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Schweitzer, Albert (1875-1965)

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Books & Manuscripts - 2483
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November 15, 2009 11:00AM


Schweitzer, Albert (1875-1965), Important Collection of Schweitzer and Schweitzer Related Material, collected by Charles Joy, including: approx. 30 autograph manuscript letters signed by Schweitzer, dating mainly from c. 1947-48, and approx. 10 carbon copies of autograph manuscript letters; approx. 301 8 x 10 in. photographs, most with notes and cropping instructions for use in a publication, depicting scenes in Africa (some duplicate images); a publisher's mock-up of A Jungle Chronicle by Schweitzer and his associates, translated and edited by Joy, a group of 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. black and white photographs tipped onto blue paper, with text blocks glued below, and penciled pagination, in folio; album of approximately 180 black and white photographs (approx. 4 x 6 in.) of Schweitzer, Schweitzer family members, European and African scenes, including images of Schweitzer working at Lambarene, and playing the organ, one picture of himself signed to Joy, one is an image of a family group annotated by him, and another a town scene also annotated by him, (some images likely taken by Joy); typed manuscripts of works by Schweitzer, including "The Africa of Albert Schweitzer", "Goethe als Denker un Mensch," and one beginning "Und mein kann sich fragen...," with notes and redactions in Schweitzer's hand; a typed copy of a working manuscript titled "Jungle Chronicle" marked Beacon Press, Boston, 1852 with edits and publishing notes; article titles "Eugene Munch, 1857-1898," for Imprimerie J. Brinkmann, Mulhouse, and related ephemera and photographs: an archive of 2-1/4 x 2 1/4 in. black and white photographs mounted to 8 x 5 in. index cards, including approx. 1000 depicting towns in Europe related to Schweitzer, including areas in Mulhausen, and Strasbourg, as well as cathedral organs and organists, etc., many with inked notations and references to page numbers, and approximately 1400 related to Gabon, Africa, including images of the hospital, local people, local craft, animals, and foodstuffs; approx. 224 newsletters, flyers, and magazines, mainly from the 1940s and 1950s, related to Schweitzer's work, or referencing Schweitzer, with an archive of hundreds of contemporary newspaper clippings; thirty-six 2 x 2 in. transparency slides of European and African scenes; a silk-type vest-form medical article, with strip of fabric labeled "Moustiquaire"; plus extensive groupings of correspondence between Dr. Joy and persons connected to Schweitzer, Schweitzer organizations, and institutions and individuals assisting Dr. Joy in publishing, researching, and acquiring Schweitzeriana, including letters from Helene Schweitzer, Emmy Martin, Miriam Rogers, as well as hard cover and paperback books, many by Joy.

Note: Born in Boston, Charles Rhind Joy (1885-1978) graduated from Harvard in 1908, and became an American Unitarian clergyman, a socialist activist in international relief work, and an educator. He devoted himself to researching and writing about Dr. Schweitzer, and translated many of Schweitzer's works from French into English, and wrote numerous books about Schweitzer. In the 1940s and 50's was associate director of the Save the Children Federation, and executive consultant for African affairs for C.A.R.E.. Part of his collection is held in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library.
Estimate $35,000-55,000

many of the Gabon 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 photos adhered to the opposing index cards from humidity, etc., which will require special care and/or conservation (images currently unviewable without potential harm to photos).


Albert Schweitzer, Charles Joy, Gabon, Beacon Press, Mulhausen, Strasbourg, Emmy, Emmy Martin, Helene Schweitzer, Miriam Rogers, Charles Rhind Joy, socialist activist in international relief work, activist in international relief work, associate director, director of the Save, executive consultant, Children Federation, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse University Library, French people, Germany