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Prison Fellowship Ministries Records

Identifier: CN 274

Brief Description

Correspondence, memos, reports, newspaper clippings and other documents describing the founding and development of Prison Fellowship. Among the subjects covered in the files are the part played in the organization by Charles Colson, the realities of prison ministry, the conditions of prisons in the United States, relations between organizations involved in prison ministries, the testimonies of inmates, and the relationship between PFM and its constituents.  Persons featured included those significant in Colson's life and spiritual development.  Also documented is the production of the commercially released motion picture, BORN AGAIN, based on Colson's book by the same title.


  • Created: 1961, 1975-1989, 1990, undated

Conditions Governing Access

The following are closed until January 1, 2044:

  • Folders 4-5,6
  • 13-7
  • 14-3
  • 16-3,4
  • 21-3
  • 27-46,50
  • 28-17,19,25,58
  • 143-22
  • 144-3
  • 179-1
  • Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

    Biographical or Historical Information

    Evangelical agency ministering to prisoners; founded in 1976 by presidential advisor and convict Charles Colson; major activities of the organization included preaching the Gospel to prisoners, providing nuture and fellowship for Christian prisoners, counseling prisoners families and lobbying to prison reform.


    81.65 Cubic Feet

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    Records were created by the staff of Prison Fellowship and given to the Billy Graham Center Archives, 1984-1985. The materials for this collection were received by the Center in May and June 1984, August 1985, and October 1991 from Prison Fellowship Ministries.

    Accessions: 84-75, 84-77, 84-87, 85-106, 91-81

  • April 28, 1989
  • Robert Shuster
  • Janyce Nasgowitz
  • Mimi Wohlschlegel

    Revised, January 25, 1991
  • Robert Shuster
  • Lisa Ferguson

    Revised, June 23, 1993
  • Robert Shuster
  • Mimi L. Larson

    Updated, February 21, 2001
  • Robert Shuster
  • W. Valentine
  • Title
    Collection 274 Records of Prison Fellowship Ministries
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

    501 College Avenue
    Wheaton IL 60187 US