KIRKPATRICK, R. B., MRS.
MANUSCRIPT NUMBER 262
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CITATION: Mrs. R. B. Kirkpatrick Letters, MSS 262, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
Mrs. R.B. Kirkpatrick was a leader of the Women’s Branch Alliance at the
First Unitarian Church of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1955-1956. She
headed efforts to collects clothing and other goods to be sent on to Albert
Schweitzer’s leprosy hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, then known
as French Equatorial Africa.
This collection consists of two letters from workers at Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s
leprosy hospital to Mrs. R. B. Kirkpatrick. The first letter was written
by Emma Haussknecht, an aide to Schweitzer, and contains a personal
postscript written in French by Dr. Schweitzer. This letter, dated
June 24, 1955, contains thanks for materials sent to the hospital as well
as a description of the ongoing construction of housing and other additions
to the hospital. The second letter was written by Ari Silver, a nurse
at Schweitzer’s hospital, on September 31, 1956. Silver's letter conveys
thanks for clothing sent to the hospital and informs Kirkpatrick of the death
of Emma Haussknecht in June 1956.