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Collection 077 Papers of J. Wilbur Chapman

Identifier: CN 077

Scope and Contents

Microfilm from the Presbyterian Historical Society of correspondence, sermons, sermon notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and memorabilia documenting the life and ministry of J. Wilbur Chapman. Materials detail Chapman's life from his early education through his pastoral Ministry and full-time evangelistic work. Documents also relate to his interests in Bible conference centers in Winona Lake, IN; Montreat, NC; and Stony Brook, NY.


  • Created: 1880-1918

Conditions Governing Access

The microfilm in this collection may not be reproduced without written permission of the:

Presbyterian Historical Society

425 Lombard Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Biographical or Historical Information

John Wilbur Chapman was born in Richmond, Indiana, on June 17, 1859. His parents Alexander H. and Lorinda Chapman prepared him for a life of Christian ministry. The young man felt he could never pinpoint a date for his conversion, but did make public his acknowledgement of Christ at age seventeen.

In 1876 Chapman joined the Richmond Presbyterian Church and later that year left to attend Oberlin College. After one year at Oberlin, Chapman transferred to Lake Forest University where he received his B.A. in 1879. His seminary years, 1879-1882, were spent at Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, during which time he was ordained on April 13, 1881.

The young minister married Irene Steddon, in May 1882, prior to assuming his first pastorate. Chapman's first child, Bertha Irene, was born on April 1, 1886, which was followed a month later by his wife's death. The minister then married Agnes Pruyn Strain on November 4, 1888. She bore Chapman four children: Robert (who died in infancy), John Wilbur, Jr., Alexander Hamilton, and Agnes Pruyn. Chapman's second wife died June 25, 1907. He married his third and last wife Mabel Cornelia Moulton on August 30, 1910.

Chapman led several churches prior to his full time evangelistic efforts. The following churches came under Chapman's care from 1882 until 1902: College Corner Presbyterian Church (Ohio) and Liberty Presbyterian Church (Indiana), 1882; Dutch Reformed Church (Schuylerville, NY), 1883-1885; First Reformed Church (Albany, NY), 1885-1890; Bethany Presbyterian (Philadelphia, PA), 1890-1892, 1896-1899; Fourth Presbyterian Church (New York City, NY), 1899-1902.

Chapman began his evangelistic work full time in 1893, preaching with D. L. Moody at the World's Fair and conducting many meetings on his own. He hired William Ashley "Billy" Sunday as an advance man, thus giving him his start in evangelism. At this same time, the evangelist Sol C. Dickey set up a Bible Conference Center in Winona Lake, Indiana. This center held lifelong interest to Chapman along with the others he helped develop in Montreat, North Carolina, and Stony Brook, Long Island, New York.

After returning to the active pastorate for a short time, at the end of 1895, Chapman was appointed Corresponding Secretary of the Presbyterian General Assembly's Committee on Evangelism. He directed the activities of fifty-one evangelists in 470 cities and also found time to write one of his numerous books, Present Day Evangelism. In 1905, John H. Converse, a wealthy Presbyterian layman, offered to underwrite Chapman's expenses if he would return to full time evangelistic work. Converse also set up a trust fund to provide monies even after his own death.

From 1904-1909 Chapman began to develop and promote a new method of urban evangelism. His idea was to hold several meetings throughout a city simultaneously, thereby reaching more people and stirring more hearts to enter into Christian service. The first city to try Chapman's theory was Pittsburgh in 1904. The city was divided into nine districts with nine meeting places as the revival was conducted. Chapman took the central position and his assistants the rest. Another campaign was planned and executed in Syracuse, New York, in 1906; however, there were still unfinished details to be worked out for the method to be widely accepted.

Charles Mc Callon Alexander, world famous song leader, who had been traveling with R.A. Torrey, joined with Chapman in 1907. The two men became a team and formed the "Chapman-Alexander Simultaneous Campaign." Enjoying the benefits of both their influences, the men were able to build a large group of evangelists and song leaders to assist them in the large city-wide campaigns.

The first joint campaign was held in Philadelphia from March 12 to April 19, 1908. The city was divided into forty-two districts with twenty-one teams of evangelist-musicians. Three weeks were spent in each half of the city with estimates of eight thousand conversions. The following revival held in Boston from January 26 to February 17, 1909, is considered to be Chapman's most successful. The city was divided into twenty-seven districts and recorded seven thousand conversions.

The first Chapman-Alexander worldwide campaign left Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 26, 1909, and returned November 26. Stops along the way included: Melbourne, Sydney, Ipswitch, Brisbane, Adelaide, Ballarat, Bendigo, and Townsville in Australia; Manila in the Philippines; Hong Kong, Kowloon, Canton, Shanghai, Hankow, Peking and Tientsin in China; Seoul, Korea; Kobe, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Yokohama in Japan.

Chapman continued his non-stop evangelistic efforts in both the United States and Europe in 1910, including a very successful Chicago meeting from October 16 to November 27. However, Chapman's technique of mass evangelism lost much of its popularity. A series of unsuccessful campaigns were conducted in Bangor and Portland, Maine, and Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Chapman was not credited with the failures, and so from 1912 on all the revivals were mass meetings led by Chapman.

Many services were conducted by the evangelist in the next couple of year in Australia, Scotland, Ireland, India, New Zealand, and the United States, averaging three to five sermons a day in many places. His career as evangelist ended with the Chapman-Alexander campaign January 6 to February 13, 1918.

The Presbyterian General Assembly elected him Moderator in May 1918. The strenuous routine required for the position combined with all the energy expended during his campaigns created a collapse of Chapman's health. He was forced to undergo emergency surgery for gallstones on December 23 and died on December 25, 1918.


Place Date

Burlington, Vermont c. 1893-1895 (?)

Saratoga, New York c. 1893-1895 (?)

Ottawa, Illinois c. 1893-1895 (?)

Indianapolis, Indiana c. 1893-1895 (?)

Bloomington, Indiana c. 1893-1895 (?)

Evansville, Indiana c. 1893-1895 (?)

Boston, Massachusetts c. 1893-1895 (?)

Brooklyn, New York c. 1893-1895 (?)

Paris, Illinois c. 1893-1895 (?)

Montreal, Canada c. 1893-1895 (?)

Terre Haute, Indiana c. 1893-1895 (?)

Saginaw, Michigan c. 1893-1895 (?)

Fort Wayne, Indiana c. 1893-1895 (?)

Peoria, Illinois c. 1893-1895 (?)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1904

Minneapolis, Minnesota (St. Paul) Oct 14-31, 1905

Newark and Patterson, New Jersey Nov 20 - Dec 17, 1905

Syracuse, New York Jan 19 - Feb 3, 1906

Wellston, Ohio Feb 20 - (?) 1906

Mobile, Alabama Feb 24 - Mar 10, 1906

Dallas, Texas Mar 15 - Apr 3, 1906

Sherman, Texas Apr 4-16, 1906

Danville, Texas Apr 27 - May 13, 1906

Roanoke, Virginia Oct 3-18, 1906

Lafayette, Indiana Oct 23 - Nov 5, 1906

Rochester, New York Nov 11-28, 1906

Des Moines, Iowa Dec 2-16, 1906

Portland, Indiana Jan 5-10, 1907

Auburn, New Hampshire 1907 (?)

Antrim, New Hampshire 1907 (?)

Pautucett, Rhode Island Jan 19 - Feb 3, 1907

Worcester, Massachusetts Feb 7-24, 1907

Hartford, Connecticut Feb 24 - Mar 15, 1907

Utica, New York Mar 17-31, 1907

Cincinnati, Ohio Apr 3-22, 1907

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mar 12 - Apr 19, 1908

Norfolk, Virginia Apr 23 - May 6, 1908

Orilla, Ontario Sep 30 - Oct 13, 1908

Brantford, Ontario Oct 15 - Nov 2, 1908

Burlington, Ontario Nov 4-17, 1908

Richmond, Virginia Jan 6-24, 1909

Boston, Massachusetts Jan 20 - Feb 21, 1909

Springfield, Massachusetts Feb 18 - Mar 9, 1909

Portland and Bangor, Maine Dec 25, 1909 - Feb 12, 1910

Chicago, Illinois Oct 16 - Nov 27, 1910

Fort Wayne, Indiana Nov 30 - Dec 18, 1910

New York Dec 28, 1910

Springfield, Massachusetts Jan 1, 1911

Toronto, Canada Jan 5-29, 1911

Brooklyn, New York Feb 2 - Mar 1, 1911

Swanses, Wales Mar 9 - Apr 4, 1911

London, England Mar 1911

Nantymoel, Wales Apr 5, 1911

Belfast, Ireland Apr 6-7, 1911

Leeds, England Apr 8-10, 1911

Birmingham, England Apr 16, 1911

Shrewsbury, England Apr 20-28, 1911

Atlantic City, New Jersey May 16-21, 1911

Kansas City, Missouri Jun 11, 1911

Riverside, California Jun 15, 1911

Las Angeles, California Jun 18-19, 1911

Oakland, California Jun 20, 1911

San Francisco, California Jun 21-27, 1911

Jamaica, New York Jul 2, 1911

Atlantic City, New Jersey Jul 7-8, 1911

New York, New York Jul 9, 16-20, 23-24, 1911

Chautaqua, New York Jul 30 - Aug 4, 1911

Binghamton, New York Jul 28, 1911

Winona, Indiana Aug 6-7, 1911

Stony Brook, New York Aug 13-18, 1911

Mt. Etna, Indiana Aug 22, 1911

Montrose, Indiana Aug 23, 1911

Winona, Indiana Aug 24-27, 1911

Laurel Park, Maryland Sep 4, 1911

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sep 22, 1911

Belfast, Ireland Oct 7 - Nov 10, Nov 22, 1911

Bangor, Ireland Nov 11-21, 1911

Londonderry, Ireland Nov 23 - Dec 4, 1911

Demdulk, Ireland Dec 6-9, 1911

Dunedin, New Zealand Mar 19 - Apr 15, 1912

Melbourne, Australia Apr 21 - May 17, 1912

Adelaide, Australia May 24 - Jun 6, 1912

Petersburg, Australia Jun 7, 1912

Broken Hill, New South Wales Jun 8-17, 1912

Port Pirie, Australia Jun 18-25, 1912

Mount Gambier, Australia Jun 28 - Jul 2, 1912

Bordertown, Australia Jul 3, 1912

Goulburn, New South Wales Jul 6-11, 1912

Sydney, Australia Jul 19 - Aug 9, 1912

Newcastle, Australia Aug 10-16, 1912

Maitland, Australia Aug 17-23, 1912

Armidale, Australia Aug 24-29, 1912

Brisbane, Australia Sep 5-19, 1912

Gladstone, Australia Sep 20, 1912

Townsville, Australia Sep 23-29, 1912

Charters Towers, Australia Sep 30 - Oct 7, 1912

Mackay, Australia Oct 8-15, 1912

Gladstone, Australia Oct 16, 1912

Toowoomba, Australia Oct 17-22, 1912

Sydney, Australia Oct 23, 1912

Albany, New South Wales Oct 24-29, 1912

Melbourne, Australia Oct 30, 1912

Ballarat, Australia Oct 31 - Nov 10, 1912

Fremantle, Australia Nov 17-25, 1912

Perth, Australia Nov 26 - Dec 16, 1912

Lanceston, Australia Dec 29-31, 1912

Deloramie, Tasmania Jan 5, 1913

Mole Creek, Tasmania Jan 12, 1913

Devenport, Tasmania Jan 19, 1913

Geelong, Australia Jan 29 - Feb 6, 1913

Melbourne, Australia Feb 9-12, 1913

Dunedin, New Zealand Feb 18-19, 1913

Queenstown, New Zealand Feb 23, 1913

Clinton, New Zealand Feb 26, 1913

Palmerston, New Zealand Feb 26, 1913

Timaru, New Zealand Feb 26 - Mar 2, 1913

Christ Church, New Zealand Mar 4-24, 1913

Wellington, New Zealand Mar 26 - Apr 14, 1913

Auckland, New Zealand Apr 18 - May 7, 1913

Glasgow, Scotland Oct 2 - Dec 21, 1913

Edinburgh, Scotland Jan 16 - Mar 3, 1914

Glasgow, Scotland Mar 8-20, 1914

Perth, Scotland Mar 30, 1914

Folksick, Scotland Mar 31, 1914

Inverness, Scotland Apr 1-3, 1914

Aberdeen, Scotland Apr 3, 1914

Dundee, Scotland Apr 4, 1914

Paisley, Scotland Apr 6-8, 1914

Ayr, Scotland Apr 9, 1914

Dunnfries, Scotland Apr 10, 1914

New York, New York June-August 1914, misc. dates

London, England Sep 29 - Oct 21, 1914

Glasgow, Scotland Oct 22 - Nov 29, 1914, misc. dates

Elizabeth, New Jersey Dec 9-10, 1914

Orange, New Jersey Dec 15-16, 1914

Springfield, Massachusetts Dec 20, 27, 1914

Raliway, New Jersey Jan 3-4, 1915

Lima, Ohio Jan 6 - Feb 3, 1915

Atlanta, Georgia Feb 14 - Mar 28, 1915

Charlotte, North Carolina Apr 4 - May 10, 1915

Mitchells, Virginia May 16, 1915

Boston, Massachusetts May 30, 1915

Mew York, New York Jun 13, 27, 1915

Jamaica, New York Jun 27, 1915

Montreat, North Carolina Jul 11-18, 1915

Montclair, New Jersey Jul 25, 1915

New York, New York Jul 30, 1915

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina Aug 8-9, 1915

New York, New York Aug 22, 1915

Jamaica, New York Sep 5, 1915

New York, New York Sep 12-13, 1915

Culpepper, Virginia Oct 3, 10, 1915

Mitchells, virginia Oct 10, 1915

Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina Oct 12-14, 1915

Asheville, North Carolina Oct 7 - Nov 21, 1915

Brattleboro, Vermont Nov 26 - Dec 21, 1915

Chicago, Illinois Jan 6, 1916

Springfield, Illinois Jan 9 - Feb 13, 1916

Washington, Pennsylvania Feb 20-25, 1916

Avalon and Bellevue, Pennsylvania Feb 26, 1916

Washington, Pennsylvania Feb 27 - Mar 26, 1916

Culpepper, Virginia Apr 2, 1916

Wilmington, North Carolina Apr 9-27, 1916

Goldsboro, North Carolina Apr 29, 1916

Wilmington Apr 28 - May 14, 1916

Jamaica, New York May 17, 1916

Keene, New Hampshire May 21 - Jun 18, 1916

New York, New York Jun 25, Jul 5, 9-16, 1916

Long Island, New York Jul 30, 1916

East, New York Sep 1916

Jamaica, New York Sep 1916

Galesburg, Illinois Oct 1-18, 1916

Jamaica, New York Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 28, Apr 6, 1917

Brooklyn, New York Mar 11, 16, 23, 30, 1917

New York, New York Mar 18, 25, 26, Apr 1, 1917

East, New York Mar 21, 1917

Upper Montclair, New Jersey Apr 15, 1917

Dallas, Texas May 17-25, 1917

Elizabeth, New Jersey Jan 6 - Feb 3, 1918



Name Task (if known)

Charles Mc Callon Alexander musician

Helen Cadbury Alexander women's worker

Charles Franklyn Allen soloist

Rev. William Asher saloon worker

Mrs. William Asher saloon worker and women's worker

Ralph Atkinson evangelist

W. J. Bemis soloist

William Edward Biederwolf preacher

William Alexander Bodell preacher

N. P. Bone ---

Edwin H. Bookmyer ---

James Oliver Buswell ---

Fred Butler musician

Bertha Chapman soloist

Mrs. John Wilbur Chapman women's worker

William Henry Collison soloist

Edgar E. Davidson ---

George Thompson Brown Davis press representative and assistant director of personal work

Frank D. Dixon soloist

Frank Dickson musician

F. E. Du Bois ---

John Arthur Earl preacher

George R. Edmundson ---

J. Elliott preacher

J. H. Elliott ---

John E. Elliott ---

Ezra Stiles Ely ---

Walter Chew Evans preacher

Henry N. Faulconer ---

George Adams Fisher singing evangelist

Ralph T. Fulton soloist

Mrs. L. M. Glover women's worker

Mrs. E. P. Goodson soloist

Frank Granstaff preacher

Ora Samuel Gray preacher

Edwin F. Hallenbeck preacher

Robert Harkness pianist

John P. Hillis soloist

F. B. Hoagland ---

Tillman Hobson preacher

R. H. Holden preacher

James W. Hubbard ---

C. N. Hunt ---

Thomas Huston preacher

Samuel F. Insui ---

Frederick H. Jacobs preacher

Mrs. A. A. Jacuith women's worker

Edith H. Johnson women's worker

L. G. Leggett preacher

Henry E. Litchfield soloist

J. J. Lowe ---

A. B. Mc Crea preacher

Oswell G. Mc Dowell ---

Charles A. Marsh pianist for Fred Butler

Mrs. Martin women's worker

Harry L. Maxwell soloist

Miss E. Stafford Millar ladies' worker

Arthur Lewis Miller soloist and harpist

F. A. Mills preacher

Ernest M. Naftzger soloist

Thomas Needham preacher

Ralph C. Norton ---

Mrs. Ralph C. Norton soloist and women's worker

Henry Ostrom preacher

Mr. Otherman ---

Ford Cyrinde Ottman preacher

Clifton Powers soloist

James Randall Pratt preacher

Owen F. Pugh soloist

Milton S. Rees ---

Miss Reisner women's worker

John W. Reynolds soloist

William Henry Roberts ---

Homer Rodeheaver soloist

Harry M. Ross preacher

J. Rowe ---

Charles E. Rykert soloist

H. S. Saxton soloist

Samuel M. Sayford ---

Charles T. Schaeffer children's evangelist

Gust Schneider soloist

Henry Davidson Sheldon preacher

Albany Smith soloist

Arthur J. Smith preacher

Chas. Cullen Smith preacher

Harper G. Smith (Smyth) soloist

Lewis E. Smith preacher

George H. Spencer ---

Archibald William Spooner ---

D. Lansing Spooner ---

George R. Stair preacher

F. A. Steinel ---

Wentworth Fall Stewart ---

Henry W. Stough preacher

Clarence B. Strouse preacher

William I. Sweet ---

Frederick Eugene Taylor preacher

Rev. Thacker ---

Daniel S. Toy preacher

Robert Augustus Walton ---

Fred E. Warner soloist

Edwin F. Warren ---

W. W. Weaver soloist

John W. Weddell ---

William Stone Weedon soloist

Joel A. Zoner ---


7 Boxes

1 Photograph File

8 Reels of microfilm

Language of Materials


Arrangement of Material

[NOTE: In the Arrangement section, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

Due to the arrangement and filming of the Chapman papers by the Presbyterian Historical Society, this guide will attempt to describe each series of records as they appear in the collection. Various types of records are found in the collection, such as: correspondence, sermons, sermon notes, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Reel 1 begins with folder 1-1 containing a copy of Chapman's license to preach dated April 13, 1881, and a letter of recommendation from Mr. Theophilus Wilson dated March 20, 1880. Folder 1-2 is a genealogical review of Chapman's material and paternal ancestry. Other miscellaneous materials found in the folder include maps of Richmond, Indiana, where Chapman grew up and a letter dated February 12, 1919 from Timothy Nicholson, a Richmond resident, who wrote about Chapman's early years. Folder 1-3 contains correspondence, resolutions and minutes from various churches Chapman served as pastor. Some of the records included are from College Corner, Ohio, March 11, 1882; Liberty, Indiana, March 12, 1882; North Reformed Church of West Troy, April 1, 1885; Dutch Reformed Church at Schuylerville, New York, April 17, 1883; and First Reformed Church of Albany, New York, November 18, 1889.

Folder 1-4 contains correspondence between Chapman and John W. Converse regarding the Trust Fund Converse set up to underwrite Chapman's expenses. Materials in the folder include the actual deed of trust dated February 1, 1905; terms of the trust; letter stating Charles Alexander had been hired as Music Director; official memo stating name of the campaigns as "The Chapman-Alexander Simultaneous Evangelistic Meetings;" memo as to hiring of various assistants; approvals of Chapman itinerary.

Folder 1-5 is the first of several folders containing scrapbooks of various Chapman campaigns. Each scrapbook contains newspaper accounts of the meetings including advance preparations, sermons preached, biographical sketches of associates, attendance during services, and reactions in the community. Not all the clippings give the paper they are from and the date, but material in the articles could be quite useful. For details on actual locations covered by scrapbooks, please consult the Container List. Folder numbers with scrapbooks are as follows: 1-6, 1-7, 1-8, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 7-1, 7-2.

Folder 3-7 is the first of several folders containing a collection of J. Wilbur Chapman sermons. Volume 4 appears in this folder and contains 14 sermons. Each consists of a table of contents, title of sermon, name of city, and date followed by the sermon text. The Container List contains the sermon titles and date used when available. Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the Chapman sermons follow the collection of unidentified loose photographs on reel 7. The beginning of reel 8 contains a duplicate of the last five sermons in volume 3 found at the end of reel 7.

Folder 4-1 contains the remembrance book from the 129th Presbyterian General Assembly (1917) and includes congratulatory messages for Chapman on his election as moderator; newspaper clippings covering the event held in Dallas, Texas May 17-25; and programs. Remembrance books were often presented to visiting evangelists by the local pastors as a memento expressing the group's appreciation for the evangelist and his services. Telegrams were received from numerous people. Among the correspondents were: F. E. Du Bois, Marcus A. Brownson, Helen Cadbury Alexander, John Wannamaker, Edgar W. Work, James D. Husted, Bob Jones, Henry W. Stough, James Sprunt, Evangeline Booth, Billy Sunday, John Willis Baer, William Asher, Frank Granstaff, William H. Phelps, Josephus Daniels, and President Woodrow Wilson.

Folder 4-2 is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the illness and death of Chapman's wife on June 25, 1907, and telegrams the family received during her illness and at her death. Correspondents included: Marcus A. Brownson, Henry Ostrom, Billy Sunday, Daniel S. Toy, Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Stough, W. E. Biederwolf, Walter M. Smith, Harry Monroe, John H. Converse, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Buswell, and John H. Elliott.

Folder 4-3 contains a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the Bible Conference Center established at Winona Lake, Indiana. Chapman was named Director of the Conference with Thomas Kane serving as President. The material describes how the Conference Center was formed and developed.

Folder 4-4 contains the special edition issues of The Australian Christian World, which chronicle the events of the Chapman-Alexander meetings in Sydney, Australia. The newspapers are in addition to a Book of Remembrances presented to Chapman and Alexander in appreciation of the work they did in Sydney. Chapman's addresses, sketches of personnel, articles regarding the goals, purposes, and results are all included in the Remembrance Book, second edition published in 1909.

Folders 5-1 through 5-97 contain individual Chapman sermons. Each sermon includes title, date of use, and place of use. The container list enumerates each sermon title and date when available. Folders 5-98 through 5-112 contain handwritten sermon notes and illustrations. The notes are largely untitled and undated. Each folder represents a different notebook of materials. Folder 6-3 is a collection of sermon outlines dated 1909. Folders 6-4 and 6-5 are collections of clippings Chapman saved as sermon resource materials. Various subjects are covered such as faith, motherhood, friendship, life worry, sorrow, home life, and sin, dating from 1913-1916. The material is mostly in the form of poems, hymns, and letters. Folders 6-7, 6-13.1 and 6-13.2 are compilations of miscellaneous sermon and lecture notes, undated.

Chapman devised a rather elaborate indexing method for his sermons. Folder 6-12 contains an engagement book dating October 2, 1913, to March 26, 1917. The first section of the book is an alphabetical index of sermon titles and text. Section two is a listing of cities in which he spoke followed by sermon title, text, and date.

Folder 6-1 contains the eulogy on Chapman delivered by Edgar Whittaker Work before the New York Presbytery on January 13, 1919. Work detailed Chapman's work in the denomination and praised the evangelist's career as pastor and revivalist.

Folder 6-2 contains a series of commendation letters from New Zealand May 1913. The letters were written to Chapman from various ministers in the area thanking him for his service in Australia.

Folders 6-8 through 6-11 contain clippings of the Good News Pulpit from January 4, 1900, until January 15, 1903. These are articles Chapman wrote for the newspaper each containing a scriptural text followed by a short devotional thought.

Folder 7-3 contains a photograph album of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, presented to Dr. Chapman as a gift on February 6, 1915, as a remembrance of his visit. All the photographs are captioned and consist largely of miscellaneous views of the city. There are twenty-nine photographs in the album.

Following the album is a collection of 217 photographs collected during Chapman's various campaigns and world tours. Some of the photographs were captioned while others were identified by the archivist when possible and by using external evidence and other resource materials. Many photographs are unidentified. For a listing of the photographs, please consult the container list. The final fifty-six photographs follow a target which reads, "These photograph albums believed to have been taken on Chapman's Australian Evangelistic Campaign 1913." Many of these pictures are duplicates. Because none of the pictures were captioned and few were at all identifiable, they have been grouped together and left undescribed in this guide.

Following the photographs were several groups of materials with what appear to be catalog or reference numbers but no box and folder designations, all located on reel 8. (Please see the Location Record.) Among this material are several items given to Chapman in recognition of his evangelistic efforts. These include a Remembrance Book from Sydney, New South Wales on August 10, 1909, signed by members of the executive committee and participating clergy; souvenir of Dunedin, New Zealand, Evangelistic Campaign on April 14, 1912 signed by members of the executive committee; and a certificate of appreciation from the ministers of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The folder entitled "(MS C 366) Miscellaneous J. Wilbur Chapman Correspondence 1899-1918," includes notices and memorandums written while Chapman served as Corresponding Secretary of the Presbyterian General Assembly's Committee on Evangelistic Work, acceptances to invitation, and other memoranda. The folder entitled MSC 366.16 is a letter written to Harry Barraclough on November 29, 1918. Folder MS Photostats J 138 contains correspondence between Chapman and Sheldon Jackson on July 6 and 27, 1897, regarding Yukon Valley agricultural possibilities. Rare Doc W 6991c contains a letter to Chapman from President Woodrow Wilson dated December 19, 1917.

The last folder, MS C 366.1, provides a copy of Alvin Duane Smith's "Study and Appraisal of Chapman." Included in the materials are an introduction consisting largely of a biographical sketch, an outline for the study, and a bibliography on Chapman.

The collection includes two photographs of Chapman with groups of individuals taken in Ontario, Canada about 1910.

Miscellaneous Items not following normal box/folder arrangement:

  • Souvenir of Dunedin, New Zealand Evangelistic Campaign, April 14, 1912
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the ministers of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Miscellaneous correspondence, 1899-1918
  • Letter to Henry Barraclough, November 29, 1918
  • Correspondence between Chapman and Sheldon Jackson, July 6 and 27, 1897, concerning agricultural possibilities of the Yukon Valley
  • Letter to Chapman from President Woodrow Wilson, December 19, 1917J. Wilbur Chapman Study and Appraisal

Accruals and Additions

The microfilm in this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center Archives in April and May 1979 from the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The artifact was received in June 1987 from the Wheaton College Archives at Buswell Library.

Accession 79-44, 79-53, 87-56

October 11, 1979

Mary Ann Buffington

G. Gallup

Updated February 19, 2003

Wayne D. Weber

Related Materials

The following items have been given to the BGC MUSEUM:

Ticket, probably for a meeting held either in Springfield or Boston, MA, in 1909. The ticket is orange, 1-1/4" x 4-1/4", with a heavy crease near its left end. The ticket reads:


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