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The Alberto Rembao Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 129

Scope and Content

Three major areas of Rembao's life are represented in this collection, which is divided into 14 series. The first series includes a scrapbook of clippings from Mexican newspapers spanning 1905-1914. Many of the clippings show pictures of revolutionary soldiers, including Rembao's uncles. Other articles include images of Chihuahua, Mexico.

There are two series of notes by Dr. Rembao. The first, Series II, includes notes from his days as a lecturer and college professor, many of which are undated. Series III includes many of his notes and papers from graduate school at the Pacific School for Religion and at Yale.

Series IV includes rough drafts of service bulletins from Casa del Buen Pastor, a Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California, where Rembao served as pastor during his graduate studies at Berkeley. Series V contains Dr. Rembao's correspondence, including letters received from 1921 to 1945. This extensive collection of letters offers insight into his work outside of school as an editor and pastor.

Series VI, Professional Writings, includes rough drafts of his writings for various journals, as well as writings for Spanish language publications La Nueva Democracia and Nueva Senda, of which he served as editor. Series VI-IX contain journal copies of his published articles and rough drafts of specific manuscripts. Series X includes articles by others, which were most likely sent to him for review and feedback. One unusual item found in this series is a manuscript copy of an unpublished screen play, entitled "The Wife of Uriah the Hittite," written by a Salvador Mendoza. It had been sent to Cecil B. DeMille, and is accompanied by a response letter signed by DeMille that turns down the screenplay. A separate series, Series XI, includes a work by John A. Mackay entitled "El Orden de Dios y el Desorden del Hombre."

Series XIII includes an incomplete set of lectures from a series given at Union Theological Seminary between the years 1953-1962. Last, Series XIV includes a collection of personal mementos of Dr. Rembao, including menus, receipts, passports, advertisement, maps and program announcements from events where Rembao spoke.


  • 1910-1962 (bulk 1924-1945)

Language of Materials

English, Spanish


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 Alberto Rembao Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

Dr. Alberto Rembao was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on September 26, 1895. His uncle and aunt, Rafael and Silvina Rembao, were leaders in the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911. Rembao did not finish high school in Mexico. He was 16 when he enlisted in General Orozco's army, and 18 when he lost his leg and was smuggled to the U.S. by Protestant missionaries for life-saving care. After his recovery, he started high school again in New Mexico, and completed his high school requirements and graduated in 1917 from Alhambra City High School, in Alhambra, California, at the age of 21. Then he started at Pomona College later in 1917. He received an A.B. degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California. From there he moved to Mexico to be a teacher and eventually principal of the Colegio International in Guadalajara. Dr. Rembao also was a professor of Spanish language and literature at the University of Guadalajara.

Rembao returned to the United States in 1924 to begin graduate studies at the Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, California. He graduated with a Masters and Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1927. While studying there he also served as pastor for a Spanish speaking Presbyterian Church, Casa del Buen Pastor in San Francisco. Rembao went on to graduate study at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley. He also received an honorary D.D. from the Pacific School of Religion.

While a student at the Pacific School, Dr. Rembao began working on Nueva Senda, a Spanish-language monthly. In 1931 he became the editor of La Nueva Democracia, a Spanish-language quarterly that was published by the Committee on Cooperation in Latin America of the Foreign Missions Division of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. This publication was designed to carry a non-sectarian message to Spanish-speaking peoples of Latin America to promote Christianity, and the values of democracy and internationalism. He began helping with some of the editorial duties around 1931 and was named general editor of the publication in 1933.

At various times Rembao served as a guest lecturer at the College of the City of New York (Latin American History); at the Hartford Seminary Foundation (Contemporary Thought in Latin America); at the Biblical Seminary in the City of New York (Church and State in Latin America); and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was also a visiting professor at Matanzas Theological Seminary, Matanzas, Cuba. He lectured widely both in the U.S. and at Latin American Universities.

Rembao's books in English include Lupita, a Story of Mexico in Revolution, Outlook in Mexico, and Horseman of the Lord. His books in Spanish cover many subjects, including transcendentalism, evangelism, theology and the philosophy of religion. Titles include: Chihuahua de mis Amores y Otros Despachos de Mexicanidad Neoyorquina, Democracia Trascendente, Flor de Traslaciones: Ensayos de Tiempo de Angustia, Meditaciones Neoyorkinas, and Vida Heroica. Dr. Rembao was married to Mrs. Julia Garcia de Rembao. He died of a stroke on November 10, 1962 at his home in New York City.


2.2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Series I: (Box 1) - Scrapbook (1905-1914)

Series II: (Box 1) - Notes

Series III: (Box 1) - Graduate School Notes and Papers, 1924-28

Series IV: (Box 1) - Casa del Buen Pastor, San Francisco, California, 1924-27

Series V: (Box 1) - Correspondence, 1921-45

Series VI: (Box 2) - Professional Writings

Series VII: (Box 2) - Discorso a la Nacion Evangelica

Series VIII: (Box 2) - El Mundo en Marcha

Series IX: (Box 2) - Lecciones de Filosofia de la Religion, from Matanzas, Cuba

Series X: (Box 2) - Articles by other authors

Series XI: (Box 2) - El Orden de Dios y el Desorden del Hombre, por Juan Mackay

Series XII: (Box 2) - La Biblio y las Naciones

Series XIII: (Box 2) - Union Theological Seminary Lecture Series, 1953-1962

Series XIV: (Box 2) - Personal Mementos

Related Material

See also the following materials at Boston Universitys Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center:

The Carleton Beals Collection, featuring letters written by Rembao as editor of "La Nueva Democracia"

Processing Information:

This collection was donated by Dr. Rembao's wife in 1985. A collection of his books acquired at this time, were donated by the Seminary to Princeton University's Firestone Library. This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written in the spring of 1994, by Melissa Rizer under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited in April of 2009, by Sarah Seraphin.

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Repository Details

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