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Robert Dean Carlson, 1928-2019
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Bob Carlson demonstrating a Tibetan yak-skin bellows to a group of visitors to the BGC Archives. 2005.
Paul Ericksen, director of the Archives, is behind him, seated and smiling.

 

2019 - Bob Carlson, who passed away on November 25th, was a scholar, missionary, teacher, surveyor, and always a good friend to the Billy Graham Center Archives. Besides taping an oral history interview with the Archives staff about his life and donating many materials on missions to Tibet and China, he also was the star attraction for many years at the special presentations we held for both home schooled students and adults. At these sessions he would tell to rapt audiences stories from his boyhood in Tibet, with many insights into that country's history and culture. In later years he translated many, many Tibetan and Chinese evangelism posters for us. When several dozen of these posters were put online as part of Boston University's Chinese Christian Posters project, the site contained an acknowledgement of his contribution. He also often met with scholars using the Archives' Tibetan materials, at their request, to help them with their research.

We thank the Lord for every remembrance of Bob - his wit, his intellect, his insight, his goodness his many evidences of the grace of God in him. On this page are a few links to mementos of Bob's life and ministry





A Brief Biography

A student at one of the Archival Treasure Hunts trying on
a part of Mr. Carlson's Tibetan costume


Link to the audio file for tape 1 of Robert Dean Carlson's 1982 oral history interview (92 minutes)

Link to the transcript for tape 1 of Robert Dean Carlson's 1982 oral history interview

Link to the audio file for tape 2 of Robert Dean Carlson's 1982 oral history interview (90 minutes)

Link to the transcript for tape 2 of Robert Dean Carlson's 1982 oral history interview

 

 

 

Photos

 

    For many years, the Archives held one or more sessions each year for home schooled students to encourage them to use the Archives. Robert Carlson spoke at many of these, amplifying comments he had made in his oral history interview about his boyhood in Tibet. Below are links to photos from three of these
    Archival Treasure Hunts.

    2000 2002 2007

    The Archives also held Treasure Hunts for adults, to help them discover the kind of materials we had in our collections. Once again, Robert Carlson participated.

    2010

    He also often helped the Archives staff by translating Tibetan and Chinese documents in the Archives. Below is a link to one such visit

    2016

     



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