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Interviews with Paul Henry Bartel - Collection 453

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Paul Henry Bartel

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection

Brief Description.
One oral history interview in which Bartel describes his parents' work in China with orphans, his own childhood in that country, his conversion, and stories from his long career as a missionary.
Vol: 2 Reels of Audio Tape

Collection 453
[March 27, 2006]
Bartel, Paul Henry; 1904-2001
Interview; 1991

2 Reels of Audio Tape

Restrictions: None


Full name: Paul Henry Bartel (Rev)

Birth date: July 19, 1904, in Tamingfu, Hopei, China

Death date: June 25, 2001

Parents: Henry Cornelius and Nellie Schmidt Bartel, independent missionaries in China
Siblings: Loyal, Joseph (died young of small pox), Agnes, Jonathan
Marital Status: Married to Ina Birkey, January 1, 1931
Children: Robert, Carol

Conversion: At age ten

Denominational affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

1946 M.A., University of Chicago
1962 B.Div, Fuller Theological Seminary

1932-1960 Missionary, Lungtan, China (on the borders of Szechwan, Kweichow, Hunan, and Hupeh provinces)
1960-19?? Teacher, Canadian Bible College, Saskatchewan, Canada
Church planter, Chinese C&MA churches in Canada
Founder of the Winter Conferences for Chinese students in Canada
19?? Head, China Alliance Press, Hong Kong

Other significant information:
1946 M.A. Thesis: The Chinese Bible, being a historical survey of its translation, University of Chicago, 1946
1962 B.Div. Thesis: The use of literature in the Protestant missionary enterprise among the Chinese people, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1962

Scope and Content

Paul Henry Bartel was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 26, 1991, at the office of the Billy Graham Center Archives. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1904-1945.

T1 (80 minutes). Bartel's parents and their missionary work in China, where they started an independent mission, especially among orphans; his early remembrances of growing up in China, strong prayer life of father, the Boxer uprising and its aftermath, schooling experiences, his own conversion, high school at a Holiness Mission school, involvement in literature publication, Bibles in standard Chinese and Mandarin versions, returning to the States for college, seminary, and missionary training institute; affect of World War I on missionaries in China

T2 (15 minutes). Culture shock returning to the United States, community revival led to support of missions, memories of Chiang Kai-Shek and Feng Yu-hsiang, influence of parents on his own missionary work.


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center Archives by Paul H. Bartel in November 1991.

Accession 91-107
February 17, 1998
Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Accession: 91-107
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 80 minutes. One side. Interview with Paul H. Bartel by Robert Shuster, November 27, 1991 (change in speed at beginning and end of side one on the cassette copy).

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 15 minutes. One side. Continuation of interview with Paul H. Bartel by Robert Shuster, November 27, 1991.

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