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Papers of Theodore B. Wallin - Collection 634


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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 the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Box List)



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Collection 634                                                                                                [November 13, 2007]
Wallin, Theodore B.; 1897-1987
Papers; 1932-1979, n.d.
3 boxes (1.2 cubic feet)


Restrictions: None


Brief Description. Unpublished dictionaries, word lists, and unpublished manuscripts about the culture of the Ngbaka people of the Congo, translations of portions of the New Testament in Ngbaka, and autobiographical notes. The documents in the collection reflect Wallin’s research for Bible translation into the Ngbaka language.


Biography


Full name

 Theodore B. Wallin

Birth

April 8, 1897

Death

November, 1987

Family

 

Parents

Karl Jacob Wallin and Johanna Kristina (Thunberg) Wallin

 

Marital Status

Married Ella Charlotte Butler at Gemena in the Belgian Congo, May 17, 1933.

 

Children

 Evelyn Astrid, Judith Kerstin

Education

 

1921-1924

Evangelical Free Church Bible School in combination with the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, USA

 

1924-1925

Missionary Medical Course at National Bible Institute, New York, US

 

1925

Summer course at Christian and Missionary Alliance School, Nyack / New York, USA

 

Oct 1926 - early spring 1927

Language school at Alliance Francaise in Paris, France

 

Fall 1931 - Sep 1932

French studies and medical courses in tropical diseases at Brussels, Belgium including research in the Colonial Library in Brussels

 

Fall 1932

Six weeks laboratory training in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) in Belgium Congo

 

1937-1938

Selective studies at Sorbonne (now University of Paris) without academic credits

Career

 

summer 1926

With a group of missionary candidates doing evangelistic work and schooling in England and Wales

 

early 1927

Appointed as missionary of the Evangelical Free Church of America

 

Oct 1927 - September 1938

Missionary in the Ubangi region of the Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), stationed at the Karawa and the Kala mission stations. He was involved in preaching, church planting, medical work and Bible translation.

 

Fall 1932 - end of 1936

“Agent Sanitaire” (Public Health Officer) in the Karawa region under the auspices of the Belgian Queen Elizabeth Association for the Care of the Native Population; stationed at Karawa Mission Station, Belgian Congo

 

1960s-1987

Apparently was living in Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA

Other significant information

 

Publications

Birds of Ubangi, 1968, possibly self-published.

Studies about the Ngbaka People (with Ella Wallin), 1965, possibly self published

The Ngbaka of northern Zaire, 1973, possibly self published




Scope and Content

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

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title, titles were supplied by donor and in some cases simplified by archivist
Date Range: 1932?-1979, n.d.
Volume: 1.2 cubic feet
Boxes: 1-3
Geographic coverage: Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly the Belgian Congo)
Type of documents: Dictionaries, word lists, unpublished manuscripts about Ngbaka culture, Bible translations into Ngbaka, photocopied photographs
Subjects: Ngbaka and Lingala languages, Bible translation, language study by missionaries, Ngbaka culture, and the Ubangi region in the Belgian Congo ca. 1930s
Notes: Wallin’s papers consist of resource materials he and his wife Ella wrote or collected form as the basis for understanding of the Ngbaka culture and for Bible translation into the Ngbaka language. Some of the material grew out of the Wallin’s own experiences and work, but a good portion of the data, perhaps most, was compiled from other published and oral sources of westerners and Nbgakans. Language materials predominate, with some manuscripts in Ngbaka, Lingala, French and English or French. Some of these materials appears to have been compiled in the 1930s in the Congo, but most was gathered together and put in their final form by the Wallins in the mid to late 1960s in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the compilation is not completely clear, but they were intended to be used in some way for the study of Ngbaka language and culture, probably in Bible translation.

Most of the materials consist of word lists, giving equivalent English and Ngbaka or Lingala words or phrases for the same concept. These cane be found in folders 1-9 through 2-2; 2-8 through 3-5; and 3-7 to 3-10. The vocabulary list in 3-8 is simply a xerox of one complied by G. Malcolm Guthrie in 1933. Folders 1-1, 1-4 to 1-7, and 2-4 to 2-6 contain notes, photocopies of materials from reference works and lists describing various aspects of Ngbaka geography, environment and culture.

Folder 2-7 contains a New testament in Ngbaka published by the Catholic Church. It is unknown what contribution, if any, the Wallins made to this book. Folder 2-3 contains a translation in Ngbaka of several books of the New Testament in which the Wallins participated in the 1930s.

Folder 1-2 contains a brief autobiographical sketch in which Wallin took his life up to the late 1930s. There is also some information on the Wallins’ life as missionaries in the Congo in the 1930s in the collection of photocopies of caption photographs in folder 3-6. Wallin’s interest in birds is show by his 1970 study of birds in the Ubangi region in folder 1-4 (with information also on birds and mammals) and the manuscript about the birds of Sweden, where Wallin spent his childhood in folder 1-3

Provenance

The materials in this collection were given by Theodore Wallin to Wheaton College, first through professor Dr. Wilbert Norton beginning in 1965, who then passed the initial accessions and then the process to the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections (WCA&SC) in 1979. In 1987, the documents were transferred to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center due to their relevance to missions history. Correspondence between Wallin and WCA&SC referred to items that were not included in the accession as received by the BGC Archives.

Accession: 87-115
November 13, 2007
Eveline Guehring
Bob Shuster
P. Ericksen


BOX LIST

Box

Folders

Title

Dates

1

1

Antelopes and Snakes in Africa

1969

2

Biographical Information

1979

3

Birds found in Sweden

1970

4

Birds, Mammals, Snakes in Ubangi

1964

5

Collection of riddles in Ngbaka

n.d.

6

Compilation of Stories from Central Africa

n. d.

7

Compilation of Hunting Stories from Central Africa

1965

8

Conversation Manual in Ngbaka - English

1965

9

Dictionary: Ngbaka - English, Part 1

1965

10

Dictionary: Ngbaka - English, Part 2

1965

11

Dictionary: Ngbaka - English, Part 3

1965

12

Dictionary: Ngbaka - English, Part 4

1965

13

Dictionary: Ngbaka - English, Part 5: Appendix

1965

2

1

Dictionary: Ngbaka - French - English - Lingala, Part 1

1965 ?

2

Dictionary: Ngbaka - French - English - Lingala, Part 2

1965 ?

3

Gospel of John in Ngbaka; Philippians & Thessalonians in Ngbaka & Lingala

1932?

4

Life among the Ngbaka, I

1965

5

Life among the Ngbaka, II

1965

6

Ngbaka Folklore

n. d.

7

Ngbaka New Testament in Ngbaka

1971

8

Ngbaka notes: Part I, Sections 1 - 3

n. d.

3

1

Ngbaka notes: Part I, Sections 4 - 7

n. d.

2

Ngbaka notes: Part II, Sections 1 - 7

n. d.

3

Ngbaka notes: Part III, Sections 1 - 10

n. d.

4

Ngbaka notes: Part IV, Sections 1 - 6

n. d.

5

Ngbaka notes: Part V, Sections 1 + 2

n. d.

6

Pictures from Old Congo. 1920's - 1930's

n. d.

7

Rivers in Karawa

n. d.

8

Vocabulary: English - Lingala

1979

9

Vocabulary in Lingala - Ngbaka

1936

10

Word list - Vocabulary: English - Ngbaka

n. d.




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