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John and Eleanor Reuling Papers

Call Number: RG 120
Scope and Contents

An initial donation of material processed in 1997 has been augmented by additional papers received from the Reuling family in 2002. This collection provides valuable documentation of American Protestant mission work in Africa during the period when the Reulings were working there (1927-1942) and thereafter through the 1960s in connection with John Reuling's work as regional secretary for Africa for the American Board.

Regular and detailed letters written to family members in the U.S. from 1927 to 1941 provide information about the mission work in South Africa and the life of a missionary family. This correspondence is complemented by writings and collected material related to the Reulings' work in Africa. An abridged and edited collection of the letters of John and Eleanor Reuling 1927-1941 has been compiled and edited by their daughter Edna Reuling Wade: Praise Names of Reuling: a Zulu Song (2015).

Several books were received with the collection. Copies of the books already held by the Divinity LIbrary has been retained with the Reuling Papers while others have been added to the library's cataloged collection.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

1997 Gift of United Church Board for World Ministries; 2002 Gift of the Reuling family.

  1. I. Correspondence, 1927-1964, n.d.
  2. II. Collected Material, 1920s-1963
  3. III. Writings, 1960-1965, n.d.
  4. IV. Biographical Documentation, 1926-1990,n.d.
4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Related Names
Reuling, John A.
Language of Materials