Collection 050 Ephemera of Merrill Dunlop
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews, photographs, and a video recordings relating to the ministry of Merrill Dunlop (1905-2002).
The oral history interviews with Merrill Dunlop cover his association with evangelist Paul Rader, early religious radio programming in Chicago, the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, Youth for Christ, Christian evangelism and Christian music work. Merrill Dunlop was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 21, 1978 and June 1, 1979, at Dunlop's home in Oak Park, Illinois.
Photographs contained in this collection include images of Dunlop, Billy Graham, Luke Rader, Homer Rodeheaver, and T. W. Wilson.
The video recording is a documentary on Dunlop’s life titled Merrill Dunlop: A Man and His Music, produced by WCFC in Chicago in 1988.
- Created: 1978-1988
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Biographical or Historical Information
Merrill Dunlop was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1905. From his teenage years, he had a deep interest in music, both performance and composition. He served as pianist for the churches he attended--Madison Street Bible Church and Moody Tabernacle. After graduating from the Moody Bible Institute, he became director of music at the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, then under the leadership of Paul Rader. He worked closely with Rader and Rader's successor, Clarence Erickson, both during the Tabernacle service and on the many radio broadcasts the Tabernacle sponsored in the 1920s and 1930s. It was during his stay at the Tabernacle that Dunlop married his wife Lenore. They had three children: Wayne Leonard, Donna, and David.
Dunlop gradually became involved in crusade evangelism. Besides the nine years he spent with Youth for Christ traveling to South America, Europe, and other continents, he also preached independently and in association with evangelists such as Jimmie Johnson, John Haggai, and Ford Philpot. He was also featured on many Bible conference programs and became staff organist of the Bibletown Conference Center in Florida. He published more than nine volumes of his hymns. Mr. Dunlop died at his home in Oak Park, Illinois on June 15, 2002.
3 Audio Tapes
13 Photographic Prints
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
Materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives in November 1978, June 1979, and October 1983.
Accession 78-45, 79-58, 79-59, 83-118, 88-56
November 27, 1978
Revised, January 8, 1980
Revised, May 12, 1987
Reformatted, March 15, 1989
The following items have been given to the Evangelism & Missions Collection, Buswell Library:
Accession 79-58, 83-118
Dunlop, Merrill. MERRILL DUNLOP FAVORITES (Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration, 1972).
_____. MERRILL DUNLOP FAVORITES: VOLUME 2. (Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration, 1974).
_____. MERRILL DUNLOP'S NEW GOSPEL SONGS: VOLUME 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration, 1956).
_____. MERRILL DUNLOP'S NEW GOSPEL SONGS: VOLUME 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration, 1959).
_____. MERRILL DUNLOP ORGAN SPECIALS (Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration, 1975).
_____. SONGS OF A CHRISTIAN: A COMPILATION OF ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSITIONS (Chicago: Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, 1936).
_____. SONGS OF A CHRISTIAN: A COMPILATION OF ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSITIONS New, enl. ed. (Chicago: Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, 1941).
_____. SONGS OF A CHRISTIAN: A COMPILATION OF ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSITIONS New, rev. ed. (Chicago: Van Kampen Press, 1946).
_____. SONGS OF A CHRISTIAN: VOLUME 3: A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS (Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration, N.D.)
- Chicago Gospel Tabernacle (Ill.)
- Church and social problems -- United States.
- Church and social problems.
- Church work with the poor
- Church work with the poor -- United States.
- Church work with youth -- United States.
- Church work with youth.
- City missions -- United States.
- City missions.
- Dunlop, Merrill.
- Evangelistic work -- Asia.
- Evangelistic work -- Chicago.
- Evangelistic work -- Hymns.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Gospel music.
- Gospel musicians -- United States.
- Gospel musicians.
- HCJB (Radio station : Quito, Ecuador)
- Haggai, John Edmund.
- Harrison, William K.
- Hymn writers -- United States.
- Hymn writers.
- Jaffray, Robert A. (Robert Alexander), 1873-1945.
- Johnson, Jimmie.
- Johnson, Torrey Maynard, 1909-
- McPherson, Aimee Semple, 1890-1944.
- Moody Memorial Church (Chicago, Ill.)
- Music -- Religious aspects.
- Music -- United States.
- Philpot, Ford.
- Rader, Paul, 1879-1938.
- Radio in religion.
- Smith, Oswald J.
- Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935.
- Sunday, Helen Amelia Thompson, 1868-1957.
- WHT (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
- WJBT (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
- WMBI (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
- Collection 050 Ephemera of Merrill Dunlop
- Bob Shuster
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