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Collection 284 Oral History Interview with Gladys Wright

Identifier: CN 284

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Gladys Lyle Wright (1902-1994), in which she discusses her work as a teacher in Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo). Topics discussed include: Wright's family background, education at Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute, her work as a missionary in the Belgian Congo for the Africa Inland Mission, memories of the Congolese people and culture, and her experiences at Wheaton when she was on the staff of the College after retriring from the mission field.The time period covered by the interview is 1902 to 1973.

Gladys Lyle Wright was interviewed by Wheaton undergraduate student Sheryl O'Bryan on November 7 and 28, 1984 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1984

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Gladys Lyle Wright was born July 19, 1902, the daughter of Raymond W. and Katherine Bughee Wright of Deep River, Connecticut. In 1920 she began attending Middlebury College in Vermont. Her father died while she was a freshman. In 1922 she transferred to Wheaton College. She graduated with an A.B. in English in 1924. She then attended Moody Bible Institute from September 1926 until July 1927. After attending Moody, she joined the Africa Inland Mission and was sent to Aba in the Belgian Congo in 1929. She lived there five years, during which she ran a school for young Christian girls. Poor health forced her return to the United States in 1934.

After recovering her health, she taught for a while in South Carolina and then returned to Wheaton in 1942 to run the College's Mimeograph Services and to teach piano in Conservatory. She retired in 1973, after twice receiving awards for outstanding service. After retirement, she continued to live in Wheaton. She died January 18, 1994.


3.00 Audio Tapes

169 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Gladys Wright in December, 1984.

Acc. 84-129, 84-141

February 16, 1990

Robert Shuster

Collection 284 Oral History Interview with Gladys Wright
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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