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Gordon College Archives, Spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, Now Available Online to Researchers


Archives include important documents tracing growth of the evangelical movement.

Wenham, MA — This past spring, Gordon College student and history major, Dan Hayner ’09, categorized the Gordon College historical collections and wrote brief summaries of each for the new archives page on the Gordon College public web site which is now available at .

Housed in the Jenks Learning Resource Center, the archives contain artifacts, rare books, correspondence, newspapers, magazines and other writings, as well as photographs, films, audio recordings, and school records from the past two centuries. They include valuable materials on subjects such as 19th century evangelical revivals in Boston, New England newspapers, Billy Graham’s young ministry, 18th, 19th- and 20th- century funeral sermons, Clarendon Street Baptist Church (Gordon’s first ‘campus’), British abolitionist William Wilberforce, and a large collection of William Shakespeare materials.

Gordon College archivist John Beauregard helped direct Hayner in the project by recommending specific individuals and collections to study and categorize for the web project. Most of Hayner’s work involved writing abstracts of the archive’s different collections, many of which are comprised of four or five boxes of material. In addition, Hayner also wrote profile stories based on information from the archives, most recently on Maria Hale Gordon, wife of Gordon College founder, A. J. Gordon.

“There is so much material here that we are hoping to bring to light for the good of all writers and researchers,” said Beauregard. “Dan’s help in noting these categories is just the beginning. We’d like to be able to do so much more with these important collections...”

Gordon College is a nationally-ranked, four-year nondenominational Christian liberal arts college on Boston’s North Shore. The college offers 36 undergraduate majors in the liberal arts and sciences and graduate programs in education and music education. In recent years, Gordon has won national recognition for its scholastic excellence, the high caliber of its faculty – many of whom are well-regarded Christian authors and scholars in their own right, and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation’s top Christian colleges - .


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