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Collection 193 Records of the Washington Street Mission

Identifier: CN-193

Scope and Contents

Sermon notes, minutes, financial records, reports, oral history transcript, clippings, estate descriptions, tracts on various cults and heresies, and photographs documenting the history of the Washington Street Mission in Springfield, Illinois between 1914 and 1982.

Records describe tan urban mission and the effectiveness of their programs, administration, and financial activities, and a historical view of its origins in an oral history interview with Mary Brown Miller. Sermon notes cover many books of the Bible. Featured persons include Robert Brown and Robert Miller.


  • Created: 1916-1982

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Rescue mission; founded in 1910 in Springfield, Illinois by local businessmen to extend the effects of Billy Sunday 1909 meetings in Springfield; facilities included dormitories for men, kitchen, rooms for storing clothes, food, gifts, study room, sewing room, and chapel; ministered to families and individuals in all types of distress; relocated in 1974 due to city construction. Superintendents: Robert Thomas Brown (1911-1940), Robert O. Miller (1940-1970), Mary Brown Miller (1970-1980), and James and Lorraine Beatty (1980- ).


4.70 Cubic Feet