Billy Graham Center

What Does the BGC Archives Have About Billy Sunday?

William Ashley "Billy" Sunday was probably the best known American evangelist of the first decades of the twentieth century. Click here to read a brief biography about him. Click here to see an exhibit of the Archives' on his life and ministry.

There are two major collections in the Archives about Sunday, The first is Collection 61, the papers of William Ashley and Helen Amelia (Thompson) Sunday. This is a microfilm collection of the Sundays' private papers, covering the 1880s through the 1950s. The originals are in the library of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. The second collection is Collection 29, Ephemera of William Ashley Sunday. This consists of letters,brochures, newspaper scrapbooks, photos and other materials by or about Sunday which the Archives has picked up from a variety of sources.

Besides these two collections, dozens of other collections in the Archives contain substantial information on Sunday. Click here to see a list of some of the most important of these collections.

Click here for information about films of Billy Sunday.

Click here to link to a Web page with an online audio file of Billy Sunday's "Booze" sermon.

Please be aware that the purpose of this page is to provide information on some of the most relevant Archives holdings relating to this often-asked question. Because of staff and time limitations, the BGC archivists can spend no more than a half-hour helping an individual researcher; we have to focus our efforts on gathering the material and making it available. In order to find all the materials in the Archives on this particular topic, you will need to personally go through the guides to the various Archives collections available at this Web site and in the Archives Reading Room in the Billy Graham Center building in Wheaton, Illinois. If your request will take longer than the half hour we can provide, you will either need to come to the Archives yourself to do the necessary research in our collections, arrange for someone to come and do the research for you, or pay to use the Archives' research services.

You can also do further independent searching of the online database to explore what the Archives has on a wide variety of subjects. You will find only a very small sampling of the Archives actual documents on this Web site. Most of our Web pages only describe what is at the Archives in Wheaton. In most cases you must visit the Archives to use our collections, unless a collection (or portion of it) is available through inter-library loan or as a short-term loan for a fee. You may also find it helpful to visit Wheaton College's online catalog to its libraries and archives (including the Billy Graham Center Archives).

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