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Billy Graham Collection

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Crusade Files

Louisville Crusade Materials

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Records and Paraphernalia

Decision Cards 1956 Louisville Crusade

Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks



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Billy Graham Collection, 1925-2001 | Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Archives

By Trey Moss, Chris Fenner, and Adam Winters

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Collection Overview

Title: Billy Graham Collection, 1925-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1949-1976

ID: 050/013

Primary Creator: Graham, Billy (1918-)

Extent: 18.0 Object

Arrangement: This collection has been arranged and described to the folder level. It is divided into five series; Crusade Files, Louisville Crusade 1956 & 2001, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Records and Paraphernalia, Decision Cards from the 1956 Louisville Crusade, and Scrapbooks of Newspaper Clippings. The folders in Series 1 have been arranged in generally chronological order following the apparent original order when these files were collected in drawers in the old Billy Graham Room. The folders in Series 2 and Series 3 are arranged regarding their respective relationships in the collection and were not previously arranged in any certain order.  The decision cards in Series 4 are boxed and sorted alphabetically.  The scrapbooks in Series 5 are organized by chronology.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Billy Graham Collection comprises eighteen cubic feet of documents, approximately 50 bound scrapbooks, and multiple published books.  This collection consists primarily of Graham crusade materials. Series 1, Crusade Files, contains a chronological record of crusades dating from 1949 until 1976 with additional files dating up to 1984.  Series 2, Louisville Crusade Materials 1956 & 2001, contains primarily of organizational and planning materials associated with the 1956 Louisville Crusade, with additional material related to the 2001 Louisville Crusade.  Series 3, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Records and Paraphernalia, contains records and paraphernalia relating to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Items of particular interest in this collection are: multiple Graham sermons from 1950-1957, numerous articles written by Graham, and records of crusade attendance and decisions.  Series 4 consists of the decision cards from Graham's 1956 Louisville crusade. Series 5 includes nearly 50 large scrapbooks of newspaper clippings regarding Graham's crusades and influence in world events.

Collection Historical Note

In 1956, Duke McCall convinced Billy Graham to house his ministry records at SBTS.  In 1960, the seminary dedicated the Billy Graham Room on the Boyce Centennial Library's second floor, which served as the official repository for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association materials during the next two decades.  In 1975, Wheaton College established their Billy Graham Center, and SBTS collection development gradually ceased.  Scrapbooking of newspaper clippings of Graham's ministry continued into the following decade, and the BGEA donated occassional paraphernalia from later crusades.  The Archives' Billy Graham Collection consists of the materials that remain from the old Billy Graham Room, in addition to donations received by individuals.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Archives

Accruals: Accruals may come through donations.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. No restrictions apply.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright held by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Photocopies and digital scans can be made by archives staff upon request for a fee.

Permission to publish or reproduce material from this collection must be secured from the Archives and Special Collections Librarian.

Related Materials:

Report to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1973-74, page 17;

Report to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1984-85, page H7-H8.

Processing Information: Numbered folders from the old Billy Graham Room were reordered, reboxed, and entered into Archon by Trey Moss, Archives Assistant.  In October 2015, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings were added to the index as Series 5.

Finding Aid Revision History: Added material on 2001 Louisville crusade to Series 2 on October 14, 2016.


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[Series 1: Crusade Files, 1949-1984],
[Series 2: Louisville Crusade Materials, 1955-1956, 2001],
[Series 3: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Records and Paraphernalia, 1925-1984],
[Series 4: Decision Cards 1956 Louisville Crusade, 1956],
[Series 5: Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks],
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Series 5: Newspaper Clipping ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
The staff of the James P. Boyce Centennial Library compiled thousands of newspaper clippings about Graham's crusades and influence in world events.  The collection of clippings were sorted and mounted in press books up through 1972.  Scrapbooks are arranged chronologically and number around 50 volumes.

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[Series 1: Crusade Files, 1949-1984],
[Series 2: Louisville Crusade Materials, 1955-1956, 2001],
[Series 3: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Records and Paraphernalia, 1925-1984],
[Series 4: Decision Cards 1956 Louisville Crusade, 1956],
[Series 5: Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks],
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