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Collection 540 Papers of William E. Blackstone

 Collection
Identifier: CN-540
Materials relating to the ministry of William E. Blackstone, evangelist, Christian Zionist, and first superintendent of the Chicago Hebrew Mission. These materials include correspondence, organizational reports, miscellaneous mission organization reports, book orders, financial statements involving home and foreign missionaries as well as indigenous Christian workers, people and organizations who received support from the Milton Stewart Evangelistic Fund of which Blackstone was sole trustee, petitions to Presidents Harrison and Wilson concerning formation of a country for Jews, especially for displaced Russian Jews in Palestine and the evangelization of Jews around the world, especially China, India, Israel (then Palestine), Poland, and Russia.

[Note: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

Arrangement: Alphabetical and then roughly chronological

Date range: 1891-1979

Volume: 3.4 cubic feet

Geographic coverage: China, Egypt, India, Israel (Palestine), Poland, Russia, United States

Type of documents: Correspondence, organizational reports, petitions to U. S. presidents (called Memorials), miscellaneous mission organization reports, book orders, financial statements

Correspondents: Home and foreign missionaries, Presidents Harrison and Wilson, people and organizations who received support from the Milton Stewart Evangelistic Fund of which Blackstone was sole trustee

Subjects: Establishment of a homeland for Jews in Palestine (Israel), Zionism, and the evangelization of Jews

Notes: Much of the collection was damaged to varying degrees by fire and water and some letters could not be salvaged and were disposed of; the numbers in parentheses in the Container List were assigned by Blackstone to distinguish between correspondents

Exceptional items: Documents which show the early work of Blackstone and the resultant letters of petition to presidents Harrison (folder 6-9) and Wilson (folder 7-5) to establish in Palestine a state for displaced Jews, especially those from Russia (folders 7-2 through 8-6); the debate over liberalism in the Methodist Episcopal Church (folder 3-5).

There are also several manuscripts and a thesis which deal with the Zionist movement (folders 6-1 through 6-5).

Many correspondents were recipients of funding from the Milton Stewart Evangelistic Fund, such as the All Russian Union of Evangelical Christians (folder 1-2, 3), American Bible Society (folder 1-3), Barbican Mission to the Jews (Poland) (folders 1-7, 8), China Inland Mission (folder 2-9) Greek work in Los Angeles (folder 2-15), Mount Carmel Bible School, Haifa, Palestine (folders 4-7, 8); New York Gospel Mission to the Jews (folder 5-1), North China Theological Seminary (folder 5-3), Union Methodist Seminary and Union Chinese Church of Korea (folder 5-7), Women's Bible Institute, Korea (folder 5-9), among others.

Folder 1-9 includes notice from Charles Hurlburt of new mission called Unevangelized Africa

Dates

  • Created: 1891-1979

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Extent

3.40 Cubic Feet

8 Boxes (DC), Photographs other_unmapped

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: William Eugene Blackstone

Birth Date: October 6, 1841, in Adams, New York

Family:

Marital Status: Married Sarah Lee Smith, June 5, 1866

Children: Andrew, Harry (missionary to China), and Flora

Conversion: Age 11 at evangelistic meetings at the Methodist Church

Death: November 30, 1935

Education: No formal college education, self-educated

Career:

1870 - Building and property investor

Preacher and Evangelist

1889 - Helped organize and became the first superintendent of the Chicago Hebrew Mission, incorporated in 1891

Sole trustee of the Milton Stewart Evangelistic Fund

Selected Publications:

Satan: His Kingdom and its Overthrow. New York: Fleming H Revell Company, 1900 (see folder 1-1)

The Millennium. New York: Fleming H Revell Company; 1904 (see folder 1-1)

Jesus is Coming. New York: Fleming H Revell Company, c. 1908. Translated into many languages

Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by the American Messianic Fellowship in March, 1990.

Accession 90-31

January 22, 1998

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

M. Bergstedt

J. Taussig

Related Materials

The following items have been transferred to the Evangelism and Missions Collection, Buswell Library, Wheaton College:

Lindberg, Beth M. A God-Filled Life/The Story of William E. Blackstone. A tract, no date. Probably published by the American Messianic Fellowship

The Jewish Era Volume XLVII, Number 11, December 1937. Contains a fifty year history of the Chicago Jewish Mission.
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Collection 540 Papers of William E. Blackstone
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Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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