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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections
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The Library has tried for some years to gather a complete collection of his writings and related literature.

For particulars refer to: Robert Amadou. Albert Schweitzer Eléments de Biographie et de Bibliographie. (Paris, 1952) [(ExB) 6185.84.558; this is a checked copy of the Schweitzer bibliography].

An exhibition on Schweitzer was held at the Library in 1956. It was at this time that the Library announced its intention to build a complete archive of Schweitzer material in all languages.

The exhibition brought together the major portion of his writings from his first publication in 1898 to the time of the exhibition. Fields represented were as diverse as New Testament scholarship, social philosophy, music, medicine, practical philanthropy, and autobiography, with a representative sampling of the international literature of commentary and interpretation written about him.

Over 200 items displayed at the exhibition are described in the following catalogue: Howard C. Rice. Albert Schweitzer. The Bibliographical Approach. An Exhibition in the Princeton University Library. (Princeton, 1956). [(ExB) 0639.739 no.18] [full text] .

Also see Howard C. Rice, "Out of Schweitzer's Life and Thought" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXI, 4 (Summer, 1960) pp. 246-251 [full text].

The Manuscripts Division holds several groupings of papers. The Albert Schweitzer collection, 1905-1983, consists mainly of printed material about Schweitzer, as well as manuscripts of two works, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous material [(MSS) C0326]. See also the Miriam Rogers collection of Albert Schweitzer, 1945-1973 [(MSS) C0769]. It consists primarily of papers collected by Rogers concerning Albert Schweitzer as medical missionary and physician at his hospital (founded in 1913) in Lambarene, French Equatorial Africa, after World War II. Both collections have finding aids in the Library's online catalogue.