Collection 355 Papers of J. Edwin Orr
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, academic papers, clippings, reports, films, videos, and other materials relating to Orr’s life as an evangelist active around the world and as a professor and historian of spiritual awakenings (revivals) and evangelism. The collection is an excellent source on Protestant Evangelicalism as a global movement in the twentieth century.
- Created: 1907-1993
- Majority of material found in 1933-1987
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James Edwin Orr was born January 15, 1912, in Belfast, Ireland, to William Stewart and Rose (Wright) Orr. William Orr, who was a jeweler, had United States and British citizenship, so his children did as well. There were eventually to be five children in the family, although one died as a baby and one as a very young man. January 15 was to be an important day in Orr's life. On that day he was born, converted, married, and ordained.
At the age of nine, he became a Christian through his mother's influence. But his faith was not very active as yet. In 1922, his father and baby sister, Margaret Louise, died and the family began to suffer from difficult economic circumstances. Orr enrolled in the College of Technology, Belfast, and eventually passed University of London Matriculation exams in five subjects. But the illness and then death of older brother Alan made him the family breadwinner. He worked as a clerk in a bakery for the next few years.
Orr and a friend began to feel a strong call to evangelize in 1930 or 1931. They began to hold open air meetings in the streets of Belfast. In 1932, he was involved with a city-wide evangelistic effort organized by Christian Endeavor. This increased his desire to preach and lead people to Christ. By late 1933, he felt God wanted him to be an itinerant evangelist. Despite skepticism and discouragement from family and friends, he set out from Belfast in September to follow this call. He went to London and gradually began making contacts with Christian leaders as he spoke in various churches. With London as his base, he preached throughout the British isles for the next two years. Then he began to travel farther to preach. In the first part of 1935 he traveled to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Soviet Union, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, and Belgium. Then a few weeks later, after a return to London, he traveled through Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Palestine, Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal.
In September of the same year he sailed for Canada. He began preaching when he arrived in Newfoundland and continued in Ontario at the Peoples Church in Toronto and then in Winnipeg. He went on to Saskatoon and British Columbia. Then he began an evangelistic tour of the United States that involved visiting all forty eight states in the next three months, including preaching at Moody Church at the invitation of H. A. Ironside. In February of 1936, he held meetings at Wheaton College in Illinois.
He continued his whirlwind progress in 1936 by going to New Zealand and Australia and then on to South Africa and Rhodesia. In October, he returned to London and planned take a rest. He traveled with Stanley Donnan and Evan John to Norway. After speaking in Oslo, he left his friends and went north to Narvik, seeking quiet. But Christian leaders in that city asked Orr to lead meetings there as well. Eventually he did manage to get some time to himself and decided to ask Ivy Muriel Carol Carlson, a young woman he had met very briefly in South Africa, to marry him. He telegraphed her and set out for South Africa. After a quick courtship, they were married on January 15, 1937. At his wedding reception, Orr gave an evangelistic invitation and counseled inquirers. The couple then returned to London, where Orr spoke at meetings commemorating the centennial of evangelist Dwight L. Moody's meetings in that city. The couple eventually had four children: Muriel, who lived four months and died in 1938; Carolyn Astrid born in Toronto in 1939 (later Mrs. Larry D. Booth); Alan Bertran born in Chicago in 1942; and David Arundel born in Oxford in 1946.
Besides his travels, Orr had been busy turning out autobiographical volumes relating his experiences around the world and describing the Christian life. Among some of these early titles were Can God-? (1934), This Promise Is to You (1935), Times of Refreshing (1936), Prove Me Now (1936), This is the Victory (1936), All Your Need (1936), If Ye Abide (1936), Such Things Happen (1937), and The Church Must First Repent (1937). He also edited some books by Andrew Gih in the late 1930's.
In 1938 Orr formed the Revival Fellowship Team of young preachers such as Stanley Donnan, Brinley Evans, and Andrew Gih and led them in a series of mass evangelistic campaigns in Ulster and Australia. Then he and Gih made an evangelistic tour of the portions of China not occupied by the Japanese. They also made a film of the tour. Most of 1939 was spent raising funds for war relief for Chinese orphans. He continued to write, publishing Telling Australia and Through Blood and Fire in China, both in 1939.
In late 1939 Orr and his wife traveled to Canada, where he served briefly as associate pastor of the Peoples Church. He decided that he needed further education and began studying at Northwestern University in Chicago. On January 15, 1940, he was ordained in the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. He continued to preach and write, making a tour of the West Indies and Central America in 1940 and publishing Always Abounding. He got his M.A. from Northwestern in 1942, the same year his mother died in Ulster. Toward the end of the year, he enlisted in United States armed forces and went to attend chaplain's school on the campus of Harvard University. The following year, he got his Th.D. from Northern Baptist Seminary in Chicago and began his service as an air force chaplain.
He saw extensive service during the war, serving with the 13th Air Force in Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea, and being involved in campaigns in Borneo, the south Philippines, Luzon, and China. He earned seven battle stars and finished with the rank of major. He wrote about his military experience in I Saw No Tears (1948).
When he was discharged in 1946, he hitchhiked across Korea, China, and India to Cairo and then to Durban, South Africa, where he rested two months with his family. He then sent his family to England by troopship and traveled through the Congo to West Africa. From Dakar he crossed the Sahara and traveled on to England. He picked up his education again and was at Oxford from 1946 to 1948, doing resident study for his doctorate, which he received in the latter year. His dissertation was published in 1949 under the title The Second Evangelical Awakening in Britain. The year 1952 saw the publication of The Second Great Awakening in America. Later he received a D.D. in African History from the University of South Africa (1969), a Th.D. from Serampore University (1970), and a Ed.D. from Th.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (1971).
In 1949 he established a permanent residence in southern California and began a series of speaking tours and evangelistic meetings on college and university campuses. First he preached across the United States and then, from 1949-1951, in Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. He made a brief visit to Brazil in 1951. The response caused him to be invited back for a full scale campaign in cities throughout the country. There followed meetings in South Africa (1953) and India (1954). He and Mrs. Orr led a team evangelistic effort in Australia and New Zealand from 1956 to 1957. Other members of the team included Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Doing, Mr. and Mrs. Max H. Bushby, Rev. and Mrs. William Dunlap, and Corrie ten Boom. The following year, Orr again held meetings in India. Other countries where major meetings were held in the next few years included Great Britain in 1961, where he spoke with young theological students about spiritual renewal; Norway, Sweden and Denmark in 1962; university meetings in the United States in 1962 and 1963.
In 1966, Orr became a professor at Fuller Seminary's School of World Mission, a position he held until 1981. Besides his teaching and writing, he greatly stimulated the study and understanding of revivals and evangelism through his founding in 1974 and continuing leadership of the Oxford Reading and Research Conference on Evangelical Awakenings. This conference of scholars met every summer to hear and present papers on revivals. His own writing continued unabated. Among his books were Full Surrender (1951), Good News in Bad Times (1953), The Inside Story of the Hollywood Christian Group (1955), Faith That Makes Sense (1960), The Light of the Nations: Evangelical Renewal and Advance in the Nineteenth Century (1965), One Hundred Questions About God (1966), Evangelical Awakenings Worldwide (1968), The Ready Tongue (1968) Campus Aflame (1971), The Flaming Tongue (1973), The Fervent Prayer (1974), The Eager Feet (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in Africa (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in Southern Asia (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in Eastern Asia (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in the South Seas (1976), The Faith That Persuades (1977), Evangelical Awakenings in Latin America (1978), and Candid Questions About Morality (1979).
Besides his writing, teaching, and preaching, Dr. Orr had great impact on evangelicals around the world through his friendship with other leading Christians. He was an advisor of Billy Graham's from the start of that evangelist's career, a friend of Abraham Vereide and helped shape the prayer breakfast movement that grew out of Vereide's International Christian Leadership, and he was a important leader in Andrew Gih's Evangelize China Fellowship.
Orr died while preaching in 1987.
Full name: James Edwin Orr
Birth: January 15, 1912 in Belfast, Ireland
Death: April 22, 1987 in Asheville, North Carolina, while preaching
Parents: William Stewart, a jeweler, and Rose (Wright) Orr. William had dual United States and Great Britain citizenship, so his children did as well
Marital Status: Married Ivy Muriel Carol Carlson (usually called Carol) January 15, 1937 in South Africa, her country
Children: Muriel (died at the age of four months), Carolyn Astrid Orr Booth, Alan Bertran, David Arundel
Conversion: At the age of nine in 1921, through his mother’s influence
Ordination: January 15, 1940 in the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, in the American Baptist denomination
192? - Attended classes at the College of Technology, Belfast, Ireland
192? - Passed University of London matriculation exams in five subjects
1940-1942 - M.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
1942-43 - Attended military chaplain’s school on the campus of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1943 - Th.D. degree from Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
1946-1948 - Enrolled in doctoral program at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. Received a PhD in Philosophy
1969 - D.D. from the University of South Africa
1970 - D. Theol. from Serampore College, Calcutta, India
1971 - Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles
In the late 1920s had to drop out of school and work in a bakery for five years when his father and older brother died, and he had to support the family.
Ca. 1931 - Felt a call to preach and began street preaching with a friend.
October-November 1932 - Involved in a city-wide evangelistic campaign in Belfast, under the organization of Christian Endeavour, led by Lionel B. Fletcher.
September 1933 - Received call to be an itinerant evangelist. Traveled and preached throughout the British Isles the next two years.
1935 - Held meetings in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Soviet Union, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, and Belgium, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Palestine, Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal.
September–December - 1935 Sailed to Canada, began preaching throughout that country, began a continuing relationship with Oswald Smith and the Peoples Tabernacle (later Peoples Church) of Toronto.
December 1935-February 1936 - Held meetings across the United States, ending with meetings at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He met and began a close working relationship with Abraham Vereide during his time in Seattle. Orr was later involved with the civic prayer breakfast movement that Vereide led, the Fellowship Foundation.
Ca. March-June 1936 - Led meeting in New Zealand and Australia
July-September 1936 Led meetings in South Africa
October 1936 - Held meetings in London, England
Winter 1936 - Led meetings in Oslo and Narvik, Norway
1933 - Wrote the hymn “Cleanse Me”, creating new English lyrics to a Maori tune.
1937-1940? - Sometime during this time period, when Billy Graham was a student at Florida Bible Institute in Tampa, Florida, Orr met him, perhaps when Orr spoke at the Keswick conferences held at FBI.
1938 - Formed the Revival Fellowship Team with Stanley Donnan, Brinley Evans, and Andrew Gih and led mass evangelistic campaigns with this team in Northern Ireland, Australia and China.
1939 - Much of the year spent raising funds for Chinese children orphaned by war.
Late 1939 - Sailed to Canada, served briefly as an associate pastor of the Peoples Church in Toronto.
1942 - Led evangelistic tour in the West Indies and Central America
Later 1942-1946 - Chaplain in the United States Air Force, attended a chaplain school on the campus of Harvard University. He served at Westover Field in Massachusetts.
1949 - Moved to Los Angeles and held meetings on college and university campuses across the United States and Canada
September? 1949 - Spoke to hundreds of college students at the Forest Home Conference Center in California. Another speaker at the conference was Billy Graham, who was greatly influenced by Orr’s preaching as he prepared for his own meetings in Los Angeles later that month. At about this same time, Orr also became involved with the Hollywood Christian Group, led by Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. The group was a Bible study for people in the motion picture industry and Orr was deeply involved with it for many years and wrote its history.
1950-1951 - Led meetings on campuses, churches, and elsewhere in Australia, Great Britain, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
March to April? 1952 - Returned to Brazil with William A. Dunlap for a series of evangelistic campaigns across the country, which had a deep impact on the country and n Orr personally.
1953 - Evangelistic campaigns in South Africa
1954 - Evangelistic campaigns in India
1956-1957 - Evangelistic campaigns in Australia and New Zealand by the Revival Fellowship Team, including William Dunlap and Corrie ten Boom.
1958 - Led meetings in India with Corrie ten Boom
1961 - Held meetings at seminaries in England for theology students
1962 - Held meetings in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
1962 - Began to hold meetings on college and university campuses of the United States and elsewhere, aimed at both nurturing the faith of Christian students and encouraging non-Christian students to seriously consider Christianity. He continued hold such meetings for the rest of his life.
1966-1981 - Professor in the School of World Mission of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
1974-1983 - Organized and led the Oxford Reading and Research Conference on Evangelical Awakenings, an annual summer meeting on the campus of Regent’s Park of Oxford University, England. During the conference graduate students, scholars, evangelists, and leaders of Evangelical organizations met to read papers on and discuss revival history. Orr incorporated the group in December 1977 as the Oxford Association for Research in Revival or Evangelical Awakenings (ORR). It became inactive in 1984 and was formally dissolved in 1998.
Other significant information
Orr published books (and writing articles) throughout his ministry and these perhaps were as influential as his preaching. Some were autobiographical accounts of his travels and ministry. Others were on theological themes, usually relating to conversion and the Christian life. During the 1970s and ‘80s, he published a series of volumes which comprised a history of Christian revivals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Among the title of his books are: Can God-? (1934), This Promise Is to You (1935), Times of Refreshing (1936), Prove Me Now (1936), This is the Victory (1936), All Your Need (1936), If Ye Abide (1936), Such Things Happen (1937), The Church Must First Repent (1937), Telling Australia (1939), Through Blood and Fire in China (1939), Always Abounding (1940), I Saw No Tears (1948), The Second Evangelical Awakening in Britain (1949, Orr’s dissertation at Oxford University), Full Surrender (1951), The Second Great Awakening in America (1952), Good News in Bad Times (1953), The Inside Story of the Hollywood Christian Group (1955), Faith That Makes Sense (1960), The Light of the Nations: Evangelical Renewal and Advance in the Nineteenth Century (1965), One Hundred Questions About God (1966), Evangelical Awakenings Worldwide (1968), The Ready Tongue (1968) Campus Aflame (1971), The Flaming Tongue (1973), The Fervent Prayer (1974), The Eager Feet (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in Africa (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in Southern Asia (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in Eastern Asia (1975), Evangelical Awakenings in the South Seas (1976), The Faith That Persuades (1977), Evangelical Awakenings in Latin America (1978), and Candid Questions About Morality (1979), A Call for the Re-Study of Revival and Revivalism (1981), The 1857-1858 Awakening in North America (1983).
Besides his writing, teaching, and preaching, Dr. Orr had great impact on Evangelicals around the world through his friendship with other leading Christians. He was an advisor of Billy Graham's from the start of that evangelist's career, a friend of Abraham Vereide and helped shape the prayer breakfast movement that grew out of Vereide's International Christian Leadership, and he was an important leader in Andrew Gih's Evangelize China Fellowship. He also worked closely with Henrietta Mears in the leadership of the Hollywood Christian Group, and Bill and Vonette Bright in the early development of Campus Crusade for Christ.
1 Audio Tape
6 Photograph Files
11 Video Tapes
Language of Materials
Arrangement of Material
The collection consists of correspondence, appointment diaries, papers by his students, typescripts of his books, home movies of his travels, videos, and other materials. These records document Orr’s worldwide ministry as an evangelist and teacher, his correspondence, also worldwide, with Christian workers of all traditions but especially those of Protestant Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism and his activities as a scholar of Protestant awakenings (revivals)around the world, his founding and leadership of the Oxford Association for Research in Revival or Evangelical Awakenings (ORR) , his activities as a professor as Fuller Theological Seminary, and as an author and public speaker. There are also numerous reports on the work of other Christian workers in many parts of the world, especially evangelists, as well as the spiritual condition of various cities, countries and regions, especially the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
Orr was a popular and effective evangelist, but he was especially concerned with revival, or as he preferred to call in his later years, spiritual awakening. He studied this as a historic topic and also as something he was deeply concerned that contemporary Christian churches be aware of as one way of preparing for its occurrence. Awakenings he believed was brought on by the Holy Spirit but instructing present day Christians in how the Spirit had worked in the past could help them humble themselves and prepare their hearts for new revivals, some the Christian church was always in need of.
His paper records fall into five subseries, basically in the order which Orr had them with perhaps some rearrangement by his family after his death. Many of the documents are in their original folders, as labeled by Orr. Subseries I is much the largest. It contains his extensive worldwide correspondence with Protestant Evangelical and Fundamentalist leaders over five decades. Subseries II contains handbills, clippings, brochures, address lists, programs and other documents relating to his evangelistic ministry and those of others, as well as reports on revivals. Subseries III contain mostly papers prepared by is students at Fuller on Evangelical awakenings and revivals around the world, some based partly on personal experience; Series IV contains various personal items, such as his diplomas and honors as well as his appoint diaries covering several decades. Subseries V contains his book manuscripts on awakenings in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as some related items.
The non-paper records are described below in the description of the different content types: audio recordings, films, oversize materials, photographs and videos. These include home movies of Orr’s travels and examples of Orr’s teaching on revival.
Please note: Listed below for different subseries are some of the more frequent and/or influential correspondents. But there are many, many more than are listed. To find out whether there are any letters to or from Orr to a possible correspondent, the research must check the relevant files.
Series I. Correspondence Boxes 1-36
Orr has a great gift for friendship and mentoring, as exemplified by the incredible wide range of correspondence he maintained worldwide. His letters were to and from pastors, evangelists, educators, people who attended his meetings, scholars in church history, family and friends. Many of his letters to a variety of people contain stock paragraphs that he repeated in letters describing his activities, but most letters also had individual notes as well. In many cases, letter to or from Orr are incomplete, without the end or the beginning.
The letters covered a variety of topics. Among the most frequent were: invitations to Orr to speak in churches or college campuses or hold evangelistic campaigns or speak at YFC rallies and on other occasions; detailed correspondence about scheduling and arrangements for Orr’s preaching and speaking engagements with the local liaisons; reports on the results and impact of his preaching in places where he visited; letters from converts describing the joys and problems of their Christian walk (see for example his correspondence with Marilyn Carmichael in folder 4-3); correspondence with the financial supporters of his ministry; letters to and from Orr seeking information on historic revivals in different parts of the world, including from doctoral candidates (for example, folder 9-8); counseling letters to people seeking his advice; other evangelists reporting on their meetings in different part of the world; reports from United States military chaplains (post World War; letters from current or potential students at Fuller; many letters with former students now teaching or ministering; personal notes from family and friends about their activities and their families Orr also had close although not necessarily formal relations with numerous Christian organizations, which are reflected in his correspondence. Among the most prominent are: the American Baptist Convention, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Campus Crusade for Christ (see especially folder 10-3), Evangelize China, Fellowship Foundation (also known as International Christian Leadership and the International Council for Christian Leadership), Fuller Theological Seminary, Hollywood Christian Group (see Orr’s defense of the Group in letters to John R. Rice , 6-1 and John Paterson in 23-17 and comments in February 1964 letter to Christianity Today in folder 7-3), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (both the Canadian and the United States organizations), Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Peoples Church (based in Toronto), Southern Baptist Convention, and Youth for Christ.
The bulk of his correspondence was arranged by him geographically by continent, then chronologically by decade, and then in folders alphabetically, although the alphabetical arrangement in many folders is rather haphazard.
Subseries IA. Countries
Subseries IA1. Latin America (Box 1)
Although the material covers the dates from 1936 to 1979 and is from all over Latin America, most of the letters are to and from Brazil and deal in some way with Orr's meeting throughout that country in 1951 and 1952 and the aftereffects. The Brazil campaigns had a great impact on Orr’s subsequent ministry. The materials are in the same order in which they were received, first alphabetical by the name of the correspondent and then chronological.
There are a few items that concern Orr's work before 1951. Folder 1-3 contains letters from Alex Clark, missionary to Bolivia, commenting on Orr's travels and describing the conditions for evangelism in Bolivia in the late 1930's. The same folder has a report on Haiti in 1949. Folder 1-17 contains correspondence with Kenneth Strachan of Latin America Mission about a trip Orr was taking to Mexico and Central America in 1940. (Later letters to Strachan describe a little bit of Orr's experiences in the armed forces during World War II, give advice on pursuing a degree at Oxford, discuss the possibility of Orr speaking in Brazil and other places in cooperation with LAM, contain reports from Strachan on Evangelism-in-Depth in Bolivia and Nicaragua, arrangements for the Brazil meetings, and assistance with interpreters for Orr).
The 1951 and 1952 Brazil meetings are the topic of many documents. Orr wrote and received letters from a long list of Brazilian missionaries and church leaders asking advice and receiving reports on the situation of the church in different parts of Brazil. Many of these people knew Orr before the 1950s and their letters to him cover many years, describing changes in their work, developments in the country, and personal concerns. Among these Brazilian correspondents were Rudolfo Anders (Confederacao Evangelica do Brasil), Stan Best (Baptist Mid-Missions), Charles Clay (Methodist), Lucile Damon (Methodist), Antonio Elias (Presbyterian), Clemen Fraga (Reaviva-mento), David Glass (Livraria Evangelica), Floyd Grady (Presbyterian), Carl Hahn (Inter-American Missionary Society, affiliated with Oriental Missionary Society), Don Phillips (Youth for Christ, World Gospel Crusades), Sam Torres, and James Winfield Wilson (Wycliffe).
Specific aspects of the meeting are covered in other letters. Folder 1-1 contains a press release from the Confederacao Evangelica do Brasil summarizing Orr's work in Brazil in 1951 and a letter from Orr to Anders outlining his credentials and his plan of campaign. A similar letter from the leaders of International Christian Leadership to the member of the Brazilian government in folder 1-19 served as a recommendation for Orr. A letter from Charles Clay in folder 1-3 replies to a request from Orr by giving circulation figures on the major Protestant publications in Brazil. Lucile Damon in folder 1-4 discusses the needs of the Japanese churches in Brazil. A letter by Orr in folder 1-5 outlines his policy of seeking support from a broad group, not just one denomination. A similar letter in folder 1-18 denies that he is in favor of uniting the Baptist church with other denominations, and another one in folder 1-19 attacks belligerent fundamentalism while affirming his support for "the truly Evangelical position in faith and practice." A letter in 1-7 by Orr comments on Dawson Trotman's great abilities in following up on responses at evangelistic meetings. The next folder contains some reports on the attitudes of Baptists in Brazil to evangelism and opposition of some groups to Orr. Folder 1-1 also has a letter describing opposition from some Baptist and McIntire fundamentalists. Folder 1-15 contains a description of Brazilian Youth for Christ cooperation with Orr's meetings. Folder 1-18 contains some reports about Orr's associate in the 1951-52 meetings, William Dunlap. The folder also has letters on the cooperative efforts of the Presbyterians.
Some folders contain information on other aspects of Brazilian religious life. Stan Best describes what he saw as the growth of liberalism and moral laxness (folder 1-2). Clemen Fraga discusses revivals in Sao Paulo and the effect of a healing movement in Brazil led by the Four Square church. Other folders also have letters commenting on this movement. David Glass, in folder 1-7, describes the effect of visiting evangelists on the country. Folder 1-8, as do other folders, contains letters with some brief comments on Orr's trip to South America after 1962 to help follow-up on the results Billy Graham's tour of the continent. In folder 1-21 Orr writes about the prospects of sending Brazilian missionaries to Angola and Mozambique.
Orr also preached in other Latin American countries and received regular reports from church leaders. Here are a few of the other people and places covered in these files:
●Argentina: Charles Kennedy, Edgardo Silvoso (includes a description of the effects of a 1978 Luis Palau crusade in Uruguay)
●Chile: Harry Peters (Presbyterian).
French Guiana: Marianne Schmid.
●Guatemala: Letter from some Native Americans who were students at a mission school (folder 1-2)
●Nicaragua: W. F. Aberle
●Paraguay: Sidney Goldfinch (Paraguay Baptist Mission)
●Peru: Juan Escobar (interesting comments on characteristics of Peruvians that affect preaching of the Gospel), Robert Harris, Herb Money (Concilio Nacional Evangelico del Peru). Folder 1-16 contains a letter with comments from Peruvian students who attended one of Orr's meetings.
●Uruguay: A. Derghezarian (Inglesia Evangelica Armenia).
●Venezuela: Harry Peters (Presbyterian).
In his letters to Latin American correspondents, Orr frequently describes his campaigns in other countries. All throughout these folders there are descriptions of his meetings in New Zealand and Australia in 1956 and in South Africa in 1953. He also reports on Corrie ten Boom as a member of his evangelistic team. See, for example, folders 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-7, and 1-21. Folder 1-8 has a report on his 1958 trip to India.There are several letters from Wycliffe's Kenneth Pike in folder 1-15. One of them talks about the effects of the work of the mission Airmail From God.
Subseries IA2. North America (Boxes 2-15)
Among the items of interest in this subseries are:
●Folder 2-7. 1/16/1947 letter to Robert W. Hambrook summarizes Orr’s service as a chaplain in the Pacific (also letters to the Chief of Chaplains in folder 5-7 and to Edward A. Rain in folder 6-1)).
●Extensive letter exchange with Carl Henry through the 1940s about evangelistic work, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Orr’s evangelistic ministry
●Folder 4-1. January 1, 1956 letter to Vaughn Atablin in which Orr outlines how he has incorporated his ministry, as well as his arrangements for his evangelistic tour of Australia|
●Folder 5-4. Correspondence between J. Vernon McGee and Billy Graham about dispute over criticism of Graham by McGee during the 1949 Los Angeles meetings
●Folder 12-4 has a letter to William C. Thomas about Orr’s denomination affiliation
●Folder 13-1. Lengthy 1981 letter from Sterling Huston to Winfield C. Arn, denying that there was a conflict between the church growth movement and mass evangelism
●Folder 13-2. March 1985 correspondence between Orr and Bill Bright about the effectiveness of the Jesus film as an agent of conversion
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) in Subseries IA2: John Alexander of InterVarsity (7¬¬ 1, 10-1, 29-22), Gerald H. Anderson (10-1), Dona Rosalee Appleby (7-1, 10-1), Hyman Appleman (4-1, 7-1), Philip Armstrong (4-1, 7-1, 10-6), Clifford Auld (4-1), William Ward Ayer (2-1), Donald Grey Barnhouse (4-2), Mary Beam (2-2, 13-2) Jerry Beaven (4-2, 7-2), L. Nelson Bell (4-2, 7-2, 10-2), David Benson of Russia for Christ (10 2, 12-2), John Bisagno (7-2), Joseph Blinco (7-2), Bill Bright (7-2, 10-2, 13-2), Vonette Bright (10-2, 13-2), William Bruce of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (10-2), David Bryant (13-2, 10-2), Richard A. Burr, Howard Butt (4-2, 7-2),Edward James Caldwell (4 3), Tony Campolo (7-3), Lewis Sperry Chafer (2-3, 4-3), R. V. Clearwaters (4-3, 7-3), Arthur Climenhaga (2-3), Douglas Coe (7-3, 10-3, 13-3, 9-23), Robert E. Coleman (7-3, 10-3), Charles W. Colson (10-3, 13-3), Paul Contento (13-3, 15-13), Bob Cook (2-3, 4-3, 7-3, 10-3, 13-3), Norman L. Cummings of Overseas Crusades (4-3, 7-3), Alicia Davidson of Fellowship Foundation (4-1), Robert DeMoss (7-4, 10-4, 13-4, 33-4), Harry Denman (4-3, 7-4, 10-4), Clyde Dennis (2-4, 7-4, 10-5), Robert S. Denny (10-5), Peter Deyneka Sr. (2-4, 4 4, 7-4, 10-5), H. Stanley Donnan (2-4, 4-4), Lewis Drummond (13-4, 33-4), Wesley Duewel (10-4, 13-4), David J. DuPlessis (4-4, 7-4, 13-4), Clyde Dunlap (4-4), Merrill Dunlop (2-4), V. Raymond Edman (2-5), William B. Eerdmans (7 5), Ted Engstrom (7-5, 10-5, 14-1), Colleen Evans (7-5), Dale Evans (6-1), Elisabeth M. Evans (7-5), F. Alton Everest (7-5), George Failing of the Satellite Christian Institute (10-6, 33-6), Jerry Falwell (14-2), Buckner Fanning (4-5, 7-6, 10-6), Bob Ferm (2-6), Leighton Ford (4-5, 7-6, 10-6,14-2), William M. Fouts (2-6), Roger R. Y. Ford (10-6), Jack Franck of the Forest Home Conference Center on the Hollywood Christian Group and Henrietta Mears (2-6, 7-5,also 2-8), John French (4-5, 7-5), Jack Frizen (2-6), Charles Fuller (4-5), David Otis Fuller (7-5), George Gallup (10-7), James Leo Garrett (10-7, 34-1), Vergil Gerber (10-7), Armin Gesswein (7-6, 14-3), Orlue Giseelquist (4-6), Peter E. Gillquist (14-3), Arthur Glasser (10-7, 12-3), David N. Glesne on Lutheran revivals and awakenings (10-7, 14-3), Robert Glover (2-7), Cornelius P. Haggard (8-1), Connie Haines (2-8), Richard Halverson (8-1, 11-1, 14-4), Redd Harper (4-7, 8-1, 11-1, 14-4), Mark Hatfield (8-1, 11-1), Olan Hendrix of Far Eastern Gospel Crusade (8-1), Carl Henry (2-8, 4-7, 8-1, 10-5, 14-4, 34-2), Dick Hillis (4-7, 8-1, 11-1, 14-4), Russell Hitt (4 7), C. B. Hogie (14-4), Donald E. Hoke (11-1), Betty Hu of the Bethel Mission of China (4-7, 8-1, 11-1, 15-12, 16-9), David Hubbard of Fuller Seminary (8-1, 11-1, 14-4), Jennie V. Hughes in China (2-8), Arthur J. Hyde of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (8 1, 11-1), Elmer Isaacson (4-8, 8-2, 11-2), H. A. Ironside (2-9), Marian Johnson of the Fellowship Foundation (2-1, 5-1), Torrey Johnson (2-1, 5-1, 8-3, 11-3), Walter Jolley of the Hollywood Christian Group (5-1) Clarence Jones (5-1, 8-3), E. Stanley Jones (5-1), William C. Jones, president of the J Edwin Orr Fellowship Foundation (5-1, 8-3, see also 6-7 for the Jones-Louis Zamperini connection), Samuel T. Kamaleson (11-4, 14-7, 15-7), J. Herbert Kane (11 4), G. Kearnie Keegan of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (5-2), R. A. Kennedy (2-11), J. Marcellus Kik on the first issue of Christianity Today magazine (4-3), Darrel King of the Spiritual Awakening Evangelism section of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (14 7), Festo Kivengere (11-4), Haakon Knudson of the American Baptist Convention (8-4, 11-4), Charles W. Koller (2-11, 5-2, 14-7), Arthur B. Langlie (3-1, 5-3) Kenneth Scott Latourette (5-3, 8-5), William Leslie of the Salvation Army (8-5), Harold Lindsell (8-5, 11-5), Manna Music about hymns by Orr they had published (5-4, 8-6, 9-4, 14-2), Lionel Mayell (5-4), Donald McGavran (7-2, 11-7, 14-9), J. Vernon McGee (5-4), William L. McLeod of Revival Crusades (11-7, 14-9, 34-6), William McLoughlin (10-7), John McNeil (3-3, 8-6), Robert McQuilkin (3-3, 11-7, 14-9), Henrietta Mears (5-4, see also letter to Ethel May Baldwin in 7-2), Hubert Mitchell (5-4, 11-6), Ralph W. Mitchell (8 6), W. Stanley Mooneyham (8-6, 11-6, 34-6), David Morken (8-5, see also Bob Pierce’s correspondence in in 9-2), Vernon Mortenson of the Evangelical Alliance Mission (5-4), Robert Boyd Munger (3-2, 5-4, 8-6, 14-9), James DeForrest Murch of the National Association of Evangelicals (3-2, 5-4, 8-6), Cyrus N. Nelson of Gospel Light Press (5-6, 11-8, 15-1), Victor B. Nelson (3-4, 5-6, 7-3), Richard M. Nixon (8-7), H. Wilbert Norton (11-7, 15-1), Harold John Ockenga (5-6, 9-1), Arnold T. Ohrn of the Baptist World Alliance (5-6, 9-1), Stephen Olford (9-5, 11-10, 15-2), Erling C. Olsen (5 6), Ray Ortlund (9-5), J. Irvin Overholtzer (3-5), Luis Palau (11-1015-3), William Pannell (11-10), Frank Phillips of World Vision (5-7), Bob Pierce (5-7, 9-2, 11-10), Kenneth Pike (9-2, 11-10, 15 3), Max Ward Randall (12-2, 15-5, 35-4), Paul S. Rees (6-1, 9-3, 12-2; Orr discussed with Rees various ethical and moral issues in his ministry), John R. Rice (6-1), Richard Owen Roberts (9-3, 12-2, 15-5, 35-4), Merv Rosell (6-1, 9-3), Pat Robertson 12-2), Dick Ross on the Hollywood Christian Group and Great Commission Films (3-7), Arthur Rouse of the Children’s Special Service Mission (6-1, 9 3), Ray Schulenberg (3-8), John T. Seamands (9-4, 16-16), Glenn L. Sheppard of the Spiritual Awakening Evangelism section of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (15-6); F. W. Sheriff of the Christian Businessmen’s Committee of Chicago (3-8), Samuel Shoemaker (3-8), Merwin H. Silverthorn (12-3), Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel (15-6), Paul B. Smith (3-8, 6-2, 9-4, 12-3, 15-6), Timothy L. Smith (15-6), Wilbur Smith (3-8, 12-2), Walter Smyth (3-8, 6-2, 15-6), Tim Spence of the Hollywood Christian Group (6-2, 9-4), Peder Stiansen (3-8), H. W. Stock of Evangelical Publishers (3-8, 6-2), Vinson Synan (12-3), Clyde Taylor (6-3), Kenneth N. Taylor (3-9), Norman W. Taylor (6-3), Charles Templeton (6-3), Carl Thomas of Intervarsity(3-9, 6-3), William C. Thomas (6-3, 9-5), J. Baden Thompson (6-3), Mel Trotter (3-9), Charles Troutman (9-5), Truong-van Tot (12 5, 15-7, 16-17), Abraham Vereide (9-7), C. Peter Wagner (12-6, 15-9), Alistair Walker (6-6, 9-8, 12-6, 15-9), Robert Walker (3-11, 6-6), John Wesley White (9-8, 12-6, 36-3), F. D. Whitesell (3-11), W. Wyeth Willard (3-11, 9 8, 12-6, 15-9), Grady Wilson (6-3, 9-8, 15 9), J. Christy Wilson (9-8, 12-6, 15-9, 16-19), T. W. Wilson (6-3, 9-8, 12-6, 15-9), Ralph Winter (12-6), Sherwood Wirt (15-9), Robert G. Witty (12-6), C. Stacey Woods (3 11), Grace W. Woods (3-11), J. Elwin Wright (3-11, 9-8), William H. Wrighton (3-11), Jack Wyrtzen (3-11, 6-6, 12-6), P. J. Zondervan (6-7)
Subseries 1A3: Asia (Boxes 15-16)
Countries for which there is correspondence: India, Borneo, China, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Tibet, Turkey, Vietnam.
Among the items of interest in this subseries:
●In folder 15-1 and other folders. Correspondence in which Orr discusses scholarships to Fuller and other schools for Asian students
●Folder 15-11 Report by Bishop A. P. Appasamy about Orr’s 1957 visit to the Coimbatore District in India
●Folder 16-12 Entire folder of correspondence with Nagaland, especially about Orr’s meetings there in 1981 and the aftermath. Includes texts of several of Orr’s sermons.
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) in Subseries IA3: Edwin Aaron – India (15-11), A. J. Appasamy – India (15-11, Appasamy also wrote a biography of Orr), Mathews Mar Athansius – India (15-11), Maurice Blanchard – India (15-11), Harry A. Baker – China (15-2), Roy Baker – India (15-12), Betty Hu – China (15-12), K. V. Cherian of Evangelize India (15-13), Paul and Mary Contento – Vietnam (15-13), Paul and Margaret Culley – Philippines (15-13), James Chang – China (15-13), Everett L. Cattell – India (15-13), Dennis E. Clark- India, Pakistan, South Africa (15-13, 26-3), Walter Corlett – India (15 13), Robert Cunville – India (15-13), Chetti Devasahayam – India (16-1), K. N. Daniel – India (16-1), Winne Kneeland Elliott - India (16-2), Elizabeth M. Evans – Taiwan (16-2), Ernest A. Fritchle - India (16-3), N. Paul V. Gupta - India (16-4), J. M. Gnanish – India (16-4), 16-11, Andrew Gih (16-4), Robert W. Hambrook – Israel (16-5), Kyung Chik Han – Korea (16-5), W. Robert Holmes – India (16-5), T. I. Itty Eipe – India (16-6), C. V. John – India (16-7), Raymond and Mona Joyce – China (16-7), Juhanon Mar Thoma – India (16-7), Fred Jarvis – Japan (16-7), James K. Lyman – Turkey (16-9), Ray and Doris McCeady – Japan (16-10), Robert J. McMahon – India (16-10), David Morken – Hong Kong (16-10), Lesslie Newbigin – India (16-12), Phuveyi Dozo – India (16-13), C. P. D. Pande – Nepal (16-14), Arthur W. Payne – Palestine (16 14), John E. Risk – India (16-15), Laird F. Stengle – India (16-16), Jon T. Seamands – India (9-4, 16-16), T. Norton Sterrett – India (16-16), George Cecil-Smith – China (16 16), E. B. Steiner – Tibet (16-16), Ron and Billie Thurman – Indonesia (16-17), Cyril Thompson – India (16 17), Parayil Pothen Thomas - India (16-17), Thomas Wang – Hong Kong (16-19, 28 5), I Ben Wati – India (16-19), Lincoln Watts – India (16-19)
Subseries IA4: Australia and South Seas (Boxes 17-19)
Topics of interest: Many folders contain letters about Orr’s meetings in Australia and New Zealand as he was helping to prepare for Billy Graham’s 1958-1959 tours of those countries
●Folder 17-6 1941 and 1947 letters by Orr summarizing his ministry to that point
●Folder 17-21 folder of policy statements and financial records for Orr and his teams’ tour of Australia, 1956-1957
●Folder 18-10 Letter from Charles Jonson of the Gospel Film Trust of New Zealand about their dispute with the BGEA film ministry
●Folder 19-6 Letter to Queen Salote of Tonga abut International Christian Leadership
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) in Subseries IA4: G. E. Ardill (17-1), Stuart Barton Babbage (19-11), Thomas Bamford (18-2), William Bradley (17-2), Aland A. Brash – New Zealand (18-2), Leonard Buck (19-11), Ian Burnard (19-11), Max Busby (18-2, 19-11), Olive and George Castley (17-3), Bert Crow – New Zealand (17-3), A. Jack Dain (19-13), Eric Daley 19-13), Stanley Donnan (17-4), Murray Elliott (18-5), Ronald Farquhar (19-15), Allan H. Finlay (18-6, 19-15), G. A. Neal Freeman – New Zealand (17 6), Alex Gilchrist (18-7, 19-16), G. W. George Hall (17-8), George Hart (21-1), Gypsy John Hawkins (21-1), Alan Kerr (18-11), J. J. Kitchen (19-19), Robert A. Laidlaw – New Zealand (18-12, 19-20), Les Nixon (19-22), Trevor A. Morris – New Zealand (18-13), Archibald W. Morton – Australia (18-13), Howard W. Mowll – Australia (18-13), Esmond W. New (19-22), Owen L. Ojala – New Zealand (19-23), Ronald Edward Pashen (19-2), Keith Rimmer – New Zealand (17-16, 19-4), J. O. Sanders – New Zealand (17-17, 28-5), Craig Skinner (19-26), Alan R. Tippett (19-27), Charles Troutman (17-6), W. J. Tunley (17-17), Leland Wang (Wang Zai, 19-28), Ernest H. Watson (19-9), A. S. Wilson – New Zealand (17-21)
Subseries IA5: Europe (Boxes 20-24)
A few letters in this subseries are in languages other than English, such as Norwegian or German. Almost the letters in this subseries are to and from England or Ireland, with a few from Scotland and Wales. Among other countries with some representation (the following is not a complete list for either all the countries or all the folders with representation for a particular country): Bulgaria (22-4), Iceland (20-1, 20-5), Estonia (20-4 21-4, 23-3), Germany (21-4, 23-2), Italy (22-1), Lithuania (20-7), Norway (20-4, 20-7, 21-4, 21-5, 22-5), Portugal (20-6 22-3, 23-6), Romania (20-5), Spain (20-2), Sweden (24-2, 24-10, 24-17)
Other items of interest:
●Folder 21-1 Long undated unsigned memo, presumably from the Council of the World Evangelical Alliance (ca. 1940s?) about the current status and future plans of the World Evangelical Alliance. See also folder 23-3.
●Folder 21-1 1941 letter from Lord Halifax about Orr going to England to study at Oxford University
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) in Subseries IA5: David Adeney (20 1), William Henry Aldis (20-1), Oliver Barclay (24-2), Erik Bernspang (24-2), Peter Beyerhaus (24-2), Cyril Black (24-2), Michael Boudeaux (24-2), Raymond Brown (24 2), F. F. Bruce (24-2), Percy J. Buffard (20-2), Branse Burbridge (20-2, 23-2), Lee Carlson (24-3), F. Roy Cattell of the World Evangelical Alliance (20-3, 23-3), Arthur H. Chapple (24-3), Denis G. Clark (23-3, 24-3), R. G. Cochrane (24-3), Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury (24-3), Charles T. Cook (20-3, 23-3), A. Jack Dain (23-4, 24 4), A. Morgan Derham (24-4), J. D. Douglas (24-4, 28-3, 33-4), Brinley Evans (20 5), Eifion Evans (24-5, 33-5), Clarence H. M. Foster (20-6), ALindsay Glegg (24-7), Montaque Goodman (20-7, 23-7), Wallace Haines (23-9, 24-8), George Hart of India Northwest Mission (23-8), Stuart K. Hine about the hymn “How Great Thou Art” (23-8), Eric Hutchings 24-8, 28-3, 34-2), George Jeffreys (21-3), Claude Jenkins (23-10), Gilbert Kirby (24-11, 28-4), H. Hjelm-Larsen (21-5), Gordon Landreth of the European Evangelical Alliance (24-12, 28-4, 34-5), T. L. Livermore (21-5, 23-12, 24-12), Fred Townley Lord (23-12), Einnar Lundby (24-12), R V A Lynas (23-12), Andrew MacBeath (12-6), Herbert J. Mateer (24-13, 28-4), Nathaniel Micklem (23-13, 24-13), Samuel Moffett (24-13), Alex P. Murdoch of the Scottish Evangelistic Council (23-13), Stephen Neill (21-8, 23-15, 24-1), Marcel P. Noel of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (OICCU, 24-24), Rene Pache (24-16), J. I. Packer (24-16), Ernest A. Payne (24-16), Leonard T. Pearson (22-1), E. Burkhurst Pinch (22-1, 24-16), H. H. Pullen and the Spezia Mission for Italy (22-1), Alan Redpath (22-3, 23-18), Alves dos Reis (22-3, 23-18, see also 23-7, Jose Feire), Tom B. Rees (22-3, 23-18, 24-18), Erik Ruden of the Baptist World Alliance (28-17), D. S. Russell (28-18), W. E. Sangster (23 19, 24-19), Francis A. Schaeffer (24-19), Oscar Schonhard (22-4), Alfred Russell Scott (24-19), Marshall Shallis (23-19, 24-19), A. J. Sherriff (22-4), Allister W. Smith (23-19), Herbert Frederick Stevenson – editor of The Life of Faith magazine (23-19, 24 19; see also 32-2, 35-5), John Stott (24-19), R. G. Studd (22-4), Frederik A. Tatford (24-20), Ernest Hudson Taylor (22-5), D. P. Thomson (24-19), George Verwer (24-22), Newman Watts (22-8, Watts also wrote biographies of Orr), E. I. Watkins (22-8), John Wesley White (23-22), Frederick P. Wood (22-8, 23-22), Eva Williams (22-8), Ernest T. Williams of International Christian Leadership (22-8), A. Skevington Wood (24-23, 28 5), Maurice A. P. Wood (24-23), C Stacey Woods (24-23)
Subseries IA6: Africa (Boxes 25-27)
Almost all the letters in this subseries are to or from South Africa. Among the other countries represented are (the following is not a complete list for either all the countries or all the folders with representation for a particular country): Algiers (27-13), Burundi (27-2), Congo (25-3, 26-2, 27-3), Egypt (25-1), Morocco (25-1), Natal (25-1), Nigeria (25-7, 26-1), Ethiopia (25-7), South Africa, Sudan (26-2), Uganda (26-7).
Most of the letters from the 1930s and ‘40s relate either to the planning or the impact of his speaking tours in South Africa, or to praise for one or more of his books. Also, many reports in 1940s letters about evangelistic activities in South Africa since his visits in the 1930s. Much of the later correspondence is on the letterhead of the Committee of 1000/Komitee Van 1000, a group in ministry or church membership as a result of Orr’s South Africa meetings of 1936.
Also of interest:
●Folder 25-16 12/16/1941 letter to General Smuts, offering to serve in the South African forces as a chaplain or ambulance drive
●Folder 26-1 lists of converts and other statistics from Orr’s 1953 meetings in South Africa
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) in Subseries IA6: Mary Beam (26 2), Stephen Bradley – South Africa (25-2, 26-2, 28-2), Paul M. Bremer (26-2, 28-2), Michael Cassidy of African Enterprise (26-3), Stuart J. Cole (25-3, 26-3), Elizabeth Cridland (26-2), Fred and Timothy Crous of the Christian Publishing Company (26-3), Horton Davies (26-4), Michael Fleming (25-5), Donald L. Genheimer of the Association of Evangelicals of South Africa (26-7), Francis Grim (26-7), Basil Holt (26-8), Sydney Hudson-Reed (26-8), Bob Kerstetter – Belgian Congo (25-9, 27-2), F. J. and S. W. J. Liebenberg of the Student Christian Association of South Africa (27-3), Frank Oldrieve (25-12), W. A. B. Parker of the Association of Evangelicals of South Africa (27-7), Chris W. Parnell (27-7, 28-4), John Poorter (27-7), Arthur J. A. Rowland (25-14), Percy B. Shearing (25-15), Allister W. Smith of the Salvation Army (25-15, 27-9), Erik Sundgren (27-9), Ken Terhoven (27-10), Hans von Staden of the Dorothea Mission (27-12, 28-5), C Edgar Wilkinson (27-13)
Subseries IA7 Worldwide correspondence (Box 28)
This subseries contains miscellaneous folders of letters to and from Orr (mainly to) in the 1970s and ‘80s, which for some reason was not filed with the other geographical correspondence. Usually there not more than one or two letters from an individual, with occasional copies of Orr’s replies, although there are longer correspondence chains. There are also some letters from people represented in the geographical folders, such as the letters of Bishop Stephen Bradley in both the Africa files and the worldwide files. They are from all over the world. Among the topics of the letters are personal testimonies of Christian faith, appreciation of Orr’s books and evangelistic campaigns, reports and newsletters from different missionaries and evangelists on their ministries, questions about the programs that Orr led at Fuller Seminary and the Oxford Seminar, and comments on different aspects of Evangelical history in many different countries. Folder 28-1 is completely miscellaneous, with the other folders at least being in a very rough alphabetical order according to the name of the correspondent.
Also of interest:
●Folder 28-4 Dec 7, 1982 letter to Aril Edvardsen deals indirectly with Orr’s involvement with the Evangelize China Fellowship and attempts to reform the organization. See also Aug 25, 1980 letter to Gordon Landreth in folder 28-4.
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) in Subseries IA7: Robert Cunville – India (28-2), Deanna Chen – Hong Kong (28-2), K. V. Cherian – Hong Kong (28-2), Andrew Gih – China (28-3), Egil Grandhagen – Norway (28-3), Bryan E. Hardman – Revival history (28-3), Ivor Jones – Australia (28-3), James Katarikwae – Uganda (28 4, 34-4); Ian Kemp – New Zealand (28-4), Brian R. Mills of the Evangelical Alliance – England (28-4), Ed Torjesen – Untied States (28-5), I. Ben Wati – India (28-5), Geoff Waugh – Australia (28-5)
Subseries IB: Colleges (Box 29)
Orr always placed emphasis on sharing the Gospel with young people and particularly from the 50s on he laid great emphasis on what he called his mission to the academic community. This meant presenting a historical review of the impact of Christian revival on history as well as straight forward evangelistic preaching. It was intended to point unbelievers to Christ and to give stronger spiritual and intellectual foundations to the faith of believers. He held many missions and individual speaking dates on campuses aiming to reach faculty and staff as well as students. This series contains correspondence to colleges, universities, conference centers such as Forest Home (29 6), student organizations, churches, a few high schools and others relating to these student meetings in the United States and Canada. There are also two folders of similar materials in box 30, folder 30-6 and 30-7. Correspondents are college presidents, staff and faculty as well as students. For example, the numerous letters to and from Wheaton College in folder 29-22 include many letters from the colleges presidents V. Raymond Edman and Hudson Taylor Armerding (also for Armerding 29-7). The letters deal with the arrangements of meetings, as well as descriptions of their impact and related topics. There are letters to and from almost every well-known Evangelical college, as well as many secular colleges and universities. The letters are filed in most cases according to the name of the college or institution, rather than the name of the individual, except for folder 30-6 and 30-7, These last two folders do not seem to have any particular order except roughly chronological.
Folder 29-14 has extensive correspondence with Dawson Trotman and Lorne Sanny of the Navigators about outreach to college students and also about the Navigators partnership with Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, among other topics.
Among the correspondents in the college files not already mentioned are F. Carlton Booth of Providence Bible College (28-16), Earle E. Cairns of Wheaton College (30-7), William Culbertson of Moody Bible Institute (29-13), John A. Mackay of Princeton Theological Seminary (29-16), and C. Stacey Woods about the origin of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States (30-6).
Subseries IC: Churches (Box 29)
This small series consists of correspondence from the 1960s and ‘70s, largely with pastors, about Orr’s past or future speaking engagements and Orr’s plans for the immediate future.
Subseries ID: Individual (Boxes 30-31)
The folders in the two boxes of this series are each entirely dedicated to an individual or an organization with whom Orr had extensive correspondence in relation to his ministry, usually because they were in a kind of partnership.
●C. Murray Albertyn – Folder 30-1. A South African who came to the United States to study from 1954 to 1962. During this time he and Orr exchanged frequent letters in which Orr described his current ministry activities and counseled Albertyn on his theological education. Upon graduation he returned to South Africa, where he served as a Presbyterian minister until his retirement in 1985, when he moved to San Diego. There is some additional correspondence in folder 26-1.
●Gordon M. Binder. Folder 30-2. A medical doctor who was a friend of the Orrs. The folder contains decades of friendly correspondence about the doings of each family.
●Winfield C. Arn. Folder 30-3 Arn was director of the Portland (Washington) Youth for Christ club and later a leader in the church growth movement. Correspondence is about arrangements for Orr’s speaking to the group at various times. See also folder 13-1.
●Bill Bright – Folder 30-4. Orr’s correspondence with Bright covers the very early days of the Campus Crusade for Christ organization. Orr was a friend of Bright’s as well as a frequent speaker at CC events. (When the Orrs were out of the country in the 1950s, the Brights rented their home.) The correspondence, some of which are form letters, records CCC activities and plans, invitations to Orr to speak at CCC meetings, and reports by Orr on his activities around the world. Most of the earliest letters are from Bright, but about half the letters in the folder are from other CCC staffers.
●William M. Fouts. Folder 30-5. Personal correspondence with Orr’s friend William M. Fouts, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. After Fouts’ death, the correspondence continues with his wife Alice.
●Armin Gesswein. Folder 30-8. Gesswein was also an evangelist. Over a period of almost four decades, he and Orr exchanged frequent letters about their own ministries in various parts of the world, with some comments on the history of revivals. See Billy Graham’s July 29, 1986, letter to Gesswein.
●Billy Graham. Folder 31-1. (See also Orr-Graham correspondence in folder 34-1.) Graham and Orr were longtime friends and Orr sometimes helped in an informal way to prepare areas such as Australia and New Zealand for Graham campaigns in the very early part of Graham’s ministry. This folder covers almost four decades of contacts between the two, with most of the letters coming from Orr. The letters contain many reports from both Graham and Orr on their current evangelistic activities and trace Graham’s increasing hectic schedule and the demands on his time. In general, they illustrate some of the stresses and rewards in the type of worldwide evangelistic ministry to which both were committed. See also Orr’s August 11, 1950, letter to H. F. Stevenson about Graham in folder 32-2. Among the topics of interest: Graham autobiographical summary of his life (May 26, 1948); Orr’s efforts in the early part of 1950 to set up am evangelistic tour by Graham of South Africa; Orr’s advice for Graham’s 1954 meetings in London; Orr’s advice for Graham and Graham’s assistant Jerry Beaven on Graham’s proposed 1956 worldwide tour; Orr’s advice for preparations for Graham’s 1959 tour of Australia; two brief 1957 letters from Graham reporting on his New York City Crusade; a long letter of information and advice about Graham’s planned trip to Ireland in 1972; Graham’s statement on the result of his 1984 Mission England meetings; a lengthy letter from Orr (September 19, 1984) on the difference between evangelism and revival; many letters in the mid-1980s between Graham, Orr, and BGEA executive Sterling Huston about the possibility of Orr writing either a biography of Graham or a history of 20th century revivals with BGEA financial support (this project ultimately came to nothing). See also Orr’s letter to W. Wyeth Willard, June 10, 1951, in folder 32-5. The folder also contains a few letters from Ruth Graham, Jerry Beaven, and Sterling Huston, and one from Franklin Graham about the book he was writing about Bob Pierce.
●InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the United States/ International Fellowship of Evangelical Students / International Christian Leadership/International Council of Christian leadership (Fellowship Foundation) – Folders 31-2 to 31-4.
Orr had close relationships with both InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the United States and with International Christian Leadership, two separate organizations. (International Christian Leadership has had a variety of names over the years, including the Breakfast Group, the National Committee for Christian Leadership, and the Fellowship Foundation; the International Council of Christian leadership was the international face of the ICL.) The two organizations occasionally had people in common, such as John Bolton, and Orr in letters to one group may refer to his activities with the other. See, for example, Orr’s evaluation of Abraham Vereide of the ICL in a May 5, 1947, letter to C. Stacey Woods of IVCF. The letters to both groups contain brief reports on Orr’s evangelistic activities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries, as well as brief discussions of various Christian leaders and organizations. See, for example, his comments on Henrietta Mears and Oswald J. Smith in letters to both the IVCF and ICL in folder 31-2. There are also many references to Billy Graham’s growing ministry outreach in this folder and 31-3 and also to the Hollywood Christian Group (also called the STARS group), with which Orr was closely associated. But basically, these are two different sets of correspondence in the same folders, put together perhaps by Orr or by his family after his death.
For IVCF, Orr’s main correspondents were C. Stacey Woods, the General Secretary of IVCF-USA; Charles H. Troutman, the Associate General Secretary of IVCF-USA, later General Secretary; John W. Alexander, General Director of IVCF-USA in the late 196os; and H. W. Sutherland, General Secretary of IVCF-Canada. There are also frequent letters to and from other IVCF staff, as well as student leaders of individual chapters. Since Orr was particularly concerned after World War II with his mission to the academic community, he naturally developed a close relationship with IVCF, which had chapters on hundreds of campuses. Sometimes he spoke at IVCF events, more often he would hold or be part of campus events with which the local IVCF chapter cooperated. In some cases, these might be outright evangelistic meetings or debates about Christianity or bull sessions in dormitories, etc. In the late 1940s, there had been discussion of his having some kind of official relationship with IVCF, but ultimately Orr maintained his independence. The letters to and from Orr are mainly concerned with his IVCF-related speaking engagements. A constant related topic found throughout is how to present the Christian gospel to college students, especially on secular campuses. There is also much discussion by Orr and others about the spiritual atmosphere in particular areas and in the United States in general. Since Orr was at Oxford for much of the period covered by the letters in 31-2, the same kind of general topics are discussed for the United Kingdom, particularly England. Beginning in 1951, Woods sent his letters to Orr on the stationary of IFES, of which he was also the general secretary. From this point on, Woods begins to refer more to Orr’s work in other parts of the world, such as Brazil, Australia, and South Africa, although there is still some material about North America. Orr’s June 8, 1950, letter to Woods in folder 31-2 gives his reaction to the 1950 Wheaton College Revival.
Orr’s correspondence with the ICL was largely with Abraham Vereide, the founder of the organization, and his assistance and successor Douglas Coe, although there are also some letters from Richard Halverson, also very active in ICL and a few others. From 1949 on, Orr served as a field representative of the ICL, mainly in regard to ministry in the Hollywood Christian Group and on college and university campuses in the United States and Canada, although he also helped to set up ICL groups when he traveled to Brazil in 1952 and probably did something similar on trips to other countries. See for example the copy of US Senator and president of ICL Frank Carlson’s December 1, 1953, letter to the President of India on Orr’s behalf in folder 31-3 and Orr’s August 24, 1961, letter to Max Warren about his plans for a teaching mission to British universities, sponsored by the ICL. (A similar letter from Carlson dated September 1, 1963, is in folder 31-4.) It seems to have been a fairly loose relationship, with Orr speaking at some ICL meetings, but arranging most of his schedule himself and doing occasional chores for the organization, such as helping to recruit participants or evaluating particular cities or countries from the point of view of ICCL membership. His report for his first year as field representative, dated September 1950, is in folder 31-3. Vereide’s letters contain frequent references to current ICL projects around the United states and particularly in Washington DC, the organization’s base. Vereide’s June 17, 1959, letter describes the leadership transition from himself to Douglas Coe.
Folder 31-3. December 15, 1955, letter from Orr to Vereide describes the legal incorporation of the Revival Fellowship Team (J. Edwin Orr Fellowship Foundation) and its close relationship with ICL. Vereide’s June 17, 1959, letter describes the leadership transition from himself to Douglas Coe. Vereide’s June 17, 1959, letter describes the beginning of the leadership transition from himself to Douglas Coe. A lengthy March 19, 1951, letter from Robert Cook, president of Youth for Christ, includes Pierce’s response to questions from Orr and outlines the history and mission of YFC.
Folder 31-4. September 28, 1961, tetter from Orr to Jim Young of ICCL staff in England that describes what Orr saw as the deteriorating climate for evangelism in England.
●Oswald J. Smith. Folders 31-5, 31-6. The folders also contain a few letters from Paul Smith, Oswald’s son and successor at the Peoples Church in Toronto. Several of Oswald Smith’s letters to Orr are handwritten. Oswald Smith and the Peoples Church in Toronto had played a great part in introducing Orr to North Americans in the mid-1930s. The two men developed a strong friendship. Orr served briefly as an associate pastor of the Peoples Church, starting in 1939 (see January 20, 1939, letter in folder 31-5). The correspondence between them in this section starts in 1935 and continues for forty years. When Orr joined the United States Air Force as a chaplain in 1942, Smith helped arranged for Carol Orr and the children to sail to South Africa where she could stay with her family. Smith and Orr stayed in touch through the war, although the correspondence has relatively little about Orr’s wartime duties. After leaving the Air Force, Orr began his work for his doctorate at Oxford England in 1946 and while there he participated in Smith’s ministry by distributing funds from the church to various mission groups in Great Britain and by advising Smith on his evangelistic visits to that country. They continued to keep each other appraised of their ministry and assisted each other when they could. Their correspondence was very close and friendly and illustrates their travels and contains many comments relating to evangelism in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Europe from 1935 through the 1960s.
Folder 31-5. Smith comments on Gerald Winrod in a February 19, 1940, letter. In a seven-page letter dated April 25, 1940, Smith gives his comments and corrects to the manuscript of Orr’s Always Abounding: A Pen Sketch of Oswald J. Smith of Toronto. Smith’s letters to Orr in 1940 and 1941 contain several references to the book. These include many comments by Smith on his ministry and belief.
Folder 31-6. March 26, 1951, letter about Charles Templeton, also Orr’s letter to Smith of May 27, 1951, November 3, 1949 Orr letter to Smith with lengthy description of Graham’s campaign in Los Angeles (see also his letter to Smith of January 15, 1950). Folder 31-5 has a generic press release for Paul Smith’s campaigns.
Folder 32-1. Discussion by Orr and Smith about the problems of mass evangelism in letters from May 10, May 29, June 10 and June 15, 1955; several letters have Smith’s appreciative critiques of Orr’s books on revival history.
●Corrie ten Boom. Folder 32-4. Ten Boom was, like Orr, a widely traveled evangelist. For several years, she was part of Orr’s Revival Fellowship Team that led evangelistic services in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and India. Their correspondence (including some letters from ten Boom to Carol Orr), which includes many handwritten letters from ten Boom, describes ten Boom’s evangelistic activities in different parts of the world, including Japan, Formosa (Taiwan), Borneo, Korea, Germany, Israel, the Philippines, and India. Orr’s letter to ten Boom of May 1, 1952, includes his appraisal of the deteriorating political and racial situation in South Africa under apartheid. Orr’s December 15, 1955, letter to ten Boom is preparing her to join the Revival Fellowship team and outlines some of the procedures and circumstances of the team. There is a 1960 typewritten statement by Orr on ten Boom’s life and the value of her ministry, apparently for use in a campaign in Britain. In a September 9, 1960, letter from ten Boom to Orr, she describes how she is beginning to be approached from film producers who want to make a movie about her life. See also her letter of July 2, 1965. The last few letters in the file are from Pam Roswell and Lotte Reimeringer, ten Boom’s companions during her last years. They describe her faith among her accumulating physical problems and conclude with a letter about her death.
●Max Warren. Folder 32-4. Warren was the general secretary of the Church Missionary Society in England. He and Orr began a correspondence about the history of the East African Revival and then continued to correspond for some years about their ministries and about the history of evangelism and revivals. Orr’s October 15, 1966, letter describes the offer he received to teach at Fuller Theological Seminary. The last letter in file, August 31, 1977, is to Warren’s widow.
●W. Wyeth Willard. Folder 32-5. Willard was a Baptist minister and close friend of Orr’s who preached his ordination sermon in 1939 (see Willard’s letter of reference for Orr, October 31, 1949). Both Orr and Willard were chaplains in World War II, Willard in the Marines. Willard served as assistant to President V. Raymond Edman and was director of evangelism at Wheaton College from 1946-1951 and the early letters in the folder contain some news about life at the college. His letter of resignation also has a detailed sheet of biographical information about his life up to 1951. From 1951 until 1961 there were many letters back and forth about Willard writing a biography of Orr, but apparently this never was completed.
●J. Elwin Wright. Folder 32-6. Wright was one of the main organizers and leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals in the United States and of the World Evangelical Alliance. His correspondence with Wright mainly deals with the early days of both organizations. Orr’s May 8, 1947, letter to Wright contains advice to not insist that a Christian must choose between Christianity and Socialism, as that would be against British traditions. There is also much correspondence about the work of the Commission of International Relations of the NAE, which Orr joined by invitation. Orr was often invited to do work for the NAE or WEA in India. Wright was also the secretary of the New England Fellowship and he helped Orr plan meetings in that region.
Subseries IE: The Oxford Seminar (Boxes 33-36 )
What was sometimes informally called the Oxford Seminar started in 1974 as the Oxford Reading and Research Conference Seminar in Evangelical Awakenings. Orr described it as a spinoff from the 1974 Lausanne Congress. When it incorporated, it became the Oxford Association for Research in Revival or Evangelical Awakenings (ORR). Its purpose was to bring together for discussion and fellowship during the summer on the campus of Regent Park College of Oxford not only graduate historians in church history but also evangelists, pastors, and the leaders of Evangelical institutions to educate them in revival history. It met up through 1984.
The correspondence consists largely of letters from invitees saying that they will or will not be able to attend. Letters often talk of the writer’s own revival research or about his (almost all are male) recent evangelistic activities or the climate for evangelism in his region or country. There are also many letters of invitation from Orr as well as others from him responding to comments from invitees. See for example Orr’s May 24, 1977, letter to Dennis Clark n folder 33-3 on the connection between history and revival. Folders 34-6, 35-2, 35-4, and 36-3 contain correspondence from the staff of Regent Park College about the arrangements for the seminars. Folder 36-5 contains a miscellany of correspondence and minutes about the conference, most of it after 1984, when it became inactive. There is more ephemera from the meetings in folder 36-6, including lists of attendees and brochures.
Select list of correspondents (box-folder numbers) for Series IE: Gerald Anderson, Myron S. Augsburger (33-1); Paul Benjamin, Peter Beyerhaus, Jacques Blocher, Michael Bourdeaux, Vonnette Bright, F. F. Bruce, Leonard Buck (33-2); Clive Calver, Michael Cassidy, John Edward (Joe) Church, Dennis Clark, F. Donald Coggan, Joseph Csaba (33-3); Dafydd G. Davies, Donald W. Dayton, Arthur D. Deane, Robert G. DeMoss, Peter Deyneka Jr., J. D. Douglas, Lewis Drummond (33-4); James F. Eaves, Helmut Egelkraut, Eifion Evans (33-5); Roy J. Fish, Robert E. Frykenberg (33-6); James Leo Garrett, Armin Gesswein, Billy Graham, Bryan Green, Kenneth Grubb (34-1); David E. Harrell, Carl Henry, Dick Hillis, Donald E. Hoke, Eric Hutching (34-2); James Katarikwae, Alan Kreider, Hans Kasdorf, Manfred W. Kohl, Peter Kuzmic (34-4); Gordon Landreth, Kalevi Lehtinen, Richard Lovelace (34-5); David McKenna, David R. Mains, Martin Marty, W. Stanley Mooneyham (34-6); Stephen Neill, Sverre Norberg, H. Wilbert Norton (35-1); Stephen Olford, Gottfried Osei-Mensah (35-2); J. I. Packer, Luis Palau, T. H. L. Parker, Vincent Parkin, W. Mogan Patterson, Richard Pierard, Kenneth Pike, William L. Pitts (35-3); W. Stanford Reid, Ian S. Rennie, Gath Rosell (35-4); Henry J. Schmidt, Lawrence R. Schenhals, Howard F. Shipps, Timothy L. Smith (35-5); Ed Torjesen, Donald Tinder, Veli-Pekka Toiviainen, Peter Toon (Honorary Secretary of ORR) (36-1); Irvin W. Underhill, Harold Van Broekhoven, Johannes Van der Collf (36 2); Andrew F. Walls, Barry R. White, George Wilson, Sherwood E. Wirt, Sam Wolgemuth (36-3).
Series II: Evangelism Ministry. (Boxes 37 and 38)
This series consists of files of material relating directly to Orr’s own evangelistic ministry, the information he kept on the ministry of others and of revival, and evangelism news from North and South America.
Orr’s own preaching ministry is represented in a few newspaper clippings and ads (folder 37 13), biographical data (folder 37-4), programs and brochures (folder 38-9), and correspondence and other materials about the Revival Fellowship Team he organized and led in the late-1950s (folder 38-9). There are thick files of reports and other materials on two area of Orr’s ministry that were particularly important for him – Brazil (folder 37-5 some material in Portuguese) and Australia and New Zealand (folder 38-9). Folders 37-1 to 37-3 contain long lists of the addresses of ministers, converts, and participants in cities when he led meetings in various parts of the world. Orr, with Henrietta Mears, was one of the organizers of the Hollywood Christian Group and folder 37-11 contains articles (some by Orr) and other information about the group. He has several files of information (newsletters, clippings, reports, etc.) on the ministries of Billy Graham (folders 37-7 to 37-10) Luis Palau (folders 38-1 to 38-7), and Presbyterian missionary to Mexico Norman W. Taylor (folders 38-10, 38-11 some material in Spanish). Orr also collected historical accounts of current and historical revivals and evangelistic activities in Latin America (folder 37-12 some material in Spanish) and the United States (folder 38-12)
Subseries III. Fuller Research Papers (Boxes 39-49)
This series contains the research papers written by Orr’s students during his time as a professor at the School of World Mission of Fuller Theological Seminary. These include two boxes (39-40) on topics relating to the defense or presentation of the Christian faith and nine boxes (41-49) dealing with Christian revivals or awakenings in different parts of the world. The papers were sorted into folders by the Archives staff and arranged alphabetically by title. Folder 39-1 contains listings of the papers; some of these lists seem to have been made after Orr’s death. The papers on the list are arranged according to different criteria and usually give the date and grade of the papers as well as the title and author.
Subseries IIIA: Apologetics (Boxes 39-40)
The topics covered by the Apologetics folders are: Anthropology, Authority of Scripture, Buddhism, Christian Science, Christian world view, Comparing religions, Conscience, Cosmology, Creation, Deity of Jesus, Evil, Faith, Genesis, Hinduism, Inerrancy, Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Miracles, Mormonism, Other religions, Teleology, and Unbelief.
Subseries IIIB: Spiritual Awakenings (Boxes 41-49)
The files on spiritual awakenings are often based on the student’s own experiences as well as research. They were one resource for the many histories that Orr wrote of revivals in modern times. Besides student papers, the files sometimes contains reports or other documentation about revivals in a particular country of region. Folder 42-7 contains reports on the East African Revival and the last two folders in box 49 contain papers about revivals among Catholics and Anabaptists. The countries or regions covered by the papers are: Argentina, Antigua, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Latin America, Latvia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Melanesia, Mexico, Micronesia, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United States, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wales, West Africa, Zimbabwe.
The papers are especially numerous for these countries or regions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, East Africa, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Melanesia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Wales, and West Africa. Half of boxes 46 and 49 and all of boxes 47 and 48 are filled with papers about revivals in the United States.
Subseries IV: Personal (Boxes 50-52)
There are three different sets of records. Folder 50-1 consists of printed book reviews, a few by Orr but most by other people about his books, especially his series of eight histories of revivals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The reviews of Orr’s books are without annotations by him, except in some cases to identify the publication it appeared in and the date. Folder 50-2 contains diplomas or copies of diplomas, transcripts, correspondence, and/or other records from the schools which Orr attended. These included the College of Technology in Belfast, the University of London, Judson College (formerly Northern Baptist College), Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Oxford University (St. Catherine’s College), and Serampore College. The rest of the folders in these boxes consist of his diaries covering the years from 1939 through 1987, with some gaps. The very earliest ones are in small pocket notebooks, but those from 1962 and later appear to be pages for a desk calendar which have been bound by year in inexpensive paper covers. The diaries sometimes contain some addresses or miscellaneous notes, but mostly only record places he was traveling to and appointments on a particular day. Many, perhaps most, pages are blank. The pages in the very last folder, 52-3, are unbound.
Subseries V: Manuscripts (Boxes 53-57)
This series consists of Orr’s writings, mostly in what seem to be unbound galley proofs, as well as materials he apparently used for reference. Except for the articles in folder 53 1, the contents are all printed or photocopies pages in black spring-back binders. Box 53 also contains a copy of his 1967 dissertation on Evangelical awakenings in South Africa and what is called a Summaries notebook. This latter contains the title papers, tables of contents, notes and bibliography for three of his histories of awakenings: The Eager Feet, The Fervent Prayer, and The Flaming Tongue, as well as what appears to be Orr’s brief summaries of the contents of each book. Boxes 54 and 55 contain unbound copies of these books. In box 56 are three volumes containing Richard Owen Roberts very extensive bibliography on evangelism and revival, including a historical outline of post-Reformation revival movements and a subject index. The first 117 entries in the bibliography appear to be missing. Box 57 contains two other works Orr apparently consulted: an untitled manuscript of a biography of Harry Strachan, evangelist in South America and founder of the Latin America Mission, and R. E. Francis’ dissertation, “Pentecost: 1858; A Study in Religious Revivalism,” which drew extensively on Orr’s writings.
Accruals and Additions
The material in Box 1 was given to the BGC Archives from J. Edwin Orr in 1986. The remainder of the material in the collection consists of Orr's files as they were at the time of his death in 1987 and were given to the Archives in three increments in 1993, 1998, and 2017 from Ivy Muriel Carol Carlson Orr and Carolyn Astrid Orr Booth.
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