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Albert Schweitzer / Barbara Pound Collection (MC 190)

Biographical Note

According to the Wikipedia article on him, Albert Schweitzer was born 14 January 1875 and died on 4 September 1965. His birthplace was in Alsace-Lorraine, then a part of the German empire. He was a theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary. Schweitzer, a Lutheran, challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by historical-critical methodology current at his time in certain academic circles, as well as the traditional Christian view. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa (then French Equatorial Africa). As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ reform movement (Orgelbewegung).

Schweitzer sought to discover a universal ethical philosophy, anchored in a universal reality, and make it available to all of humanity

Scope and Content

These materials were collected over several decades by Mrs. Murphy Pound, Jr. Barbara Ann Golden was born on November 29, 1925 and died 26 June, 2003. In 1953 she married Murphey Pound, Jr. (July 25, 1925-November 23, 2012). She developed an interest in the life and work of Albert Schweitzer and collected information by and about him, including publications of the Albert Schweitzer Center, lecture and film programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and correspondence principally with Gibson O. Etchison of Valley, Alabama.

1970s-1994 1 box (1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Albert Schweitzer Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Albert Schweitzer Collection (MC 190)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


These materials were donated to the CSU Archives by Murphey Pound in 2003.

Note to Researchers

See also:

Pound and Flowers, Architects, Drawings (MC 80)

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Reverence, Newsletter of the Albert Schweitzer Center, Nos. 7-12, May, 1984-December, 1988

Folder 2 – Reverence, Newsletter of the Albert Schweitzer Center, Nos. 13-17, November, 1989-May, 1994

Folder 3 – Eerbied Voor Het Leven: En Nieuws Uit Lambarene, 1984-1986

Folder 4 – The Courier: Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 1975-1982

Folder 5 – Greeting cards (2) from the Albert Schweitzer Center, n.d. and 1988

Folder 6 – Albert Schweitzer post cards (19), some written, 1990s

Folder 7 – Newspaper clippings about Albert Schweitzer, 1970s-1980s

Folder 8 – Reverence for Life: The Ethics of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a Lecture by Dr. Richard Friedmann, 1963

Folder 9 – Image of Albert Schweitzer (from a calendar), n.d.

Folder 10 – Vegetarian Times magazine clipping, Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life, September, 1985

Folder 11 – Blessing of the Animals at Trinity Church, Columbus, Georgia, October 8, 1977

Folder 12 – Letter and other material from Lilly Lessing to Rose Smith regarding a dramatic presentation about Mrs. Schweitzer called “I Am His Wife”, March 13, 1981

Folder 13 – Reproduction of a design by Jean Cocteau in honor of Dr. Schweitzer's 90th birthday, 1962

Folder 14 – Everyone Needs a Philosophy of Life: Albert Schweitzer's Philosophy: Reverence for Life, edited and arranged by Mary Louise r. O'Hara, 1978

Folder 15 – Clipping from MD magazine titled Albert Schweitzer is Alive and Well and Living in Haiti, with an accompanying letter, October, 1986

Folder 16 – Fundraising letter from the Albert Schweitzer Center, October, 1989

Folder 17 – American Film Theatre. Cinebill, vol. 1, no. 8. Lost in the Stars, a film form the play by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson, January, 1974

Folder 18 – Letter to Gustave Woytt of Strasbourg, France copied to Barbara Pound from Gibson O. Etchison about the Dale Lectures, February 18, 1983

Folder 19 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Harold Prince concerning the publication of some of Albert Schweitzer's works. (copied to Barbara Pound), November 18, 1981

Folder 20 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound concerning Schweitzer, February 5, 1985

Folder 21 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound enclosing a news clipping on Schweitzer, March 13, 1985

Folder 22 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, 25 March, 1985

Folder 23 – Letters from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, no date/no postmark but perhaps April, 1985 and March, 1985

Folder 24 -- Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, 18 March, 1985

Folder 25 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, 25 March, 1985

Folder 26 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Antje Bultmann Lemke and copied to Barbara Pound, April 22, 1985

Folder 27 – Postcard from Adriana Keseru, Director of the Albert Schweitzer Center, 21 May, 1985

Folder 28 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, postmarked 21 June, 1985

Folder 29 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, 5 August, 1985

Folder 30 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Adriana Keseru copied to Barbara Pound, 27 December, 1986

Folder 31 – Letter from Gibson O. Etchison to Barbara Pound, 27 April, 1987

Folder 32 – Letter from the Albert Schweitzer Center to Mrs. Murphey Pound with enclosures about materials available from the Center, 14 February, 1986

Folder 33 – They Thought He Was Mad: Albert Schweitzer of Africa by Ruth Henrich. Eagle Book 28. Friendship Press, New York, 1942