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John Wade Kidwell Family, African Missionary Correspondence of Dorothy E. O'Neal

Collection Number: A&M.3945


Correspondence and other material of missionary Dorothy E. O'Neal (1925-2012), a friend of Dessie Kidwell and family (see A&M 3823). She was the first missionary from St. John's United Methodist Church in Parsons, West Virginia, to accept foreign service. She worked as a medical missionary in the Belgian Congo during the 1950s and 1960s, and later moved back to the United States to continue working in the nursing field until her retirement. The collection includes typescripts (2012-2013), photographs of Dorothy and friends (1950s-1960s), correspondence (1950s-1960s), and a hand-carved African ivory letter opener. Correspondence includes manuscript letters from Dorothy during her missionary work (1955-1958). Her letters discuss her training in Belgium, trips in Europe, her missionary and medical work in a leper colony in the Congo, and cultural observations.


  • 1950s-1960s, 2012-2013


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Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.


0.1 Linear Feet (Summary: 3/4 in. (1 folder))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Related A&M Collections

3823, 3945
John Wade Kidwell Family, African Missionary Correspondence of Dorothy E. O'Neal, 1950s-1960s, 2012-2013
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US