Collection 093 Oral History Interview with Earl A. Winsor
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Earl Austin Winsor (1897-1983) in which he discusses his education at Wheaton College as a student (1919-1920) and teacher (1920-25, history, and 1939-1949, math and physics) and his missionary experiences in Africa under Africa Inland Mission, serving in what is now Zaire. Wheaton personalities, mission experiences, especially those relating to his education work, and analysis of his exposure to African government, churches, tribal customs, and health practices. Interviews were recorded in October and November 1979 and in January 1980.
Earl Winsor was interviewed in his home by Mary Ann Buffington on October 30, 1979; November 6, 1979; and January 7, 1980. The time period covered by the interview is circa 1900 to 1980.
- Created: 1979-1980
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Biographical or Historical Information
Earl Austin Winsor was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897, the only boy in a family of five children. His boyhood days were spent in Worcester where he later attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduating in 1919 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. After his father's death, his mother and other sisters moved to Wheaton in 1919. He was urged by an older sister to enter Wheaton College for some liberal arts exposure. Wheaton awarded him a B.A. in history in 1920 and then hired him to fill a vacancy in the history department. Winsor taught at Wheaton until 1925, during which time he earned a Master's degree in history and economics from the University of Iowa.
Winsor and his wife, Mary Park Winsor, left Wheaton in 1926 for their first term as missionaries in the Belgian Congo under the direction of Africa Inland Mission. During his first years on the field, 1926-1936, Winsor worked on various jobs and projects such as part-time supervisor of school work on the field, field treasurer, teacher in evangelistic school, legal representative for AIM on the field, supervised distribution of literature from various Bible societies, and Principal at Rethy Academy.
From 1939-1949 Winsor lived in Wheaton teaching math and physics at the college. He was prevented from returning to Africa due to World War II and family health problems. Mr. Winsor's wife died in 1947 leaving him with two children, a daughter Faith and a son Arthur Austin.
Winsor was persuaded by the AIM board to return to the Congo. In 1949 he entrusted his children to the care of some Wheaton families and went to Belgium for courses in language study and educational philosophy. From Belgium Winsor went directly to the Congo where he was to help organize and administer a higher level of work in mission schools. All the work was done alone until 1959 when he married Ada Rury, a health nurse at Wheaton. They served in the Congo together until they were forced to permanently evacuate in 1964. Mr. Winsor taught in a girls school in Kenya from 1964 until 1968, when he retired from AIM. The Winsors lived in Wheaton with his sister in their home near Wheaton College, where he continued to work at Greater Europe Missions. Winsor died April 1, 1983.
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives in October, 1979 and January, 1980.
Accession: 79-125, 79-128, 80-1
March 5, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
Entered, March 23, 1993
Revised, June 16, 1993
Revised, February 11, 2000
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Animism -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Belgium. -- Colonies
- Belgium. -- Colonies -- Africa.
- Blanchard, Charles A. (Charles Albert)
- Buswell, J. Oliver (James Oliver), 1895-1977.
- Catholic Church -- Missions.
- Catholic Church.
- Catholic Church. -- Missions -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Christian education -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Christian education -- Curricula.
- Christian education -- Kenya.
- Christian education.
- Christianity and culture.
- Church and state.
- Church discipline.
- Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967.
- Education -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Education -- United States.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Description and travel.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1908-1960.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- Civil War, 1960-1965.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Politics and government.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Religion.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Social conditions.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Indigenous church administration -- Kenya.
- Intercultural communication.
- Kenya -- Politics and government.
- Language in missionary work.
- Medical care
- Medical care -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Salaries, etc.
- Missions -- Educational work.
- Missions -- Congo (Democratic Republic).
- Missions -- Finance.
- Missions -- Kenya.
- Missions, Medical.
- Rethy Academy (Rethy, Zaire)
- Social change.
- Syncretism (Religion)
- Tribes -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Winsor, Earl.
- Collection 093 Oral History Interview with Earl A. Winsor
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