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Collection 613 Oral History Interview with Addison C. Tanner

Identifier: CN 613

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Addison Carl Tanner (1932-2012) a missionary with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in Tanzania and publisher of Christian literature. Tanner describes his mission work, the Tanzanian people, Christianity and animism, political situation in Tanzania, role of tribal chiefs, his conversion and call to mission work, changes in the Tanzanian church, and role of women in the African Inland Church. The time period covered in the interview is 1932 to 1988.

Addison Carl Tanner was interviewed by Robert Bruce Rummel on December 10, 1988, at Tanner's home in Creve Coeur, Illinois. This interview was conducted as part of a Wheaton College class assignment.


  • Created: 1988

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The copyright to the oral history interview in this collection is held by the Billy Graham Center Archives.

Biographical Information

Full Name: Addison Carl Tanner

Birth: January 18, 1932


Parents: John and Irene (Goodfellow) Tanner

Siblings: John (older brother)

Marital Status: Married Lillian Clark

Children: Thomas, Rebecca, Dan, Paul, Tim, Debbie

Conversion: At age 18


1951-1954 - Graduated from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas (majored in printing and minored in Bible)

1954-1956 - Philadelphia Bible Institute (now Philadelphia Biblical University)


1958-1978 - Served with Africa Inland Mission in Mwanze, Tanganyika (now Tanzania) through the publishing of Christian literature. He was manager of Africa Inland Press.

1978 - Returned to the United States for the education of his children

1990-2000 - Returned to Tanzania to continue the work he previously had done. Retired from AIM in 2000.

Other Significant Information: Tanner's primary work was in developing the modern printing plant to serve the needs for Christian literature in Mwanza, Tanzania.


1.00 Audio Tape

65 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Addison Carl Tanner and Robert Bruce Rummel in January 1989.

Accession: 89-6

March 8, 2005

Wayne D. Weber

Collection 613 Oral History Interview with Addison C. Tanner
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Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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