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Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation Records

Identifier: CN 212

Brief Description

Audio tapes, DVDs, films, photographs, slides, videotapes, miscellaneous correspondence, calendars, clippings, articles, news releases and Kathryn Kuhlman memorabilia, chiefly from the 1950s to 1976. Audio tapes are of Kuhlman's radio broadcasts, consisting of sermons, testimonies, musical selections and an oral history interview with Kuhlman; films record Kuhlman's early television programs; videotapes are predominatly her I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES television program, along with talk show segments on which she appeared, a documentary on her life, her Las Vegas healing service, her participation in the World Conference on the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem (1974), the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship World Conference (1975) and film coverage of her 1970 tour of Vietnam; photographs heavily emphasize Kuhlman's healing services, but also include photo scrapbooks from the earlier part of her life. Subjects covered include evangelistic work, numerous sermon topics on religious and social issues, spiritual healing, Pentecostalism, miracles, baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Jesus People, missions, and the evangelistic use of television. Persons featured in Kuhlman broadcasts include: associates Jimmie McDonald and Dino Kartsonakis, various evangelical figures like Corrie ten Boom and Hal Lindsey and numerous people healed through Kuhlman's ministry. The collection includes correspondence related to the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation Scholarship Fund at Wheaton College.


  • Created: ca. 1910-2006
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950s-1984


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Organizational History & Biography

Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation

Following a number of years of Kathryn Kuhlman's active ministry, the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation was established in 1957, with the Carlton House in Pittsburgh as its headquarters. A Canadian branch of the Foundation was set up in 1970. The Foundation was the organizational administrator of Kuhlman's ministry. In addition to coordinating her meetings and her broadcast ministry, the Foundation also provided financial support for a variety of missionary projects throughout the world. The Foundation continued its operation after Kuhlman's death in 1976 by coordinating the ongoing availability of messages and responding to inquiries by devoted followers, 1976-1982; continued ministry on a reduced scale, 1982-2016, after which it ceased operation altogether.

Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman (1907-1976) Internationally known as a healing evangelist

Birth: May 9, 1907, in Concordia, Missouri, to German parents, Joseph Adolph and Emma Walkenhorst Kuhlman. She was one of four children: Myrtle, Earl, Kathryn and Geneva.

Conversion: 1921 at a revival meeting held in a Methodist church and led by a Baptist evangelist, a Rev. Hummel

First participated in revival meetings: 1923

First preaching opportunity: 1928

Had evangelistic ministry primarily in Idaho, Colorado, Iowa: 1928-ca. 1940

Re-established her ministry in Franklin, Pennsylvania: 1946

Iinitiated healing ministry following effects from a series of sermons on the Holy Spirit: 1947

Began preaching on radio and expanded her ministry to neighboring cities: 1948

Relocated ministry to Pittsburgh: 1950

Expanded schedule of regular services to include Los Angeles: 1965-1975

Began regular television broadcast on CBS: 1965

Ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance: 1968

Toured mission hospital and military bases in Vietnam: 1970

Incorporated numerous cities in her service itinerary: 1970-1975

Death: February 20, 1976

Additional Details: By 1923 Kuhlman had completed the tenth grade, which was the extent of public education available in Concordia. Her sister, Myrtle, had married a traveling evangelist from Moody Bible Institute, Everette B. Parrott. She urged the Kuhlman parents to allow Kathryn to join them for the summer, which they reluctantly did. The Parrotts' itinerary took them to Oregon that summer, and Kuhlman assisted in services by giving her testimony several times in the revival meetings. At the end of the summer, the Parrotts, intending to return Kuhlman to Concordia, allowed her to stay with them and Rev. Parrott promised that she could preach occasionally, a promise which he never fulfilled. Kuhlman remained with the Parrots for five years. During that time, the Parrotts were influenced by Dr. Price, a Canadian evangelist, who instructed Parrott on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As a result, they incorporated a healing ministry in their services.

It was Everette Parrott's failure to join the team for a series of meetings in Boise, Idaho, in 1928 that gave Kuhlman her first opportunity to preach. The team at that time consisted of the Parrots, Kuhlman, and the pianist, Helen Gulliford. Mrs. Parrott covered for her husband by doing the preaching in Boise, but later rejoined her husband. Kuhlman and Gulliford decided, at the urging of the pastor of a small mission church in Boise, to stay and work on their own. Kuhlman handled the preaching and Gulliford the music. They toured Idaho and other parts of the country for the next five years.

In 1933, Kuhlman and Gulliford moved on to Pueblo, Colorado, where they held meetings in a Montgomery Ward warehouse for six months. At the urging of a businessman, Kuhlman moved to Denver, and began holding meetings in another Montgomery Ward warehouse in the downtown area of the city. Shortly afterward, the team moved to the warehouse of the Monitor Paper Company, which they named the Kuhlman Revival Tabernacle. Kuhlman enlisted the services of three sisters, Mildred, Lucille, and Biney Anderson, the "Anderson Trio", to help with the musical portion of the ministry. In 1935, the team moved into an abandoned truck garage, which they named the Denver Revival Tabernacle. The programs attached to the Tabernacle grew along with Kuhlman's ministry in Denver. These included a Sunday school program and a women's society. She also began broadcasting a fifteen-minute radio program called Smiling Through on station KVOD.

Kuhlman shared her preaching ministry in Denver with many visiting evangelists. It was through one of these collaborations that Kuhlman met evangelist Phil Kerr, who among other topics preached on divine healing, and whose influence later became more significant.

In 1937, Kuhlman met evangelist Burroughs A. Waltrip, who had been invited to preach at the Denver tabernacle. Waltrip and Kuhlman formed a professional alliance which later led to their marriage. It also resulted in the deterioration of Kuhlman's ministry in Denver and Waltrip's in Mason City, Iowa. The central issue was the fact that Waltrip had left his children and wife in Texas and was shortly afterward divorced by her. Gulliford resigned her post over the issue, and Kuhlman's business manager and substitute preacher, speaking on behalf of the congregation, informed her that she would no longer be welcome in Denver. Despite the urgings of friends and the congregation, Kuhlman and Waltrip married in 1938. Shortly afterward they established their base at the Radio Chapel in Mason City, where the news of Waltrip's divorce had not spread. Waltrip's supporters in Mason City eventually learned of his divorce and drifted away from his ministry as well. He and Kuhlman thereafter left Mason City and traveled throughout the country, although their ministry was held at a virtual standstill by the fact that they could not contain the news about their past. Having been married six years, Kuhlman finally left Waltrip in 1944 and in 1948 Waltrip divorced Kuhlman.

The first place Kuhlman went after her separation from Waltrip was Franklin, Pennsylvania, where she held a series of meetings. Rumors about Kuhlman and Waltrip continued to follow her, making it difficult for her to arrange and hold meetings. Following their separation, however, Kuhlman worked to reestablish her preaching ministry. The turning point came in 1946 when Kuhlman was invited by Matthew J. Maloney, the owner of the Gospel Tabernacle in Franklin to return there to conduct a series of meetings. Receiving a favorable response, Kuhlman began preaching on radio broadcasts on station WKRZ in nearby Oil City, Pennsylvania. Within a few months, her program had been added to the schedule of WPGH, a Pittsburgh station. By 1948, Kuhlman began holding meetings in neighboring cities, including Pittsburgh.

In the previous phase of her career, Kuhlman was strictly an evangelist and limited her preaching to a salvation message. While in Franklin, she occasionally preached on healing, and would call people to the front not only to indicate their commitment to Christ but also to be healed. Being puzzled by the occasional healings, Kuhlman began investigating these manifestations of God's power more thoroughly. In 1947, she preached her first series on the Holy Spirit. During the first meeting a woman was healed of a tumor while listening to Kuhlman preach. Later during the series a man was also healed. These events marked the beginning of Kuhlman's healing ministry.

Kuhlman was forced to leave the Gospel Tabernacle due to a contract dispute and temporarily used an old roller skating rink, which became the Faith Temple at nearby Sugar Creek. Kuhlman maintained her loyalty to Franklin, ignored offers to move her ministry to Pittsburgh, and continued to hold meetings at Faith Temple until a heavy snowstorm brought about the collapse of the roof. Kuhlman then transferred her headquarters to Pittsburgh. She first visited Pittsburgh for a six-week preaching series in 1943. At that time, she met Maggie Hartner, who later became her secretary and close friend. It was through Hartner's influence in 1948 that Kuhlman decided to hold a series of meetings in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Hall. The services were very successful and, upon returning to Franklin, Kuhlman expanded her ministry further. Her radio programs were distributed to other areas, and she began holding services in nearby cities and Youngstown, Ohio. Hartner continued to urge Kuhlman to move her ministry to Pittsburgh, which she finally did in late 1950 following the disaster at Faith Temple. She set up her office in the Carlton House, and began holding regular meetings at the Carnegie, where she continued until 1971.

Although she had been strongly urged to move to Pittsburgh, had received favorable press coverage, and had a successful ministry there, she was not unanimously welcomed by the city. Local pastors charged that she was drawing members away from their congregations. She survived the charges, partly through the support of the city's mayor. However, other conflicts occurred. Kuhlman was invited by Rex Humbard to join his family for a series of meetings in Akron, Ohio. Kuhlman did so and unknowingly entered the territory of the fundamentalist preacher, Dallas Billington, who engaged Kuhlman in a prolonged fight over the validity of the healings at her services and the impropriety of a woman being a minister. (Kuhlman was later ordained in 1968 by the Evangelical Church Alliance.) The fight included a $5,000 offer to anyone who could prove they could heal through prayer, and the public release of information on Kuhlman's marriage to a divorced evangelist.

In 1965, Kuhlman extended her ministry to California with a meeting in Pasadena. Soon after she began holding meetings in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, which she continued until 1975.

In 1973, Kuhlman held her first Canadian service in Ottawa. The arrangement were made by Maudie Phillips, who had traveled to Pittsburgh for Kuhlman services since early 1969. In 1970, Phillips helped set up the Canadian office of the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation. The office was established to accommodate Kuhlman's growing Canadian constituency. Following the 1973 meeting Phillips' organizational skills were utilized to coordinate Kuhlman's services in a number of cities around the United States.

Kuhlman gradually built a staff around her. Jimmy Miller, her accompanist and pianist, and Charles Beebee, her organist, had been with her since her early Pittsburgh days. Arthur Metcalfe became her choir director in 1952 and continued to lead the choir until his death in 1975. Jimmie McDonald, a vocalist, and Dino Kartsonakis, a young keyboard artist, were also added to her musical team and both performed for television broadcasts and services. For the administration of the ministry, Walter Adamack was appointed her accountant; he was instrumental in the formation of the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation. Gene Martin was given responsibility for the missions outreach of the Foundation. Jamie Buckingham oversaw the book publishing. Kuhlman also included Paul Bartholomew, Kartsonakis's brother-in-law, on her staff as distributor of her television broadcasts and her personal administrator. Steve Zelenko became her radio sound engineer, and Bill Martin was her announcer. Kuhlman's services were characterized by congregational and choir singing, a message on the need to be "born again," the power of the Holy Spirit, or on healing, and a time when individuals could come forward to describe their own healing or ask for Kuhlman to pray for them. As Kuhlman prayed for and laid hands on individuals, they would be "slain in the Spirit" or "come under the power", an experience Kuhlman likened to Paul's Damascus road experience. One of Kuhlman's associates would catch them as they fell to the floor, and the service would continue around them. Kuhlman avoided claiming that she did the healing, and attributed the healing to God alone. Kuhlman's healing ministry and association with leading charismatics made her one of the leaders in the charismatic movement. Her activities included being a regular speaker at Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship meetings and conducting a charismatic clinic at Melodyland, a charismatic center in California. While she encouraged individuals to seek the Holy Spirit's blessing and speak in tongues, she remained silent throughout her career on her personal experience.

Kuhlman's celebrity grew along with her ministry, due both to the healings occurring in her meetings and the visibility afforded by the mass media. To extend the scope of her ministry, she began broadcasting television programs sometime in the 1950s after her move to Pittsburgh. This program was called Your Faith and Mine and was filmed in Pittsburgh by Warren R. Smith, Inc. and produced by Kuhlman. The weekly programs, of which there were at least 22, appear to have been filmed during her evangelistic services. Later, in 1965, she began another program, I Believe in Miracles. This program was shot at CBS Studios in California, with Dick Ross working as her producer. Other media exposure included articles in People, Christianity Today, and Time, and interviews on the talk shows of Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, and Dinah Shore. She also had occasion to meet other well-known figures, both among entertainers and religious leaders, such as Pope Paul VI in 1972. As in the past, Kuhlman's coverage in the media was not always favorable. In 1974, for example, William Nolen, a medical doctor, wrote a book in which he questioned the healings in her services and described Kuhlman as being medically ignorant. She was not without her supporters in that debate, as H. Richard Casdorph, another medical doctor favorably disposed to Kuhlman and her ministry, met with Nolen on the Mike Douglas Show to refute his charges. While Kuhlman expanded her visibility through television, she was hesitant to allow the filming of any of her healing services, and only did so on four occasions: at the Melodyland Charismatic Convention, the 1974 and 1975 World Conferences on the Holy Spirit, and a Las Vegas service.

While principally recognized for her healing ministry, she was also honored at a 25th anniversary celebration of her work in Pittsburgh, at which a commemorative medallion designed by Evangelos Frudakis, was presented. She was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Oral Roberts University in 1972, given city keys to both Pittsburgh and St. Louis, made an honorary member in the New York chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, given an award by the City of Los Angeles, and included in the Who's Who of California, and the Who's Who in America.

Kuhlman's health problems, related to her enlarged heart, were originally diagnosed in 1955, but became far more severe in the last several years of her life. Contributing to the ailment was the strain of a heavy schedule, particularly in the 1970's, when her itinerary expanded from conducting services in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles to visiting many other cities as well. She also continued her television ministry and visited the mission institutions supported by the Foundation. She had the additional strain of personnel problems with Kartsonakis and Bartholomew, which grew out of contract disputes. Suits were filed but the matter was settled out of court; both men were fired in early 1975. Kuhlman's health declined dramatically in 1975. She was hospitalized in Tulsa during the summer, and in Los Angeles near the end of the year. Kuhlman died on February 20, 1976, in Tulsa, following open-heart surgery.

Her death was not uneventful, for in addition to being well known, it revealed a recently rewritten will, which restructured the disposition of her estate and left much of it to Dana Barton "Tink" and Sue Wilkerson. The Wilkersons had known Kuhlman since 1972, but became her constant companions from early 1975 until her death.


6.25 Linear Feet (3 Boxes (DC), Audio Tapes, DVDs, Films, Negatives, Oversize Materials, Photo Albums, Photographs, Slides, Video Tapes )

Language of Materials


Arrangement and Description

The materials in this collection include correspondence, calendars, audio tapes, photographs, video tapes, films, slides, scrapbooks, newspaper and magazine clippings, articles, memorabilia, news releases, and release forms from individuals for use of productions in TV broadcast and book publication. All of these are related to the work of Kuhlman and the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation. The collection consists largely of audio visual materials, including over 2,000 audio tapes of Kuhlman preaching or of testimonies of individuals converted or healed through her ministry; films representing Kuhlman's ministry in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s; video tapes, almost entirely of Kuhlman's television show, I Believe in Miracles; and photographs. The researcher should consult the respective separation records of this guide for detailed listings and descriptions of these.

The arrangement of the materials was provided by the archivist, as were most of the folder titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by type of document (i.e., Calendars, Correspondence, News Releases, etc.), and chronologically within each type of document classification. Several items were filed separately in the Oversize File because of their size. Duplicates were removed from the collection and disposed of.

The documents in the collection largely reflect the work of the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation. The Foundation was the administrative extension of the Kuhlman's ministry and very few of the items in the collection are personal items of Miss Kuhlman. One exception to this is the photograph scrapbook (Photo File: Kuhlman, Kathryn: Scrapbook, ca. 1910-1938), which contains various shots of Kuhlman and her family and documents the earlier part of her life.

  • Folder 1-1 includes articles and essays by Kuhlman. Among them is a reprinted interview by Christianity Today, entitled "Healing in the Spirit".
  • Folder 1-12 contains French and German translations of this interview.
  • Folder 1-2 consists of several lists outlining the extent of the Foundation's activity. This includes a list of mission projects supported by the Foundation in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, India, Macau, Hong Kong, Benin (formerly Dahomey), Argentina, Taiwan, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kenya, and El Salvador. Gene Martin also discusses these projects on T2109.
  • Folders 1-3 through 1-5 contain office calendars which detail Kuhlman's itinerary from 1967 to 1976.

  • The time period of the clippings in Folder 1-6 range from her years in Denver, through the period of her reemerging ministry in Franklin and Pittsburgh, until the time of the closing of the Foundation. The clippings document meetings at the Denver Revival Tabernacle and the Franklin Gospel Tabernacle; the controversy with Matthew Maloney over the Franklin Tabernacle; the series of meetings in Akron, Ohio, in which Rex Humbard invited Kuhlman to join him and the controversy with Dallas Billington which followed; a meeting which included Billy Sunday's former director of music, Harry D. Clark; healings which occurred in the lives of individuals; announcements of her death; and the announcement of the closing of the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation in 1982. Some clippings from this folder were transferred to OS-21 due to their size.

  • The correspondence in Folders 1-7 through 1-11 is limited, with only a few exceptions, to the time following Kuhlman's death and relates to the closing of the Foundation and the discontinuation of the broadcasts of her radio messages in 1982. Also included is correspondence the Foundation received in response to the radio messages aired throughout the country.
  • Folder 1-13 includes such items as the certification of Kuhlman's ordination by the Evangelical Church Alliance, an official expression of sympathy at the time of Kuhlman's death by the City Council of Los Angeles, and an honorary membership in the New York chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International.
  • Materials from Kuhlman's 1970 tour of Vietnam can be found in Folders 1-14 and 1-15.
  • Folder 1-16 contains the commemorative booklet, Kathryn Kuhlman: A Legacy, which reviews her ministry with photographs. The contents of each of the folders in Box 2 consist of release forms from individuals used for television broadcast and book publication.
  • Folder 3-1 contains a scrapbook of newspaper advertisements for and articles on Kuhlman's meetings between 1965 and 1970. These are limited almost exclusively to Kuhlman's activity in California.

  • Included among the artifacts in the collection are the keys to the cities of Pittsburgh and St. Louis, several plaques presented to her during her Vietnam tour, and the medallion keychain designed by Evangelos Frudakis.

    The Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation Scholarship Fund

    In 1956, the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation Scholarship Fund (folders 2-7, 2-8, 2-9) was set up at Wheaton College with funds from the Foundation. Students who were admitted to Wheaton and were recommended by the Foundation received the scholarship. Monies from the Fund were also given to other students at other colleges. The Fund was set up on a loan basis Awith provision for cancellation of the amount to be repaid if and when the recipient enters active full-time Christian service (May 15, 1957 letter in folder 2-8). It was referred to both as a Scholarship Fund and a Loan Fund by both the Foundation and the College. The Archivist used Scholarship Fund to describe these materials.

    Correspondence relating to the Scholarship Fund in folder 2-7 contains fourteen original signed letters of Kathryn Kuhlman and a few of Kuhlman Foundation staff Freda Kump and Hazel Freeman. Also included are carbon copies of letters from Wheaton College Presidents V. Raymond Edman and Hudson T. Armerding. Special mention should be made of the Edman=s letter of May 15, 1957 which contain a draft of the Foundation Scholarship Fund. Also in the folder are three newspaper clippings about Kuhlman: two about her death, including one from the Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1976, with mention of the Arevolving loan fund for students at Wheaton (Ill.) College. The full-size Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph (August 15, 1953) clipping has a photo of her on the front page and a story about the celebration of the fifth anniversary of her ministry in Pittsburgh (newspaper place in Oversize 21 folder). Two undated photos, probably taken in Pittsburgh are of Kuhlman with a choir and speaking to a crowd in a large auditorium. Photos have been removed from the folder and placed in Photo File: Kuhlman, Kathryn. There is an interesting twelve page photo booklet of Kuhlman's 1952 Cleveland, Ohio service in the folder.

    Folder 2-9 contains original and photocopies of Kuhlman's letters instructing Wheaton College in the disbursement of loan fund monies for specific students. The funds were for tuition only, tuition and board, or scholarship grants. Carbon copies of letters from President Armerding and H. W. White, Wheaton College controller, are also in the folder.

    Letters addresses to the Kuhlman Foundation or Kathryn Kuhlman in care of Wheaton College were forwarded to the Foundation by Howard W. White. Folder 2-8 contains carbon copies of the letters he wrote. There are a few letters from individuals asking about the Kuhlman Scholarship or for the Kuhlman Foundation address.

    Moving Image and Sound Recordings, Photographs

    Audio Tapes.The 2100+ audio tapes in the collection are the tapes used for the radio broadcasts of the Foundation. The researcher should note that the dates entered for each tape do not indicate the date the material was recorded but rather the earliest date noted that it was broadcast. The tapes are divided into six major sections:

  • Tapes T2 through T851 are sermons by Kuhlman and cover a broad range of topics, both on biblical themes and current events, such as prayer, divorce, faith, Christ's second coming, and other aspects of dispensational theology, healing, and the Holy Spirit.
  • Tapes T852 through T1800 are recorded testimonies of individuals whom Kuhlman interviewed, many of whom had been healed. The more well-known of these guests include Hal Lindsey, Pat Robertson, Corrie ten Boom, Col. James Irwin (astronaut) and some Jesus People.
  • Tapes T1801 through T1868 consist of sermons by other individuals such as Dr. Jarman, Dr. Hoyt, David Wilkerson, and Benny Hinn.
  • Tapes T1869 through T1922 are seasonal or special event broadcasts. Of particular interest is the final broadcast aired by the Foundation on T1922.
  • Tapes T1923 through T2107 are musical and include the Kathryn Kuhlman Concert Choir, Dino Kartsonakis, Jimmie McDonald, Tony Fontaine, Irene Oliver, the Men's Chorus, and the Shrine Choir. While this section is exclusively musical, the sermon and testimony sections also contain musical portions including these various musicians.
  • Tapes T2108 through T2112 consist of tapes from an oral history interview, mostly of Kuhlman but also of Myrtle Kuhlman Parrott. The tape also includes a section with Gene Martin, the Foundation's coordinator of mission programs. The collection also includes over 450 two inch video tapes of the I Believe in Miraclesprogram. These are unavailable for viewing due to the inaccessibility of suitable playback equipment. Copies of many of these two inch tapes are available in the three quarter inch tape format. For reference, the two inch tapes are listed in the separation records.

  • Films. The films in the collection offer a wide view of Kuhlman's ministry, including films from the 1950s of her Your Faith & Mine program; 1960s recordings of I Believe in Miracles from Stambaugh auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio; and documentaries on her Vietnam tour (F32 & F33) and the Jerusalem 2 conference in Jerusalem (F34), extensive coverage of the 1975 Las Vegas miracle service (F35 & F36), and footage from the 25th anniversary party (F37). The films from the Jerusalem and Las Vegas meetings include footage of Kuhlman interacting with people, "slaying in the Spirit," and the testimonies of healed individuals. These two films are half of the four which Kuhlman permitted to record her healing services.

    Video Tapes. The video tapes are almost entirely sessions of I Believe in Miracles from the 1970s, and include well known individuals such as Corrie ten Boom, Hal Lindsey, astronaut James Irwin, Stan Mooneyham, and Don Richardson, and numerous unknown individuals who were healed from various illnesses and injuries through the Kuhlman's ministry. Also included is the segment from the Mike Douglas Show where Dr. William Nolen and Dr. Casdorph met to discuss the reality of the cures through Kuhlman's ministry, sound track only of this program (V122); the segment from the Dinah Shore Show, also featuring Lily Tomlin and Charlton Heston (V124); V125 records Kuhlman's interview on the Johnny Carson Show. Video tape V128, A Legacy, is a documentary on Kuhlman's life, produced after her death.

    Photographs. The photographs in the collection provide a thorough look at Kuhlman's life, ranging from her years as a child and young adult, through her years in Denver and Franklin, to the end of her career. Photographs of numerous services are available as well as scrapbooks of photographs; the scrapbook from around 1910 until 1938 is particularly interesting and is one of Kuhlman's few personal items in the collection.

    Interview Tape Index. Kathryn Kuhlman was interviewed by Jamie Buckingham in December, 1974, in preparation for a book he was to write on Kuhlman. When published, the book was titled Daughter of Destiny. In addition, Gene Miller, the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation coordinator of mission projects, discussed those projects and Kuhlman and Buckingham also questioned Kuhlman's sister, Myrtle Kuhlman Parrott. During the participation of Parrott, the interview becomes more a discussion between the three participants. The information covered extends from Kuhlman's early childhood until her move with Helen Gulliford to Pueblo, Colorado, in 1933. The rather abrupt conclusion of the tape and the indication on the original master tape of its being number one suggests that there was at least a second interview conducted covering the subsequent periods of Kuhlman's life.

    Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. This index is keyed to the reel-to-reel copy of the reel-to-reel original.

    Tape T2108

  • 00:00 Kuhlman came with the big house in Concordia
  • 03:30 (Gap in tape)
  • 04:30 Father's love for Kuhlman
  • 24:00 Kuhlman made ice tea
  • 27:00 The circus came to Concordia
  • 34:00 Kuhlman cuts her own hair the first red haired afro
  • 43:30 Mother's birthday
  • 52:30 Kuhlman's first education carrying the little blue bird book between her uncle and teacher
  • 56:30 Kuhlman's expulsion from school
  • 59:30 End of tape

  • Tape T2109
  • 00:00 Kuhlman's expulsion from school
  • 12:15 Kuhlman taught to drive fast by her brother, Earl
  • 16:00 (Gap in tape)
  • 17:15 Gene Martin discussion of Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation's mission projects
  • 41:00 How Kuhlman got her name
  • 45:00 Kuhlman was a "healthy baby"
  • 49:00 Kuhlman was too dramatic
  • 50:00 Recollections of the state fair
  • 57:30 Father's drayage company & how Kuhlman learned to count
  • 60:00 End of tape

  • Tape T2110
  • 00:00 Father's drayage company & how Kuhlman learned to count
  • 04:30 Kuhlman helping herself at the grocery store when collecting bills for her father
  • 07:30 Kuhlman's perception of the Catholic church in Concordia as mystery
  • 12:00 Christmas contest Concordia
  • 17:30 Birth of Geneva
  • 20:00 Myrtle discusses her impressions of Kuhlman as a little girl
  • 22:30 Myrtle discusses how Kathryn got her name
  • 23:30 Myrtle's recollections of her Grandma and Grandma Kuhlman
  • 29:30 Myrtle's discusses her father's affection for his children
  • 34:30 Myrtle describes her father's love as so great he couldn't say no
  • 35:00 Myrtle describes Earl's new racer
  • 36:30 Myrtle describes how Kuhlman stood out as a child
  • 38:00 Myrtle recollections of the Walkenhorst side of the family well educated
  • 41:30 Myrtle recalls Grandma Walkenhorst's funeral
  • 49:00 Kuhlman reads poem written by Grandpa Walkenhorst
  • 54:45 Kuhlman describes getting fashionable shorts
  • 57:45 Myrtle discusses making angelfood cake
  • 58:45 End of tape

  • Tape T2111
  • 00:00 Kuhlman describes getting fashionable shorts
  • 01:00 Myrtle discusses making angelfood cake
  • 03:00 Myrtle describes Everette Parrott's arrival in Concordia and subsequent courtship
  • 15:00 Myrtle describes her return to Moody Bible Institute with Parrott and her relationship with him
  • 17:30 Myrtle discusses the Parrott's services in Oregon
  • 18:30 Myrtle describes Kuhlman's experience during a service of sensing the need of the unconverted
  • 20:45 Myrtle describes the influence of Dr. Charles S. Price on Everette Parrott through his teaching on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Price had been influenced by Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 21:00 Myrtle mentions miracles and healing line in the Parrott's services.
  • 27:45 Kuhlman's first time in Mr. & Mrs. Parrott's service
  • 29:00 Myrtle describes Kathryn's joining the Parrott's during summertime
  • 30:00 (Gap in tape)
  • 30:45 Myrtle describes Kuhlman's joining the Parrott's for the summer
  • 36:30 Myrtle discusses their allowing Kuhlman to remain with the Parrotts
  • 39:45 Myrtle's perception of Kuhlman's future
  • 43:00 Kuhlman describes Myrtle's influence on her
  • 46:00 Myrtle describes Everette Parrott's failure to appear in Boise, Idaho, as the opening for Kuhlman to begin her ministry
  • 48:15 Myrtle discusses how the pastor of a mission church in Boise invited Kuhlman and Gulliford to remain to minister
  • 50:45 Myrtle describes giving Kuhlman a $10.00 check to pay for her first pulpit dress
  • 53:00 Kuhlman describes Helen Gulliford
  • 54:00 Kuhlman describes her first service in Boise
  • 55:15 Myrtle describes the surprise visit she and Everette Parrott made during one of Kuhlman's services in rural Idaho

  • Tape T2112
  • 0:00 Myrtle describes the surprise visit
  • 4:15 End of tape
  • Provenance

    Created or gathered by the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation and received by the Billy Graham Center Archives, 1982-2006.


    Accessions: 82-63, 82-70, 82-80, 82-84, 82-83, 85-159, 94-56, 96-12, 97-52, 98-06, 99-43, 01-20, 02-25, 06-41.

  • June 12, 1985
  • Paul Ericksen
  • Steve Geitgey
  • Tim Harrison
  • B. Lewis
  • Janyce Nasgowitz

  • June 11, 1991, revised
  • Robert Shuster
  • Paul Ericksen
  • Lisa Ferguson

  • September 11, 2007, updated
  • Wayne D. Weber
  • Title
    Collection 212 Records of the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

    501 College Avenue
    Wheaton IL 60187 US