Collection 630 Oral History Interview with Arthur M. Barnett
Scope and Contents
One oral history interview with Arthur Malcom Barnett, in which he describes his parents’ work as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) among the Maasai people in Kenya, the development of Christianity in East Africa; traditional Maasai culture, his experiences aboard the Zamzam in 1941, and different aspects of medical missions. Other topics discussed include different AIM missionaries, including the Stauffachers, Davises, and Collins; the effect of World War II, leprosy treatment in Kenya and Tanzania, and the intersection of evangelism and medical work. The events described in the interviews cover the time period 1895-2006.
Arthur Barnett was interviewed by Bob Shuster on December 15, 2006 at Dr. Barnett’s home in Lansdale, PA.
- Barnett, Arthur M., 1910-2014. (Person)
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Full name: Dr. Arthur Malcolm Barnett
Birth: December 3, 1910 in Rumuruti, Kenya
Death: June 24, 2014 in Kenya
Parents: Rev. Albert Edmond Barnett and Elma Elizabeth Nischer Barnett
Siblings: Karl Albert (died of spinal meningitis at 20 months), Erik Stanley (twin), Paul Austin, Ruth Dorothy (Collins), William John
Marital Status: married Margaret Stevenson on January 4, 1941
Children: William Albert (b. 1945), Mary Elman (b. 1946), Arthur Stephen (b. 1948), Walter Erik (b. 1950)
Conversion: About age 7, baptism at age 12 in mission church in Kijabe, Kenya
1917-1925 – Rift Valley Academy
1925-1926 – San Bernardino High School, California
1926-1927 – Los Angeles Junior College (high school)
? -- John Brown University High School and College, High school diploma
Summer 1929 – University of Arkansas – certificate
1929-1930 – Columbia Bible College, 2-year diploma
1930-1933 – University of South Carolina, B.S.
1933-1937 – Columbia University Medical School, M.D.
1937-1939 – Hackensack, N.J. hospital – internship diploma
January 1939 – Passed national licensing board
August – October, 1942 – course in tropical and military medicine at Army Medical School in Washington, D.C.
1941 – Sailed for Africa on the Zamzam
1942-1943 – First lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, stationed at various bases in Africa, where he served as assistant to flight surgeon
1943 – Furlough in United States, stationed near Detroit
July 1945 – Discharged from the military
First Missions Term
April 1947 – September 1951 – Assigned to AIM mission station at Busia, Tanganyika territory to work Kola Ndoto Hospital, a leprosarium previously supervised by Dr. Nina Maynard
January 1953-July 1953 – spent in Belgium
Second Missions Term
July 1953-December 1957 – Assigned to AIM mission station at Rethy General Hospital in Belgian Congo, replacing Carl Becker
Third Missions Term
February 1959-August 1963 – Assigned to AIM mission station at Kijabe, Kenya to launch a new hospital (1959-1960) and Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
1971 – Retired from AIM
1 Sound Recording
Language of Materials
Additions and Accruals
The material in this collection was given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Dr. Arthur Malcolm Barnett in December 2006.
February 26, 2020
- Africa Inland Church.
- Barnett, Erik S.
- Barnett, William John.
- Children of missionaries -- Kenya.
- Colonialism -- History -- Africa
- Hurlburt, Charles E.
- Leprosy -- Hospitals -- Kenya
- Leprosy -- Hospitals -- Tanzania
- Maasai (African people)
- Maynard, Nina,
- Missions -- Congo (Democratic Republic).
- Missions -- Kenya.
- Missions -- Tanzania.
- Missions, Medical -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Missions, Medical -- Kenya.
- Missions, medical -- Tanzania
- Scott, Peter Cameron.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Zamzam (Ship)
- Collection 630 Oral History Interview with Arthur M. Barnett
- Katherine Graber
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