Collection 477 Papers of Stanley R. Kline
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Stanley R. Kline and extensive photo albums, relating to Kline’s missionary service in the Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo) with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) from 1940 to 1977. Topics covered in interview include: his family background in Philadelphia, conversion, Percy Crawford's influence, evangelism in Philadelphia, rescue mission work, call to missions, his wife Carmel Anthony, his evangelism and educational work in the Congo between 1940 and 1977, the transition from mission to national authority in the Africa Inland Church, work among pygmies, his work as treasurer for the Belgian Congo field, African church leaders, evacuations from Zaire in 1960 and 1964, short-term vs. career missionaries issue, Belgian administration of the Congo, spiritual hardships of missionary work, memories of colleagues retirement in 1982. Photo albums provide a visual record of almost all African Inland Mission workers of the twentieth century.
- Created: 1930-1999
Full Name: Stanley Roy Kline
Birth Date: October 20, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death Date: April 8, 1999
Parents: Hary Rusk Kline and Wilhemina Katharine (Fisher) Kline
Siblings: Ruth Estelle (Kline) Lorenz
Marital Status: Married Carmel Anthony in 1940 in the Belgian Congo
Children: Two children, Gary Kline and Coralee (Kline ) Hirst
Conversion: Saved June 11, 1932, at a street evangelistic meeting
1933-1937 Philadelphia School of the Bible
early 1930s Worked at medical publishing house
mid 1930s Involved as a volunteer in youth program of Percy Crawford in Philadelphia
1939 Joined Africa Inland Mission
1940-1945 Served at Aba and Aungba, Belgian Congo, involved in out station work and boy's school
1945-1946 Furlough to United States
1947-1953 Served at Maitulu Ruwenzori, Belgian Congo
1953-1954 Furlough in United States
1954-1957 Worked among the Wanandi, Babuba and pygmy peoples at Oicha, Belgian Congo
1957-1959 Treasurer for the Belgian Congo field, with office at Rethy
1960-1961 Served in Aba, Belgian Congo
1961-1976 Treasurer for the Belgian Congo field, with office at Rethy
1961-1964 Served in Rethy, Belgian Congo
1964 Evacuated with other missionaries to Kenya through Uganda during the conflict in the Congo
1964 Briefly assigned to Eldoret, Kenya
1965 Worked at YMCA in Kisumu, Kenya, for the first half of the year
1965-1966 Furlough to the United States
1966-1976 Served in Rethy, Zaire
1977-1980 Assisted in starting the AIM's work in the Seychelles Islands
1980 Returned to the United States
1980-1982 AIM's representative in the Middle Atlantic States of the United States
1982 Retired with his wife to AIM's media Retirement center in Florida
3.44 Cubic Feet (Audio Tapes, Photo Albums, Photograph)
Language of Materials
Arrangement of Materials
Series: Audio tapes
Arrangement: Chronological in the order in which they were recorded
Date range: Tapes were all recorded January 1993; topics cover the period of 1911-1982
Volume: 7 reels of tape, .14 cubic feet
Geographic coverage: Philadelphia, Congo, Kenya, Seychelles Islands
Type of documents: Oral history interviews
Notes: Stanley Kline was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on January 18-20, 1993, at Africa Inland Mission's retirement center (also known as Media) in Clermont, Florida. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1911-1982.
Series: Photo albums
Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title
Date range: Actual documents are from ca. 1930s to 1999, but the mission careers of the people described cover the 1890s to the 1990s
Volume: 22 folders
Geographic coverage: Central African Republic, Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Type of documents: Photos, magazine or newspaper clippings or Xeroxes of clippings, brief biographic notes
Notes: Stanley Kline, apparently in retirement, kept a visual record of what appears to be all or almost all of the AIM staff from at least the 1930s on, from all the various sending fields, not just the United States. Also included a few African AIC leaders and home staff as well. Pasted onto loose notebook pages in several loose-leaf notebooks are clippings, photographs, programs, typed and handwritten notes and similar material for each missionary. Husbands and wives are together, but if a child of missionaries grew up to become an AIM missionary, they would have their own page. Most of the clippings came from Inland Africa or other AIM publications. Sometimes there is just one or two pictures of a missionary, while in other case there are several pages of pictures, brief texts, and notes apparently by Kline on the AIM worker's biography. This is an extremely valuable record of AIM missionaries.
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Stanley and Carmel Kline in 1993 and 1999.
Accession 93-9, 93-98, 99-70
March 21, 2000
- Africa Inland Church.
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Barnhouse, Donald Grey, 1895-1960.
- Bible -- Study and teaching.
- Boarding schools -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Boarding schools.
- Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.
- Carlson, Paul, 1928-1964.
- Catholic Church -- Missions -- Seychelles.
- Catholic Church -- Missions.
- Catholic Church.
- Children of missionaries -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Children of missionaries.
- Church of the Open Door (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- City missions -- Philadelphia.
- City missions.
- Crawford, Percy B. (Percy Bartimus)
- Cross-cultural studies.
- Davis, Ralph T.
- Depressions -- 1929
- Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
- Evangelicalism -- Catholic Church.
- 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) -- Social conditions.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Social life and customs.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Great Britain
- Great Britain -- Administration.
- Hurlburt, Charles E.
- Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Kenyatta, Jomo.
- Kline, Carmel.
- Kline, Stanley R.
- Language in missionary work.
- MacPherson, Merrill T.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Educational work.
- Missions -- Congo (Democratic Republic).
- Missions -- Finance.
- Missions -- Seychelles.
- Missions, Medical -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Missions, Medical.
- Paul, S. Austin.
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Radio in religion -- United States.
- Radio in religion.
- Rethy Academy (Rethy, Zaire)
- Stam, Harry.
- Stauffacher, Florence P. Minch,
- Stough, Paul Pinney.
- Tribes -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Van Dusen, George C.
- Young People's Church of the Air.
- Youth -- Belgium
- Youth -- Belgium -- Administration.
- Youth -- Belgium -- Colonies
- Youth -- Belgium -- Colonies -- Africa.
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