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The Rottschaefer family collection focuses mainly on Rev. Dr. Bernard Rottschaefer, his wife, Bernice Rottschaefer, and his sister, Dr. Margaret Rottschaefer. They served in India through the Arcot Mission from 1909 to the 1950s, doing construction of medical buildings and schools and helping heal the bodies and souls of those with leprosy. Bernard was actively involved in the construction of many buildings in India, as well as the founder and first principal of the Katpadi Industrial Institute. Margaret’s influence could be seen throughout India within the leprosy community. The collection contains materials ranging from books and manuscripts about India and the missionaries to the diaries of Margaret Rottschaefer. In addition to newspaper clippings about Bernard, Bernice, and Margaret’s lives in India, it also includes farewell addresses to Bernard and Bernice, as well as Margaret. The collection also contains slides of India and film, as well as correspondence from the Rottschaefer family. There is also a partial record of the patients that Margaret treated. Approximately 1,126 photographs and slides are included that feature India, the missionaries in India, and the Rottschaefer family.


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