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Papers of William Franklin Jr. "Billy" Graham - Collection 15

In June 2019, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) withdrew everything in this collection that had been deposited by the BGEA. The remaining materials are the property of the BGC Archives and are described below.
Any inquires about using the rest of the collection should be directed to David Bruce of the BGEA staff. Dbruce@bgea.org



Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions


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

    Paper Records
    Nonpaper Records
Lists of Audio Tapes, Films, and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
    Films

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



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Brief Description.
Assortment of various documents with a personal connection to Graham, gathered together by the archivist. Includes a scrapbook kept by Graham containing memorabilia from evangelistic meetings he led, correspondence, transcripts of sermons, the program from his funeral service.
Vol: 3 boxes (1.57 cubic feet), Audio Tapes, Film, Photographs



Collection 15
[May 8, 2018]
Graham, William Franklin "Billy," 1918-2018
Papers; 1936-2002, 2018

3 boxes (2 DC, 1 Flat;), Audio tapes, Film, Photographs (1.57 cubic feet)

Brief Description Assortment of various documents with a personal connection to Graham, gathered together by the archivist. Includes correspondence, transcripts of sermons, the program from his funeral service


Restrictions
Materials in this collection deposited by the BGEA remain the property of the BGEA.  Permission to copy pphotos, auto recordings, or films or quote in published work is necessary from the approriate group.

Forms to be sent to the BGEA or Literary Trust representative should be obtained from the staff in the Reading Room.





Scope and Content


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Series: Paper Records
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title. Titles were supplied by the archivist.
Date Range: 1938-1991
Volume: 1.55
Boxes: 1-3
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Scrapbook, letters, transcripts
Correspondents: Charles Fuller
Subjects: Billy Graham's family, his very early days as an evangelist and student at Wheaton College, his communication style, his influence as an Evangelical statesman and as a public figure
Notes: The materials in this collection are miscellaneous personal records of Rev. Billy Graham's which were sent to the Archives from the Montreat office of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). They were part of a number of shipments to the Archives over the years. Items that seemed to have a direct personal connection to Rev. Graham were placed in this collection. Items that had no such direct connection and were not created by the BGEA were placed in Collection 74.

Exceptional items:


Folder 2-3 contains a variety of miscellaneous letters gathered from various sources: two photocopies of letters (1950 and 1958) to Ray Schulenberg about the possibility of an evangelistic meetings in Moline and Chicago, Illinois; correspondence just after the 1957 New York Crusade in which Graham discusses his policy of cooperating with churches in his evangelistic meetings, as long as they placed no restrictions on his message; Graham’s 1962 response to a condolence note on the death of his father; a letter to Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw agreeing to serve on an anniversary committee for the seminary; drafts of the letter Graham wrote to the planners of the Moscow anti-nuclear weapons conference which he attended in 1982; a 2002 photocopy of a letter to Wheaton College, commending the humanitarian work of the rock musical Bono.

There is a good deal of correspondence with evangelist Charles Fuller in folder 2-4. All the materials in this folder are photocopies of documents sent to the Archives by the archives of Fuller Theological Seminary. The letters include Graham asking for help with the starting of the magazine Christianity Today, his responses to requests for help from Fuller with Fuller Seminary, and their comments on and participation in each other’s ministry. .

Some of the items reflect Ruth Graham’s participation in her husband’s ministry. Folder 2-2 contains a copy of Graham’s 1953 book Peace With God with her handwritten notes, apparently in preparation for a possible revision of the book.

Folder 3-6 contains the program for Graham's funeral service and related materials as well as a book of condolences from international students at Wheaton College who had received scholarships through the Billy Graham Center.




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Series: Nonpaper Records
Arrangement: Chronological
Date Range: 1943-1981
Geographic coverage: United States, Taiwan
Type of documents: Audio tapes of speech, home movies (?), photographs
Subjects: Billy Graham's family life and his evangelistic ministry
Notes: Items are described fully in their individual location records

 



LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 81-92, 86-3
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.


T1 - Cassette. Recording of a visit of Billy Graham to Chiang Kai-shek's tomb in Taiwan. Tape consists of his prayer by the tomb, in which he describes Chiang's impact on China and his Christian faith. 3 minutes. October 26, 1975. See folder 3-4 for transcript of the sermon.




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LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 86-3
Type of Material: Films

The following items are located in the FILM file.


F1 - Color 16mm home movie of scenes from the 1951 Christ for Hollywood meetings at the Hollywood Bowl. The film is less than two minutes long. It shows the marquee outside the Bowl, Cliff Barrows leading the choir, and the crowd dispersing at the end of the service.




CONTAINER LIST
Box Folder Description
1 1 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 2 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 3 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 4 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 5 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 6 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 7 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 8 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 9 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 10 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 11 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 12 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 13 Withdrawn by the BGEA
1 14 Withdrawn by the BGEA
2 1 Withdrawn by the BGEA
2 2 Book: Peace With God (Annotated), 1953, 1983
2 3 Correspondence
2 3 1950-2002
2 4 Fuller, Charles; 1956-1966
2 5 Withdrawn by the BGEA
2 6 Withdrawn by the BGEA
2 7 Withdrawn by the BGEA
2 8 Withdrawn by the BGEA
3 1 Withdrawn by the BGEA
3 2 Withdrawn by the BGEA
3 3 Withdrawn by the BGEA
3 4 Withdrawn by the BGEA
3 5 Withdrawn by the BGEA
3 6 Funeral materials; 2018



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