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Collection 295 Records of the Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project

 Collection
Identifier: CN 295

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.

Dates

  • Created: 1915-1983

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Historical Information

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

Extent

2 Boxes

8 Audio Tapes

3 Reels of microfilm

1 Oversize File

1 Photograph File

Language of Materials

English

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

Robert Shuster

A. Peterson

J. Nasgowitz

Separated Materials

The following item have been given to the Evangelism & Missions Collection, Buswell Library:

Ham, Mordecai F. Battle Front Messages. Nashville: Hermitage Press, 1950.
Title
Collection 295 Records of the Charlotte Evangelistic Campaigns Research Project
Author
Bob Shuster
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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