CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3478
TitlePapers of David Lewis relating to Karl Barth, theologian
Datec 1960 - 1995
Extent5 boxes: 1.65 linear metres
Creator NameDavid Lewis (1916 - 1995), Presbyterian minister and translator
Administrative HistoryReverend A. David Lewis was a Presbyterian minister, who trained in Cambridge and held charges until the early 1960s, and again from 1967 until 1970. His interest in Karl Barth (1886 - 1968), theologian, led him to learn German in order to read, then translate his work. In the early 1960s he served as Information Secretary with the World Alliance of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches in Geneva, and from 1970 until 1976 as a translator with the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He continued to live in Geneva for some years as a freelance translator, before retiring to England, where he died in 1995.
Custodial HistoryThe collection remained in the custody of Rev. David Lewis until his death in 1995.
SourcePurchased by the University of Aberdeen Department of Divinity with Religious Studies and gifted to Special Collections in 1996. MS 3478/11 deposited in 2006 via the executors of the estate.
DescriptionCollection of papers relating to the life and work of Karl Barth (1886 - 1968), theologian, compiled by Rev. David Lewis during the period c 1960 - 1995. The papers include translations by David Lewis of works by Karl Barth; newspaper cuttings, chronologies, and transcripts by David Lewis of works by and about Karl Barth, and works by writers on related themes.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
ArrangementLewis's own arrangement within files has been respected and where possible an overall chronological sequence has been observed.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialDavid Lewis's Karl Barth Collection of printed books [c 200 volumes of works by Barth, c 145 volumes of works about Barth] is also deposited in the University, as special collection Barth; see Aberdeen University Library Catalogue.
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