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Lillian Voris Wheeler served as a Seventh-day Adventist missionary nurse in Argentina from 1908 until the early 1920s, where she worked with Doctors Robert H. Habernicht and G. B. Replogle in establishing the Rio de la Plata Sanitarium (Sanatorio Adventista del Plata). While working in Argentina, Ms. Voris began a nursing school and served as the matron and head nurse at the Sanitarium.

In 1920, Lillian married William Welcome Wheeler, son of Elder Frederick Wheeler, together, and with William, continued to serve in South America with the Inca. After the death of William in 1929, Lillian would continue to work in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.  Lillian was chosen as a delegate from South America to the 1930 General Conference Session held in San Francisco, May 28 to June 12.

The collection consists of personal correspondence – letters and 188 postcards – written to Lillian Voris Wheeler between the years 1879 and 1935; two autograph albums; journals, 264 photographs; and clippings – regarding her medical missionary work in South America.   

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