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Tapes aof press conferences held by Billy Graham, usually in conjunction with evanelistic meetings. Topics discussed cover a wide spectrum of theological, social, political, and economic matters, both foreign and domestic. There are also transcripts of interviews of Graham, a radio program on which Graham was criticized, and a press conference held by Rachel Saint and several Huraoni Indians at the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism. There are restrictions on the use of this collection.
Scope and Content
Series: News conference records
Subseries: A. Transcripts; B. Audio Tapes
Date Range: 1963-1985
Volume: 2.67 cu feet (1.4 paper, 1.27 audio tapes)
Geographic coverage: United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia
Type of documents: Transcripts of news conferences, audio recordings of news conferences
Subjects: Evangelism, salvation, the Christian faith, BGEA crusades, moral disorders ofcontemporary society, national politics (United States), the civil rights movement in the United States, American presidents, the Vietnam War, and abortion.
Notes: This collection contains transcripts and tapes of press conferences held by Billy Graham and a few individual press interviews . There are both transcripts and tapes for many of the conferences.
Series: News conference records
Subseries: A. Transcripts
Withdrawn by the BGEA June 2019
Series: News conference records
Subseries: B. Audio recordings
Date Range: 1963-1985
Type of documents: Audio tapes of news conferences
Notes: The contents of individual tapes are described in detail in the location records. There is no clear indication on the tape containers or the tapes as to who recorded these meetings, but they were probably done by the BGEA staff. Here are detailed notes on the contents of some of the earlier press conferences:
T1 - Columbus, Ohio. January 28, 1963. Billy Graham at Ohio State University.
Graham was in Columbus to talk to the student body of Ohio State University.
He spoke with reporters about the plans for the 1964 Columbus Crusade, his schedule,
the moral climate in American society (especially the campuses), the ecumenical
movement, the civil rights movement, the religious situation in Ohio, Billy
James Hargis, problems of mass evangelism, his impressions of South America,
and church-state relations. Minneapolis, Minnesota. April 11, 1963. Graham was
in Minneapolis to attend the opening of the renovated headquarters of the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the meeting of the finance committee
of the board of trustees of the BGEA. He talked about his schedule and answered
questions about BGEA finances, his health, the goals and purposes of the BGEA,
Sunday-closing laws, the civil rights movement, Pope John XXIII, and the international
T2 - Minneapolis, Minneapolis. April 15, 1963. Dedication service for the BGEA headquarters. The dedication service for the renovated BGEA headquarters at 1300 Harmon Avenue. George Wilson, business manager, gave a historical sketch of the Minneapolis headquarters and then Graham gave a message on the need of the BGEA to help spread the Gospel.
T3 - Los Angeles, California. August 13, 1963. Graham talked about his Southern California Crusade which was to begin August 15 and his first crusade in Los Angeles in 1949 which brought him national attention. He answered questions on the civil rights movement, the supreme court ruling on prayer in public schools, Billy James Hargis, ideological competition between American and Communist nations, the family, anti-intellectualism in America, and the nuclear proliferation treaty.
T4 - Miami, Florida. December 5, 1963. Graham was in Miami for the annual BGEA retreat, known as the Team Meeting. He talked about the hotel in which he was staying, owned by Harold Anderson, which was called a family hotel; John Kennedy's assassination; the planned BGEA pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair; spiritual problems of America; his plans for future crusades; the needs of American college students; the 1963 Southern California Crusade; and the civil rights movement.
T5 - Phoenix, Arizona. April 23, 1964. Graham, in Phoenix for a three-day crusade, talked about his plans for 1964. He answered questions on the Becker Amendment which aimed at "recognizing God in our national life," the civil rights movement, his political ambitions, contemporary evangelism, dangers of the ecumenical movement, the results of a crusade, how BGEA main headquarters came to be located in Minneapolis, the morality of American ministers, the BGEA pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, Rev. Moore's drive to "revise textbooks which...teach the theory of evolution as a fact."
T6 - San Diego, California. April 30, 1964. Graham was in California for the San Diego County Crusade. He was introduced at the press conference by Richard Blunt of the Crusade executive committee. Graham talked about his schedule, the background of the San Diego Crusade, his hopes for the meetings, and his support of the Becker Amendment. He answered questions about the Becker Amendment, the problems of American young people, crusade procedures, churches in Communist countries, the civil rights movement, American's need of the Gospel, Carl McIntire's alleged claim that the National Council of Churches was infiltrated by communists, the limitations of modern technology, the BGEA pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, democracy, the growing feeling of revival in America, and school prayer.
T7 - Columbus, Ohio. July 9, 1964. Graham was in Columbus for the Central Ohio Crusade. He talked about the crusade--its goals and America's need for a spiritual rebirth. He answered questions about the civil rights movement, big government in America, the secularizing of America, possible presidential ambition, international affairs and a talk he had with John Foster Dulles, changes in crusade methods, juvenile delinquency, the common human dilemma, relations with the mass media, his relations with his children, and the Christian life.
T17 - San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ca. March 17, 1967. Graham was in San Juan for the start of the Puerto Rico Crusade. First he was introduced in Spanish and English by Dr. Lazta and Mr. Santiago then he made a brief statement about his 1958 rally in San Juan and discussed the 1967 crusade, emphasizing that Roman Catholics were invited and giving his personal testimony to Christ's influence on his life. He also talked about his appreciation of Holiday Inn, reasons for not commenting on the morality of the Vietnam conflict, his 1966 trip to Vietnam, the world wide search for religious truth, the impossibility of finding God intellectually. He then answered questions (reporters' questions are largely inaudible) about Central Intelligence Agency contributions to his crusades, the division in denominations between liberal and Evangelical theology, his support for racial integration and the civil rights movement in the United States, the percentage of attenders who come forward at a crusade, how to judge the results of a crusade.
T12 - Great Americans Award press conference. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, GA. December 29, 1967. Graham introduced by Jim Stevenson. Graham answers questions about the war in Vietnam, Cambodian invasion, antiwar movement in United States, changes in the Roman Catholic church, abortion, modern evangelism methods, make-up of BGEA evangelists, upcoming Sydney, Australia crusade, condition of American society.
T13 - Continuation of tape T12. Graham talks about racism, upcoming presidential election, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, sexual ethics, censorship.
T16 - Sydney. Australia. Ca. April 1, 1968. Graham was in Sydney for the start of the Sydney Crusade. He was introduced by Bishop Clive Kerle and then answered questions from the press about the 1968 Presidential election, Lyndon Johnson, American attitudes toward the Vietnam conflict, the morality of the Vietnam conflict, science and the Bible, the inspiration and reliability of the Bible, race relations in the United States, the civil rights movement in the United States, the finance of crusade evangelism, methods of evangelism, emotionalism in evangelism, modern theology and refugees in Vietnam and the Middle East.
T15 - Soundtracks of two interviews Graham did for Australian television. April 3, 1968. The tape was possibly made from a television set as the interviews were being broadcast. Graham answered questions about the size, finances and nature of the BGEA, criticism of his use of guilt in preaching, meaning of Christ's death, the fall of humankind, the nature of conversion, the connection between blood and redemption, the work of the Holy Spirit, communicating the Gospel to unbelievers, cooperating with unbelievers for social reform, conversations with Karl Barth and Emil Brunner, automation in modern society, emotionalism in evangelism meetings, the public relations operation of the BGEA.
T14 - Sydney Australia. April 28, 1968. Graham talks to a press conference about the results of the Sydney crusade, people's response to evangelism, modern youth and the church, critics of the crusade, the long range results of the crusade, and the role of the Australian church in Southeast Asia.
T8 - Los Angeles, California. May 13, 1968. Graham was in Portland, Oregon prior to the crusade in that city. This press conference was held shortly after Graham returned from a crusade in Australia and just before to the beginning of the Portland, Oregon, crusade. In his opening remarks, he discussed the time spent in Australia, mentioned problems the Portland Crusade would face, and talked about World Wide Pictures' productions. He also announced for the first time his invitation to hold a crusade in Anaheim, California in 1969 and introduced clergy and laymen with him who would be involved in planning that crusade. Graham answered questions and commented on the poor people's march on Washington, D.C., led by black clergy; Martin Luther King's assassination; youth unrest, especially in universities; contemporary morality; the 1968 Presidential election and his personal relationships with the candidates (especially Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and Robert Kennedy); the Vietnam War and the Paris Peace Talks; heart transplants; mass media's influence on morality; his retirement; plans for a BGEA-funded university; Oral Roberts and Pentecostalism; crusade follow-up; the World Council of Churches; the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade; Bishop James Pike; and prophetess Jeanne Dixon.
T18 - Bonn, Germany. April 1, 1970. Graham was in Germany for the start of the Euro 70 crusade in Dortmund. A good portion of the tape is taken up with comments in German as well as translations of the reporters' questions and Graham's responses. Graham began with a statement about the crusade being planned and went on to answer questions about his relationship to the Roman Catholic church, the response of young people to evangelistic efforts, supposed conflicts between the Bible and science, the current crisis in organized churches, translations of the Bible, the emotional appeal in his messages, the civil rights protest movement in the United States and Graham's relationship to Martin Luther King, Jr.
T19 - Dortmund, Germany. April 2, 1970. Graham was in Germany for the start of the Euro 70 crusade in Dortmund. A good portion of the tape is taken up with translations of the reporters' questions and Graham's responses. Graham began with a statement about the purpose of the crusade and then answered questions about the hotel accommodations of the staff working on the crusade, efforts to evangelize young people, the lasting results of evangelistic crusades, reasons for people leaving the church, and the financial aspects of the BGEA,
T9 - Greenville, North Carolina. February 19, 1971. A press conference, held at Furman University, in which Graham discusses the Jesus Movement, the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Nixon's attitude toward profanity, the "twilight of Christianity," drugs, religion in contemporary music, witchcraft and Satan, lasting converts of the crusades, his future plans, small private colleges and their survival, Ireland and Ian Paisley, and religious interests of world leaders.
T20 - Press conference which Graham gave before delivering the lecture in the Alfred M. Landon Series on Public Affairs at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. March 4, 1974. Graham answered questions about Watergate and Richard Nixon, conflict in the Middle East, campus activism, spiritual awakenings, his health and plans for future crusades, the need for Christian evangelism, the Biblical position on the status of women, the Vietnam War, the need for repentance in America, the balance between evangelism and social action. Transcript is in folder 3-24. The actual lecture is in Collection 74, T33.
T10 - Albany Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. June, 1976. A press conference held when Graham was passing through Scotland to evangelistic meetings in Germany. Introduction by David McClagan. Graham says he feels at home in Israel, Scotland, and North Carolina. Describes his past visits to Scotland and his plans to preach in Essen, Germany on Whit Sunday. Speaks on terrorism, communicating the Gospel in the modern world, modern morals, possibility of a crusade in Scotland, changes in the Roman Catholic Church, Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions in the world, spiritual awakening in the United States, Jimmy Carter and Charles Colson, the Scottish National Party, religious conflicts in Lebanon and Ireland, spiritual state of the world, television versus live evangelism.
T11 - Continuation of tape T10. Billy Graham answers questions about Christianity and Marxism, Christianity in Latin America, the state of the Scottish church, Norman Lear's suing network to retain control of programs.
T21 - Conversation of Graham with Governor James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina someplace near Graham's home in Montreat, North Carolina. April 21, 1980. The occasion of the conversation is not clear. Graham talks about the BGEA's radio stations, his early days as an evangelist, Ruth Graham's upcoming trip to mainland China and the attitude of the Chinese government toward the United States, the prospects for peace in the world, the need for alternative forms of energy. Reporters are also present and at the end of the tape Graham answers questions from them about the causes of sin and war.
T22 - Very informal press conference of Billy Graham and local newspapers, at the BGEA office in Montreat, North Carolina. April 21, 1980. He answers questions about his health, his schedule, his avoidance of endorsements for political candidates, his relations with presidents, his contacts with North Carolina governor James Hunt, more about his health, the 1980 Lausanne Committee consultation in Thailand, organization of the BGEA, threats to world peace, spiritual longings of the human heart, his concentration on evangelism, his contacts with politicians.
|T1||R||3.75||--||2||Side 1. Press conference at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Graham was in Columbus to talk to the student body of Ohio State University. Side 2. Press conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. .||1/28/1963 /
|T2||R||7.5||--||1||Reel-to-reel, 7 ½. Dedication service for the BGEA headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.||4/15/1963|
|T3||R||3.75||--||--||Press conference in Los Angeles, CA.||8/13/63|
|T4||R||3.75||--||--||Press conference in Miami, Florida.||12/5/1963|
|T5||R||3.75||--||--||Press conference in Phoenix, Arizona.||4/23/1964|
|T6||R||3.75||--||--||Press conference in San Diego, California.||4/30/1964|
|T7||R||3.75||--||1||Press conference in Columbus, Ohio.||7/9/1964|
|T23||R||3.75||34||--||Press conference in Washington, D.C., announcing plans for a world congress on evangelism.||12/22/ 1964|
|T24||R||3.75||48||1||Rachael Saint and Huaorani tribesmen from Ecuador Kimo and Kumi discuss the planting of a church among the Huaorani after the murder of five missionaries in 1956. They are introduced by George Cowan of Wycliffe Bible Translators. This press conference was part of the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism. Transcript in folder 1-3.||10/27/ 1966|
|T25||R||3.75||60||1||World Congress on Evangelism press conference in Berlin, Germany, with Billy Graham and Carl Henry.||10/27/1966|
|T26||R||3.75||59||1||World Congress press conference with Catholic and Jewish observers at the Congress.||11/1/ 1966|
|T27||R||3.75||75||1||Concluding World Congress in Evangelism press conference, with Billy Graham and Carl Henry.||11/3/ 1966|
|T17||R||3.75||41||1||Press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.||Ca. 3/17/1967|
|T28||R||3.75||--||1||Press conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.||May, 1967|
|T12||R||7.5||--||1||Great Americans Award press conference. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.||12/29/1967|
|T13||R||7.5||17||1||Continuation of tape T12.||12/29/1967|
|T16||R||3.75||61||1||Press conference in Sydney. Australia.||Ca. 4/1/1968|
|T15||R||3.75||38||1||Soundtracks of two interviews Graham did for Australian television, apparently in Sydney, Australia.||4/3/1968|
|T31||R||7.5||16||1||Billy Graham interview for the Australian broadcast program, Telescope.||4/19/ 1968|
|T14||R||3.75||11||1||Press conference in Sydney Australia.||4/23/1968|
|T8||R||3.75||--||2||Press conference in Los Angeles, California.||5/13/1968|
|T35||R||3.75||59||1||Press conference in Melbourne, Australia.||3/11/ 1969|
|T18||R||3.75||45||1||Press conference in Bonn, Germany.||4/1/1970|
|T19||R||3.75||45||1||Press conference in Dortmund, Germany.||4/2/1970|
|T9||R||7.5||25||1||Press conference in Greenville, North Carolina.||2/19/1971|
|T41||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Chicago, Illinois.||5/24/ 1971|
|T42||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Oakland, California.||6/25/ 1971|
|T58||C||--||||1||Press conference in Durban, South Africa.||3/17/ 1973|
|T59||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Atlanta, Georgia.||4/24/ 1973|
|T61||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Seoul, Korea.||5/26 1973|
|T65||C||--||--||2||Ruth Graham Message at Women's Prayer Breakfast / Ruth Graham Press Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.||9/5/1973|
|T20||R||3.75||22||1||Press conference which Graham gave before delivering the lecture in the Alfred M. Landon Series on Public Affairs at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.||3/4/1974|
|T69||C||||--||2||Press conference about the upcoming International Congress on World Evangelization; Lausanne, Switzerland.||3/29/ 1974|
|T70||C||||--||2||Press conference about the upcoming International Congress on World Evangelization; Lausanne, Switzerland.||3/29/ 1974|
|T72||C||--||--||2||Initial orientation session and press conference for the news media at the International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland. Warwick Olsen is the speaker.||Ca. July 16, 1974|
|T73||C||--||--||1||International Congress on World Evangelism press conference with Rene Padilla and Samuel Escobar.||July 22, 1974|
|T74||C||--||--||1||Press conference and statement concerning President Ford's pardoning of President Nixon; Los Angeles, California.||9/8/1974|
|T76||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.||9/30/ 1974|
|T77||C||--||--||1||Press conference in De Janeiro, Brazil; BGEA Team Breakfast.||9/30/ 1974|
|T81||C||--||--||1||Press conference at Texas Baptist Evangelism Conference; Fort Worth, Texas.||1/13/ 1975|
|T82||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.||3/12/ 1975|
|T107||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.||1/30/1978|
|T117||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Warsaw, Poland.||10/16/ 1978|
|T118||C||--||--||1||Press conference in New York, New York after Poland visit.||10/20/ 1978|
|T121||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Singapore.||12/2/1978|
|T126||C||--||--||1||Press conference, Sydney, Australia.||4/26/ 1979|
|T127||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Sydney, Australia.||5/20/ 1979|
|T131||C||--||--||1||Press conference in Chicago, Illinois.||11/5/ 1979|
|T22||R||7.5||25||1||Very informal press conference of Billy Graham and local newspapers, at the BGEA office in Montreat, North Carolina.||4/21/1980|
|T150||C||--||45||1||Press conference on Radio Moscow, Soviet Union.||5/10/ 1982|