The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced March 28 that the papers of Billy Graham and the historical records of BGEA would be transferred from the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. The move will consolidate the Billy Graham Library’s holdings of paper historical records, audio and video recordings, and digital materials.
“This is part of our continuing consolidation in Billy Graham’s hometown,” Franklin Graham said. “Some 214,000 people visited the Billy Graham Library here in Charlotte last year alone, and it makes sense for my father’s archives to be housed and maintained here for visiting scholars to conduct research, and for our guests to see when they come visit our ministry headquarters, the Library and my parents’ gravesite.”
The building at Wheaton College, named after Billy Graham, was dedicated in 1980 and contains archives, a museum and programs devoted to the study and advancement of worldwide evangelism.
“We are grateful for the role Wheaton College played in my father’s life and for their ongoing commitment to the cause of evangelism—as well as for their partnership as these archives transition into a new era,” Franklin said. “We also thank Bob Shuster and Paul Ericksen for their professional care of the archives over several decades at Wheaton.”
An announcement about the re-opening of the archives at the Billy Graham Library will be made once details are finalized.
Photo: Elizabeth Marx/2007 BGEA