Currently on display in the Archives & Special Collections office of the James P. Boyce Centennial Library is a display chronicling the history of Billy Graham’s relationship with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. On October 14, 2014, the seminary celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry, the only school in the world that the great evangelist has allowed to bear his name.
In 1956, Southern Seminary became the first repository for Graham’s evangelistic records, which are now indexed and publicly accessible for research within our facilities. Patrons visiting the archives can view manuscripts, books, crusade files, photographs, audio-visual material, and other paraphernalia chronicling Graham’s evangelistic heritage. Also on perpetual display is Aileen Ortlip Shea’s famous 1961 oil painting of Graham.
Learn more about Graham’s relationship with Southern Seminary from this article by SBTS head librarian C. Berry Driver published in the Southern Seminary Magazine (Fall 2014):
On November 6, the SBTS community commemorated the 150th birthday of Dr. Archibald Thomas Robertson (Nov. 6, 1863–Sept. 24, 1934). Robertson began teaching at the seminary in 1888 as assistant to John A. Broadus, and he continued teaching until his sudden death in 1934. To this day, Robertson’s name remains synonymous with mastery of New Testament Greek. With dozens of published books to his name—including the ever popular Word Pictures in the New Testament and A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research—Robertson remains one of the most influential minds ever produced by Southern Seminary. In addition to his New Testament scholarship, Robertson’s further contributions to the seminary’s public reputation came through his frequent lecture engagements to churches and Bible conferences. His tireless efforts helped strengthen the perception of Southern Seminary as a Baptist institution committed to training preachers in orthodox doctrine, warm piety, and biblical exposition.