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New Collections

New and Updated Collections at the BGC Archives

Katherine and Vaus in RRThe BGC Archives is continually adding items to its holdings—newly discovered letters, a recently donated photo album, transcripts to oral history interviews, an entirely new collection, and much more.

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See the descriptions below and follow the links to learn more about new resources now open for research. 

New Collections

Collection 580: Records of the BGEA: Montreat Office, 1940-2016 (New, 4/18)
Correspondence, sermons, reports, memoranda, transcripts, clippings, manuscripts, and other materials maintained at the Montreat, North Carolina office of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Montreat office was Billy Graham’s personal secretariat and provided the administrative base for his work as an evangelist of the Christian Gospel, president of the BGEA, Christian author, speaker, and statesman on a national and global level, and influential communicator and opinion maker. The collection consists of three main series: I. Graham’s correspondence covering all aspects of his ministry, including contacts with the media; II. Files related to particular evangelistic campaigns and rallies; III. Files relating to particular BGEA offices and departments. The collection also includes two subseries in Series I containing files relating to Graham’s ministry before the 1950 formation of the BGEA, covering Graham’s service as pastor of the Western Springs Baptist Church, vice-president of Youth for Christ, president of Northwestern Schools, and as an independent evangelist. 

Collection 554: Oral History Interview with Dražen Glavaš (New, 5/18)
Oral history interviews in which Glavaš in which he describes his childhood in Croatia, the Catholic Church in that country, his conversion while at university, various experiences  as worker for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) including a year in Moscow; the war in Croatia in the early 1990s; ministry development among university students; observations on American Christianity compared with Croatia.

Collection 706: Evangelism Posters Ephemera (New, 4/18)
A wide variety of posters in used in Protestant evangelistic work in early twentieth-century China. 

Updated Collections

New items have been added to the following collections:

Collection 15: Ephemera of Billy Graham (Updated, 5/18)

Collection 300: Records of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Updated, 4/18)

Collection 81: Records of Africa Inland Mission (Updated, 11/17)

New Oral History Transcripts

Since the early 1980s, the BGC Archives staff have conducted over 800 hours of oral history interviews with more than 275 individuals involved in mass evangelism, foreign missions, Christian education, community development, medical work, and political advocacy. These figures include well-known names such as Cliff Barrows, Elisabeth Elliot, David Howard, John Huffman, William Pannell, John Perkins, and many more. To date, the BGC Archives staff have completed over 430 transcripts to these interviews. Follow the links below to read our latest oral history transcripts. 

Please note: Oral history interview transcripts are not available online during the interviewee's lifetime. Transcripts available online are linked below.

Collection 416: Oral History Interviews with Benjamin L Armstrong. Transcripts for Tapes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 (Completed 10/15). Founding member of Trans World Radio and Executive Director of National Religious Broadcasters. 

Collection 498: Oral History Interview with William E. Pannell. Transcript for Tapes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Completed 6/1). Evangelist with Tom Skinner Ministries and Youth for Christ.

Collection 489: Oral History Interview with John A. MacDonald. Transcript for Tape 3 (Added 5/18). Mid-century evangelist with Jews for Jesus in San Francisco.

Collection 216: Oral History Interview with Horst Marquardt. Transcript for Tape 1 (Completed 5/18) Worker with Tran World Radio / Evangeliums-Rundfunk in Europe.

Collection 513: Oral History Interviews with John R. Stauffacher. Transcripts for Tapes 1, 2 & 3 (Added 4/18). Missionary with Africa Inland Mission in DRC and Tanzania.

Collection 171: Papers of Mary Lee Bobby. Transcript for Tapes 1 &2 (Completed 4/18). Missionary to Portugal.

Collection 315: Oral History Interviews with Marie Little. Transcripts for Tape 1, 2 &3 (Added 3/18 and 6/1). Missionary nurse with China Inland Mission. 

Collection 620: Oral History Interview with Lynn Charter. Transcripts for Tapes 1 & 2 (Added 2/18 and 3/18). Evangelist with the Foursquare Gospel Church.