Papers of David Lewis

Scope and Content

Collection 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.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reverend 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.


Arranged by record type, and approximately chronologically therein, respecting the collector's arrangement within folders and binders.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the University of Aberdeen Department of Divinity with Religious Studies and gifted to Special Libraries and Archives in 1996.

Other Finding Aids

Summary list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail:

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

No copies known

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material. David Lewis copyright is assigned to the University of Aberdeen.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

The collection remained in the custody of Rev. David Lewis until his death in 1995


No accruals expected

Related Material

David 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, accessible online


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Additional Information

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