Princeton University Library Collection of Albert Einstein Materials
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Albert Einstein was engaged by Kaizosha, the Japanese publishing house, to present a series of scientific and popular lectures on relativity. From Nov. 17, 1922, to Dec. 29, 1922, Einstein toured Japan, giving these lectures and performing official engagements. His trip at the time was described as a "triumphal progress."
Albert Einstein was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany. He studied in Zurich, Switzerland, and in 1901, the year he gained his diploma, he acquired Swiss citizenship. He became a German citizen in 1914 and remained in Berlin until 1933 when he renounced his citizenship for political reasons and immigrated to America to take the position of Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. He became a United States citizen in 1940 and retired from his post in 1945. He died on April 18, 1955, in Princeton.
This assembled collection consists of miscellaneous material by or about Einstein: correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts, photographs, drawings, articles and offprints, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and medical records. The material is chiefly in English, with a few items in German. Correspondents include Isaac Aschkenazy, Charles Bradford, Hermann Broch, Edward U. Condor, William Karraker, H. N. Russell, Lyman Spitzer, and William M. Whitney. Manuscripts include poems in German and in English, and an address delivered at Swarthmore College in June, 1938. There are photographs of Einstein with Mrs. Erich Von Kahler at the Kahler's house and of Einstein with Ghandi, Nehru, and others, and there are drawings of Einstein by Meinhard Jacoby, Arzell Thompson, Jr., and "J.C.T." There are also several photographs of Einstein taken by Roman Vishniac.
Arranged in accession number order.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject. Materials are the gift of multiple donors over the course of many years. Accession numbers include AM: 78-19, 78-20, 79-134, 80-5, 80-14, 80-17, 80-27, 82-45, 82-83, 84-91, 85-84, 1993-75, 1993-76, 1993-77, 1993-78, 1993-79, 1994-109, 1995-3, 1995-18, 2000-44, 2007-98, 11674, 15698, 16136, 16856, 17630, 20721, 21179, 21697; E 3755, 2017-25, 2017-111, 2019-28, 2022-024.
Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 24, 2006. Folder inventory added by Jenna Marrone in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Missing: 1 TLS to Prinz Loewenstein 1939 February 14.Physical Description
2 foldersmss unsigned
2 foldersTLsS (reponses are xerox copies)
2 foldersxerox copies
Includes typed letter of explanation from John R. Martin to R.M. Ludwig, 1975 June 30.Physical Description
Print of Einstein photograph located in Box 2.Physical Description
2 foldersXerox copy
2 foldersTLS (xerox copy)
2 foldersPhotograph signed by Einstein
2 foldersALS (Princeton), TLS (Pasadena). Photograph contains inscription to Rose Schiff.
2 foldersTLS; ALS
2 foldersTLsS (3)
2 foldersTLS (xerox copy)
2 foldersTLS (copy)
2 foldersAMsS (copy)
2 foldersTLS, AMsS
2 foldersALsS, 1 xerox copy
Copy (likely made from microfiche) of a 9-page medical record on Albert Einstein from a 5-day stay at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn beginning on December 27, 1948.Physical Description
Consists of four 10 x 13" silver gelatin prints of photographs taken by Roman Vishniac in the fall of 1941, showing Einstein seated in his office on the ground floor of Fuld Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, as well as standing and writing computations on a large blackboard, possibly at another location.
No photocopies may be made since Princeton does not own the original. Researchers interested in reproductions should contact the International Center for Photography in New York City.
Digitized negatives of these images can be found online in the Roman Vishniac Archive at the International Center of Photography, here, here, here, and here.Physical Description
One three-page letter in which Barrington recounts a conversation with Einstein.Physical Description
Consists of a letter from Einstein on letterhead of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists to Mrs. Emil G. Beck (her full name is not recorded), sending thanks for her "generous answer to my letter asking for your help in the great educational task we have undertaken."Physical Description