16. April 2015 - 12. September 2015


Schatzkammer der Zentralbibliothek Zürich
Predigerplatz 33
8001 Zürich

Opening hours

Montag bis Freitag, 13-17 Uhr
Samstag, 13-16 Uhr

A look back at the life’s work of a multifaceted personality

The latest research helps to shed light on various aspects of Schweitzer’s creative output.

The Zentralbibliothek Zürich has preserved a collection of inestimable cultural and historical value for over 40 years: the estate of the physician, philosopher, theologian, organist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, who became known as the “jungle doctor” and achieved global fame through his humanitarian work in Lambaréné in what is now Gabon. Schweitzer was a prominent figure in 20th-century history, and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich is marking the 50th anniversary of his death with a public exhibition based around his writings.

Manuscripts, pictures, personal effects, photographs and films highlight various aspects of Schweitzer’s work with the aid of the latest research. In addition to his humanitarian efforts in Lambaréné, the exhibition covers his theological, philosophical and political writings and his achievements as a renowned organist and music scholar. It is supported by the Association Internationale de L’oeuvre du Docteur Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné (International Association for the Works of Doctor Albert Schweitzer of Lambaréné; AISL).