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Atkinson Foundation: Albert Schweitzer Letters Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Atkinson Foundation: Albert Schweitzer Letters Collection
    Dates: 1956-1964
    Collector: Atkinson Foundation (San Mateo, Calif.)
    Collection Size: .1 linear feet (6 folders)
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: The collection contains thank you letters from Albert Schweitzer to the Atkinson Foundation for monetary gifts to the general hospital and leper village in Lambarn, Gabon. There are five letters and two photographs with description, written between 1956-1964.
    Physical location: Small Collections Box 17, ff 17-22, 5/G/1
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English French


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Atkinson Foundation: Albert Schweitzer Letters Collection, Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Atkinson Foundation, San Mateo, California.

    Processing Information

    Albert Schweitzer was a theologian, author, musician, and medical missionary. In 1913, he founded a hospital in Lambarn, Gabon, in French Equatorial Africa to which he devoted his entire life. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Collection contains five letters and two photographs. Written between 1956-1964, these are thank you letters from Albert Schweitzer to the Atkinson Foundation for monetary gifts to the general hospital and leper village in Lambarn, Gabon. Four of the letters are addressed to Donald K. Grant at the Foundation. Each letter has a portion in English. One letter is written by Marion Mill Preminger, four by Ari Silver. Each letter then has a separate portion hand-written in French by Schweitzer. All letters have English translations. One photograph of the Ogoou River and Lambarn. One photograph of Schweitzer at the leper village.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Five letters and two signed photographs from Albert Schweitzer with English translations. Letters are dated February 17, 1956; February 6, 1960; February 14, 1962; March 28, 1963; and January 8, 1964.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965--Correspondence.
    Silver, Ari--Correspondence.
    Preminger, Marion Mill--Correspondence.
    Grant, Donald K.--Correspondence.
    Atkinson Foundation (San Mateo, Calif.)
    Missionaries, Medical--Gabon--Lambarene--Correspondence.
    Missions to lepers--Gabon--Lambarene--Correspondence.
    Lambarene (Moyen-Ogooue, Gabon)--Missions--Correspondence.

    Genres and Forms of Material


    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Silver, Ari.
    Preminger, Marion Mill.
    Grant, Donald K., recipient.