Billy Graham Collection, 1925-2001
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Brief Description: 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.
Held at:
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Archives
2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40280
Phone: 502-897-4573
Email: archives [at]
Record Series Number: 050/013
Created by: Graham, Billy (1918-2018)
Volume: 18.0 Boxes
Acquired: Accruals may come through donations.
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.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. No restrictions apply.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/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;

BGEA - Montreat Office - Collection 580, The Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College;

BGEA: Billy Graham - Montreat Office - VIP Notebooks - Collection 685, The Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College

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