Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) was founded by American friends of Albert Schweitzer in 1939 to support his hospital and medical work at Lambarene in Gabon (then French Equatorial West Africa), and to disseminate his philosophical and ethical principles, characterized by the phrase "reverence for life."

The ASF was involved in direct support of the hospital through fund-raising and material gifts until operation of the hospital was assumed by the Gabonese government, two years after Schweitzer's death in 1965. Presently, the ASF continues to support the work of the hospital through lobbying for U.S. government aid and raising funds for capital improvements. In 1979, it instituted an internship program at the hospital for visiting Harvard Medical School students.

ASF leaders helped to organize Albert Schweitzer's only visit to the U.S., in 1949, to deliver a lecture on Goethe. The ASF has been active in publishing and disseminating writings, recordings, and films by and about Schweitzer. ASF records include a great volume of both published and unpublished materials. A major project was the compilation of a Schweitzer Bibliography, published in 1981.

The ASF organized two American conferences on Schweitzer, in 1966 and 1977, as well as celebrations of his centenary in 1975. In pursuit of Schweitzer's ethics, it remains active in numerous humanitarian and peace projects, particularly nuclear disarmament.

The ASF has been in constant communication with other Schweitzer-related organizations: (1) the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, (2) the numerous European organizations also dedicated to Schweitzer's work and ethics, under the umbrella of the Association internationale de l'Hopital Albert Schweitzer a Lambarenê et de son Oeuvre (A.I.S.L.) in which ASF itself is active, and (3) the Albert Schweitzer Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, founded in 1966 by Schweitzer's friend and filmmaker, Erica Anderson. The ASF records include a great deal of correspondence, reports, and publications from these organizations.

Due to its dedication to Schweitzer, to the personal friendship of early leaders with him, and to ongoing participation in the ASF by Schweitzer's daughter, Rhena Schweitzer Miller, the records include a substantial amount of memorabilia from Schweitzer, his wife Helene Schweitzer, and extensive publications and clippings files.

From the guide to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Records, 1905-1993, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Correspondence to Marian Anderson, 1972. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Records, 1905-1993 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Antje Bultmann Lemke Collection Relating to Albert Schweitzer, 1907-circa 2003 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Anderson, Erica. person
associatedWith Binder, Theodor. person
associatedWith Bird, Jorge. person
associatedWith Bixler, Julius Seelye, 1894- person
associatedWith Cannon, E. Gaine. person
associatedWith Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973. person
associatedWith Catchpool, Frank. person
associatedWith Cousins, Norman. person
associatedWith Denues, A. R. T. (Arthur Russell Taylor), 1914- person
associatedWith Ellerbrock, Dottie. person
associatedWith Ellerbrock, Lee. person
associatedWith Fitz Gerald, Paul. person
associatedWith Ford Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Frey, Maurice. person
associatedWith Gussman, Lawrence. person
associatedWith Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964 person
associatedWith Hill, Jerome, 1905-1972 person
associatedWith Jack, Homer Alexander. person
associatedWith Joy, Charles R. (Charles Rhind), 1885-1978 person
associatedWith Keating, George T., b. 1892 person
associatedWith Lahde, Reinhard N. person
associatedWith Leif Erikson Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Lemke, Antje Bultmann. person
associatedWith Lowe, Charles. person
associatedWith Margolius, Hans, 1902- person
associatedWith Martin, Emmy. person
associatedWith Mayer, Louis. person
associatedWith Measey, William Maul, 1875-1967 person
associatedWith Mellon, William Larimer, 1910- person
associatedWith Montague, Joseph F. person
associatedWith Nies-Berger, Edouard. person
associatedWith Obame-Bikoro, Simon. person
associatedWith Paffrath, Leslie. person
associatedWith Person, Laura. person
associatedWith Pire, R. P. Dominique. person
associatedWith Pope, Fergus. person
associatedWith Rees, Thomas D. person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Ross, Myrta. person
associatedWith Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965 person
associatedWith Schweitzer, Helene. person
associatedWith Silver, Ali. person
associatedWith Sloan, Ruth. person
associatedWith Smith, Keith. person
associatedWith Stokes, Isaac N. P. (Isaac Newton Phelps), 1906- person
associatedWith Tenbrinck, Margaret S. person
associatedWith White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973 person
associatedWith Wick, Andre. person
associatedWith Wiles, V. McKinley person
associatedWith Young, Elizabeth L. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Science and medicine
Peace--Societies, etc
Missions, Medical--Gabon
Missionaries, Medical--Gabon
Endowments--United States
Voluntary hospitals--Gabon
Charities, Medical
Activism and social reform
Religion and philosophy

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