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Valentine Bargmann Papers

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Bargmann, V. (Valentine), 1908-1989

Valentine Bargmann (1908-1989) was born in Berlin, Germany, on April 8, 1908. He began studying at the University of Berlin but moved to Zurich in order to escape Nazi oppression. He completed his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 1936. Wishing to flee Europe and the growing spectre of Nazism, Bargmann received help from another German refugee, Albert Einstein, who sponsored his move to the United States. Bargmann arrived at Princeton University in 1937 and began working as Einstein's assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1943, Bargmann began working with John von Neumann, a member of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, on war-related research projects. His collaboration with von Neumann ultimately led to advances in computer technology. In 1946, Bargmann was appointed visiting lecturer in physics at Princeton. He joined the Princeton faculty as an associate professor of mathematical physics in 1948 and was promoted to full professor in 1957. As a professor, Bargmann wrote often about the quantum theory and the theory of relativity. He published in many of the leading mathematics and physics journals of the time. He eventually retired from teaching in 1976. After his retirement, he was awarded both the Wigner Medal and the Max Plank Medal for his contributions to group theory and quantum physics. One of the last projects Bargmann worked on was contributing to the planning and editing of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.

The Valentine Bargmann Papers consists of personal and professional correspondence, personal papers, awards, medals, lectures notes, drafts and published writing, and documents pertaining to the Einstein Papers Project. The bulk of the writings consists of notebooks and lectures notes containing some text but mainly pages of mathematical equations. Letters from family and friends in Germany constitute much of the early correspondence. Letters dating from the period of Bargmann's tenure as a professor at Princeton primarily come from colleagues and friends, while correspondence dated after 1976, when he became Professor Emeritus, often relates to awards and honors he received. Some of Bargmann's personal papers and effects, including his birth certificate, naturalization papers, and medals, are also included. In addition, the collection contains a sizable number of reprints of Bargmann's essays, plus several Albert Einstein reprints.

This collection also contains documents collected by Bargmann during the course of his work on the editorial advisory board of the Einstein Papers Project. Included here are annotated typescripts of the first two volumes of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, correspondence between the board members, and copies of Einstein-related documents that were likely selected for inclusion in the project.

Material from Valentine Bargmann's faculty file provided information used in the biography.

No accruals are expected.

The bulk of the papers was a gift from Christine Fellbaum in September of 1989. The "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" lectures were given by Frank Stern in 1992.

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This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in September 2007. Finding aid written by Casey Babcock on September 28, 2007.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Casey Babcock
Finding Aid Date
2007
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These papers were processed with a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

This series consists of personal writings of Valentine Bargmann, most of which are notes likely written and used while he was a professor at Princeton. Many of the notes lack context and contain no heading or date. They include a variety of mathematics and physics equations along with some explanatory text. Also included are drafts of two essays written by Bargmann.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Advanced Quantum Mechanics, 1951-1952. 1 folder.
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Copy of typewritten notes.

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1 folder

"The Fundamentals of Lorentz' Electrodynamics", undated. 1 folder.
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Possibly a draft of an essay or chapter of a book.

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1 folder

Notebooks: Physics 405, 1941. 1 folder.
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3 notebooks of calculations, equations, and problems used by Bargmann for a physics course he taught at Princeton.

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1 folder

Notebooks: Miscellaneous, 1973-1975. 1 folder.
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Miscellaneous notebooks containing equations, translations, and notes.

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1 folder

Notes 1, undated. 1 folder.
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Miscellaneous notes including transformations and functions.

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1 folder

Notes 2, undated. 1 folder.
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Miscellaneous notes including charts and equations.

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1 folder

Notes 3, undated. 1 folder.
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Miscellaneous notes including Clifford algebra and quadratic equations.

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1 folder

Notes 4, undated. 1 folder.
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Miscellaneous math notes, in German.

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1 folder

"Precession of the Polarization of Particles Moving in a Homogenous Electromagnetic Field", undated. 1 folder.
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Typed and annotated draft. Co-written with Louis Michel and V. L. Telegdi.

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1 folder

"Recollections of an Assistant of Einstein", 1979 April. 1 folder.
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Typed draft plus photocopy.

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1 folder

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This series consists of letters sent to Bargmann from family members, friends, and colleagues. The bulk of the correspondence from 1920 to 1940 is written in German. Much of it is from family and friends. The bulk of the correspondence from 1945 to 1973 pertains to Bargmann's position as a professor at Princeton. The bulk of the last run of correspondence contains letters discussing awards which were bestowed on Bargmann.

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This series is arranged chronologically.

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1 box

Correspondence 1, 1920 September 5-1943 December 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence 2, 1945-1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence 3, 1954-1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence 4, 1976 June 2-1988 January 12. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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This series consists of personal papers, ephemera, and memorabilia collected by Bargmann. A bulk of the material consists of personal papers including his birth certificate, naturalization papers, documentation related to awards, and books documenting his studies at the Universities of Berlin and Zurich.

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This series is arranged alphabetically.

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1 box

Medals, 1955-1979. 1 folder.
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Bargmann's Eugene Wigner Award, Max Plank Award, and an Einstein Centennial at The Institute for Advanced Study medal.

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1 folder

Personal Papers, 1908-1977. 1 folder.
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Includes Bargmann's birth certificate, naturalization papers, and doctoral certificate issued by the university of Zurich amongst other personal papers.

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1 folder

Photographs, 1959-1979. 1 folder.
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Photos of the Princeton Mathematics department, circa 1971. Plus, photos of Bargmann at the Einstein Centennial Symposium, March 1979.

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1 folder

Study and Test Books, 1926-1936. 1 folder.
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Bargmann's books from the Universities of Berlin and Zurich.

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1 folder

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This series consists of Einstein related papers that Bargmann collected while serving on the editorial advisory board of the Einstein Papers Project.

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This series is arranged alphabetically.

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2 boxes

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1 box

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1 box

Pages 1-150, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pages 151-310, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pages 311-525, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Insert Pages, 1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Pages 1-129, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pages 130-399, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pages 400-671, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Editorial Advisory Board Reports, 1973-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Elementare Üeberlegungen zur Interpretation der Quanten-Mechanik", circa 1952. 1 folder.
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Typed and annotated draft of an essay by Einstein. It is unclear who made the annotations. The essay is in German.

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1 folder

Newspaper Clippings, 1945-1973. 1 folder.
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Einstein features from American and international papers.

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1 folder

Tagebuch-Notizen, Amerika-Reise (Diary Notes, American Journey), 1931-1933. 1 folder.
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Einstein's typed notes, in German.

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1 folder

Miscellaneous Einstein Documents, 1922-1965. 1 folder.
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Copies of various notes, letters and essays by Einstein, the bulk of which are in German. Some contain annotations by Bargmann. They were likely intended for inclusion in the published Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.

Physical Description

1 folder

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This series consists of reprints of essays collected by Bargmann. This series is arranged into three groups: Albert Einstein Reprints, Valentine Bargmann Reprints, and Essays of Others.

Arrangement

The reprints and essays are arranged chronologically.

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2 boxes

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1 box

Vier Vorlesungen über Relativistätstheorie gehalten im Mai 1921 an der Universität Princeton Von A. Einstein, 1922. 1 folder.
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Four lectures by Albert Einstein.

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1 folder

Albert Einstein Essays, 1929-1930. 1 folder.
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Photostats and photocopies of Einstein essays in German.

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1 folder

"A Generalization of the Relativistic Theory of Gravitation, II", 1946 October. 1 folder.
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By Albert Einstein and E. G. Straus. Reprinted from Annals of Mathematics, Vol. 47, No. 4.

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1 folder

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2 boxes

"Über die durch Elektronenstrahlen in Kristallen angeregte Lichtemission", 1937. 1 folder.
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Bargmann's thesis. Published in the Helvetica Physica Acta.

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1 folder

"On Nearly Glancing Reflection of Shocks", 1945 March. 1 folder.
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Prepared for the Applied Mathematics Panel National Defense Research Committee by the Applied Mathematics Group, Institute for Advanced Study. Includes notes.

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1 folder

"Irreducible Unitary Representations of the Lorentz Group", 1947 July. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Annals of Mathematics, Vol. 48, No. 3.

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1 folder

"Group Theoretical Discussion of Relativistic Wave Equations", 1948 May. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 5.

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1 folder

"Remarks on the Determination of a Central Field of Force from the Elastic Scattering Phase Shifts", 1949 January 15. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from The Physical Review, Vol. 75, No. 2.

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1 folder

"On the Connection between Phase Shifts and Scattering Potential", 1949 July. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 21, No. 3.

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1 folder

"On the Number of Bound States in a Central Field of Force", 1952 November. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 38, No. 11.

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1 folder

"On Unitary Ray Representations of Continuous Groups", 1954 January. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from the Annals of Mathematics, Vol. 59, No. 1

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1 folder

"Relativity", 1957 April. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from The Review of Modern Physics, Vol. 29, No. 2.

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1 folder

"Precession of the Polarization of Particles Moving in a Homogeneous Electromagnetic Field", 1959 March. 1 folder.
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Co-written with Louis Michel and V.L. Telegdi. Reprinted from Physical Review Letters, Vol. 2, No. 10.

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1 folder

"On a Hilbert Space of Analytic Functions and an Associated Integral Transform, Part 1", 1961 August. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. XIV, No. 3.

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1 folder

"On the Representations of the Rotation Group", 1962 October. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 34, No. 4.

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1 folder

"On the Recent Discoveries Concerning Jupiter and Venus", 1962 December 21. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Science, Vol. 138, Number 3547.

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1 folder

"Gruppentheoretische Analyse der Lorentzinvarianz", 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Note on Wigner's Theorem on Symmetry Operations", 1964 July. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 5, No. 7.

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1 folder

"On a Hilbert Space of Analytic Functions and an Associated Integral Transform, Part 2: A Family of Related Function Spaces Application to Distribution Theory", 1967 February. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Communication on Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. XX, No. 1.

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1 folder

"Note on Some Integral Inequalities", 1972. 1 folder.
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Reprinted from Helvetica Physica Acta, Vol. 45.

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1 folder

Journal of Mathematical Physics, 1977 June. 1 folder.
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Volume 18, Number 6. Includes "Spaces of analytic functions on a complex cone as carriers for the symmetric tensor representations of SO(n)" by Bargmann.

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1 folder

Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich, 1979 March. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Volume 124, Number 1. Includes "Erinnerungen eines Assistenten Einsteins" by Bargmann.

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1 folder

"Group representations on Hilbert spaces of analytic functions", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On the Completeness of the Coherent States", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Essays of Others, 1936-1983. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Reprints and photocopies of essays collected by Bargmann, some of which are annotated.

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1 folder

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