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The Martin Rumscheidt Collection on Karl Barth and the Karl Barth Exhibition

Identifier: SCM 022

Scope and Content

This collection consists of Martin Rumscheidt's files on the English version of the travelling Karl Barth exhibition, A Theologian's Life in Pictures, as well as the exhibit's metal plates printed with images of Barth, his works, and image captions. The files consist of papers left over from Rumscheidt's preparation of the English version of the exhibit, correspondence with professors and other officials at exhibiting institutions, and details on the assembly and packing of the exhibit.


  • 1886-1975 (bulk 1968-1975)

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There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Martin Rumscheidt Collection on Karl Barth and the Karl Barth Exhibition. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

Biography of Karl Barth:

Karl Barth (1886-1968) was the most significant Reformed theologian of the twentieth century. He wrote The Epistle to the Romans (1919, 1922) while pastor in the Swiss village of Safenwil. That publication led to professorships in Göttingen, Münster, and Bonn. He protested the rise of National Socialism by, among other things, authorizing the Barmen Declaration in 1934. After being ejected from Germany by the National Socialists in 1935, he became a professor of theology at Basel University, where he remained until his retirement in 1962. His major publication was the monumental Church Dogmatics, which he left unfinished at his death.

Biography of Martin Rumscheidt:

Theologian Hans Martin Rumscheidt is an ordained minister and professor retired from Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His particular research interests include Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Adolf von Harnack, Karl Barth, and how theology deals with war, genocide, guilt, and repentance. Raised in Third Reich Germany, he became a Canadian citizen in 1957 and studied under Karl Barth in 1961 and 1962 at the Basel University. He was responsible for the creation of the English version of the Karl Barth exhibition in the early 1970s and he arranged the exhibition schedule and other details for its display at dozens of universities and seminaries in Canada and the United States in the early and mid 1970s.


10.1 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


Folders in box 1 are arranged alphabetically. The metal exhibition plates (with photographs and captions on them) are sorted by size, small and large, but are not otherwise arranged in any particular order.

Related Material

See the holdings of the Center for Barth Studies at Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries.

Processing Information:

This collection was given to the Center for Barth Studies at Special Collections in various installments by Martin Rumscheidt. It was processed and the original finding aid was written by Matthew Reeder, February 2007. The Karl Barth biography section was written by Clifford Anderson. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in November 2008.

The Martin Rumscheidt Collection on Karl Barth and the Karl Barth Exhibition
Matthew Reeder
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

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