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Small Collection 036 Ephemera of Dwight L. Moody

Identifier: Small CN 036

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous collection of items by or about evangelist Dwight L. Moody, including letters, newspaper clippings, photos, handbills, and a phonograph record collected from varies sources.  There are several items written by Moody about his work and activities.

There are six Moody letters (folder 1-1), both handwritten and typed, three of which ask for funds for the Northfield Schools and one for the work in Liverpool, England. The letters were addressed to Mr. Trowbridge, Mr. Henry W. Calhoun (December 4, 1893), Mrs. E. C. Hammer (May 28, 1897), and to "My dear Sir" (March 31, 1875). In addition there is a letter written to Mrs. Cockran concerned a scholarship (January 8, 1891) and one to Ira Sankey notified him of Moody's arrival in Chicago (December 4).

Items in folder 1-2 include a ticket to a "Moody Meeting" which was to beginning December 2, 1894, a Moody-Sankey handbill announcing a Men's Meeting, two Moody autographs with the scriptural reference, John 5:24 (one dated 1877), a ticket to "Special Union Services, conducted by Mr. D. L. Moody, at the Western Ave. M. E. Church" and a handbill advertising the sale of the memorial volume entitled, Life and Labors of Dwight L. Moody, by H. D. Northrop. An undated phonograph recording of Moody's voice reading "The Beatitudes," and Ira D. Sankey singing God Be With You is in the phonograph record file.

Six newspaper clippings from the New York Daily Tribune (1876) contain texts of Moody sermons are in folder 1-3. Also included is an undated clipping titled, "Moody and Sankey - Story of how Moody discovered the man to help him."

There are ten portrait carte de viste of Dwight L. Moody (4), Ira D. Sankey (1), Philip P. Bliss (2), and Mrs. P.P. (Lucy Young) Bliss (2), and a composite portrait of Moody, Sankey, and Mr. and Mrs. P.P. Bliss. Also a photograph of the "Moody and Sankey" train wreck near Tariffville, Connecticut which was carrying passengers who had attended a Moody and Sankey revival meeting in January 1878.

A most unusual item is a handwritten Moody sermon booklet (folder 1-4) on the life of Jacob. Cut out Bible verses are pasted alongside his notes. An envelope enclosing it lists the dates and places where he delivered the sermon.


  • Created: 1875-1897, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Because of the fragile nature of documents in folders 1-5, 6, 7 and OS26 researchers must use the photocopies in folders 1-1, 2, 3, 4 instead.

Biographical Information

Evangelist; born February 5, 1837; engaged in full-time Christian work, 1860; organized Illinois Street Church in Chicago (now Moody Memorial Church); traveled with Ira Sankey to England conducting evangelistic campaigns and returned to the United States to continue ministry; also involved in development of schools for theological training; married Emma Charlotte Revell, 1862, and had three children; died December 22, 1899.

Biographical Timeline

Full name: Dwight Lyman Moody

Birth: February 5, 1837, Northfield, Massachusetts

Death: December 22, 1899, Northfield, Massachusetts


Parents: Edwin and Betsy Holton Moody

Siblings: Eight (six older and two younger)

Marital Status: Married Emma Charlotte Revell, August 28, 1862

Children: Emma (1864), William Revell (1869), and Paul Dwight Moody (1879)

Conversion: In 1855


1840s - Attended a rural one-room schoolhouse for a few years


1856 - Moved to Chicago and worked as a shoe salesman

1858 - Began a Sunday school for poor children in Chicago which became the Illinois Street Church (now Moody Church)

1860 - Quit his job and entered by faith into unpaid full-time Christian work

1861-1865 - Did evangelistic and humanitarian work among Civil War soldiers 1865-1899 - Held evangelistic meeting - held throughout the United States

1872-1873 - Held evangelistic meetings in Great Britain with Ira Sankey

1879-1889 - Involved in the development of: Northfield Seminary (now Northfield School for Girls), Mount Hermon Massachusetts School for Boys, the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute) and other ministries. He was the pre-eminent American evangelist of his time.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 Box (DC), Oversize Materials, Phonograph Record, Photographs )

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives in July 1978, March and June 1979, January, June, and September 1980, December 1983, April and September 1984, March, July, and November 1985, February 1986, December 1991, and February 1999.

Accession 78-30, 79-29, 79-60, 79-69, 80-10, 80-79, 80-111, 83-163, 84-60, 84-116, 85-39, 85-97, 85-163, 86-10, 91-113, 99-11

June 17, 1980

Mary Ann Buffington

S. Kouns

Revised, June 2, 1982

Frances L. Brocker

J. Nasgowitz

Revised, December 11, 1985

Frances L. Brocker

J. Nasgowitz

Revised August 29, 2002

Wayne D. Weber

Revised February 14, 2003d

Wayne D. Weber

Small Collection 036 Ephemera of Dwight L. Moody
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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