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Collection 392 Oral History Interviews with Dorothy J. Mainhood

Identifier: CN 392

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Dorothy Jane Mainhood in which she describes her childhood, conversion, spiritual growth, education at Wheaton College, call to be a missionary, and work in Thailand for Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Other topics discussed include Mainhood’s medical training, language study in Thailand, Thai people and culture, regional differences in Thailand, the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Thailand, religious syncretism, church-state relations, characteristics of Christian churches in Thailand, home churches, evangelism, Thai attitudes towards converts, Christian discipleship, American misconceptions of Thailand, medical care in Thailand, interpersonal relationships in mission work, and the issues of being single while serving in foreign mission work. The time period covered by the interviews is 1931-1988.

Dorothy Jane Mainhood was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on May 12 and 13, 1988 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1988

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full name: Dorothy Jane Mainhood

Birth date: April 15, 1931 Birth place: Coleman, Michigan

Parents: William W. and Adda Rae Wheeler Mainhood

Conversion: 1949

Marital Status: Single


Hurley Hospital School of Medicine, 1952

BS, Wheaton College (Nursing), 1956

MA, Hartford Seminary Foundation (Linguistics), 1968

MA, Wheaton College Graduate School (Missions/Intercultural), 1988


Missionary internship (church work): Detroit, MI, 1956-1957

Missionary nurse for Overseas Missionary Fellowship in Manorom, Central Thailand, 1957-1966

OMF language supervisor, Bangkok, Thailand, 1968-1987

Lopburi Learning Center, Lopburi, Thailand, 1988-


4.00 Audio Tapes

214 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Dorothy Mainhood in May 1988.

Accession 88-47, 88-53

May 16, 1995

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

K. Cox

Collection 392 Oral History Interviews with Dorothy J. Mainhood
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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