New Collections

New and Updated Collections at Wheaton Archives & Special Collections

The 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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Box of Unprocessed MaterialsSee the descriptions below and follow the links to learn more about new resources now open for research. 

New & Updated Collections

Collection 740: Oral History Interview with David Harley (NEW)

Oral history interview with Harley in which he discusses his faith, work in Ethiopia among Falasha Jews, his time as principal of the All Nations Christian College in England, the role of women in Christian ministry, servant leadership, the place of women in ministry, his service as director of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship.  (Added June 2024)

Collection 637: Papers of Don Ziebell (NEW)

Oral history interviews, correspondence, reports, e-mails, memos, budgets, strategic plans, audio and video recordings, and photographs relating to activities of Ziebell, a retired American businessman, as a senior executive at Slavic Gospel Association and other ministries. The material in the collection documents the work of SGA in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and other countries; the reorganization of SGA in the late 1980s and early 1990s; Christianity in Russia during the same time period and the repercussions of the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Collection 722: Papers of Luis Palau (NEW)

Papers of Luis Palau, international Christian evangelist, including crusade-related materials, correspondence, the Luis Palau Association strategic planning documents and reports, and personal diaries. While the paper documents in the collection are subdivided into several subseries, almost all of them relate to Palau's crusades or other events as a Latin American evangelist, most after he established his own evangelistic ministry and association separate from Overseas Crusades in 1978; far fewer are the personal papers of Rev. Palau. 1947-2017. Language: English, Spanish.

Collection 718: Oral History Interview with Thomas A. Clark IV (NEW)

Topics covered include his childhood as a preacher’s kid, racial tensions at the University of Illinois, pastoring African American churches in the Chicago area, outreach to the community, church activities during the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic, mission trips to the Dominican Republic and South Africa. The time period covered in the interviews is 1970s through 2020.

Collection 728: Oral History Interview with Saurni Lemargeroi (NEW)

Oral history with Saruni Patrick Lemargeroi in which describes his childhood as a Maasai Moran (warrior) and herdsman in Kenya; conversion after viewing the Jesus film; his education at Moffat Bible College, Africa International University, and Wheaton Graduate School; call to be a minister among pastoral nomads; contextualizing Christianity within Maasai culture; Pentecostalism among the Maasai; the status of the Africa Inland Church in Kenya. 

Collection 15: Papers of Billy Graham (UPDATE)

To this existing collection, archivists have added dozens of letters from the evangelist’s youth and early ministry (1934-1962) as well as video of his sermon to the nation after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and his funeral service in 2018.

Collection 74: Ephemera of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (UPDATE)

To this existing collection, archivists have added documents from a number of Billy Graham's evangelistic campaigns, especially New York City (1957) and Raleigh, North Carolina (1973), as well as procedural books for the 1994 North American Congress for Itinerant Evangelists and audio recordings of Graham sermons from the 1953 Dallas evangelistic meetings.

Collection 237: Records of the Slavic Gospel Association (UPDATE)

Ministry active in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Russian speaking populations of north and South America. To the existing collection were added 123 boxes of materials, numerous photographs, 194 audio recordings, 3 films, 19 phonograph records, and 32 videos.

Collection 393: Papers of David H. Adeney (UPDATE)

To the existing oral history collection, archivistis have added 25 boxes of correspondence, manuscripts, lectures, notebooks with handwritten notes, and subject files, plus hundreds of photographs and slides. These additions cover most of the 20th century, during which Adeney was a missionary in China, served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the U.S. and International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in East Asia, rejoined Overseas Missionary Fellowship (previously China Inland Mission) to establish the Discipleship Training Centre in Singapore, and taught at the New Berkeley College in California.

Collection 568: Oral History Interviews with Joan M. Wise (NEW)

Oral history interviews with Joni Wise in which she describes her Roman Catholic upbringing, born-again conversion experience as a teenager, involvement in the Jesus People movement, work with Youth with a Mission (YWAM), ministry among Vietnamese refugees in Vietnam, and her work in Vietnam among the Vietnamese as well among the Haroi, Stieng, and Hmong peoples; and the characteristics of the church in Vietnam.

New Oral History Transcripts

Since the early 1980s, members of the Archives staff have conducted over 800 hours of oral history interviews with more than 275 individuals involved in mass evangelism, global missions, Christian education, community development, medical work, and Bible translation. 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 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. 

Collection 398 Oral History Interview with Wayne Gordon. Transcripts for Tapes 1 and 2 (Added June 2024)

Collection 563 Papers of Robert E. Coleman. Transcripts for Tapes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 101 (Added June 2024)

Collection 603: Wayne and Ruth Courtney Papers. Transcript for Tapes 1, 2 and 3 (Added February, March, and May 2024)

Collection 503: Oral History Interviews with Ian M. Hay. Transcripts for Tape 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Added April, June, August, September, and November 2023)

Collection 410: Oral History Interview with Arthur Rorheim. Transcript for Tape 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Added February and March 2023)

Collection 503: Oral History Interviews with Ian Hay. Transcript for Tape 1 (Added February 2023)

Collection 484: Oral History Interviews with David M. Howard, Sr. Transcript for Tape 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 (Added June, July, October and November 2022)

Collection 490: Oral History Interview with James MacKnight. Transcript for Tape 1 (Added September 2022)