Billy Graham Center

Papers of Jacqueline Huggins - Collection 545

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Jacqueline Huggins

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes, Photographs, and Video Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
    Video Tapes

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)


Transcript T2 excerpt

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Brief Description.
One interview (3.75 hrs.) with Huggins in which she describes her difficult childhood, resistance to religion and conversion, marriage and divorce, interest in and call to missions, education at Bible school, attitudes of Bible colleges and missions toward those who are divorced, affinity for academics and interest in languages, attending Urbana '79 and '96, training with Wycliffe Bible Translators, working among the Kagayanen people of the Philippines on translating the New Testament and Genesis (cultural obstacles, difficult biblical concepts), personal ministry, racial attitudes toward African Americans among missionary colleagues, comparison of Filipino's attitudes toward her and Caucasian missionaries, her goals for next several terms, and other mission-related topics. Events described in the interview cover the time period 1949-1997.
Vol.: 1 Folder, 4 Audio Tapes, Photograph, 1 Videotape

Collection 545
[September 28, 2000]
Huggins, Jacqueline;1949-
Papers; 1985, 1995-1997

1 Folder, 4 Audio Tapes, Photograph, 1 Videotape


The recordings of Huggins' chapel address and interview on Family Portraits can only be used in the Archives Reading Room; no copies can be made, as copyright is retained by Wheaton College's radio station, WETN, from which copies can be purchased.


Full name: Jacqueline Andrea Shirlee Wilson-Huggins

Birth date: October 22, 1949, in Philadelphia

Parents: Fenton Michael Wilson and Doris Alberta (Banks) Wilson Jordan
Siblings: Mark, (Jacqueline), Janice
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: Vincent, Milton
Foster family: Lived with two foster families until she was nine

Conversion: November 15, 1977

1978-1979 Philadelphia College of Bible
1979-1983 Fort Wayne Bible College
1984-1985 Summer Institute of Linguistics training program
2010 Fuller Theological Seminary - M.A. Intercultural Studies
2016 University of the Philippines in Manila - Ph.D in Linguistic Anthropology

1986 Linguist/translator among the Kagayanen people on Cagayaneillo, a small island off Palawan Island in the Philippines
1994-1995 Taught two-week translation courses at Koinonia Seminary in Davao City, Mindanao

Other significant information:
1982 Led a short-term mission team to the Philippines

Scope & Content

This collection consists of audio recordings, a videotape, several prayer letters, and a photograph of Huggins. The recordings, comprising the majority of the collection, consist of an oral history with Huggins (see detailed description which follows) and of the radio program Family Portraits segment hosted by Dennis Okholm in which she discusses her translation work in the Philippines, personal background and conversion, the demonstration of grace in her life, and the role of language in spiritual understanding and experience. The video tape is of her untitled chapel address at Wheaton College on March 21, 1997, in which she described her journey to Christian faith, call to be a missionary, and work as a translator in the Philippines.

Jacqueline Huggins was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on March 21, 1997, at the Archives office. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1949-1997.

T1 (75 minutes). Growing up in Philadelphia, foster family's treatment (spiritual environment, cruelty and abuse), joining a second foster family at the death of her first foster mother, returning to live with her biological mother, determined resistance to religion a response to her foster home experience, marriage and divorce, children, comparing herself with her children and her parents, conversion, involvement in astrology, thrill of learning, church participation, interest in missions, selecting a mission agency, attending Philadelphia College of Bible, discrimination against divorced students

T2 (80 minutes). Click here to listen to an excerpt from this interview. You can also visit the Archives exhibit with the audio excerpt and accompanying transcript.)

Sister's conversion, lack of personal experience of racial discrimination for being an African American woman, attitudes of Bible colleges and missions toward those who are divorced, transfer to Fort Wayne Bible College, education and training for missions, interest in languages and translation, attending Urbana '79, selecting Wycliffe Bible Translators, Wycliffe's training and course work, doubting her call to missions, being assigned to work on the Kagayanen language, translating the New Testament (process, addition of Genesis, philosophy), Kagayanen church, translators' involvement in church life and their own ministry, limitations on church involvement due to nature of research visa, personal evangelism, translation obstacles (lack of people's interest in reading and language, lack of pride in group, lack of motivation to read for content), preference to speak in other languages (trade language, national language or English)

T3 (70 minutes). Difficult biblical concepts to translate (Son of Man in particular), meaning-based emphasis vs. literal and grammatical precision, consideration of a potential but ultimately inadequate redemptive analogy, personal benefits of reading Scripture in another language, attending Urbana '96, perceived racial attitudes of missionary colleagues (recounting to her their experiences with African Americans, talking down, stereotyped images, not taking her seriously, higher administrative support), comparison of Filipinos' openness with her and with Caucasian missionaries (being used as an intermediary by Filipinos), translation goals for next term and long-range goal (teaching translation as part of seminary program in Nairobi)



The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Jacqueline Huggins in March 1997, and Media Resources of Wheaton College in April 1997.

Accession: 97-14, 97-18, 97-22, 97-36
April 30, 1997
Paul A. Ericksen

Accession: 97-14, 97-36
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 75 minutes. One side. Interview with Jacqueline Huggins by Paul Ericksen on March 21, 1997.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 80 minutes. One side. Interview with Jacqueline Huggins by Paul Ericksen on March 21, 1997.

T3 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 70 minutes. One side. Interview with Jacqueline Huggins by Paul Ericksen on March 21, 1997.

T4 - Cassette, approximately 30 minutes. One side. Huggins was interviewed by Dennis Okholm for the radio program "Family Portraits" on March 21, 1997.

Accession: 97-18
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.

HUGGINS, JACQUELINE. 1 color portrait, intended for use as a prayer reminder. N.d.

Accession: 97-22
Type of material: Videotape

The following items are located in the VIDEOTAPE FILE:

V1 - Color, VHS, approximately 45 minutes. Huggins' Wheaton College chapel address on March 21, 1997.

Box Folder Item
1 1 Prayer letters & appeal card; 1985, 1995-1996

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