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Papers of William John Barnett - Collection 248

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of William John Barnett

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

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

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


Audio file and written transcript for tape T1

Audio file and written transcript for tape T2

Audio file and written transcript for tape T3

Audio file and written transcript for tape T4

Audio file and written transcript for tape T5

Audio file and written transcript for tape T6

Audio file and written transcript for tape T7

Audio file and written transcript for tape T8

Audio file and written transcript for tape T9

Audio file and written transcript for tape T10


Collection 248 [February 12, 2014]
Barnett, William John; 1917-
Interviews, 1983, 1995, 1998, 2007
Audio Tapes (0.16 cubic feet)



Brief Description

Oral history interviews with Barnett in which he describes his childhood in Kenya with his Africa Inland Mission parents; experiences with members of the Masai people; attendance at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya and high school in the United States; attendance at Columbia Bible College and Wheaton College; memories of a revival at Wheaton; medical training at Albany Medical College; service as an army surgeon in Korea immediately after World War II; his initial work as a missionary doctor in Tanzania in the early 1950s; the Africa Inland Mission and Africa Inland Church in Tanzania in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly at Kola Ndota; and a revival at Wheaton College in the late 1930s; his work at the hospital in Kijabe, Kenya and later medical work in the Comoro Islands; the effects of British colonialism on Christianity in Africa; detailed descriptions of medical procedures and specific injuries and ailments; legacy of the Kijabe hospital since Barnett’s departure in 1979. Also included is a booklet of short stories written by Barnett comprised of childhood memories and photographs of Africa.



Restrictions: There are no restictions on the use of this collection.

There are complete transcripts available for T1 - T10 in this collection.


Full name

William John Barnett


May 29, 1917, Kenya




Albert Edmond Barnett and Elma Elizabeth Nischer Barnett; Africa Inland Mission (AIM) missionaries for twenty-five years



Older siblings: Clark (died at 20 months), Erik and Arthur Malcolm (twins), Paul Austin, and Ruth Dorothy


Marital Status

Married Laura M. Lane, June 1944. Mrs. Barnett was trained as a nurse at the Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago and the Russell Sage College in Troy, New York.



Ruth, Theodore, Eileen, Carol Elaine, Martha, James


At the age of twelve




Rift Valley Academy, British East Africa (now Kenya)



Columbia High School, Columbia, South Carolina



Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University), Columbia, South Carolina



Wheaton College, Bachelor of Philosophy degree



Wheaton College, taking pre-med courses



Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, Doctor of Medicine degree. While at medical school, he was also enrolled in the U. S. Army’s medical program.




Surgical residency, Schenectady, New York



As an army officer, served as orthopedic surgeon at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina, for a almost a year then chief of surgery of a hospital in Korea



Anesthesiology residency, Schenectady, New York



AIM missionary doctor at Shinyanga Hospital, Kola Ndoto, Tanzania



Furlough, Wheaton, Illinois



Director of the Kijabe Medical Centre, Kijabe, Kenya. Raised funds for and planned a greatly expanded facility; developed nurses training program.



Furlough, Wheaton, Illinois



Hospital work at Mitsamiouli, Grande Comoro, Comoro Islands



Furlough, Wheaton, Illinois



Hospital work at Mitsamiouli, Grande Comoro, Comoro Islands



Retired to California



Volunteer medical service in Somalia

Other significant information



President of the Student Association at Columbia Bible College



President of Student Foreign Missions Fellowship at Wheaton College



Active in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship while at Albany Medical College



Member of the Christian Medical Society



Elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, honorary medical fraternity


Scope and Content

William Barnett was interviewed by Robert Shuster on March 29, April 5, and May 27, 1983, at the Billy Graham Center and on May 30, 1995 at his son’s home in Peoria, Illinois, April 24, 1998, at his home in Laguna Hills, California, on March 29, 2007 in Laguna Hills, California, and in Peoria, IL on June 7, 2007. Dates covered during the interview are between the early 1920s and 1983. Cassette copies of the reel-to-reel interviews were made and the time indicated on the index is based on the length of the cassette copy. Tapes T4 through T8 were originally recorded on cassette tapes and later transferred to reels. Topics discussed are listed to the right of the time elapsed on the tape. Note sound interference during these interviews.

The materials in this collection include a booklet of short stories written by William Barnett and compiled and edited by his son, James W. Barnett, as well as several hours of oral history interviews. The stories are composed of Barnett's childhood memories of growing up in Kenya and later medical work there. The booklet contains photographs from Barnett's personal collection.

(95 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)
Descriptions of a typical worship service during his childhood in Africa as son of a pioneer Africa Inland Mission missionary family; construction of churches on the station and out-stations; Use of corrugated iron from Britain and India for church construction; length of Sunday services; singing, testimonies, teaching; impressive sincerity and earnestness of prayers of African converts; content of one elder's prayer and its beauty; barter items brought as offerings; mother's sorting and use of offerings primarily for orphanages; faithful recording of each gift; father's preaching in Swahili and mother's gifts as linguist using Masai language; both invitations and responses; baptisms and their attraction to the people of the countryside; curiosity of the ceremony; impact of testimonies given at baptisms; father's baptistry in the church and its construction; baptistry's first use; differences in lives after conversion; Masai resistance because of refusal of converted girls and women to undergo circumcision customs; opposition of early missionaries to this practice; night-time raids to capture resistant girls; major point of testing for converts; those who succumbed and resisted; male rites and lesser pressure; father's services at Christmas time; carbide lantern and glass slides of life of Christ; Masai warrior watching outside the church, his tears at Christ on the cross and his becoming one of first converts. Subsequent work of Masai convert in translation; steady church growth after this incident; use of western tunes with translations; peoples' love of singing; four-note scale; original translation of western lyrics; contemporary church use of indigenous lyrics, tunes, choirs; prayer meetings, Bible studies, schools at the station; learning with Africans under his mother as teacher; searching for school supplies in the countryside; missionaries' program for schooling and its disruptive results for colonial governors; parents' care to follow rules of the country; the bohma (enclosure) and father's participation in official government events; father's instigation of road and bridge building; "Barnett's bridge" and its permanence compared to others in the district; dealings with settlers; incident of one settler, Major Smith, and his killing an African without regret or prosecution; British handling of colonials in comparison with Belgians, French; British interest in education, fundamental necessities like water; German East Africa, Tanganyika, and characteristics of government there; whip made from hide of hippopotamus used on prisoners in all colonies; ministering to an early convert after his being whipped; early class consciousness excluding the African in church and home contacts; wonderful change in behavior after conversion of one settler's family and their help to build a good church; tribal antagonisms; real changes brought about by conversion to Christianity; tribal groups near Eldama Ravine and mixed congregational membership from these tribes; church membership affected by British system of tribal reserve areas with strictly limited mobility; British system of requiring registration identification cards for each male with penalties for movement; lingering memory of this era with head taxes; responsibilities of tribal elders and early appointments by missionaries; instruction in moral behavior from missionaries to assist elders in their role as church nucleus; Father's pastorate of a church in 1927-28; Barnett's memories of first converts, one from Muslim faith and another from a local tribe. Barnett discusses establishment of the early Bible schools, 1920s, following work of Cameron Scott, at Kijabe, Eldama Ravine and other areas; shared room at Rift Valley Academy of four Barnett brothers; cornerstone laid by Teddy Roosevelt; Description of the eastern wall of the Rift Valley, craters, tropical forest, animals; playing "cops and robbers" and sister's encounter with leopard; description of bedroom and rats' invasion after lanterns put out at night; bucket used for trapping rats; trapping and hunting rats and bounty; rat-infested outdoor toilets; lack of success in attempts to rid station of rats during his youth; comparison of students' living conditions today; number of students during his residence about 1925; furlough with his family; visit to Australia via Capetown and first encounter with snow, winter; incident of drunken man in white suit and mud puddle; man's death by a train; getting lost in the city when about eight years old; fear, tears, father's rescue; experience used as example of "lost" without salvation; time spent in Australia, California; problem with eyes; diagnosis of cancer; parents' prayers and new diagnosis with use of new machine; baptism in Los Angeles by Charles Hurlburt; return to Africa, 1927, with sister and parents; birthday gift of New Testament from brothers; impact on his conversion; rereading the text; decision page; life changes as a result; visit of J. Edwin Orr to Rift Valley campus.

T2 (100 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)
Father's birth, 1876, in Australia; emigration to US; conversion from challenge given by missionary speaker from India at a city rescue mission; quitting of job next day; study at Moody Bible Institute, 1905-07; influence of Hurlburt and joining Africa Inland Mission, 1907; party of seven who sailed to Africa; father's high opinion of Charles Hurlburt; Hurlburt's baptism of Barnett and his sister; Hurlburt's qualities of independence and strong will, pioneer safaris with Barnett's father; AIM mission policy of allowing independence to each missionary for action and financial support; AIM's emphasis on allowing the Holy Spirit to guide its missionaries; AIM's guarding of independence; advantages and disadvantages of a strong field director; democratic representative governing policies of AIM ; Barnett's lack of personal knowledge of Hurlburt's independence and others in AIM's history; father's courses at Moody; practicality of father's abilities; family garden; first aid in dental instruction and subsequent use of this on the mission field for family and in mission work; Father's ordination, probably in Baptist church; Moody as main supporting church; Mother's arrival in US from Sweden about same time as father; mother's birth in Sweden; meeting AIM couple who had worked with Peter Cameron Scott; coming to New York City and Bible school at Hepzebah House; going out to Africa from Sweden; meeting Barnett's father on the ship; Barnett's visit with his maternal grandmother, 1927, in Sweden; reason for mother's choice of Bible school; influence AIM missionary couple on her; mother's training as Swedish masseuse; use on cripples, Europeans living in Africa and resultant conversions; mother's scheduling of treatments over short and long periods; grateful patients among Africans and Europeans; influence of Mother's caring on his choice of career as a doctor; no remembrance of orientation school, but strict screening of candidates; institution of orientation training within last 20 years; brothers' and sisters' mission commitment as doctors and nurses; brother Paul and his grilling by AIM committee on general Biblical knowledge and personal convictions because of his background as a child of AIM missionaries; Paul's instruction from committee to return for one more year's training before going back to Africa and compliance; parents' three-month shipboard romance; requirement to be on field one year before marriage; father's appointment to help station where mother sent; leeches, swamps, porters; Masai people; moving out the Masai to make way for European farmers and settlers; problems still to be solved from that decision; tree house and getting away from lions; learning Masai and early contacts with them; marriage of Barnett's parents one year later; death of oldest brother by meningitis without doctor; birth of twin brothers; Masai fascination with birth of twins who didn't bring curse upon Barnett family; parents' move across Rift Valley; mission station outside Eldama; safaris to remote areas near Lake Rudolph in Rift Valley opened up to missions only in past 10 years since Kenya's independence; travel with Charles Hurlburt and John Stauffacher and enduring friendship as a result; eating berries for liquid after prayer to be saved from thirst when separated from porters; repeat experience, about 1908, of running out of water and oasis; Hurlburt's refusal to allow overindulgence of water which might kill his men; his waiting until all others' thirst was quenched before taking his own turn; episode of the charging rhino while Barnett's father was traveling with Stauffacher; tree and smashed umbrella handle. Parents' marriage at Kijabe and resettlement; his birth and others; Mary Slater's attendance at birth; episode of Masai woman's waking in time to see Barnett hut on fire; inflammability of houses; saving possessions; finding infant William under a mattress; parents' retelling of this and conviction of his life's being spared for a purpose; father's practical nature and abilities; willing listeners among Masai but few converts; missing pots belonging to Barnett family which appeared in Masai villages; period of six-seven years without a convert; Barnett's hearing story of God's response at chapel at Columbia Bible College; discouragement and decision to give up the role of evangelist; God's message through the morning sunlight; Beginning of success with the ministry after this experience; increased interest and attendance at Sunday services; use of carbide lantern equipment for slide shows; fascination of Masai with slides 13:17 Christmas episode with first Masai converted after seeing Christ on the cross in a slide show; Masai question about who the man was on the cross and telling him the story; concrete results of return of stolen pots after conversions began; mother's travel before family born; her ability as a linguist; Father's effectiveness in spite of being unable to learn Masai; methods of travel; criticism by some for the family's purchase of a car; little support money, difficulty of contacts with homeland; parents' teaching about God's provision and living without fear; father's hope for a college education for each child, but lack of funds; being taught the principle of never going into debt; strangeness of adjusting to debtor living in the States; early memories of new home after earliest one had burned; parents' development of an orphanage for abandoned girls; Mother's dispensary as part of care and concern for the girls; use of the church as school during week; mother as teacher until she could train others as teachers; teaching basics and his first reading lessons; getting supplies of chalk from the hills, slates; need for new church as congregation outgrew it; Father's design of new building, simple rectangle, cedar shingles from the forest; saw mill built about six miles away for supplies afterward; extension to accommodate larger congregation; crowding the benches; baptisms in streams; building a baptistry in the church with hinged cover; rush to view it the first time and members falling into the hole; methods of evangelizing at first; motorcycle and sidecar; slow buildup of interest; multiplication of small churches and their placement on farms of Europeans when allowed; legal use of private property and gifts by farmers; trips into reserve and primitive tribal areas; establishing basic medical services; story of parents' encounter with a swarm of bees dislodged by exhaust from Model-T Ford; flight of mother and prayer which saved him from jumping into river full of crocodiles; parents' camping in area full of elephants and their safety; story of Barnett’s protection by their "god" which preceded their travels in Masai country; characteristics of the Masai people; importance of cattle to them and reasons for resistance to Christianity; simplicity of Masai life, diet; high levels of intelligence and Christian leadership; contemporary requirement for schooling; story of missionary who encountered Masai shepherd who had Ph.D. in philosophy; Masai belief in evil spirits and in God; belief in a good God who made all things; fear only of evil and appeasing spirits; Masai belief in Shatoni (?) as personified evil.

T3 (45 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)
Barnett's visa problem because of parents' being one of earliest missionary family in Kenya; formation of home for children of missionaries during high school and college years by the Westervelts who had to return to the States because of Mrs. Westervelt's health; return in 1927 with for furlough with family; Westervelt home in Siloam Springs, AK; brothers and other AIM sons who were first residents; stay with Westervelts until 1929 until attendance at Columbia Bible College [SC]; move of Westervelt home to Columbia and opening to daughters of missionaries; three-month stop in Sweden at this time of return on furlough and visit to grandmother; attendance at Rift Valley Academy until 1931; fine British teacher and principal at Rift Valley; returning to the States and entry into high school of Barnett and his sister; graduation from Columbia High School; parents' countries [Australia and Sweden] of birth and British passports and wrong papers issued Barnett in Kenya; memories of Ellis Island and a harsh judge; bond posted by AIM home office until papers cleared; return to Columbia and parents' attempts to contact individuals for correct data; aggressive retired Army colonel and his contact with director of AIM's home office; weekly immigration staff visits to check on his status; contrast with personal attention to Barnett's case and contemporary immigration; situation; Canada's refusal to deal with the problem; letter from Washington indicating all was corrected; necessity for law of Congress to be passed to admit cases like his; success of brusque Army colonel in visa problem; attendance at Columbia Bible College; difficulties with bullying high school students; intervention of the Andersons, Paul and Earl; dealing with different standards and curriculum; difficulty with shyness; lack of regrets about being a child of missionaries and parents' success in conveying love and closeness, practicality of Christian living; father's desire for college education of his children; small amount of financial support available, and their awareness of the financial sacrifice this meant; successful completion of college educations for all five members of the family, including three who became doctors with no debts remaining; trauma of seeing black people in chain gangs in southern United States; fine pastor and Bible teacher who smoked and Barnett's difficulty with this; pastor's work in penitentiary; bad dreams caused by common occurrence of execution by electric chair, especially of blacks accused sometimes falsely; shock of finding rough treatment, often seen in Africa, used in his own country; influence of the group of children of missionaries with different views of black people; debates in churches and bible classes; influence of Columbia Bible College and students from many states involved in Christian service assignments within cities; visiting and involvement with Southern blacks as an innovation in this area. Lack of black students at Columbia Bible College, 1935, and difference now; realization of his need to go out of protective environment of the Westervelt home and encouragement from older brother just starting medical school; extreme shyness and encouragement of Columbia professor, Dr. Starrett and his wife; leaving the Home and enrolling at Columbia; God's grace in giving him abilities to relate to other people and overcome shyness; being elected president of the student body; small number of students at Rift Valley which mitigated early shyness; vision for missionary work among students as result of leadership position at Columbia; formation of Student Missionary Fellowship at Columbia and early leaders—Will Norton, from Wheaton College, Joe McCullough, others; being urged to come to Wheaton College and start another group; Dr. Buswell's speeches at Columbia as his only previous contact with Wheaton; mission emphasis at low ebb on campuses at that time, and sense of need to establish these groups; agenda for Student Missionary Fellowship meetings.

(78 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)

First impressions of Wheaton in 1937; Barnett's work at Wheaton from 1937 to 1941; comparison between Wheaton and Columbia Bible School; reason for Barnett's decision to become a doctor; Barnett's attitude toward sports at Wheaton; the beginning of a revival on campus [Note: On the tape, Dr. Barnett’s refers to these events as happening in 1937. However, in talking with the Archives staff in 1995, he and Mrs. Barnett thought it must have happened later, perhaps in the fall of 1939. He described Dr. Buswell as involved in these events and Dr. Buswell’ presidency ended in 1940]; confession of sins; faculty involvement; theological and denominational conflicts at Wheaton at the time; differences of theological belief among missionaries; "big bath" and "little bath" baptism; attitudes toward the charismatic movement in the AIM; connection between conflict at Wheaton and the revival; comparison of Buswell and V. Raymond Edman; details about the revival; music program at Wheaton; the Men's Glee Club; music during the revival; James and Robert Savage; more about the music; congregational singing at the College, such as "Wonderful Grace of Jesus"; personal influence of the revival on Barnett; anxieties about going to medical school; very little criticism of the revival; effect of the revival on campus and on sports teams; the spontaneity of the revival; influence of the revival on the Student Foreign Mission Fellowship at Columbia; memories of the services at the Tabernacle in the town of Wheaton; Buswell's reaction to the revival; reaction of the campus community to Buswell's replacement by V. Raymond Edman. Arguments on Arminianism versus Calvinism at the Lane House; calming influence of Edman; description of Edman's personal qualities; memorable Wheaton teachers; exposure to the theory of evolution; Professor Louis A. Higley; Professor Paul Wright; the Naitermian Literary Association (the Knights) and a typical club meeting; memories of Carl F. Henry as a student; beginnings of the Student Foreign Mission Fellowship at Wheaton; influence of the revival on the SFMF; Barnett's duties as president of SFMF at Wheaton; overcoming his shyness at Columbia; the work of the College's Gospel Teams; how Barnett got to know the Lane family at Wheaton and met his wife, Laura Lane; attending Bethany Chapel of the Plymouth Brethren; history of the Lane family.

(79 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)
Continuation of the history of the Lane family; description of the family; engagement to Laura and marriage in Albany, New York; supporting himself financially while attending Wheaton and after; depending on the Lord for funds; working in Louisville 1941-42; attending Albany Medical School starting in 1942; news of the attack on Pearl Harbor; exempted from the draft for medical school; takeover of Albany's medical school by the military; Barnett's induction into the Army and enrollment in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP); continuation of his accelerated medical training at Albany; marriage to Laura; internship in 1945-46 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York; Pastor McKeel of the Presbyterian church in Schenectady; McKeel's influence on the engineers of General Electric; support of Barnett's missionary work by the Presbyterian church in Schnectady; no need for deputation work; surgical residency at Ellis in1946-47; called to active duty at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; work with a top orthopedic surgeon at Fort Bragg; sent to Korea in 1949; low morale among the U.S. Army in Korea; crossing the Pacific by boat; sent to station hospital in Seoul, Korea, after a week in Japan; immediate appointment as chief of surgery; prejudice against Koreans at the hospital; low morale at the hospital; appointment as commanding officer of the hospital a month after arrival; benefits to Barnett from his service in Korea; admitting Korean patients to the hospital. First Korean emergency case at the hospital; opposition of American nurses to helping Koreans; talk to the staff about serving Korean patients; using coal dust in the winter; discussion of religion with his roommate and the later history of the man, including a letter from forty years later; discharge from Army and return to the United States in 1949; residency in anesthesia and ob-gyn in Schnectady; application to Africa Inland Mission to be workers; very informal application process for admission to AIM; Ralph Davis; need for a doctor at Shinyanga Hospital in Kola Ndoto, Tanzania; Dr. Maynard and the beginning of the mission station at Kola Ndoto; Arthur Barnett's presence on the Zam Zam, military service in North Africa and postwar temporary service at Shinyanga Hospital; William and Laura Barnett's travel to Tanzania via Mobossa, Kenya, by sea in 1950 with medical equipment and vehicles for the hospital; driving to Kola Ndoto from Nairobi; first impressions of Africa upon his return; white Europeans' belief in pith helmets.

T6 (5 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)
Independence movements in east Africa after the war; development of indigenous leadership for African churches; building on the foundations of great missionaries such as William and Nina Maynard.

T7 (73 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape) )

Drs. William and Nina Maynard and the beginnings of AIM’s work in Tanganyika, establishment of the hospital at Kolo Ndota, more on William Maynard (gentlemen, always wore long sleeve shirt and tie, regular in work, meetings), church service, importance of daily prayer, effect of Maynard’s lack of support during World War I, long term illness of Nina Maynard and miraculous provision of food, introduction of sulfa drug treatment for leprosy, problems with termites and bats in buildings, medical work, make-shift operation room, typical day in the hospital for Barnett, chapel service in the leprosarium, describes first direct blood transfusion done in the hospital, evangelistic work at the hospital, organizes and conducts medical classes for hospital staff.

T8 (58 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)

Josephine Downey, growth of the Africa Inland Churches, reflections on granting AIM churches independence and effect on missionaries, arrival of a female osteopathic physician and cardiac specialists, Dr. Clifton Nelson, Dr. Denis Burkitt and the Burkitt’s Tumor, strengths and weakness of the Africa Inland Church in Tanganyika, relations between the missionaries and the AIC church regarding church leadership and finances, characteristics of a person called to be a missionary, recollection of a 1930s Wheaton College revival.

T9 (151 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)

Growing up among the Masai people in Kenya; attending Rift Valley Academy; spiritual influence of J. Edwin Orr who preached at Rift Valley Academy; receiving a New Testament Bible printed by the Pocket Testament League from students at John Brown University in Arkansas and subsequent conversion in 1930; living in Schenectady and commuting to Vermont to complete residence training in anesthesiology in 1963; returning to Africa with wife Laura in 1963 to work in the hospital at Kijabe, Kenya; history of the hospital at Kijabe built by his brother Arthur; description of the new hospital building and surgical work; new methods for treating leprosy; descriptions of the spread of leprosy due to the slave trade in Tanzania; common ailments treated at the Kijabe hospital, including especially parasites, pneumonia, tuberculosis, Typhoid fever, and tapeworm; descriptions of lion attack victims and a car accident involving man whose family refused to allow amputation; Christian testimony in the hospital and conversion of patients; pediatric work of Dick Bransford with childhood deformities and taking medical trips to Somalia; effectiveness of medical work in evangelism; childhood memories of Daniel Moi whom Barnett’s brother later baptized; difficulty in training and recruiting medical staff; descriptions of African tribal disunity; difficulty in fundraising for new hospital equipment and buildings; Sidney Langford’s help connecting Barnett to wealthy donors; traveling to Germany to meet with officials to request funding to train native Kenyan medical staff; breaking ground on the new building in the early ‘70s; legacy of the hospital since the Barnett’s left in 1979; effects of the East African Revival in Kenya; effect of Kenyan independence from Britain on the African Inland Mission; state of the African Inland Mission in the 1970s.

T10 (154 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript this tape)
State of Christianity in Africa in the mid-twentieth century and the influence of the African Inland Mission, the impact of British colonialism; tribal conflict and linguistic barriers in Kenya; father’s call to missions work in Africa after attending Moody Bible Institute; discouragement with evangelism; positive impact of colonial independence on the church in Kenya and Tanzania; rise of the Pentecostal church and its relations with mainline Protestant denominations in Africa; Catholic/Protestant relations; working with French medical teams; receiving aid from Medical Assistance Program out of Wheaton; surgery on broken bones sustained during mango harvest season; General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s visit to the hospital; acting as Billy Graham’s barber at Wheaton college in 1940-’43; difference between Barnett’s medical standards and the French team; witnessing to French-speaking Muslims in the Comores Islands; miraculous success of Barnett’s surgical procedures and habit of prayer before operations.





These tapes were received by the Billy Graham Center Museum in March, April and May 1983, May 1995, April 1998, and March and June 2007.


Accession 83-34, 83-37, 83-60, 95-96, 98-21, 07-20, 07-37.
November 21, 1986
Frances L. Brocker
J. Nasgowitz

Updated January 30, 1997
Robert Shuster

Updated May 8, 2007, Revised
Wayne D. Weber

Updated November 25, 2013
Katherine Graber



Accession 83-34, 83-37, 83-60, 95-96, 07-20, 07-37  
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.











95 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

March 29, 1983




100 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

April 5, 1983




45 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

May 27, 1983




78 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster, continues on T5

May 30, 1995




79 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster, continues on T6

May 30, 1995




5 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

May 30, 1995




73 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster, continues on T8

April 24, 1998




58 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

April 24, 1998




151 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

March 29,2007




154 min


Interview of William John Barnett by Robert Shuster

June 7, 2007







First Folder/Last Folder




Booklet: Short Stories as told by William J. Barnett 

Dec 1997


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