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Paul Wilberforce Harrison was born in Scribner, Nebraska, and attended grammar school there until eleventh grade. He attended Franklin Academy for one year and graduated. He attended Doane Collegein Crete, Nebraska, for two years before transferring to the University of Nebraska for medical training. Further medical training took him to Johns Hopkins located in Baltimore, Maryland. Harrison served as a medical missionary to Arabia for Trinity Reformed Church of Plainfield, New Jersey, starting in 1909 and lasting until 1954. He married Anna Bilkert after the death of his own wife and of Henry Bilkert in 1929. They returned to Arabia and retired in 1954. The collection contains an Arab Bedouin outfit owned by Paul Harrison, which includes an inner and outer garment, keffiyeh, two types of agal rope, and shoes; biographical material; books, including The Arab at Home, published in 1924; and three photographs of Harrison taken by William Vande Water in Holland, Michigan. The Bedouin outfit is stored in Archives 2.


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