Collection 103 Ephemera of Aimee Semple McPherson
Scope and Contents
- Created: 1921-1946
Conditions Governing Access
24 Audio Tapes
25 Reels of microfilm
4 Phonograph Records
1 Photograph File
1 Video Tape
Language of Materials
Arrangement of Material
Arrangement: Alphabetical/ chronological
Date Range: 1920-55, 1970-1973
Volume: 1.15 Cubic Feet (The Archives has most of the paper records only on microfilm)
boxes: 1, 25, 26
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Sermons, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, publicity manual, posters and other ephemera from evangelistic campaigns
Subjects: Life and ministry of Aimee Semple Mc Pherson, Rolf Mc Pherson, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, sermons on a variety of basic Christian doctrines and aspects of the Christian life, evolution
Notes: The bulk of the paper records (most of which the Archives has only as microfilm copies) consists of Sister Mc Pherson's sermon notes (folders 2-2 through 4-28, 5-14 through 6-20) and sermon transcripts. There are also notes for sermons by other, usually unidentified, preachers from after her death. The notes are arranged chronologically, the transcripts by subject. In many cases for important subjects there are a whole series of sermons on the same topic, covering a period of many years. The materials in boxes 25 and 26 are all items for which there were one or more copies, so when the documents were returned to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel after microfilming, the Church permitted the Archives to have one set of copies.
Exceptional items: A few manuscript items are available in paper form. These are all in boxes 1, 25, and 26. Folders 1-1 and 1-2 contain stationery and posters from a Mc Pherson crusade in Oakland, California. Folder 1-3 contains a program with summaries of two of her sermons. Folder 1-4 contains assorted newspaper and magazine clippings about Mc Pherson's ministry dating from May, 1921, until September, 1946. A program from a play, Regem Adorate, written by the evangelist may be found in Folder 1-5. Folder 25-1 contains a manual for publicity for a debate between Sister Mc Pherson and Charles Lee Smith of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism over the proposition, "There is no God." Folder 25-2 contains a notebook with newspaper clippings from the celebration of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel's golden anniversary in 1973. Folder 2-1 contains a transcript of a debate over evolution.
Among the sermon notes and sermon transcripts are talks Mc Pherson and others gave at the church's training school (L.I.F.E.) on evangelism and other topics (folders 10-22 to 10-26).
There are some sermons and/or clippings by or about other Foursquare evangelists, including La Doona Dalrymple (folder 24-3), Lorna Mc Pherson (folder 13-1), Rolf Mc Pherson (son and successor of Aimee Semple Mc Pherson, folders 13-2 through 13-15), and Gladys De Lancey Smith (folder 5-8 to 5-11).
Date Range: Date not known for most items, although most of the audio recordings of her sermons were probably made within five or six years of her death.
Volume: 24 audio recordings, 2 films, 4 phonograph records, 1 video
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Recordings of sermons, performance of hymns, news reel
Subjects: Christian doctrine, Christian life, hymns, life and ministry of Aimee Semple Mc Pherson
Notes: The series is composed largely of audio tapes containing messages and songs by Aimee Semple Mc Pherson. Some of the songs were written by Mc Pherson and sung by others (see T 1). Many of the tapes were sermons by the evangelist purchased from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (see T 2-T 20). Two films from the National Archives provide a very brief scene from a news reel. of Mc Pherson leading a parade in downtown Los Angeles. Phonograph records are among the items relating to Mc Pherson's ministry. They include songs of Aimee Mc Pherson sung by others (see P 2 and P 3). Phonograph P 4 is a sermon by the evangelist. The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel procured P 1, which is the life story of "Sister Aimee."
The video tape in the collection is an autobiographical narrative by Sister Mc Pherson, illustrated by pictures drawn many years after her death.
Accruals and Additions
Accession 79-41, 79-104, 79-118, 79-122, 79-122, 79-127, 79-130, 79-134, 80-3, 80-19, 80-31, 84-102, 84-116 2/29/80
Mary Ann Buffington
Accessions: 80-150, 87-20
July 30, 2002, Updated
- Angelus Temple (Calif.)
- Baptism -- Sermons.
- Belief and doubt
- Belief and doubt -- Sermons.
- Bible -- Inspiration.
- Bible -- Prophecies.
- Bible -- Sermons.
- Bible. -- Sermons.
- Christian education
- Christian education -- United States.
- Christian giving
- Christian giving -- Sermons.
- Christian leadership.
- Christian life
- Christian life -- Sermons.
- Christmas sermons.
- Church and social problems
- Church and social problems -- United States.
- Church and state
- Church and state -- United States.
- Church growth
- Church growth -- United States.
- Church. -- Sermons.
- City missions
- City missions -- Los Angeles.
- Conversion -- Sermons.
- Creation. -- Sermons.
- Easter -- Sermons.
- Eschatology -- Sermons.
- Evangelistic invitations.
- Evangelistic sermons.
- Evangelistic work
- Evangelistic work -- Los Angeles.
- Evangelistic work -- Oakland.
- Evangelistic work -- San Antonio.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Faith -- Sermons.
- Fundamentalism -- United States.
- Great Commission (Bible)
- Healers -- United States.
- Heaven -- Sermons.
- Hell -- Sermons.
- Holy Spirit
- Holy Spirit -- Sermons.
- International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
- Journalism, Religious
- Journalism, Religious -- United States.
- Liberalism (Religion)
- Liberalism (Religion) -- United States.
- Lord's Supper
- Lord's Supper -- Sermons.
- Los Angeles (Calif.)
- Mass media in religion
- Mass media in religion -- United States.
- McPherson, Aimee Semple,
- McPherson, Aimee Semple, -- Sermons.
- Mellennialism -- Sermons.
- Missions -- Sermons.
- Mother's Day
- Mother's Day -- Sermons.
- Music -- United States.
- Music publishing
- Music publishing -- United States.
- New Year sermons
- Patriotism -- Sermons.
- Pentecostalism -- United States.
- Prayer -- Sermons.
- Radio in religion
- Radio in religion -- United States.
- Repentance -- Sermons.
- Salvation -- Sermons.
- Second Advent
- Second Advent -- Sermons.
- Sermons, American.
- Sex role
- Sex role -- Sermons.
- Sex role -- United States.
- Spiritual healing.
- Spiritual healing. -- Sermons.
- Storytelling -- United States.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women clergy
- Women clergy -- United States.
- Worship (Christian)
- Collection 103 Ephemera of Aimee Semple McPherson
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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