As many of you know, we have been covering the move of the Billy Graham Papers from Wheaton College to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Much of our coverage has been negative. I have expressed concern that the papers will now be closed-off to researchers. Read our posts here, here, and here to get up to speed.
Now it looks like the Billy Graham Library is going to hire an archivist to care for the papers.
This appears to be a step in the right direction. I am glad to see that the BGEA is advertising through the Society of American Archivists. It looks like someone knows what they are doing. Of course the hiring of a professional archivist tells us nothing about what future access to the papers might look like. We will see how it all plays out.
|The Billy Graham Library supports the mission of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to proclaim the Gospel to all we can by every effective means available to us, and by equipping the church and others to do the same. Our staff and volunteers present the Gospel through the Journey of Faith tour, Memorial Prayer Garden, Homeplace, and evangelistic outreaches like Christmas at the Library. We also serve and equip Christians through the Billy Graham archives, Ruth’s Attic bookstore, Graham Brothers Dairy Bar, group programs, special events, memorabilia displays, student resources, communications, and donor ministry activities.
The BGEA archivist is responsible for the overall organization, management, supervision and preservation of the historical records program and the operations of the public research study center and program of the BGEA archives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Marginal Duties and Responsibilities
Skills and Knowledge
Master’s degree in library science or archival training from an ALA accredited institution.
Thanks to my colleague Devon Manzullo-Thomas for bringing this to my attention.