Dora Shantz Gehman Papers, 1901-1993
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Brief Description: Papers of a female missionary worker (nurse) in India (1931-1939).  Includes diaries, extensive correspondence with family and friends in the United States, and with Indian friends and colleagues she met in the course of her mission work.  Also includes elementary school, Sunday school, and college notes, diplomas, a scrapbook made by Prairie Street Mennonite Church for her time in India, Christmas letters from missionaries and missionary families, and miscellaneous annotated publications and clippings.
Held at:
Mennonite Church USA Archives
3145 Benham Ave, Ste. 1
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-523-3080
Email: JasonK [at]
Record Series Number: HM1/883
Created by: Gehman, Dora Shantz (1897-1993)
Volume: 3.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 02/05/1993. Additional materials donated by Stan and Weldon Friesen, July 2010.
Arrangement: Flat
Biographical Note for Gehman, Dora Shantz (1897-1993) :

1897      Dora Shantz was born September 25, 1897 and grew up on a farm near Elkhart, Indiana.

1927 Dora graduated from Goshen College.

1930 She graduated from LaJunta (Colorado) Mennonite School of Nursing.

1931-40 Shantz  worked as a nurse in India, doing dispensary and village work.

1940 Dora married William Gehman and lived on a farm at Rush Lake, Saskatchewan for nine years.

1949 Dora returned to Elkhart and worked in the Elkhart General Hospital emergency room from 1950-1962.  Following that she worked part-time at home and in a nursing home.

1993     Dora died in Elkhart, Indiana on January 28, 1993.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open to the public.
Subject Index
Mennonite nurses
Mennonites - India
Missionaries - India
Missions - India
Genres/Forms of Material
Mennonite women - Diaries
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Hindi [hin]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
Acquisition Notes: Dora Gehman Estate
PreferredCitation: Dora Shantz Gehman Papers, 1901-1993. HM1-883. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.