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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biography

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

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)




Collection 613

[March 8, 2005]

Tanner, Addison Carl 1932-

Interviews; 1950-1988

Audio Tape (0.004 cubic feet)



Brief Description: Interview with Tanner a missionary with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in Tanzania and publisher of Christian literature. Tanner describes his mission work, the Tanzanian people, Christianity and animism, political situation in Tanzania, role of tribal chiefs, his conversion and call to mission work, changes in the Tanzanian church, and role of women in the African Inland Church.



Restrictions: None




Biography


Full name

Addison Carl Tanner

Birth

January 18, 1932

Family

 

Parents

John and Irene (Goodfellow) Tanner

 

Siblings

John (older brother)

 

Marital Status

Married Lillian Clark

 

Children

Thomas, Rebecca, Dan, Paul, Tim, Debbie

Conversion

At age 18

Education

 

1951-1954

Graduated from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas (majored in printing and minored in Bible)

 

1954-1956

Philadelphia Bible Institute (now Philadelphia Biblical University)

Career

 

1958-1978

Served with Africa Inland Mission in Mwanze, Tanganyika (now Tanzania) through the publishing of Christian literature. He was manager of Africa Inland Press.

 

1978

Returned to the United States for the education of his children

 

1990-2000

Returned to Tanzania to continue the work he previously had done. Retired from AIM in 2000.

Other significant information

 

Tanner’s primary work was in developing the modern printing plant to serve the needs for Christian literature in Mwanza, Tanzania




Scope and Content

Addison Carl Tanner was interviewed by Robert Bruce Rummel on December 10, 1988, at Tanner’s home in Creve Coeur, Illinois. This interview was conducted as part of a Wheaton College class assignment. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1932-1988.


T1 (65 minutes). Describes his mission work, Mwanze (Tanzania), climate in Tanzania, characteristics of Tanzanians (laid back, people oriented, observant, don’t show anger, crave education), value of printed materials to Tanzanians, response of Tanzanians to the gospel, Christianity and animism, political situation in Tanzania before and after independence (1961), role of tribal chiefs (hold absolute control, owns all the land), Tanzania President Julius Nyerere, need for strong leadership in the Tanzanian church, recreational activities, conversion, call to mission work with Africa Inland Mission (AIM), John Brown University, requirements for joining AIM, transfer of AIM property to Africans, growth, leadership, and changes in the church, Tanzanian church music, role of women in the African Inland Church, future of the church, reflections on years in Africa


Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Addison Carl Tanner and Robert Bruce Rummel in January 1989.


Accession: 89-6

March 8, 2005

Wayne D. Weber




LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 89-6

Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.


Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.


 #

R/C

speed

length

Sides

Contents

Dates

 T1

 C

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65 min

 2

Interview of Addison Carl Tanner by Robert Bruce Rummel

Dec. 10, 1988




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