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Piburn, Marvin and Carolyn

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Marvin and Carolyn Piburn Letters Collection



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Piburn, Marvin and Carolyn, 1953-1990 | Theology Library Archives

By Sarah Gould and Kara Jackman

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ID: 03/060

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2000

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains letters sent by the Piburns to members of the Maine Annual Conference or churches in Baltimore or Wichita which distributed their newsletter. Letters cover primarily 1974-1983, concentrating on their work at Nyadiri Hospital in Zimbabwe during revolutionary times. A copy of the Piburn's memoir, written in the 1990s, is also part of this collection.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Marvin F. and Carolyn Ann Piburn were medical missionaries, supported in part by the Maine Conference Council of Ministries. Their overseas mission work covers 1953 through 1983, starting with five years in Southern Rhodesia, then three years (1958-1961) in Iowa (where Marvin completed a surgical residency), then another five years in Southern Rhodesia from 1961-1966. Upon returning to the United States Carolyn studied to be a Registered Nurse (R.N.), and Marvin became a Board Certified general surgeon. In 1968, they undertook a three-year service in Vietnam at the request of the Mission Board, after which they took another furlough (1970-1974) during which Carolyn became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (anesthesiologist). In 1974, they return to Africa, first at the Guniter Memorial Hospital (Jos, Nigeria), and in 1975 at Nyadiri Hospital (Mutoko, Rhodesia), where they served until 1983. When they returned to Kansas and Urban ministry work they continued to receive support from the Maine Conference.

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Repository: Theology Library Archives

Access Restrictions: Authors/creators Carolyn and Marvin Piburn hold copyright to the letters and manuscript. User must contact the creators for permission to reprint,

Acquisition Source: Conference Council on Ministries, Maine Conference

Acquisition Method: Received in 2000 from the Conference Council on Ministries of the Maine Annual Conference.

Finding Aid Revision History: Originally organized by Steven Pentek, Archivist, in 2001. Moved to the Manuscripts, Personal Papers, and Memorabilia Record group by Kara Jackman in 2005. Refoldered and entered information into Archon in 2014 by work study student under the direction of Kara Jackman


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Folder 1: Piburn Correspondence, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Vietnam Slide Descriptions, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mailing List, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Letters, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Memoirs of a Missionary Surgeon and his AnesthetistAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Duplicates, 1982Add to your cart.


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