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Papers of Laura Isabelle "Belle" Barr - Collection 481

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions


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

Lists of Audio Tapes, Negatives, Photo Albums, Photographs, and Slides in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
    Photo Albums
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Box List)


Audio file and written transcript for T1

Audio file and written transcript for T2

Audio file and written transcript for T3

Audio file and written transcript for T4

Audio file and written transcript for T5

Audio file and written transcript for T6

Collection 481 [March 22, 2004]
Barr, Laura Isabelle “Belle”; 1914-2003
Papers; 1930-1993
2 boxes (DC), audio tapes, negatives, photograph albums, photographs, slides (1.15 cubic feet)

Brief Description: Papers and oral history interview of Laura Isabelle “Belle” Barr missionary with Africa Inland Mission to the Lugbara people of northeast Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and the West Nile District of Uganda. Collection includes correspondence, diaries, articles, clippings, oral history interviews, photograph albums, photographs, prayer letters, radio broadcasts, and slides.

Restrictions: None


Full name

Laura Isabelle “Belle” Barr


August 28, 1914, Quincy, Illinois


March 15, 2003, Clermont, Florida




Russell T. Barr (1875-1960) and Mary Winn Barr (1878-1925)



Older brother and sister, Winn (Baptist pastor), Lila (married James Propst of AIM)


Marital Status

Not married


At a Rodney “Gipsy” Smith evangelistic meeting, September 25, 1930




Bible Institute of Pennsylvania (evening school)



Columbia Bible College, South Carolina (graduated)



Booth Memorial Hospital, New York City, one-year nursing course for missionary candidates




Worked as a nurse at the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital



Applied to and was accepted by Africa Inland Mission


1938-ca. 1940

Worked at a Salvation Army hospital in Cleveland, Ohio



Attended the Wycliffe Summer Institute of Linguistics, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas



Worked at Bendix Aviation Corporation



Attended the Wycliffe Summer Institute of Linguistics, Muscogee, Oklahoma


February 1944

Sailed to the Belgian Congo with the supported by the Church of the Open Door, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



1st term. Girls’ work (a home and school for girls) and learning the Lugbara language in Aru, Belgian Congo






2nd term. Continued girls’ work. Participated in the translation of the Old Testament and revision of the New Testament. Lived in the Lugbara area of both Uganda and Congo






3rd term. Involved again in girls’ work. Moved to Mvara near Arua, Uganda on December 31, 1960 then to Ringili near Kuluva to continue typing the Lugbara Bible manuscript which was finished in 1963.






4th term. In Ringili, Uganda proof reading the whole Lugbara Bible (1½ years) which was completed in 1967 (first shipment of Bibles arrive later that year). Works on a language project (analysis of tone and meaning) until 1970. Also taught in the Diocesan Training Centre in Ringili.






5th term. Continues teaching in the Diocesan Training Centre, doing women’s and village work, and her language project. Ringili, Uganda






6th term. Same responsibilities as during 5th term. Ringili, Uganda



Retired to AIM Media retirement center in Clermont, Florida

Other significant information

As a child of 2 or 3 family moved to Germantown, Pennsylvania

Grandparents: Thomas C. Winn & Lila Willard Winn were Presbyterian missionary to Japan. Laura’s mother was a teacher in Japan

Grew up in a Presbyterian Church

Began attending the Church of the Open Door (was a charter member of church) in 1936

[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation “folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]

Scope and Content

Series: Audio Tapes
Arrangement: Oral history interviews (T1-6) and radio broadcasts (T12-17) grouped together respectively. Tapes T10-T17 in chronological order.
Date Range: 1914-1993
Volume: 17 tapes
Geographic coverage: Belgian Congo, Uganda
Type of documents: Oral history interviews, reports, radio interviews and broadcasts

Laura Isabelle Barr was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on January 20 and 22, 1993, at her home in AIM Media retirement center in Clermont, Florida. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1914-1981.

T1 (70 minutes). Family background; maternal grandparents were missionaries in Japan; describes mother and maternal grandfather; conversion at a “Gipsy” Smith meeting; attends meetings at Keswick Conference; Columbia Bible College; decides to become a missionary; desire to go to Kenya; applies to Africa Inland Mission; work experience at Bendix Aviation Corporation; Rev. Merrill T. MacPherson, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, Philadelphia; Wycliffe Summer Institutes of Linguistics; travels to Africa via Lisbon; translation work; first impressions of the Congo; arrival and travel in the Congo to the mission station at Aru; impressions of Aru; girls work; false charges against her by Congolese; 1960 evacuation from Congo to Arua, Uganda; British and Foreign Bible Society attitude towards Wycliffe; Barr told not to lead translation work.

T2 (65 minutes). Translation committee, difficulty in translating some Bible verses and books, sermons by African believers, the 1954 rebellion and evacuation, Mau-Maus, Africa Inland Mission (AIM) missionaries Lila (Laura’s sister) and James Propst, death of AIM missionary Charles Propst (brother of James), Austin and Betty Paul (AIM), African church leaders (Noa, Yohana, and others), relationship with the Catholic and Anglican Church, coup of Idi Amin, working relationship with Church of Uganda, translation and proofing the Lugbara Bible text, Idi Amin, Festo Kivengere (Anglican Bishop of Uganda), East Africa revival and AIM reaction to it, ouster of Idi Amin, experiences while fleeing Uganda and later return, description of incursion of guerrilla soldiers and killing of Ugandans at Ringili, assistance of Paul Dean (British engineer).

T3 (45 minutes). Relocates to Kuluva because of the killings by the guerrilla soldiers, Uganda troubles, evacuation by the United Nations forces, returns to the U. S., spends a year with her brother Winn while his wife Evelyn was dying, retires to AIM Media Center, compares transition to national authority in Congo and Uganda, describes church meetings in both countries, music in church worship, polygamy and problems related to it, church discipline, idols and animism, works under AIM field directors George C. Van Dusen and John G. Boyce, short-term workers and other changes in mission work, missionary preparation, splits in the Church of the Open Door, remembrances of difficult time in mission work, thoughts on being a single woman.

T4 (20 minutes). Description of the James Propst, his wife, Lila (Laura’s sister) and seven children (six of whom returned to Africa as missionaries); Clo Propst (James’ mother); Henrietta Propst (wife of Charles Propst); Propst family reunion; Laura’s prayer letters (had to be careful in what she wrote); AIM policy of not paying ransom for hostages; physical hardships of having to leave Uganda for Congo when the Tanzanian army invaded Uganda to drive out Idi Amin; lists spiritual blessings of her life with the Lord.

Tapes 5 & 6 contain an interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by her nephew, David Rowland, on November 9, 1981, at the home of David and Martha Rowland in Baltimore. Evelyn Rebecca Dyke [sp?], Laura’s sister-in-law, interrupts periodically with questions and comments. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1930-1980.

Tape 5 (149 minutes). Conversion; call to missions; family background; missionary with Africa Inland Mission; travels to Aru, Belgian Congo to learn the language of the Lugbara people; girl’s work; dress of native women; translation work of the Bible into Lugbara under the auspices of the British and Foreign Bible Society; translates all of the Old Testament and re-translates the New Testament; completed translation of Lugbara Bible; Congo independence; threatened with imprisonment; exodus from Congo to Uganda; sells Bibles, writes, teaches, translates hymns; recites John 3:16 and sings choruses in Lugbara; political situation in Uganda in 1960 and 1980; the church in the West Nile District; Idi Amin’s expansion into Tanzania and resulting problems; leaves Uganda because of war and later returns; events of the fall of 1980; the massacre at Ringili, West Nile, on October 15, 1980 by guerrilla soldiers (see diary in folder 1-10).

Tape 6 (19 minutes). Events after the massacre at Ringili, departed under the protection of United Nation troops; return to the USA; relocation of national Christians to Zaire and Sudan; reports on situation in Uganda (1981); reflection on 37 years in Uganda.

Tape 7 (35 minutes). Message given by Laura Barr at a church in Laurel, Maryland on March 8, 1981. In this tape she describes the massacre at Ringili, Uganda in 1980 and how it illustrates God’s care. Importance of Bible memorization, quotes Psalms 103 and uses it to describe God’s faithfulness and provisions, gives a brief summary of the work in Africa, events of October 1980 leading up to and including the massacre at Ringili, visits AIM missionary Zola Smith, travels to Bondo under military force, feeds guerrilla soldier, her capture, murder of 10 men and boys and wounding of 5 at Ringili, arrival of Paul Dean who transported the wounded to a hospital, destruction in West Nile district, reports on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Tape 8 (45 minutes). Laura Barr gave this message at the AIM Media retirement center in Clermont, Florida in April 1981. The events described cover the time period October and November1980. Describes the massacre at Ringili (similar to content of Tape 7), missionaries Canon Seton & Peggy Maclure, Joy Grindey, and Maureen Moore, arrival of United Nation’s troops, leaves Africa, story of two little African boys who lost their father and brother in the massacre, reflections of 36 years in Africa.

Tape 9 (25 minutes). Interview of Laura Barr on radio station WRBS “Baltimore Speaks Out,” October 1982. This interview was taped over another program which can be periodically heard softly in the background. Barr gives a brief summary of her work in Africa and the events leading up to, including, and after the massacre in October 1980.

Tape 10 (60 minutes). Joy Grindey reports the events each day during June 19-26, 1981 of her experiences in Uganda during the time of troubles (looting, killings) by mutinous Uganda soldiers including the massacre at Ombachi. A Sister Paula speaks for a few minutes near at the end of the tape sending greeting to various missionaries. For additional information on the massacre see the newspaper clipping dated July 3, 1981 in folder 1-3 and for a summary of the cassette see Grindey’s report in folder 1-11.

Tape 11 (24 minutes). Interview of Peter Stam (AIM American Home Council Director) on radio station WRBS, Baltimore, Focus on Issues program, March 20, 1982, by Dick Beady and Walter Hill of International Media Service. Short biographical sketch of Stam’s life given at the beginning. Stam answers question about impact of relief work in various areas of Africa, killings in West Nile District, Uganda, Marksism, Africa Inland Church, influence of Muslims, need for missionaries in the future and church leadership for hundreds of new converts, training of missionaries.

Tape 12 (95 minutes). Recording made from a radio broadcast (poor quality) of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled Focus on Africa. Various reports on the invasion of the West Nile District, Uganda, killings, destruction of villages, capture and later release of missionaries, including Barr, Ugandan troops crossing the borders into Zaire and Sudan. Comments by Barr and another missionary heard periodically throughout the tape indicating that some of the broadcasts were make on October 26, 30, 31 and November 7, 1980. At 21 minutes the BBC reports end and sacred music begins and continues on side 2.

Note Tapes 13-17 were copied from radio broadcasts of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on World Map Tape Outreach audio cassettes.

Tape 13 (95 minutes). Almost all of the tape contains news reports and agricultural programs interspersed with music which were broadcasted in the Lugbara language in July 1978. There is about five minutes of Voice of America reports in English at thirty minutes into Side 2 of the tape.

Tape 14 (95 minutes). Most of the tape contains news reports and agricultural programs interspersed with music which were broadcasted in the Lugbara language in September and October 1978. There are English news reports on Side 1 and an English language church service.

Tape 15 (90 minutes). Most of the tape contains news reports and agricultural programs interspersed with music which were broadcasted in the Lugbara language in October 1978. There is a 10 minute English news report at the beginning of Side 2. Then Lugbara

Tape 16 (90 minutes). Ten minutes of side 1 contain Lugbara language news reports followed by an English language church service. On side 2 there are Lugbara and English news reports. October 1978.

Tape 17 (90 minutes). Entire tape contains English language news reports from the UBC and BBC. Most reports are about the invasion of Uganda by Tanzanian troops in 1979. Side 1 has a 25 minutes of reports on missionary work in Brazil and Africa.


Series: Paper Records
Arrangement: Alphabetical, folder titles created by the archivist except for folders 1-12, 2-1, 5 which Barr provided.
Date Range: 1930-1993
Volume: 0.75 cubic feet
Boxes: 2
Geographic coverage: Congo, Uganda, United States
Type of documents: Articles, correspondence, diaries, notebooks, photo albums, photographs, prayer letters, publications,
Correspondents: Laura Barr, Winn Barr, Paul Dean, Joy Grindey, Stanley & Carmel Kline, Canon Seton & Peggy Maclure, Maureen Moore, Henrietta Propst, Lila Barr Propst, Zola Smith
Subjects: Political situation after Congo’s independence and after the fall of Idi Amin of Uganda as it affected missionaries. The Mau Mau situation in the Belgian Congo. Lugbara customs and beliefs. AIM work and life in Congo and Uganda.
Notes: The prayer letters in folder 2-3 were arranged by Barr according to the term she was on the field. All except a few written in 1960 have a roman numeral and number at the top indicating Barr’s missionary term and order they were mailed. Some other letters are interspersed between these letters. Several letters describe the situation after Congo gained independence in 1960. The letter of January 2, 1981 describe the massacre at Ringili, West Nile District, Uganda on October 15, 1980. Additional information about this event is in Barr’s diary (folder 1-10) and the clippings file (folder 1-3). Some of Barr’s personal correspondence for the years 1958-1960 in folder 1-6 have been marked in magic marker indicating the sections of the letters in which she writes about the political and military situations, district work and converts, and the Lugbara Bible translation work. In this folder there is a draft of a letter Laura wrote on February 10, 1931 in which she described her conversion at a Gypsy Smith meeting. Additional information about her conversion is on a 1930 note dated, Thursday, Sept. 25th in folder 1-11.

Barr’s diary in folder 1-9 gives insight of her work from before she went to the mission field until almost the end of her second term. Some information is about Barr’s work with Lugbara girls, reports on trips to villages, reflections on her love for Africa and the African people (see entry for November 12, 1948). Another diary in folder 1-10 covers the years 1979-1980 and includes the invasion of Uganda by Tanzania, civil war in Uganda, massacre at Ringili, evacuation from mission station, notes for her last message to the Kuluva church.

A loose leaf notebook in folder 2-1 includes statistics on converts and village trips, prayer letter of others, correspondence & articles, reports (personal, financial, field), Lugbara choruses and language notes, and a brief history (in English) of the situation in Aru (1954-1955). Folder 1-12 contains a spiral bound notebook with information on Lugbara customs such as marriage, pregnancy, divorce, death, tooth-pulling, sickness, and devil and spirit possession. Over twenty “testimonies of natives,” (folder 2-5) which Barr wrote, gives their family background and steps in their spiritual journey. A 1948 report of the girls’ work and several pages on native customs are also in the folder.

Articles Laura wrote for AIM’s publication Inland Africa are in folder 1-1. A few of the titles are: “Some Figures that Speak,” “The Bible for the Lugbara,” “A Blood-Marked Hut in Lugbaraland, the story of Neema Edrotia” (see slides S34-S37), and “A Night in the Bush” which includes Barr’s typewritten draft.

A six page document titled, “Outline of my life, thus far!” written by Barr in 1993 is in folder 2-2. Barr’s AIM commissioning certificate in folder 1-4 designating her “a minister of the Gospel for missionary service.” Folder 1-2 contains materials related to the Church of the Open Door including Barr’s certificate as a Charter Member of the church (includes a history of the church and a list of all charter members), correspondence, church missionary prayer letters, and Barr’s notes for presentations at the church mission conferences.

Letters Barr received are in folders 1-7 & 1-8. All but two letters in folder 1-7 were written from 1980-1986 after she retired from missionary work. Some of those who wrote include AIM missionaries Stanley & Carmel Kline and Zola Smith, and Maureen Moore, Canon Seton & Peggy Maclure, Joy Grindey, Paul Dean, and Barr’s brother, Winn Barr. Letters from her sister, Lila Propst, some of Lila’s daughters, and Lila’s sister-in-law, Henrietta Propst in folder 1-8 provide information on the Mau Mau situation Kenya in the 1950s. Her acceptance by AIM is recorded in a letter dated May 10, 1938 (folder 1-7).

Clippings (mostly newspaper) in folder 1-3 cover events in Uganda during the times of unrest and civil war in the 1980s. A miscellaneous file (folder 1-11) contains notes (including details of Barr’s conversion), poems written by Barr, information on the Lugbara people and Lugbara Bible, history of the Aru situation (1954-1955), and a summary of Joy Grindey’s cassette report (audio tape T10). Circular letters of the Congo Protestant Council in folder 1-5 contain reports and statistical information of missionary work. The letters of July 26, August 10 and 19, 1960 provide information on the persecution and evacuation of Christians after the independence of the Belgian Congo.

Folder 2-4 contains mostly AIM and Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association publications. An article written by Canon Seton Maclure “Report of the Lugbara Bible Translation Committee” is in the Sept.-Oct. 1962 issue of Inland Africa along with an envelope containing a typewritten draft of the article. One interesting and helpful booklet titled, “GO,” contains maps which show locations of tribes, parishes and church leaders (Anglican), etc. in the West Nile District of Uganda.

Folder 2-6 contains information about the Uganda’s West Nile District (WND) including an article about the opening of mission work by Edith Gardner titled, “Extract from ‘African Travels,’” four reports written in January 1981, and a history of the church written possibly in Lugbara.



The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Laura Isabelle Barr in January, February, May, June, and August 1993 and November 1994.

Accession: 93-12, 93-23, 93-29, 93-42, 93-72, 93-84, 93-92, 94-88
March 22, 2004
Wayne D. Weber

Accession: 93-12, 93-23, 93-92
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

Interviews by Paul Ericksen (T1-T4) were originally recorded on three cassette tapes which were later transferred to four reel-to-reel tapes on one side only at 3-3/4 ips.









70 min


Interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by Paul A. Ericksen. Continues on T2

Jan. 20, 1993



65 min


Continuation of interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by Paul A. Ericksen from T1

Jan. 20, 1993



45 min


Continuation of interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by Paul A. Ericksen from T2

Jan. 20, 1993



20 min


Interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by Paul A. Ericksen

Jan. 22, 1993



95 min


Interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by David Rowland. Continues on T6

Nov. 9, 1981



17 min


Continuation of interview of Laura Isabelle Barr by David Rowland from T5

Nov. 9, 1981



35 min


Laura Isabelle Barr message given at a church in Laurel, Maryland

March 8, 1981



45 min


Laura Isabelle Barr’s message given at AIM Media retirement center, Clermont, Florida

April 1981



25 min


Interview of Laura Isabelle Barr on radio station WRBS, “Baltimore Speaks Out”

Oct. 1982



95 min


BBC, Voice of America, and Uganda Broadcasting Corportion (UBC) radio reports in English and Lugbara

July 1978



95 min


BBC and UBC radio reports in English and Lugbara

Oct. 1978



90 min


BBC and UBC radio reports in English and Lugbara

Oct. 1978



90 min


BBC and UBC radio reports in English and Lugbara

Oct. 1978



90 min


BBC and UBC radio reports in English




95 min


British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio reports Focus on Africa

Oct. & Nov. 1980



60 min


Report of Joy Grindey’s experiences in Uganda

June 1981



24 min


Interview of Peter Stam on radio station WRBS Baltimore, Focus on Issues program

March 20, 1982


Accession: 93-23
Type of material: Negatives

The following items are located in the NEGATIVE FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below. All the negatives are black and white, unless otherwise noted. 

BARR, LAURA ISABELLE. 1 b&w. Negative of Laura Isabelle Barr which is the same as the photo of her on page three in Photo Album I, ca. 1945.


Accession: 93-23
Type of material: Photo Albums

The following items are located in the PHOTO ALBUM FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

BARR, LAURA ISABELLE. PHOTO ALBUM I. 64 b&w, 1 colorized. Cover page title: “Congo Glimpses by Laura Isabelle Barr, Africa Inland Mission, Aru, Congo Belge.” There are descriptive notes for each photo and some photos are missing from the album. Titles for the eight sections of the album are: My House, The Aru Church, My Girls, Village Trips, Village Natives “snapped” at Aru Station, Miscellaneous Glimpses, In Pigmy-Land The Ituri Forest, Those who “sat in darkness have seen great light.” Photos of some individuals include missionaries Lester & Myra Lou Harris, Ralph & Rudy Cole, and Muriel Schauer. There are also photos of Congo pastors Andarea (Andrea) of Aru, Yohana (John) of Adi, and Noa (Noah) of Adja. Other individuals are Oka (chief of the Lubgaras), Musa (a medical worker), Filipo (boy’s school teacher), and Natana (head teacher at boy’s school). Also included are photos of baptism. There were 12 b&w loose photos and 1 negative which have been placed in Photo File: Barr, Laura Isabelle. The negative is of the photo of Barr on the third page. The pages have been encapsulated to prevent photos from falling out. The album has a paper cover, is bound with a lace, and measures 10"x 13." 1946.

BARR, LAURA ISABELLE. PHOTO ALBUM II. 571 b&w. The first few pages contain photos taken in Lisbon, Portugal, and the last few with photos taken in England. There are a few photos of what appears to be Laura’s family in Kentucky. The rest of the album shows the mission work in Congo including photos of natives, village like, baptisms, and missionaries including: James & Lila Propst, “Mother” Propst, Dr. & Mrs. Carl Becker, Ralph & Ruby Cole, Mr. & Mrs. Camp, Zola Smith, Stanley & Carmel Kline, Carlton Booth, Ralph Davis, Aru staff Christmas 1948, John & Mabel Buyse, and others. Also included are photos of Oka (chief of the Lugbaras), Chief Luka, Elisa Wadri (former leader in the work), Pete (chief of Aru territory), Ejia (see slides S14-S25), Neema (see S34-S37), and Tokora (see S33). There are a few memorabilia items from Barr’s trip on the HMS Queen Mary and flight on British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). There are descriptive notes for each photo and some are missing from the album. There were 7 loose b&w photos and an envelope containing 27 b&w photos in the album which have been placed in Photo File: Barr, Laura Isabelle. The pages have been encapsulated to prevent photos from falling out. The album has a brown, hardback cover, is bound with a lace, and measures 10"x 13." 1944-1949.


Accession: 93-23
Type of material: Photographs

The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

BARR, LAURA ISABELLE. 47 b&w. Loose photographs which were in Photo Album: Barr, Laura Isabelle I & II. Photos are of mostly groups of Africans, village buildings, women carrying baskets on their head, girls sewing class, small boats which Barr possibly traveled on, large group at the 1950 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Missionary Conference, wedding of Winn Barr, Laura Barr and the Jim & Lily (Barr) Propst family, Rev. John & Dr. Josephine “Jo” Dobson and children, and individual photos of Laura Barr one in her nurses uniform and one in a graduation cap and gown, ca. 1935-1965.


Accession: 93-72
Type of material: Slides

The following items are located in the SLIDE FILE. All of the slides are in color, unless otherwise noted.


On each slide are captions which were written by Barr. These are indicated below in quotation marks. Additional information supplied by Barr but not on the slides is also given.

S1 - “Alfred Kuntz & Glenn Wagner,” with conference group.

S2 - “Mr. Alfred Kuntz & Glenn Wagner,” with conference group.

S3 - “Dr. [Howard] Ferrin, Carlton Booth & Ralph Davis.”

S4 - “Bob & Lillian Davis with his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Ralph Davis, Aru ‘55 after International Conf. at Kijabe” Kenya.

S5 - “Aunt Mabel & John Buyse from Sudan on a visit to Aru.”

S6 - “Rosemary Hayes, Aru” Belgian Congo.

S7 - “Jack Litchman”and a small child.

S8 - “Pete & Edythe Brachler.”

S9 - “Austin & Betty Paul & L. Barr.”

S10 - “Aru staff after the rebellion, Jan. 55-June 56. Brills & Pauls & L. Barr.” Roy and Kitty Brill, Austin and Betty Paul.

S11 - “Harrises, Potiers, Marian Settles, L. Barr, & Muriel Schauer. Aru staff, early in the ‘50.” Bill and Marty Potiers.

S12 - “CBC at general conf. ‘59. Columbia Bible College group (alumni).” Raymond and Sarah Stauffacher, Larry and Carolyn Brown, Claudon Stauffacher, Evelyn Camp, and Laura Barr.

S13 - “At gen. conf. ‘63 (Jan.). Wards, Faulkners, Klines, & Barr). Bob and Sylvia Ward and children, Alica and Ray Faulkner, Stanley and Carmel Kline, and Laura Barr.

S14 - “Ejia as I found him “What shall I do?””

S15-16 “Ejia.”

S17 - “Ejia & Marian Settles.”

S18 - “Ejia & L. Barr.”

S19 - “Another visit at the cook-house “door,”” Ejia.

S20 - No caption, similar to S19.

S21 - No caption. Ejia with an unidentified missionary and other natives.

S22 - No caption. Ejia and an unidentified missionary.

S23 - “Ejia. Getting ready for his last meeting. A much needed wash. To go to a mtg. to hear God’s Word! ‘51.”

S24 - Ejia, “Unable to walk so I had him carried to the conference mtg, ‘51.”

S25 - Ejia, “Enjoying the meeting in Mr. H’s pajama pants wh. we took to him to wear. ‘51.”

S26-27 - “Awiria.”

S28 - “Awiria, converted recently.”

S29 - “Awiria’s baptism.”

S30 - “Awiria after his baptism.”

S31 - “Aroma,” and an unidentified man. Information about him is in folder 2-5.

S32 - “Aroma, converted witch doctor.”

S33 - “Old Tokora, shortly after this her death-sickness (diabetes) “took hold” of her. Tell story of her life.” Information about her is in folder 2-5.

S34 - “Neema,” Edrotia. Laura Barr wrote an article about her in the January-February, 1948, issue of Inland Africa (folder 1-1). This slide was used with the article. Information about her is in folder 2-5.

S35 - “Neema Edrotia.” Half of the slide is covered over.

S36 - “Neema, about ‘53.”

S37 - “Last visit to Neema, met her on path coming to see me (out of Avuj) ‘56.”

S38 - “Esita (left) & Foibe (right). Neema was their mother (both were leaders among the women). Foibe was my language helper in Uganda. Foibe and her husband had been missionaries to Sudan.”

S39 - “Neema’s daughter Esita at village mtg.”








Articles by or about Laura Barr




Church of the Open Door





1964, 1980-1986, n.d.



Commissioning Certificate




Congo Protestant Council









Barr, Laura Isabelle

1931-1993, n.d.




To Barr from others

1938-1986, n.d.




To Barr from Propst, Lila (Barr) and Henriette Propst













1930-1972, n.d.



Notebook: Lugbara Customs




Notebook: Work Among Lugbara




“Outline of My Life, Thus Far”




Prayer letters




Publications: AIM and Others




“Testimonies of Natives”




West Nile District, Uganda

1981, n.d.

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