New and Updated Collections at the BGC Archives
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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See the descriptions below and follow the links to learn more about new resources now open for research.
Collection 569: Oral History Interviews with Donna Sue Wasson (New, April 2020)
Oral history interviews with Donna Sue Wasson, a missionary of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) working in Taiwan starting in 1985. Topics discussed include her childhood and early spiritual seeking, conversion while in college, membership in Moody Church in Chicago and education at Moody Bible Institute, acceptance as a missionary by Overseas Missionary Fellowship, orientation in Singapore, her evangelistic ministry in Taiwan among factory workers, including teaching English classes; characteristics of OMF as an organization.
Collection 656: Oral History Interviews with Cynthia L. Judge (New, April 2020)
Oral history interviews with Cynthia L. Judge, a volunteer leader in the Short-Term Missions movement (STM). Topics discussed include: attendance at Moody Bible Institute; Chicago in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King; work as a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ in Tennessee and West Virginia; marriage to James Judge; short-term mission trips to Ecuador and Kenya; Africa Inland Mission and Africa Inland Church; Explo '72; the STM programs at College Church, Willow Creek Community Church, and Wheaton Bible Church; reflections on the development of STM movement over twenty years.
Collection 617: Oral History Interview with Soong-Chan Rah (New, April 2020)
One oral history interview with Soong-Chan Rah in which he describes his family background, experiences as an immigrant to the United States in the early 1970s from South Korea, his spiritual development, experiences as a church-planter, and ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Collection 623: Oral History Interviews with Christopher B. Ladish (New, April 2020)
Oral history interview with Christopher Ladish in which he discusses his childhood, conversion to Christian faith, marriage, joining Wycliffe Bible Translators/Summer Institute of Linguistics, his translation and literacy work in the Koromfe language among the Koromba people of Burkina Faso, the characteristics of the Wycliffe organization and staff, and methods of Bible translation.
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 391: Papers of Robert C. Schneider. Transcript for Tape 2, 3 & 4 (added April and May 2020)
Collection 514: Ephemera of Wheaton College Revivals. Transcripts for Tapes 36, 48, 55 & 72 (added April 2020)
Collection 414: Papers of Wade Coggins. Transcript for Tape 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (added April 2020)
Collection 434: Papers of Jack Frizen. Transcripts for Tapes 5 & 6 (Added April 2020).
Collection 249: Papers of Myron and Elizabeth Harrison. Transcript for Tape 1 (added January 2020)