Guide to the Roberts, William J. Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Claire Balch  and Pam Crenshaw of Vanguard University.
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Guide to the Roberts, William J. Collection 1952/2004

David Allan Hubbard Library Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Roberts, William J. Collection
Bulk Dates: 1958-1986
Identification: CFT00033
Creator: Roberts, William J., 1952-2004
Physical Description: 66.00
Language of Materials: English
Repository: David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA, 91182-0002
Phone: (626) 584-5311
Fax: (626) 584-5613

Administrative History:

William J. Roberts was born in a covered wagon June 1, 1909 in Twin Falls, Idaho.  He is the son of crop-sharing parents who came as pioneers from the state of Kansas.  At seventeen years of age he and his older brother felt the call of the Lord and came to Southern California to study at the Southern California Bible School now known as Vanguard University.
His career in radio is outlined below:
1935: Began his radio ministry – “Gospel and Song”, KFWB Hollywood California.
1945: Initiated the Dr. Roberts and family broadcast, “Family Bible Hour,” KGER,  Long Beach, California.
1960: Joined with “Bible Fellowship Hour,” networked in U. S. and Canada.  Dr. Roberts and Celia Webb (wife of Dr. T. Myron Webb)
1965 to 2006: President of “World Scope Ministries,” KWRM, KWRN, Inland Empire, So. California, a non-profit organization for world-wide missionary activity.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Southern California College -- Costa Mesa.

Geographic Name:

Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Religion.


Broadcasters -- United States -- Biography.

Personal Name:

Cash, Johnny
Graham, Franklin, 1952-
Kuhlman, Kathryn

Topical Term:

Radio broadcasting

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

The Roberts Collection was processed by Claire Balch, student worker (2007) and Pam Crenshaw.  The donation was received in October of 2006 and inventory of the donation was completed May 29, 2007.
When the donation was first received the Archives was not sure how to proceed with the donation.  After discussion with Dr. Russell Spittler, Interim Provost, it was decided to treat the donation as a collection and a comprehensive inventory took place.

Conditions Governing Use:

Scholarly use within parameters of copyright law.

Conditions Governing Access:

Supervised use only

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

For full Finding Aid contact the archives.
Reel to reel tapes not available for viewing.

Scope and Contents

Dr. William J. Roberts (1952-2004) began his radio ministry at KFWB, Hollywood, California in 1935.  In 1945 he initiated the Dr. Roberts and family broadcast, “Family Bible Hour,” broadcast by KGER, Long Beach, California.  In 1960 Dr. Roberts joined the “Bible Fellowship Hour” broadcast in the U. S. and Canada.  His program “World Scope Ministries” began in 1965 and was broadcast via KWRM and KWRN in the Inland Empire of So. California.  This collection represents over 52 years of broadcasts, music and miscellaneous books. It includes reel to reel tapes of broadcasts form 1952 to 2004 including interviews, music, messages and Bible teaching.  A collection of 33 rpm records used on the broadcast, as well as cassettes, videotapes and books are included in the collection.  Broadcast reels include speakers and performers Ralph Carmichael, Elvis Presley, Kathryn Kuhlman, Johnny Cash, David Wong of Asian Outreach, Bob Bowman of Far East Broadcasting, David du Plessis, George Otis, Paul Kaufman and Bob Pierce of World Vision as well as the Ordination of Franklin Graham.