Collection 295 Records of the Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project
Scope and Contents
Newspaper clippings, questionnaires, audio tapes, sermon transcripts, and other documents gathered by Dr. Ivan Fahs during a research project into twentieth century evangelistic meetings held in Charlotte, NC, by J. Wilbur Chapman, Billy Sunday, Mordecai Ham, Billy Graham, and Leighton Ford, spanning 1915-1983. The materials contained in this collection consist of the data Fahs gathered plus notes and aids, such as lists of events, which he and his students made up. Materials include copies of newspaper clippings, returned questionnaires, correspondence with attendees of meetings, typescripts of sermons, a theses on Mordecai Ham, audio tapes, and a photograph. Most of the data in the collection is self-explanatory. Of particular interest are the returned questionnaires in folders 1-17 and 2-14 about the 1923-1924 Billy Sunday meetings and the 1934 Mordecai Ham meetings. They contain the impressions of the meetings in the memories of many people who attended.
- Created: 1915-1983
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Research project; coordinated by Dr. Ivan Fahs, sociology professor at Wheaton College, for researching mass evangelistic campaigns held in Charlotte, NC during the twentieth century by evangelists including J. Wilbur Chapman, Billy Sunday, Mordecai Ham, Billy Graham, and Leighton Ford; project was to provide insight into the generic elements of mass evangelism and on individual differences in a particular evangelistic event.
Chronology of Events
Chapman-Alexander Meetings - April 4-May 9, 1915
Billy Sunday Meetings - December 30, 1923-February 10, 1924
Ham-Ramsey Meetings - August 30-November 2, 1934
Billy Graham Charlotte Revival - November 9-23, 1947
Billy Graham Charlotte Crusade - September 21-October 26, 1958
Billy Graham Charlotte Crusade - April 5-9, 1972
Leighton Ford Charlotte Area Crusade - April 10-17, 1983
8 Audio Tapes
3 Reels of microfilm
1 Oversize File
1 Photograph File
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The documents in this collection, which were gathered as part of a Billy Graham Center research project, were turned over to the BGC Archives in January 1985.
Accession 85-4, 85-85
February 6, 1985
The following item have been given to the Evangelism & Missions Collection, Buswell Library:
Ham, Mordecai F. Battle Front Messages. Nashville: Hermitage Press, 1950.
- Chapman, J. Wilbur (John Wilbur), 1859-1918.
- Charlotte (N.C.)
- Cities and towns -- North Carolina.
- Cities and towns.
- Evangelistic invitations.
- Evangelistic sermons.
- Evangelistic work -- Charlotte.
- Evangelistic work.
- Ford, Leighton -- Sermons.
- Ford, Leighton.
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Ham, M. F. (Mordecai Fowler), 1877-1961.
- Revivals -- Charlotte.
- Russell, Kenneth W.
- Sermons, American.
- Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935.
- Collection 295 Records of the Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project
- Bob Shuster
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