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Papers of Eileen Bumphrey, medical missionary in India


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The papers comprise two diaries for 1966 and 1967, a collection of slides and some loose photographs, letters and papers.


  • Creation: 1965-1969 and 2018


0.3 Linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15518/1].

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MS. 15518/1-2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15518, 15900, 16162


Papers of Eileen Bumphrey relating to her time working for the West Godavari Mission, Andhra Pradesh, India, 1965-1969.

Biographical / Historical

Eileen Bumphrey née Rogers was born in 1936, one of the nine children of Edith Cuthbert (1891-1960) and Ebenezer William Rogers (1892-1977), a noted preacher among the Plymouth Brethren. She trained at the Derby School of Occupational Therapy, 1955-1958, and worked in Leicester, Surrey and Oxford.

From December 1965 to February 1967 Eileen worked at the Bethseda Leprosy Hospital in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, India, a hospital of the West Godavari Mission, delivering training in occupational therapy and other para-medical services. Her elder sister, Olive (1922-2013), a teacher, had joined the West Godavari Mission in 1949 and remained there for 35 years.

Eileen later worked for the World Health Organisation as consultant occupational therapist to the Taiwan government and undertook further research projects in Oxford. In the 1970s she was chairman of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the first chairman of the College of Occupational Therapists. She was on the working party which established the first university course for occupational therapists at the University of East Anglia. She died in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Professor Alan Rogers, brother of Eileen Bumphrey, in 2018 and 2019.

Catalogue of the Papers of Eileen Bumphrey, medical missionary in India
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom