John D. Regester collection on Albert Schweitzer, 1960-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Correspondent
Regester, John DickinsonSchweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965
Title
John D. Regester collection on Albert Schweitzer
Dates
1960-1972 (bulk)
1924-1974 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.45 cubic feet, (7 boxes)
Collection Number
Mss.018
Summary
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a medical missionary, philosopher, and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1952) who operated a hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, for 45 years. This collection contains Schweitzer biographer John D. Regester’s collection of Schweitzer-related correspondence, files, articles, clippings, photographs, and a 1940 manuscript on Indian and Chinese thought, and African artifacts.
Repository
University of Puget Sound, Archives & Special Collections
University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections
Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St.
CMB1021
Tacoma, WA
98416-1021
Telephone: 253-879-2669
archives@pugetsound.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection John D. Regester Collection on Albert Schweitzer is primarily composed of Regester's pamphlets on Schweitzer and correspondence with other Schweitzer scholars about Schweitzer (1875-1965) and his work. The collection also contains some correspondence between Regester and Schweitzer. The Schweitzer letters were dictated to a colleague who translated them to English before sending them to Regester. The collection includes photosgraphs, artifacts, and recordings.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John D. Regester was professor of philosophy and Dean at the College of Puget Sound (now University of Puget Sound) from 1924 to 1965. Regester wrote his dissertation on Schweitzer in 1928 which was later published in 1931 by Abingdon Press, the first book on Schweitzer (1875-1965), a medical missionary, philosopher, and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1952) who operated a hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, for 45 years. As a result, Schweitzer referred to Regester as his "First American Friend." Regester visited Lambarene, Gabon, French Equatorial Africa, twice to see Schweitzer. The second time he arrived just days after Schweitzer's funeral. During this second trip Regester acquired African funeral relics (face masks and wooden bell) which are in the collection. Traditionally these items are buried with the body but due to Regester's relationship with Schweitzer they were gifted to Regester.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Name of document, date]. John D. Regester Collection on Albert Schweitzer, MSS 018. University of Puget Sound Archives. Tacoma, Washington.

Restrictions on Use

Collins Memorial Library provides access to its collections in order to support research and education. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the use or reproduction of some items may be restricted by the terms of the gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, or university policy. It is the user's responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or any other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise disseminating materials found in the collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Research, 1930-1979Return to Top

The Research series includes African artifacts, recordings of Schweitzer's memorial service in Germany, Regester's personal and professional correspondence, and Regester's papers and notes related to his Schweitzer scholarship.

Container(s) Description Dates
i: General
1965
Box
6
Artifacts
Artifacts include: 1 carved wooden instrument 1 carved wooden mask 1 carved wooden alligator/crocodile
Undated
7
Schweitzer Memorial Service
Includes 2 vinyl recordings of Albert Schweitzer's memorial service in Gunsbach, Germany in 1965.
1965
ii: Correspondence
1930-1979
Box Folder
1 1
Regester Correspondence, General
1930-1971
1 2
Regester letters to Bahr, Dr. H.W.
1961-1963
1 3
Regester letters to Cheatham, Alyce
1961-1967
1 4
Regester letters to Davenport, Manuel
1961
1 5
Regester letters to Denues, John
1966-1969
1 6
Regester letters to Ellerbrock, Lee
1961-1968
1 7
Regester letters to Evans, Mark
1961
1 8
Regester letter to Phillips, Herbert
1960-1962
1 9
Regester letters to Rhee, Timothy
1968
1 10
Regester letters to Schweitzer, Albert
1931-1964
1 11
Regester letters to Schweitzer, Rhena
1966-1971
1 12
Regester letters to Silver, Ali
1961-1968
1 13
Regester letters to Staver, Jane
1961-1968
1 14
Regester letter to Taylor, Desmond
1972
1 15
Regester letters to Woodhull, Alice
1961-1968
1 16
Schweitzer letter to Regester, with photograph
Undated
1 17
Schweitzer letters to Emory Ross
1948-1949
1 18
Schweitzer World Confederation letters to Regester
1967-1969
1 19
Taylor, Desmond Correspondence
1972-1979
iii: Papers
1960-1966
Box Folder
2 1
" Interviews at Lambarene"
Undated
2 2
Recording of Schweitzer's 84th Birthday
Includes note and key found with recording
Undated
2 3
Safari
Includes photos of Regester on Safari
1960-1961
2 4
Safari Preparations
1960-1961
2 5
Safari Reports
1960-1961
2 6
Schweitzer Conference
1960
2 7
Schweitzer Conference Digests
1960
2 7
Scwheitzer Conference Prep
1960
3 1
Schweitzer Death Certificate
1965
3 2
Schweitzer Education Foundation Sermon Contest
1960-1961
3 3
Schweitzer Essay Contest
1960
3 4
Schweitzer Geneology
undated
3 5
Schweitzer Hospital Association
1966
3 6
Schweitzer Personal Effects
Undated
3 7
Schweitzer Seminar, Portland OR
1961
3 8
Schweitzer Will
1965

II:  Photographs, 1928-1965Return to Top

The Photographs series includes photographs of Schweitzer as well as photographs and postcards that Regester collected on his travels to Africa and Germany.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 9
Photograph by Karsh of Ottowa
Undated
3 10
Photographs and Postcards
1928-1965
3 11
Signed Schweitzer Photograph
1949

III:  Printed Materials, 1924-1974Return to Top

The Printed Materials series includes articles about Schweitzer, articles and speeches written by Schweitzer, and various scholarly journals and articles relating to Regester's research on Schweitzer.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
" Albert Schweitzer"
1965
4 2
Articles about Schweitzer
1928-1955
4 3
Articles about Schweitzer
1956-1971
4 4
" American Weekly"
1960
4 5
" Arts and Sciences"
1966
4 6
" Berichte aus Lambarene"
1972-1974
4 7
" Cahiers de L'Association Francaise"
1972
4 8
" Der Spiegel"
1960
4 9
" Der Thurmer"
1924
4 10
" From Heart to Heart"
1970
4 11
Ephemera
Ephemera include pamphlets and brochures for Schweitzer related fellowships, exhibtions, and lectures.
1950-1970
4 12
Goethe Bicentennial
1949
4 13
" History of Indian and Chinese Thought"
1940
5 1
" Hochschulwissen"
1925
5 2
" Hommage a Albert Schweitzer"
Undated
5 3
Hospital at Lambarene, Articles
1947-1966
5 4
Hospital at Lambarene
1965-1972
5 5
" The Liberation of a Western Robot"
undated
5 6
Life: The Great White Wizard
1965
5 7
Newspaper Clippings on Scwheitzer's Death
1965
5 8
Perigord Village, France
Undated
5 9
" Philosophy East and West"
1958-1959
5 10
" Philosophie und Leben"
1925
5 11
Regester's Articles on Schweitzer
1932-1960
5 12
Schweitzer's Articles and Speeches
1930-1959
5 13
Schweitzer Memorial and Funeral Services
1965
5 14
" Wissen und Leben"
1925
5 15
" United Nations World"
1952
5 16
" Universitas"
1957-1969

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Missionaries, Medical--Gabon--Lambaréné (Moyen-Ogooué)
  • Philosophy
  • Personal Names :
  • Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965
  • Geographical Names :
  • Lambaréné (Moyen-Ogooué, Gabon)