Collection 453 Oral History Interviews with Paul H. Bartel
Scope and Contents
One oral history interview with Paul Henry Bartel (1904-2001) in which he describes his parents' work in China with orphans, his own childhood in that growing up in China, his conversion to Christianity and anecdotes from his long career as a missionary. Other topics discussed include: The Boxer Uprising and its aftermath; education, including high school at a Holiness Mission school; returning to the United States for college and experiencing culture shock; missionary training institute; memories of Chiang Kai-Shek and Feng Yu-hsiang; effects of World War I on Western missionaries serving in China. The time period covered by the interviews is 1904-1991.
Paul Henry Bartel was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 26, 1991 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 1991
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Full Name: Paul Henry Bartel (Rev)
Birth Date: July 19, 1904, in Tamingfu, Hopei, China
Death Date: June 25, 2001
Parents: Henry Cornelius and Nellie Schmidt Bartel, independent missionaries in China
Siblings: Loyal, Joseph (died young of small pox), Agnes, Jonathan
Marital Status: Married to Ina Birkey, January 1, 1931
Children: Robert, Joan (Stough, Wheaton B.A. 1981; MA 1983), Carol
Conversion: At age ten
Denominational Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance
1946 M.A., University of Chicago
1962 B.Div, Fuller Theological Seminary
1932-1960 Missionary, Lungtan, China (on the borders of Szechwan, Kweichow, Hunan, and Hupeh provinces)
1960-19?? Teacher, Canadian Bible College, Saskatchewan, Canada
Church planter, Chinese C&MA churches in Canada
Founder of the Winter Conferences for Chinese students in Canada
Head, China Alliance Press, Hong Kong
Other significant information:
1946 M.A. Thesis: The Chinese Bible, being a historical survey of its translation, University of Chicago, 1946
1962 B.Div. Thesis: The use of literature in the Protestant missionary enterprise among the Chinese people, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1962
2 Audio Tapes
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Paul H. Bartel in November 1991.
February 17, 1998
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
- Bartel, Henry Cornelius, 1873-1965.
- Bartel, Loyal.
- Bartel, Nellie Schmidt.
- Bartel, Paul Henry.
- Bible -- Translating.
- Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975.
- Children -- Conversion to Christianity.
- Children of missionaries -- China.
- Children of missionaries.
- China -- History -- 1900-
- China -- History -- 1912-1939.
- China -- History -- Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901.
- China -- History.
- Christian life.
- Culture shock.
- Evangelistic work -- China.
- Feng, Yuxiang, 1882-1948.
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Leaves and furloughs.
- Missions -- China.
- Orphans -- China.
- World War, 1914-1918.
- Collection 453 Oral History Interviews with Paul H. Bartel
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