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Dr. Louis P. Dame was a native of the Netherlands. He attended Chicago schools and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Lewis Institute. He married the former Elizabeth Purdie, a 1908 graduate of the Chicago Normal College. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in Puerto Rico. The Dames served as missionaries with the Arabian missions from May 1918 to November 1936, where Louis conducted a clinic at Riaah and won the goodwill of King of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud. The greater part of his time was spent in Bahrain as the doctor in charge of the Mason Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Dame re-established a Girls’ School in 1922. After leaving the missionary field, Dr. Dame and his wife settled in Rockford, Illinois, where he practiced medicine for 11 years. The collection contains essays written by Dr. Dame about Arabian life; newspaper and magazine articles about Arab affairs; photographs of Arab men and women, the Dames and the Dame’s home, private quarters of His Majesty King Ibn Saud, and a school for girls; and correspondence with the Board of Foreign Missions, E. H. Lewis, the Field Museum of Natural History, Henry Bilkert, possibly Harold Storm, the Legation of the United States of America, P. J. Van Bruggen, Paul W. Harrison, Samuel M. Zwemer, the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch, Wells Thoms, Arab friends, British officials, and the Second Reformed Church, Fulton, Illinois.


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