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Collection 169 Oral History Interviews with Harold Paul Adolph


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Title: Collection 169 Oral History Interviews with Harold Paul Adolph, 1932-1981Add to your cart.

ID: CN/169

Extent: 2.0 Audio Tapes. More info below.

Subjects: Adolph, Harold Paul., Amharic language., Animism, Animism - Ethiopia., Children., Children. - Religious life., Children of missionaries., China Inland Mission., Chinese, Chinese - Missions., Christian and Missionary Alliance - Missions, Christian and Missionary Alliance - Missions - China., Christian and Missionary Alliance - Missions - Ethiopia., Christian education, Christian education - United States., Christianity and other religions, Christianity and other religions - Islam, Christian Medical Society., Church and social problems., Church and state, Church and state - Ethiopia., Communism, Communism - China., Communism - Ethiopia., Conversion., Coptic Church., Culture shock., Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967., Education, Higher, Education, Higher - United States., Ethiopia, Ethiopia - History, Ethiopia - History - Revolution, 1974., Ethiopia - Religion, Evangelicalism., Evangelistic work, Evangelistic work - China, Evangelistic work - China - History, Evangelistic work - China - History - 1937-1945., Evangelistic work - China - History - Civil War, 1945-1949., Evangelistic work - China., Evangelistic work - Ethiopia., Haile Selassie, Indigenous church administration, Indigenous church administration - Ethiopia., Islam, Islam - Christianity., Leprosy., Medical care, Medical care - Ethiopia., Missionaries, Missionaries' spouses., Missionaries - Appointment, call, and election., Missionaries - Leaves and furloughs., Missionaries - Training of, Missionaries - Training of - United States., Missionaries - United States., Missions, Medical, Missions, Medical - Ethiopia., Missions to Muslims, Missions to Muslims - Ethiopia., Muslims, Muslims - Ethiopia., Narramore Christian Foundation., Persecution, Persecution - Ethiopia., Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945., Sudan Interior Mission., Tribes, Tribes - Ethiopia., Wheaton College (Ill.), World War, 1939-1945.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Oral History Interview with Harold Paul Adolph(1932- ), in which Adolph discusses his boyhood in China as the son of missionaries with China Inland Mission, conditions in China, his education at Wheaton College, medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, decision to become a missionary, and his ministry in Ethiopia as a medical missionary in African with Sudan Interior Mission; American missions in Ethiopia; family life on the mission field, and work with the Christian Medical Society. The time period covered by the interviews is 1932-1981.

Harold Adolph wsa interviewed by Wheaton College student Daniel Mercer on January 14 and 21, 1981.

Collection Historical Note

Missionary doctor; born in China in 1932 to American missionary parents; after being educated as a doctor in the United States, went with his family to Ethiopia, where he served as a medical missionary; returned to the United States in 1974 because of the Communist revolution.

Subject/Index Terms

Adolph, Harold Paul.
Amharic language.
Animism - Ethiopia.
Children. - Religious life.
Children of missionaries.
China Inland Mission.
Chinese - Missions.
Christian and Missionary Alliance - Missions
Christian and Missionary Alliance - Missions - China.
Christian and Missionary Alliance - Missions - Ethiopia.
Christian education
Christian education - United States.
Christianity and other religions
Christianity and other religions - Islam
Christian Medical Society.
Church and social problems.
Church and state
Church and state - Ethiopia.
Communism - China.
Communism - Ethiopia.
Coptic Church.
Culture shock.
Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967.
Education, Higher
Education, Higher - United States.
Ethiopia - History
Ethiopia - History - Revolution, 1974.
Ethiopia - Religion
Evangelistic work
Evangelistic work - China
Evangelistic work - China - History
Evangelistic work - China - History - 1937-1945.
Evangelistic work - China - History - Civil War, 1945-1949.
Evangelistic work - China.
Evangelistic work - Ethiopia.
Haile Selassie
Indigenous church administration
Indigenous church administration - Ethiopia.
Islam - Christianity.
Medical care
Medical care - Ethiopia.
Missionaries' spouses.
Missionaries - Appointment, call, and election.
Missionaries - Leaves and furloughs.
Missionaries - Training of
Missionaries - Training of - United States.
Missionaries - United States.
Missions, Medical
Missions, Medical - Ethiopia.
Missions to Muslims
Missions to Muslims - Ethiopia.
Muslims - Ethiopia.
Narramore Christian Foundation.
Persecution - Ethiopia.
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945.
Sudan Interior Mission.
Tribes - Ethiopia.
Wheaton College (Ill.)
World War, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Repository: Billy Graham Center Archives

Accruals: The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Harold Adolph in January 1981.

Alternate Extent Statement: 158 minutes

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

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Series 1: Audio TapesAdd to your cart.
Tape 1: T1. Oral History Interview with Harold P. Adolph, 14 January 1981Add to your cart.

(62 minutes). Decision to go to China; growing up in China; "All of China was poor"; work of Adolph's father in China; leaving China in 1940; the effect of mission life on children; rebellion among missionary children; advantages of being a missionary's child; disadvantages; culture shock; missionary kids in national schools; importance of furloughs for the missionary family; pre-furlough blues; planning the furlough; culture shock; ancestry and family; Sino-Japanese war; life in occupied China; losing everything; returning to China in 1948; condition of China after the war; spiritual condition of China in 1948; leaving China for the last time; decision to attend Wheaton; activities at Wheaton; special services at Wheaton; V. Raymond Edman; changes in Wheaton College over the years; effect of the years spent at Wheaton on Adolph's dedication to mission work; marriage; medical school at the University of Pennsylvania; preparation for medical school; choosing a mission board; preparation for the mission field. Reel-to-reel audio recording, 3-3/4 ips.

Audio recording for T1

Tape 2: T2. Oral History Interview with Harold P. Adolph, 21 January 1981Add to your cart.

(96 minutes). Preparation after medical school; work in the Canal Zone; types of medical problem in the Canal Zone; leprosy; joining the Sudan Interior Mission; arrival in Africa; first impressions of Ethiopia; the Woleyte tribe; Satanic activity in the area; physical characteristics of the area; patients at Soddo Mission Hospital; foot diseased; introduction to Soddo Mission Hospital; Nathan Barlow; construction of the hospital; hospital staff; opportunities to preach the Gospel; relations with government; opinion of Haile Selassie; effect of the conflict in Eritrea; languages of Ethiopia; Amharic; obtaining water and other necessities; food supply; spare time activities; jealousies; working relations with other missionaries; fellowship with other missionaries and with Africans; historical development of American missions in Ethiopia; religious composition of Ethiopia; activities of Christians; relations between American missionaries and Coptic Christians; conversion of Moslems; presentation of the Gospel to animists; training of local church leaders; personal illness that required greater dependence on God; miracles; contact with Ethiopians since the return to the United States; persecution of Christians in Ethiopia; problems of the church in Ethiopia; Woleylen evangelists; changes in the hospital over the years; plans for building a new hospital; story of Ato Bogala; animal husbandry; adaption of the Adolph's children to Ethiopia; causes of the revolution in Ethiopia; results of the revolution; conflicts with university students; impact of the revolution; comparison with other Marxist revolutions; land reform; attitude of elite groups to Haile Selassie; return to the United States; work with the Christian Medical Society. Reel-to-reel audio recording, 3-3/4 ips

Audio recording for T2

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