Alfred Schweitzer Collection

Identifier: MSS.0788

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The Albert Schweitzer Collection (6.25 linear feet) consists of magazines, pamphlets, newsletters, letters, correspondences, calendars, postcards, cards, stamps, medallions, posters, vinyl records, printed music, sculptures, a paperweight, a decorative dish, bookmarks, a drawing—all of which reflect Schweitzer’s life as Alsatian-born theologian, organist and Bach-enthusiast, missionary-doctor at Lambaréné, Gabon, and a Nobel Peace Prize humanitarian. Many of the materials came from Tennessee Players, Inc. production of the show “The Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach,” which played in various sites across the United States including the National Cathedral, Washington D.C.


  • Majority of material found within 1999 - 2010
  • 1949 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact


6.25 Linear Feet (5 Paige, 1 Flat box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Alfred Schweitzer Collection
Partially Processed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • October 2022: Scope and content note added by Nawat Masavisut and Elizabeth K. Batiuk.

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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