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Everson mss., 1897-1954

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
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Everson, William Graham, 1879-1954.

Everson mss., 1897-1954

Collection No.
LMC 3002

ca. 4,000 items

Materials are in English

Consists of the papers of William Graham Everson, 1879-1954, minister, writer, military officer and college president.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

William Graham Everson, 1879-1954, was a minister, writer, military officer and college president. Everson was born in Wooster, Ohio and was ordained a Baptist minister in 1897. That year he entered Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana and received his bachelor of divinity degree in 1908. While a student he enlisted in the Indiana National Guard. He served in both the Spanish-American War and World War I. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to brigadier-general in 1922 and assigned to command the 76th Infantry Brigade. From 1929-1931 he served as chief of the National Guard Bureau as a major general. He retired his military commission in 1931 to devote full-time to his ministry. His pastorates spanned the country, from Kentucky to Oregon, retiring from his last ministry at the First Baptist Church of Richmond, Indiana in 1948. While minister of the First Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon, he was appointed president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon and presided from 1938-1943. In 1904 he married Mary Coon, 1881-1963, also a graduate of Franklin College. They had two children, John and Mary Louise.


Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Career; IV. Photographs; V. Scrapbooks; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Artifacts.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of the papers of William Graham Everson, 1879-1954, minister, writer, military officer and college president. The collection includes correspondence, writings, materials related to Everson's career, photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Franklin College (Franklin, Ind.)
    • Linfield College --Presidents.
    • First Baptist Church (Richmond, Ind.)
    • First Baptist Church (Portland, Ore.)
    • Everson, William Graham, 1879-1954.
    • Topics
    • Baptists --Clergy.
    • Baptists --Sermons.
    • College yearbooks --Indiana --Franklin --Specimens.
    • Flags --United States --Specimens.
    • Military decorations --United States --Specimens.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Gift. 2007
Usage Restrictions
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Everson mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 Correspondence, 1914-1954


(10 folders)

Arranged chronologically.

Not indexed.

Series: Writings

Addresses, lectures, sermons, 1909-1952.

(22 folders)

Arranged chronologically.

May also contain church bulletins for date sermon was given.

Box 2 Addresses,... (cont.)

(6 folders)


(1 folder)

"Final Authority in Religion" for Newton Theological Institute, 1908

"There is Room for the Christ-Child" for The Muncie Star, Dec. 22, 1921

"The World and War" for The Muncie Press, Nov. 28, 1923.

Book. Forever as the Stars (unpublished). Draft pages, holograph and typescript.

(2 folders)


(5 folders)

May 5, 1917-May 4, 1918 

May 25, 1918-Apr. 6, 1919 

Notebook. Contains chronology of career, 1892-1899 , poem, notes for sermons, etc.

Radio broadcasts. Typescripts, 1931-1934 , for broadcasts in Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon

Writings by others

(1 folder)

Notebook of messages from friends of Everson's upon his departure from Richmond, Indiana in 1897  to attend Franklin College and from friends in Franklin, Indiana, 1899

Poem "Abraham Lincoln," by Richard L. Johnson. Typescript.

Box 5 Index cards concerning various subjects for sermons, talks, etc.

Series: Box 2 Career

Arranged into the following subseries: College, Military and Pastorates.

Completing this section is a folder of mostly printed items concerning talks and sermons given elsewhere by WGE.

Subseries: College

Box 2 Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana (student).

(2 folders)

Includes yearbooks for 1899and 1902;handmade calendar with photographs of WGE; miscellaneous items, including commencement invitation and grades

Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon (president, 1938-1943).

Includes student Handbook, bulletins, Linfield College Songs.

Subseries: Military

Box 2 Certificates. Mostly concerning various advancements in rank and one certificate of distinction from the Italian military delegation dated 1916

(see also: Box 8)

"The Company Log from September 7th 1917 to May 2nd 1919. " 332nd Infantry A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Forces). Bound Personal Orders, Oct. 1, 1929-Sept. 30, 1930.

Includes orders from The War Department and itineraries.


Includes Officer's identity card, American Expeditionary Forces, ca. 1919;Officer's Record Book, 1918-1919;record of service in the Indiana National Guard, 1898-1919

Subseries: Box 3 Pastorates

Following Everson's bible, this section is arranged by the dates Everson served as pastor, and the name and location of the church.

Mostly printed materials.

The Holy Bible... (New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1901)

1911-1915. Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky.


Church bulletin

Materials and clippings concerning Missionary Exhibit, Oct. 21-23, 1914

1915-1921.  Norwood Baptist Church, Norwood, Ohio.

"Dedication Services...Oct. 14-15-16-17-19, 1919 "

(2 copies)

Seventy-fifth anniversary, 1866-1941, pamphlet.

1921-1930. First Baptist Church, Muncie, Indiana. Church bulletins and various printed items related to the mortgage burning and dedication service

1931-1933. First Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado.

"1932  Directory of the First Baptist Church"

"A Century of Baptist Faith, First Baptist Church of Denver, 1864-1964 "

(2 copies)

Announcement of Special Revival Services, Sept. 18-Oct. 2, 1932

1933-1939. The First Baptist Church, "The White Temple," Portland, Oregon.

(2 folders)

Handbook and Visiting List, 1893

Church bulletins

Announcement of Special Revival Services, Mar. 18-Apr. 1, 1934

brochure for "The World in the White Temple, February 19, 20, 21, 22, 1935 "

Various tracts and other printed materials

Financial - lists of donations and moving expenses to Richmond, Indiana

1946-1948. First Baptist Church, Richmond, Indiana.

Church bulletins

Printed items

Miscellaneous church bulletins, announcements, programs concerning sermons, talks, etc. by WGE, 1926-1954

Series: Photographs

Arranged by subject.

Box 3 Buildings

(Total: 15)

(See also: Box 6)

Everson, William Graham.

(11 portraits. Total: 18)

(See also: Box 6)

Everson, William Graham in military uniform.

(14 portraits. Total: 25)

(See also: Box 6)

Everson, Mary Coon.

(13 portraits. Total: 25) (2 folders)

Everson, William Graham and Mary Coon.

(7 portraits. Total: 17)

(See also: Box 6)

Everson, William Graham, Mary Coon, and children.

(Mostly snapshots. Total: ca. 48. Some may be duplicates.)

Everson, John.

(Mostly snapshots. Total: ca. 62. Some may be duplicates.)

Family and friends.

(Portraits, including two tintypes. Total: 80. Some may be duplicates) (4 folders)

(See also: Boxes 4, 5, 6 and 8)

Military-related. Including several of WGE and airplanes he flew cross country.

(Total: 11. 2 are duplicates)

(See also: Boxes 5 and 6)

Official American Expeditionary Forces photos by the Signal Corps.

(Total: ca. 124) (2 folders)

Includes index.

Box 4 Official A.E.F. photos... (cont.)

(2 folders)

Photographic assignment by Mary Louise Everson for New York Institute of Photography

Box 5 Snapshots.

(Total: ca. 385)

Box 6 Large photographs.

(Total: 38. 3 are duplicates)

Box 8 Two large group photographs.

Series: Box 4 Scrapbooks

1916-1944. Mostly clippings. Loose items removed

(2 folders)

1931-1944. Mostly clippings

1937-1941. Photographs, clippings and printed items

1943. Loose pages. Mostly clippings concerning resignation from presidency of Linfield College

Series: Miscellaneous

Box 4 Everson, Mary Coon. Includes invitation to Richland Township [High] School commencement exercises; program for senior class play, Franklin College, 1904

Obituary and memorial materials

Religious tracts. Printed


(3 folders)


Box 7 Certificates, diplomas, etc.

Includes marriage certificate, diplomas for both WGE and Mary Coon, various certificates relating to the military and his membership as a freemason, etc.

Series: Box 5 Artifacts

Arranged in two subseries: Flags and Other.

Subseries: Flags

Box 5 Three United States flags. Two with 48 stars, one with 50 stars

One United States Yacht Ensign flag

One flag signifying WGE as Major General of the United States Militia Bureau

Subseries: Other

Box 5 Indiana State Police badge inscribed to "Major General Wm G Everson... Nov. 1, 1929 "

Medal encased in glass: "Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Class Graduation, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, incorporated Jan. 30, 1858 "

Plaque: "...Commemorating Four Years Inspiring Linfield Leadership, Class of '42"

Purple Heart, three dog tags and various military ribbons and patches

Vial of ashes from burned mortgage, First Baptist Church, Muncie, Indiana, Jan. 2, 1944