Adelle Banks has a piece on this at Religion News Service. I was happy to weigh-in. I also covered this here. This is yet another example of evangelicals trying to control their historical narratives. This is similar to what I experienced in writing the history of the American Bible Society.
So I wonder, is Franklin Graham worried that scholars and historians will find more unflattering things about his father? Let’s face it, evangelicals need good history more than ever. We need to look into the mirror of the past and see what we have done well and where we have failed. I am afraid that this will not happen if more and more evangelical institutions try to control access to records in this way. History will become hagiography.