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In January 1897, Melvin Earnest Trotter, a ne'er do well barber who was in the midst of a series of
drunken episodes, wandered into the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. The superintendent
there, Harry Monroe, talk to him about Christ and that night Trotter was born
again. Within 36 months he was starting a rescue mission himself in Grand Rapids,
Mischigan, the first of dozens he would found around the country. For a
generation he was the leader of city mission work in the United states and the teacher of a
generation of workers. In Collection 47, the Archives has letters, reports, newspaper clippings, audio tapes and many
other documents that tell the story of his amazing life.
Click to go to the guide for Mel Trotter's papers.