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Small Collection 057 Ephemera of Ira Sankey

Identifier: SCN-057

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials by or about Ira David Sankey, including an undated autograph with an inscription, "Hallelujah What a Savior"; a letter dated January 15, 1894, from Sankey to a friend sending a requested autographed letter by Dwight L. Moody; a letter from Sankey to Edward Bok dated April 9, 1887, concerning Sankey's contribution to a volume eulogizing Rev. Henry Ward Beecher--an accompanying essay contains Sankey's impressions and opinions of Beecher; and a portrait carte de viste of Sankey.


  • Created: 1887-1894

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Biographical or Historical Information

Singer, musician, hymn writer; born August 28, 1840; converted while attending revival services near his home, 1856; worked for government until beginning full-time evangelistic work with D.L. Moody, 1871; traveled with Moody in the U.S. and Great Britain holding revival meetings; helped popularize the use of hymns with lyrics written by contemporary composers and musical instruments in church worship services; died, August 13, 1908; married Fanny V. Edwards, 1863, and had three sons.


1.00 folder

Letters; Autograph; Portrait other_unmapped

Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives in March 1979 from James Lowe, January 1980 from Mary Moore, May 1980 from Walter R. Benjamin Autographs, and July 1985 from Edith Nowack.

Accession 79-29, 80-10, 80-58, 85-97

June 17, 1980

Mary Ann Buffington

S. Kouns

Revised: February 10, 1987

J. Nasgowitz
Small Collection 057 Ephemera of Ira Sankey
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Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187 US