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Collection 453 Oral History Interviews with Paul H. Bartel

Identifier: CN 453

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

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

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, 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

95 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Paul H. Bartel in November 1991.

Accession 91-107

February 17, 1998

Janyce H. Nasgowitz
Collection 453 Oral History Interviews with Paul H. Bartel
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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