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The James F. Barnard Correspondence Collection

The James F. Barnard Correspondence Collection contains the personal correspondence between James F. Barnard, M.D., and various Seventh-day Adventist missionaries around the globe. The letters date between the years 1858 and 1979. Altogether, there are 816 letters and 90 photographs.

Dr. James F. Barnard, a 1936 graduate of the College of Medical Evangelists, School of Medicine, was born in Eden, Colorado on August 23, 1905. After a four-year residency at the Riverside County Hospital, he entered the United States Army in the early 1940's, where he went on to become the commanding officer of the 57th Medical Battalion.


After his service in the army ended in 1945, the following year, Barnard opened a medical practice in Bakersfield, California. Although he officially retired from his medical practice in 1978, he continued to serve as the medical director of San Joaquin Community Hospital, as well as three convalescent hospitals, until his death on July 24, 1981.


Throughout his life, James F. Barnard contributed his support to many organizations, as well as being a strong supporter of medical missionaries. He would often send donations of medicine and medical supplies to various missionaries and medical organizations around the globe. He would also take short-term mission trips to these foreign countries to help provide medical assistance and relief to the often shorthanded medical missionaries. He would share stories he gleaned through his correspondence with these missionaries in his local Seventh-day Adventist church during their Mission Spotlight segment. Barnard formed life-long friendships with many of the missionaries.

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