901)
Pen and Scissors [newsletter of the Chicago Avenue Church, Chicago] Vol. 1 No. 6 (2/4/1888) through Vol. 1 No. 34 (8/18/1888)
Accession #: 86-46, 86-50
Type of material: Photo Albums
The following items are located in the PHOTO ALBUM FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.
MOODY CHURCH - I. 22 black and white pictures (only one is a photograph) of the Chicago Avenue church, Sunday school classrooms, Moody Church pastors, music directors, Sunday school superintendents, etc. Most but not all of the pictures are labeled. This appears to be only a fragment of a larger book. Some pages are loose, some pictures have been ripped out and some pages have been cut up. Ca. 1916.
MOODY CHURCH - II. 98 black and white pictures (mostly photos, although also postcards and newspaper clippings). The scrapbook was put together by someone (unnamed) who had recently returned from a trip to visit mission stations in Guatemala. Almost all pictures are labeled. Included in the album are pictures of colonial ruins, Indian weaving, street scenes in Guatemala City, Antigua and San Antonio, a New Year's Day procession, scenes of Indian life, activities at the Presbyterian Mission in Guatemala City, Guatemala pastors and laypeople, weddings, baptisms, sun worshipping ceremony, market day scenes, a procession of the Virgin Mary, scenes of the Garden of the Rose Orphanage, steamers, classes at the mission school in San Antonio, scenes at the mission hospital. The string that bound the notebooks together is missing and the pages are probably not in their original order. Some of the photos and postcards are loose. Post-1914.
MOODY CHURCH - III. 46 black and white pictures (photos, negative and postcards) of scenes in Nigeria. Most pictures are labeled. Scenes of Muslim trader traveling by boats and caravans, Tuareg and Fulani (also known as the Fulah) tribesmen, villages, bridges, a prison gang building a road in southern Nigeria, the dress of women from different tribes, a native hospital and dispensary, canoes, the work of the Church Missionary Society in Zania, a Muslim chief, the girls school at Wushishi, Muslims praying. Many pictures are missing, as is the front cover. Ca. 1928.
MOODY CHURCH - IV. 79 black and white photos in an album labeled "China". Most of the photos appear to be of China Inland Mission programs in northern China. See map attached to one of the letters in folder 32-6. Most photos are labeled. Includes a chapel presided over by Gerhard Jacobsen, students in Tangsi, Chinese Christians, Tibetan sisters, mission buildings, a Chinese bride, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mosley, Chinese women's hospital, scenes from Miss Boehm's station, classes at the Shansi Bible Institute, coolies, CIM Bible school in northern China, Bible classes at Lahokow, a Chinese evangelist, travel scenes, Mr. and Mrs. Lagerquist, Misses Larson and Newcomb, group shot of the Laocokow congregation, the Sikwan Girl's Boarding School, a Chinese policeman. Possibly this photo album was put together by missionary Victor Plymire. Some photos are loose and stored with the album and some are missing. N.d.
MOODY CHURCH - V. 178 black and white photos in an album labeled on the cover "Japan for Christ." On the bottom right corner is "H. S. Kimura '01." Henry Seimatsu Kimura, who put this scrapbook together, was a Japanese Christian evangelist, a member of Moody Church (referred to in folder 33-1) and a 1901 graduate of Moody Bible Institute. The photos show his evangelistic activities in Japan, his Japanese and Western missionary co-workers, and his family. Included are pictures of people and groups he converted and/or baptized, Hajima Aori, H. Pedlay, places where Kimura held meetings (including factories, schools, rural areas, towns), grave of Nunukawa, a soldier who was persecuted for his faith, scenes of Japanese life, scenes from Kimura's preaching mission in Loo Chiou, Okinawa in 1917, scenes from Kimura's preaching mission to various Pacific Islands such as Truk, Saipan, and others; scenes of Japanese administration of islands and naval forces. Ca. 1917-1918.
MOODY CHURCH - VI. 171 black and white photos taken by G. P. Rockwell of the Fresh Air Work of the Moody Church Sunday school in Ravinia and Glencoe, Illinois. During the summer, city children would be taken for two weeks to what was essentially a Christian camp. Covers are loose and some photos are missing. Included are scenes of the staff, the large house where everyone stayed, the facilities, children playing, farm activities, hiking, the seashore, group shots of the children, picnics, games, calisthenics, Bible classes. On the inside front cover is a typed explanation of the album. Also pasted on in the front pages of the book are some newsletter pictures of leaders of the church during Paul Rader's pastorate. The photos are apparently from 1903-1905, with a few on one page from 1909.
MOODY CHURCH - VII. 63 black and white photos in an album labeled "Africa". Scenes of mission activities in various part of Africa, perhaps of workers supported by Moody Church. Included are Nigerian village life, markets, Rukuba people, a chief's compound, horsemen gathering for a hunt, slaves, native preachers, catechumens class, Belgian Congo scenes, Agikuya people, a girls' school at Githumu, baptisms, African dances, marriages, Kenyan scenes, Rift Valley Academy, missionary homes. Fulani (also known as the Fulah) people. Missionaries appear to be from the Africa Inland Mission and Sudan Interior Mission.
MOODY CHURCH - VIII. 309 black and white photos taken by William W. Borden of his trip around the world with Rev. Walter Eerdman. Covers are loose. Photos of boat travel, Japanese urban and rural scenes, temples, Shanghai and other Chinese cities, U.S. gunboats, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon, southern India, various Indian cities including Calcutta, Madras, Allahbad, and Delhi, Egypt, Egyptian ruins, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Athens, Switzerland, England, Scotland. Many photos badly faded. Each is captioned, although in dark ink on a dark page, so they are often very hard to read. 1905.
MOODY CHURCH - IX - Publications - Scrapbook; 1907-1911 (formerly folder 69-1) researchers must use the microfilm instead of the original.
MOODY CHURCH - X - Publications - Scrapbook; 1911-1917 (formerly folder 69-2) researchers must use the microfilm instead of the original.
MOODY CHURCH - XI - Publications - Scrapbook - Rader; 1915-1919 (formerly folder 69-3) researchers must use the microfilm instead of the original.
MOODY CHURCH - XII - Publications - Scrapbook; 1917-1930 (formerly folder 70-1) researchers must use the microfilm instead of the original.
MOODY CHURCH - XIII - Publications - Sunday School - Scrapbook; 1907-1911 (formerly folder 70-2) researchers must use the microfilm instead of the original.
MOODY CHURCH - XIV - Publications - Sunday School - Scrapbook; 1914-1921 (formerly folder 70-3) researchers must use the microfilm instead of the original.
Accession #: 86-46, 86-50
Type of material: Photographs
The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below. All the photos are black and white, unless otherwise noted. Many folders contain newspaper pictures clipped from newspapers or magazines. These are not included in the photo count at the end of each description. If there is no indication of the number of photos, the file contains 1 photo.
AFRO-AMERICANS. Photo of the North African Battalion Choir, led by Tom Wilson, on a makeshift stage someplace in North Africa. 2 photos. 1943. (see Ironside's correspondence with Wilson in folder 15-5)
ARNOLD, GLENN. Portrait photo. N.d.
BAKKE, RAYMOND. Portrait photo, scenes from a seminar he led at Moody Church on outreach. Bakke is not necessarily in every one of these photos. 1983. 14 photos.
BARROWS, CLIFF. Portrait photo. N.d.
BIOLA. Choir of male and female BIOLA students. N.d. 1 photo.
BLANCHARD, JESSIE. Portrait photo. N.d.
BOLLACK, HARRY. Portrait photo. N.d.
BOYER, DAVE. Portrait photo. N.d.
BREESE, DAVID.. Portrait photo. N.d.
CENTRAL AMERICAN MISSION. Portrait photo of founder C. I. Scofield. N.d.
CRONK, MALCOLM. Portrait photo. N.d. 2 photos.
DEHANN, RICHARD. Portrait photo. N.d.
DEYNEKA, PETER, JR. Speaking at the 1973 foreign mission conference held at Moody Church. 1 photo.
DEYNEKA, PETER, SR. Peter and Vera Deyneka standing together, color. N.d. 1 photo.
DINWIDDIE, RICHARD D. Proof sheets of Dinwiddie leading Moody choir, portrait photos, candid shots. N.d. 10 photos.
DIXON, AMZI CLARENCE. Portrait photo. N.d.
DIXON, HELEN CADBURY ALEXANDER. Portrait photo. She was the widow of both A.C. Dixon and Charles Alexander. N.d.
DRYER, EMMA. Portrait photo. N.d.
EVANGELICALISM--RELATIONS--JUDAISM. A banquet held at Moody Church of Christian and Jewish leaders. 1970. 10 photos.
EVANGELISTIC WORK--BRAZIL. Pictures of Conrado de Lima, his wife Marietta and their work in the Brazilian towns of Catalao, Paraiso, and Retiro. 6 photos. 1913. (See material about Conrado's work in folder 32-5)
EVANGELISTIC WORK--UNITED STATES. Paul Rader preaching in downtown Chicago ca. 1918; Mark J. Goodger (from folder 13-4), bicycle evangelist; group portrait of workers at the Union Gospel Center in Flint, Michigan, n.d.; group shot of the attendees of the 1931 evangelistic convention held at Moody in 1931. 4 photos.
FALWELL, JERRY. Portrait photo. N.d.
FAR EAST BROADCASTING COMPANY. Portrait photo of A. Reid Jepson. N.d.
FONTAINE, TONY. Portrait photos. N.d. 2 photos.
FRIZEN, EDWARD L.. Portrait photo. N.d.
GLASSER, ARTHUR. Portrait photo. N.d.
GRAY, JAMES M. Portrait photo, Gray standing on street corner. 1935, n.d. 2 photos.
HAGGAI, JOHN. Portrait photo. N.d.
HAMMONTREE, HOMER. Portrait photo. N.d.
HARPER, JOHN. Portrait photo. N.d. 2 photos.
HARRINGTON, BOB. Harrington preaching. N.d. 2 photos.
HERMANSON, HOWARD. Snapshots of Hermanson meeting with people. 1966, n.d. 1 color, 2 b/w photos.
HILLIS, DONALD. Portrait photo. N.d.
HINES, JEROME. Portrait photo. N.d.
HOFFMANN, OSWALD J. Portrait photo. N.d.
HOKE, DONALD E. Portrait photo and speaking at a podium during the church's 1975 foreign mission conference. 1975, n.d. 2 photos.
HUTCHINGS, ERIC. Portrait photo. N.d.
INNES, JOHN. Portrait photo and snapshot. N.d. 2 photos
IRONSIDE, HARRY A. Portrait photos, informal shots of Ironside visiting Moody's grave, preaching, mingling with members of the church, Ironside's tombstone, Ironside with Charles Porter, Peter Philpott, Gypsy Smith, Harry Herring, and John Ironside, Ironside with Philpott and others at the burning of the church's mortgage. 1907-1943, n.d. 11 photos, clippings.
IRONSIDE, HARRY A (oversize). Wide angle shot of Ironside in the pulpit preaching to a congregation that completely fills the auditorium and balcony of Moody Church. Probably part of the century celebration of D. L. Moody's birth. Chicago. 12" x 20". Black and white. Ca. 1937.
ISRAEL. Commercial shots of scenes in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho, Bethlehem, Haifa, shepherd with sheep. N.d. 9 photos.
JACOBY, W. S. Portrait photo. N.d.
JONES, CLARENCE. Portrait photo. 1921.
KANTZER, KENNETH. Portrait photo. 1971.
LUTZER, ERWIN. Lutzer with his family, George Sweeting, John Walvoord at Lutzer's installation in 1980. 4 photos.
MCKEE, ARTHUR. Portrait photos, McKee with his wife Ethyl at Winona Lake, Indiana, n.d. 4 photos, clipping.
MISSIONS--CHINA. Missionaries to China supported by Moody Church, missionaries in Western and Chinese dress, Chinese congregations, C. J. Glittenberg and wife, W. Percy Knight and wife in Shansi, the CIM headquarters in the International Settlement in Shanghai, effects of famine in an unidentified province, possibly in northwest China, Chinese official traveling in litter, preaching hall, Chinese evangelist Li Kuam Fah. 1910-1914, n.d. 22 photos.
MISSIONS--NIGERIA. Esther Anderson, A. W. and M. D. Bailey at Chibia, a group of orphans. 1940, n.d. 3 photos.
MISSIONS--ZAIRE. Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Lasse.
MOODY, DWIGHT L. Portrait photos, sketches of Moody, Moody with his early Sunday school class, color postcard of the hall where Moody preached in Philadelphia. 1875-1899, n.d. 7 photos, clippings.
MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE. Color postcard of the Chicago Avenue Church and the Moody Bible Institute Woman's department, color postcard of radio station WMBI, color postcard of the Moody Bible Institute from the Moody Alumni Association, construction of the woman's dormitory, widening LaSalle Street in front of the Institute. 1909-1990. 15 photos, clipping.
MOODY CHURCH--BANDS. Instrumental groups of the church, including one led by Richard J. Oliver and including Clarence Jones. 1912-1919, n.d. 5 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--BUILDINGS--EXTERIORS. Photos and sketches of the buildings in which the church has met: the Illinois Street Church, the Chicago Street Church, the Moody Tabernacle, and the church on Clark Street (no pictures of the North Side Tabernacle). Almost all pictures are of the Clark Street Church, including several of it being constructed in 1924 and 1925. There is also a photo of the Moody Fresh Air Home and the Clyburn Gospel Church. Also in the folder are a few aerial photos of the neighborhood of the Clark Street church. 1921-1974, n.d. 22 color (including four postcards and one transparency), 46 b/w, clippings.
MOODY CHURCH--BUILDINGS--EXTERIORS (oversize). Church structure at Clark and North Avenue under construction. 8" x 19". Black and white. Ca. 1924
MOODY CHURCH--BUILDINGS--INTERIORS. Photos and sketches of some of the buildings in which the church has met: the Chicago Street Church, the Moody Tabernacle, and the church on Clark Street (no pictures of the Illinois Street Church or the North Side Tabernacle), as well as the church's office building. Included are many pictures of the main auditorium of the Clark Street church. One picture of the communion table set at the Moody Tabernacle. 1918-1982, n.d. 10 color (including two transparencies), 37 b/w.
MOODY CHURCH--CEDAR LAKE. Exteriors and interiors of camp buildings, group shots, picnics, boating scenes, Paul Rader with groups and preaching, miscellaneous scenes of camp life, such as Rader feeding chickens and a goat being milked. 1916-1918, n.d. 29 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--CHOIRS. Formal pictures of choirs (including one children's choir). 1921-1954, n.d. 7 photos, clippings.
MOODY CHURCH--CHOIRS (oversize). Choir sitting in choir loft in a formal pose, possibly at Christmas time. 12" x 19.5". Black and white, ca. 1928.
MOODY CHURCH--CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR SOCIETY. Group portraits of CE members, pictures of their meeting room. 1898-1910, n.d. 9 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--DAY CARE. Proof sheet of candid scenes at the church's day care center, including staff, parents and children. 1972. 1 photo.
MOODY CHURCH--DIAL-A-STORY. Various scenes related to the church's telephone story program, including pictures of story teller Aunt Theresa, the stories being recorded, staff members, the phone bank, and children listening. 1969, n.d. 4 color, 31 b/w photos.
MOODY CHURCH--GROUP SHOTS. Wide range of pictures of groups associated in one way or another with the church, such as classes, banquets, interest associations, etc. Some are informal snapshots, other are formal portraits. Many pictures are unidentified. Among the groups are picnickers, a magic lantern presentation, audience at the Marching Youth radio program, the 1982 woman's seminar at the church, the Finance Committee, Sunday school pageants, Founders Day ceremonies, nursery, the basketball team, the Young Married People's Fellowship, elders, office staff, the Tract League, and the Yokefellow's Band. 1908-1983, n.d. 3 color and 96 b/w photos, clippings.
MOODY CHURCH--HISTORY CENTER. Scenes for the dedication of the church's History Center in 1968, including a picture of George Sweeting, Herman Hermanson, and Wilbur M. Smith together. 1968. 5 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--MISSIONS--FOREIGN. Scenes from the annual foreign mission conferences held at the church, including pictures of various missionary speakers talking to church members and of the exhibits on different cultures or the work of various missions set up at the church for the conferences. Exhibits by China Inland Mission, Central American Mission, South Africa General Mission. Speakers include Jim Johnson. Also a group shot of the Girl's Missionary Study Circle. 1950-1982, n.d. 57 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--MISSIONS--HOME. Scenes from the annual home missions conference held at the church. 1956-1982, n.d. 17 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--NEW ENGLAND DINNER. Scenes from the annual event. Includes pictures of attendees in colonial costume. Among the individuals shown are Elizabeth and Eugene Odin and E. Y. Woolley. 1911-1983. 25 photos.
MOODY CHURCH--ORGAN. Shots of the organ in the main auditorium, including pictures of repair on the pipes and snapshots of organists Samuel Burkholder and Pat Johnson. 1969-1974, n.d. 9 photos, clipping.
MOODY CHURCH--SUNDAY SCHOOL. Scenes of classes of all ages, picnics and other outings, individual students and teachers. Among the groups shown are E. Y. Woolley's class, the Men's Bible Class, the Friendly Bible Class, Daily Vacation Bible School, the 75th anniversary of the Sunday school in 1933, the Brotherhood Class, the Homebuilders' Class, Primary department, the Junior Department, and the Bus ministry. 1908-1978. 68 photos, clippings.
MOODY CHURCH--USHER BAND. Group shots of the ushers, usually standing outside the main entrance. Also pictures of head usher Fred Hachtel. 1926-1934, n.d. 8 photos, clippings.
MOODY CHURCH--YOUTH CAMP. Scenes from the church's annual camp at Loon Lake, Illinois. N.d. 5 photos.
NARRAMORE, CLYDE. Portrait photo, n.d.
NORTH AFRICAN MISSION. Harold Stalley in Libya. N.d. 1 color photo.
OLFORD, STEPHEN. Scenes's from Olford's installation as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in New York. Participants included Billy Graham and Alan Redpath. 1959. 11 photos.
PEARCE, BILL. Portrait photos. 1971, n.d. 3 photos.
PHILPOTT, P. W. Portrait photos and pictures of Philpott with his family. One group picture of a Philpott family reunion. 1968, n.d. 6 photos.
RADER, DANIEL PAUL. Portrait photos and snapshots of Rader with his family, preaching, standing with members of the church such as George Meeker, John Hunter and Ed James. 1921, n.d. 9 photos, clippings.
REDPATH, ALAN. Portrait photos, pictures of Redpath preaching, with his family, attending various church functions, at a Keswick convention. 1950-1959, n.d. 1 color, 15 b/w photos.
RILEY, WILLIAM BELL. Profile. N.d.
SANKEY, IRA. Portrait photo. N.d.
SCHEEL, RICHARD. Portrait photo, with family, speaking at a Moody conference, portrait photo of Margory Scheel. 1959-1982. 4 photos.
SCHAEFFER, FRANCIS, IV. Proof sheet of Schaeffer speaking at Moody Church in 1976. 1 photo.
SHEA, GEORGE BEVERLY. Portrait photo, scenes of Shea singing at Moody Church. N.d. 5 photos.
SHIELDS, T. T. Portrait photo. N.d.
SIMPSON, A. B. Portrait photo. N.d.
SONGS IN THE NIGHT. Proof sheets and snap shots, mostly of the annual banquet held for supporters of the program, but also some pictures of the program being produced and of the staff, such as Richard Florence, Kent Creswell, Richard Dinwiddie, Brandt Gustafson, Suzanne Johnson, Ruth Lawrence, Elma Limkemann, and Jerry Swanson. 1968-1982, n.d. 99 photos.
SPORTS--RELIGIOUS ASPECTS. Portrait photos of athletes Don Kessinger, Darryl Imhoff, Craig Baynham, and Jim King. N.d. 4 photos.
SUDAN INTERIOR MISSION. Portrait photo of Guy W. Playfair. N.d.
SUNDAY, WILLIAM ASHLEY "BILLY". Portrait photo. N.d.
SWEETING, GEORGE. Portrait photos, pictures of Sweeting preaching, with his family, attending various church functions, in his library, broadcasting, creating a chalk picture, a print of one of his chalk drawings, at his farewell party, family Christmas card, at the groundbreaking of the Sweeting Center. 1968-1971, n.d.. 48 photos.
TORREY, REUBEN ARCHER, SR. Portrait photo. N.d.
VOM BRUCH, HARRY. Vom Bruch and Ethel McKee at the grave of Dwight L. Moody. N.d.
WIERSBE, WARREN. Portrait photo, with family, preaching, with George Sweeting, during his installation service. 1971, n.d. 19 photos.
WORLD WAR I. Queen Elizabeth of Belgium with Moody Church missionaries Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Norton inspecting clothes sent from the church to Europe for Belgian orphans. 1918. 5 photos.
WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS. Cecilia Douglas and Julia Supple standing in front of the hut in Mexico where they were studying the language of the Tajolalab Indians. 1943. 1 photo.
WYRTZEN, JACK. Wyrtzen, Ironside, Clarence Jones and others at Word of Life camp in 1950, Wyrtzen crusade at Moody Church in 1966. 2 photo.
YOUTH FOR CHRIST--GENERAL. Group shot of YFC leaders, including Torrey Johnson, Billy Graham, Robert Cook, George Wilson, T. W. Wilson, Cliff Barrows. Ca. 1945 1 photo.
Accession #: 86-46, 86-50
Type of material: Slides
The following items are located in the SLIDE FILE. All of the slides are in color.
S1-S33 - Scenes from the Moody Church Sunday school, showing classes from infants to adults. N.d., ca. 1970s
S34-S52. Scenes related to the church's Dial-A-Story program, including handouts, staff members talking on the phone, children listening to stories on the phone. 1968-1973.
S53-S57. Scenes from a seminar for working women held at Moody Church on March 16, 1983. Speakers included Beth Jones and Mary Welchel.
Accession #: 98-71
Type of material: Videos
The Archives has one copy of each video, unless otherwise noted. The following items are in the VIDEO FILE:
b&w / c
Length in minutes
|V1||vhs||c||36 min.||Memories||A video montage created for the Christian Companionship Club reunion showing scenes from Moody Church’s history. Features audio and video clippings of pastors Ironside, Logsdon, and Redpath speaking. Also includes a clip from an interview with Torrey Johnson.||Sept. 28, 1998|
|1||1||Torrey, R. A.; n.d.|
|1||2||Dixon, A. C.; 1907-1911|
|1||3||Woolley, E. J.; 1909-1920|
|1||4||Rader, Paul; 1917-1925|
|Philpott, P. W.|
|1||7||Annual Report; 1928|
|1||10||Central American Mission; 1928|
|1||11||Clergy Bureau; 1928|
|1||12||County Clerk; 1928|
|2||3||Lamphear, Mr. G.A.; 1928|
|2||14||Tacoma Meetings; 1927-1928|
|2||18||Porter, Charles A.; 1940-1944|
|Ironside, H. A.|
|3||3||Africa Inland Mission; 1940-1941|
|3||7||Central American Mission; 1938-1940|
|4||5||George Gruen - Citizens Bank; 1937-1940|
|5||4||Loizeaux Bros.; 1941|
|6||1||Missionary Rally; 1941|
|6||2||Montrose Conference; 1940-1941|
|6||8||Radio Hour; 1939-1941|
|7||8||Western Book & Tract Co.; 1941|
|8||2||Africa Inland Mission; 1942|
|8||3||Anderson, Grace; 1941-1942|
|9||2||Finney Memorial; 1940-1942|
|10||1||Loizeaux Bros.; 1942|
|10||4||Marriages by H.A.I.; 1931-1942|
|10||5||Mission Rally; 1942|
|10||6||Montrose Bible Conference; 1941-1942|
|11||5||Western B & T Co.; 1942|
|12||2||Africa Inland Mission; 1943|
|14||2||Loizeaux Bros.; 1943|
|14||4||Home Missionary Rally; 1942|
|14||5||Letters to Missionaries; 1942-1943|
|14||7||National Association of Evangelicals; 1941-1943|
|15||1||Southern Bible Training School; 1943|
|15||6||Western B & T Co.; 1943|
|16||1||Africa Inland Mission; 1944|
|16||5||Christmas Missionary Gifts; 1944|
|17||6||Loizeaux Bros.; 1944|
|18||2||Letters to Foreign Missionaries; 1944|
|18||3||Missionary Rally; 1944|
|18||6||Oakland Mission; 1943-1944|
|19||3||Southern Bible Training School; 1944|
|19||7||Western Book & Tract Co.; 1944|
|19||9||Zondervan Pub. House; 1944|
|19||11||African Inland Mission; 1945|
|20||2||Books - Fall Grants, Grace Theol. Seminary, Bob Jones, etc.; 1945|
|20||5||Christmas Letters; 1945|
|20||6||Cohn, Joseph; 1944-1945|
|22||1||Loizeaux Bros.; 1945|
|22||4||Foreign Missionary Rally; 1944|
|22||8||Tuttle, Charles R.; 1938-1944|
|23||2||Western B & T Co.; 1945|
|23||6||Africa Inland Mission; 1945-1946|
|23||7||American Assn. for Jewish Evan.; 1945-1946|
|24||1||C; 1946; 1950|
|24||2||Christian Life & Times; 1945-1946|
|25||5||Loizeaux Bros.; 1946|
|26||2||Letters to Foreign Missionaries; 1946|
|27||4||U-V; 1946, 1948|
|27||6||Western B & T Co.; 1946|
|27||8||New Testament; n.d.|
|29||5||Life Record; 1900-1948|
|29||6||Redpath, Alan; 1953-1962|
|29||7||Sweeting, George; 1965-1967|
|29||8||Wiersbe, Warren; 1971-1975|
|29||9||Lutzer, Erwin; 1980|
|30||1||Berean Bible Class; 1966|
|71||3||Postal Scrapbook; 1905|
|Cedar Lake Conference Grounds|
|30||4||Financial Journals; 1915-1920|
|30||5||Financial Ledger; 1915-1920|
|30||6||Legal papers; 1915-1921|
|30||7||Timebook and Payroll; 1915-1920|
|65||1||Voucher Register; 1915-1916|
|31||1||Chicago Gospel Tabernacle|
|Christian Companionship Club|
|31||6||Christian Endeavor; 1897-1915|
|31||9||Church Correspondence; 1909-1913|
|31||10||Counting Reports; 1918-1920|
|31||11||Correspondence; 1897-1928; 1964-1965|
|31||12||Newell Trial; 1909-1910|
|31||13||Ordination; 1897, 1915-1919|
|31||15||Finance - Correspondence; 1914-1919|
|31||16||Mission Church of Ravenswood - Reports; 1913-1924|
|32||3||Ceylon and India General Mission; 1917|
|32||4||China Inland Mission; 1911-1941|
|32||5||Evangelical Union of South America, 1911-1913|
|33||2||Japan Independent Mission; 1917|
|33||3||Mission to Lepers in India and the East; 1912-1917|
|33||5||South African General Mission; 1917|
|33||6||A - Boards; 1940-1944|
|34||1||A-E - Donors; 1941-1943|
|34||2||A - Individuals; 1941-44|
|34||3||B - Individuals; 1940-44|
|34||6||D - Individuals; 1940-44|
|35||3||F - Individuals; 1940-44|
|35||4||F-J - Donors; 1941-44|
|35||11||K - Boards; 1943-44|
|35||12||K-0 - Donors; 1941-44|
|36||1||Lang, Gladys; 1940-44|
|36||8||P-Z - Donors; 1941-44|
|36||9||R - Individuals; 1940-44|
|3||T - Individuals; 1940-44|
|4||U-V - Individuals; 1940-44|
|7||Z - Individuals; 1940-44|
|38||2||Foreign Missions-Rally; 1975-79|
|Moody Gospel Mission|
|65||2||Reports Ledgers; 1915-1920|
|38||5||Moody Italian Mission Reports; 1921-35|
|38||7||Nominating-Reports; 1909-27; 1973-74|
|38||8||Open Air-Reports; 1915-1935|
|38||14||Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society; 1911-12|
|39||1||Women's Meeting - Report; 1897|
|39||2||Young Women's Home - Reports; 1912-1921|
|39||3||Death Register; 1922-1941||69||5||Dial-a-Story; [c. 1968]-1975, n.d.|
|39||4||Dial-a-Story; 1977, n.d.|
|39||5||Dismissed, Dropped, Deceased List; 1922-1927|
|39||6||Financial Reports; 1951-1958|
|39||7||Friendly Bible Class; 1916-1950|
|39||8||Friendship Club - Minutes and Reports; 1917-1938|
|40||1||Fresh Air Home; 1902-1922|
|Building Fund Receipts|
|42||2||Great Commission Prayer League; 1918-1920|
|42||3||History Center - Correspondence; 1916-1968|
|42||4||Cash Book; 1913-1915|
|42||5||Church Accounts; 1916-1918|
|42||6||Income and Expense; 1917-1946|
|42||7||Missionary Funds; 1921-1924|
|68||3||Northside Tabernacle Account Book, 1871-1874|
|42||8||Pledges, Poor Fund; 1919-1920|
|43||2||Marriage Register; 1922-1941|
|43||3||Membership Address Lists; n.d.|
|66||1 R||1872-1876 (Good Copies)|
|66||2||1872-1876 (Bad Copies)|
|51||3||Moody Centenary Materials; 1937|
|69||2||Centennial Materials, 1955-1962|
|52||2||Moody Tract League - Reports; 1918-1926|
|52||3||Music Director - Correspondence; 1919-1921|
Newspaper Clippings; 1899-1990, n.d.
Newspaper Clippings; 1907-1986
|53||6||Christmas and Easter Services; 1941-1985|
|69||6||Historical Programs; 1896-1984, n.d.|
|53||11||Missionary Conference; 1933-1985|
|53||12||Children's Day; 1907-1954|
|54||1||Christmas and Easter; 1909-1954|
|54||3||New England Dinner; 1913-1984|
|54||4||Rally Day; 1907-1948|
|54||5||Big Tabernacle Bulletin, The; 1916|
|69||1||Brochures/Promotional Material; 1955-2003|
|54||7||Christian Clarion Club; 1931-1936|
|56||2||Church Manuals; n.d.|
|56||4||Crib Sheets; 1983-1985|
|56||7||History of the Church; 1903-1940|
|56||8||Miscellaneous; 1910-1981, n.d.|
|Moody Church News|
|57||3||Prayer List; 1942|
|57||4||Promotional Cards; 1910-1947, n.d.|
|57||5||Fund-raising; 1909-1950, n.d.|
|57||7||Promotional Cards; 1916-1921, n.d.|
|65||5||Printed forms; ca. 1921|
|57||8||Victory Hour, The; 1978-1983|
|65||4||Purchase Journal; 1917-1920|
|57||9||Report on Constituency; ca. 1966|
|58||1||Reports - Annual; 1967-1984|
|58||2||Scandinavian Alliance Mission; n.d.|
|58||3||Scrapbook - Moody-McNeill Meetings; 1892-1894|
|58||4||Songs in the Night; 1980|
|58||5||Stationary; ca. 1918|
|59||2||Oct 1925 - January 1926|
|60||3||Nov 1926 - February 1927|
|61||3||Nov 1927 - January 1928|
|62||2||Sunday, William Ashley "Billy";|
|62||4||Daily Vacation Bible School; 1937-1946|
|Minutes - Executive Committee|
|70||4||Moody Sunday School – Miscellaneous; 1887-1937, n.d.|
|63||1||Register of Students; 1893-1895|
|64||1||Nominating Committee; 1926-1943|
|64||4||Young Married People's Class; 1910-1917|
|64||5||Testimonials; 1965, n.d.|
|64||6||Thiessen, Carol - Correspondence; 1973|
|64||7||Tracts; 1917, n.d.|
|64||8||Treasurer Reports; 1897-1941|
|64||9||Trustees Reports; 1910-1974|
|64||10||Usher Band; 1916-1960|
|68||2||Visitor's Register; 1898-1987|
|64||11||Youth Camp; 1969|
|69||4||Correspondence – Miscellaneous; 1905-1939, n.d.|
|69||7||Historical Recounts; 1876-1995, n.d.|
|70||1||Moody Church Miscellaneous 1; [c. 1887]-1958, n.d.|
|70||2||Moody Church Miscellaneous 2; 1963-2007, n.d.|
|70||3||Moody Church Miscellaneous 3; n.d.|
|70||6||Tickets – Moody Church Events; 1873-1910, n.d.|