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Collection 516 Oral History Interview with B. Sam Hart

Identifier: CN 516

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with B. Sam Hart (1931-2012) in which he discusses his childhood; his parents’ work as missionaries in Jamaica; church life in Jamaica; his early preaching efforts; racial tensions and class divisions in Jamaica and witnessing segregation in churches in the United States; education at Gordon College; comparison of congregations in the United States and Jamaica; reflections on radio preaching ministry; thoughts on being named after Berlyn M. Nottage. The time period covered by the interviews is 1931 to 1996.

B. Sam Hart was interviewed by Robert Shuster on June 20, 1996, at Hart's home in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Sound quality throughout the audio recording is poor, and the interviewee is occasionally difficult to hear.


  • Created: 1996

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Biographical Information

Full Name: Berlyn Samuel Iles Hart

Birth Date: April 8, 1931, New York City

Death Date: January 19, 2012


Parents: Arthur Iles Hart and Doris C. (Miller) Hart

Siblings: Four brothers (Arthur Jr., Charles), five sisters

Marital Status: Married to Joyce, June 1951

Children: Bradley (deceased), Anthony, and three others

Conversion: At the age of eleven


ca 1943-1948 - Jamaica College (private boarding school)

ca 1949 - Gordon College, Boston, Massachusetts


ca. 1945 - Began preaching

1961 - Founded the Grand Old Gospel Fellowship

1962 - Started the Grand Old Gospel Hour on radio

1967 - Founded the Arthur and Doris Hart Children's Home in Jamaica along with two of his brothers

Other significant information:

1932-1948 Grew up in Clowmill, Jamaica


2 Audio Tapes

91 Minutes

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