The purpose is to encourage, inspire, and equip current and future evangelists, ministry leaders, and students for the task of proclaiming the Gospel. The Center preserves historical materials reflective of Billy Graham’s life and ministry.
Based on the individual request, researchers will interact with specific items from our media and material collections. The media archives offer access to the ministry’s history via photography, video, film, and audio recording formats. The material archives contain records of the organizational work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and include objects and papers such as sermon manuscripts, personal correspondence, and notes from meetings with government, religious, and cultural leaders. For more specific information on collections, click on the Collections tab in our website menu.
You can find our research guides under the “Collections” tab on our website menu.
The Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is located near the Billy Graham Library off the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Unfortunately, walk-in appointments are not available. Reservations must be made in advance to visit the Billy Graham Archive & Research Center.
Yes, reservations are required to visit the Billy Graham Archive & Research Center. Researching and parking at the Center is free of charge to those with appointments. To make a reservation, please submit a request on our Visit page.
Yes, we are currently accepting research requests! We ask that requests be made at least four (4) weeks before your planned visit in order to have enough time for us to communicate with you and to locate and pull records. All requested appointments are subject to availability. Please submit a research request on our Visit page.
To provide the best experience possible, we will discuss details about your research before your visit and prepare specific items related to your request for you to view during your visit.
Because each experience is unique, we ask that you convey your availability when requesting your appointment. Working with the times you are available and how much material we have related to your topic, we will decide together the appropriate amount of time needed. To start the process of making a reservation, please submit a research request on our Visit page.
We do our best to reasonably accommodate all researchers. When making arrangements for a visit to the Billy Graham Archive & Research Center, please make the archivist aware of these needs.
Yes, all areas open to the public in the Billy Graham Archive & Research Center are wheelchair-accessible.
No, not at the Archive & Research Center. But you can can find lesson plans on the Billy Graham Library website, on their Educational Resources page.
No, all off-site hotel and transportation accomodations will need to be scheduled and booked by the researcher.
The Billy Graham Archive & Research Center only accepts donations of materials related to Billy Graham and his team. All donations must be accompanied with an Archives Donation Form and mailed to the Library Archives at 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC. 28217. For questions about donating items, please email email@example.com or call 704-401-3200 during regular operating hours.
The Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is funded through donations from interested persons and supported by prayer. You can be part of preserving these resources and equip future generations of evangelists, ministry leaders, and students. To donate, visit https://giving.billygraham.org/billy-graham-archive-and-research-center/.
We are not currently accepting volunteer applications for the Billy Graham Archive & Research Center. If you are interested in helping share the history of Billy Graham through the Billy Graham Library, please visit https://billygrahamlibrary.org/volunteer/.
The Research Room is open to the general public for research. Appointments are required and can be made here: Visit Research Request.
The Billy Graham Archive & Research Center was not designed with study groups in mind. This facility is meant specifically for researchers and the storage of historical materials. However, the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar at the Billy Graham Library is an excellent spot for small groups to meet and study together.
There are too many individual items to count! In archives, each individual item (whether it’s an object, piece of paper, film, photograph, or anything else) is called a “record.” We estimate the number of records in the building to be in the millions. They consist of multiple formats of audio recordings, film, papers, awards, paintings, objects, scrapbooks, magazines, and much, much more. Records are categorized by their medium and their content into different collections. See our Research Guides for information on the collections of paper records.