Albert Einstein Collection, 1700s-1998 (bulk 1879-1998)
 
AR 136 / MF 549

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Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Albert Einstein Collection
Dates:1700s-1998
Dates:bulk 1879-1998
Abstract: This collection contains letters and notes by Albert Einstein, as well as photographs, clippings, items commemorating Einstein, the Einstein family tree, and autographs. The collection also includes a guest book from 1929 from Einstein's house in Caputh with entries made by guests who visited the house.
Languages: The collection is in German, English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (7 boxes) + oversized material
Identification: AR 136 / MF 549
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Albert Einstein was a Nobel Prize Winning physicist. He was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879, and died in Princeton, New Jersey in 1955.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters and notes by Albert Einstein, as well as photographs, clippings, items commemorating Einstein, the Einstein family tree, autographs, correspondence about Einstein, and clippings about him from 1921-1974 in two scrapbooks. The collection also includes a guest book from 1929 from Einstein's house in Caputh with entries by Stern, M. Laue, Edwin Fischer, Charles Rosenbloom, Chaim Weizmann, Lola Hahn, Ruggiero Ricci, Hermann Struck, Erich Kleiber, and Margarete Herrmann.

Also part of the collection are materials used for the Einstein Centennial Exhibit, held at the Leo Baeck Institute in 1979, including contents of the catalogue, such as letters, photographs, photocopies and their captions, etc.; and research material for exhibit. The original pictures and documents came for the most part from the Estate of Albert Einstein in Princeton. Also included are photocopies of seven letters by Leo Baeck to Einstein.

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Baeck, Leo; Baer, Norbert; Bamberger, Fritz; Blomme, Alphonse; Blumenfeld, Kurt; Bohr, Niels; Born, Max; Brillouin, Leon; Broch, Hermann; Bronk, Detlef; Buber, Martin; Dessau, Paul; Dukas, Helen; Dyson, Freeman; Ehrlich, Willy; Einstein, Elsa (1876-1936); Einstein, Margot; Einstein, Siegbert (1889-1968); Elisabeth, Queen of Belgium (1876-1965); Fischer, Edwin; Fowler, R.H.; Freund, Ismar; Geller, Abraham; Geller, Melvin; Hahn, Lola Held, Robert O.; Herrmann, Margarete; Hirsch, Julius; Hoffmann, Banesh; Kahler, Antoinette von; Kahler, Erich von; Kleiber, Erich; Kline, Allan; Laue, M.; Levy-Bruhl; Leyens, Erich; Liebermann, Max; Lilienthal, David; Mann, Thomas; Maric, Mileva; Mickel, Karl; Moos, Rudolf; Muenchinger, Karl; Nathan, Helmuth; Newman, Betty; Oppenheimer, Franz; Oppenheimer, J. Robert; Roosevelt, Eleanor; Rosenbloom, Charles; Ruggiero, Ricci; Schwarzschild, Karl; Serbu, Melanie; Shazar, Zalman; Sommerfeld, Arnold; Sonneborn, Rudolf; Straus, Ernst G.; Struck, Hermann; Unsold, Albrecht; Verschaffelt, E.; Warnow, Joan W.; and Weizmann, Chaim.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Collection is microfilmed - use MF 549 (4 reels).

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Microfilm

Collection is available on 4 reels of microfilm (MF 549).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Albert Einstein Collection; AR 136 / MF 549; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

There is no Box 7 for this collection.

All items have been microfilmed (unless otherwise noted). Microfilmed items are listed in order of appearance on the microfilm reels (unless otherwise noted).

 

Box 1, undated, 1879-1990

20 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collections: AR 136: Original Collection / AR 5152: Helen Dukas Collection.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Family tree; incl. Moses Baruich (Ainstein) - photocopy of: Ratsprotokoll March 16, 1665; Siegbert Einstein, ...; articles and correspondence referring to family treeundated
12Lecture: "Mein Glaubensbekenntnis", held at the "Liga fuer Menschenrechte"; Winter 1932-1933; 2 p. typed1932-1933
132 photocopies of publication of letter from Einstein to Roosevelt: "The Way Out", 1939, 2 p.undated
14Issue of Scopus, 31, 1979; includes Einstein's Lecture at the opening of the University of Jerusalem1979
15Regarding: Theory of relativity: Reprint of article: "The Philosophical Significance of the Theory of Relativity", originally published in Vol. VII of "The Library Of Living Philosophers", 1949, p. 289-311, with a dedication: "Dr. Otto Einstein in alter Freundschaft ueberreicht! Hans Reichuchain, Los Angeles, Maerz 1951"; Photocopies of correspondence to Mr. Louis Philip Levineundated
16Otto Nathan: "The Social and Cultural Concerns of Albert Einstein", 18 p. typed; Erich von Kahler: "Einstein - The Man", 5 p., typedundated
17Photocopies of letters of Albert Einsteinundated
18Photocopies of photographs of Albert Einstein (Photographs REMOVED to Photograph Collection)undated
19Postal stamps in Einstein's honor. (Coins REMOVED to Art and Objects Collection)undated
110Melanie Serbu: Photocopies of correspondence between Einstein and Serbu 1928-1965; most of the letters are typed, a few are handwrittenundated
111Difficulties with students in the 1920sundated
112Clippings1879-1955
113Clippings, on occasion of Einstein's death; Obituary, typed, English, 6 p.1955
114Clippings; incl. "Glimpses of Einstein. A photo essay"1955-1979
115Clippings, on occasion of Einstein's 100th birthday, life and work in retrospect1979
116Einstein's 100th birthday: Exhibitions, Commemorations, Symposia, etc.1979
117Clippings1980-1990
118Miscelleneous: Clippings; Brochure about Einstein fountain, Ulm, 1984; Correspondence of Louis Philip Levine; Concert Programundated, 1984
119AR 5152: Helen Dukas Collection: Correspondence with Zalman Shazar and othersundated
120AR 5152: Helen Dukas Collection: Colored copies of Hebrew art "From the Collections of the Jewish National and University Library Jerusalem"; Reproduction of "Ulmer Gulden" has been REMOVED to Art and Objects Collectionundated
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Box 2, undated

9 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collection: AR 4858: Centennial Exhibit, LBI 1979.

BoxFolderTitleDate
21I: Contents of Catalogue: #1-20undated
22I: Contents of Catalogue: #21-40undated
23I: Contents of Catalogue: #41-49undated
24I: Contents of Catalogue: #A-Mundated
25II: Research material for exhibit: a. Eventsundated
26II: Research material for exhibit: b. Lettersundated
27II: Research material for exhibit: c. Quotes by Einstein; d. Photos of Einstein; e. Mathematical drafts; f. Correspondence LBI regarding Exhibitundated
28Exhibit, Miscellaneous: Part 1undated
29Exhibit, Miscellaneous: Part 2undated
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Box 3, undated, 1919-1982

20 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collections: AR 7279: Addenda: Photographs, Manuscripts, Varia / AR 5607: Solvay Conference.

BoxFolderTitleDate
31I.1: Individual Photos; German and Swiss periodundated
32I.2: Individual Photos; Trips abroad: (Japan - Palestine - South America)undated
33I.3: Individual Photos; California visit1931-1932
34I.4: Individual Photos; Life in USA - after immigrationundated
35I.5: Individual Photos; Attendance at cultural/scientific affairsundated
36I.6: Individual Photos; "Special Occasions" (at the League of Nations -- arrival in Haifa -- greeting by school children on arrival at San Diego -- swearing in at citizenship ceremony -- at Carnegie Hall -- Picasso exhibit -- 60th birthday, etc.)undated
37I.7: Individual Photos; with relatives and friendsundated
38I.8: Individual Photos; with famous contemporaries (Queen Elizabeth of Belgium - Marie Curie - Rabindranash Tagore - Leopord Godouski - Thomas Mann - Max Born - Prof. Franz Oppenheimer - Winston Churchill - George Marshall, etc.)undated
39II: Individual Photos (without date or specific identification): 1. Albert Einstein - earlier years, later years, with friends; 2. Enlargements - various periodsundated
310Photo albums: Sailing (date and place unidentified); Sailing on Wannsee - September 1919; Scientific Congress, Montevideo, April 1925; California (Pasadena, Palm Springs) 1931-32; Photographs of Children and grandchildren, varia; Addenda: Photo showing Albert Einstein with the anthropologist Levy-Bruhl, the sociologist Franz Oppenheimer and the President of the Kant-Gesellschaft, Professor Liebert in Davos, Switzerland, 1928undated, 1919-1932
311III.1: Photos of artworks (drawings, paintings, sculptures) featuring A. Einsteinundated
312III.2: Artworks (drawings, paintings, sculptures) featuring A. Einsteinundated
313III.3. Cartoons, featuring Albert Einsteinundated
314Photocopies "Gaestebuch" - Haus Einstein, Caputh 1929-1932. -- ORIGINAL REMOVED TO R 39undated
315Commemorative folder - Inauguration of Albert Einstein School - Mexicoundated
316Margot Einsteins' Folder of Commemorative U.S. postage stamps featuring Albert Einstein1966-1979
317Typewritten manuscript of Paul Dessau's Opera "Einstein", Manuscript by Paul Dessau and Karl Michel: "Einstein". 1970; German, 60 p. typed, xeroxed. Opera celebrating the life, moral and scientific achievements of Einstein; Manuscript by Banesh Hoffmann and Joan W. Warnow: "Teacher's Guide ... for the film `Albert Einstein. The Education of a Genius'", Undated, English, 17p., typed, xeroxedundated
318Typewritten manuscript of an address by Albert Einstein given in New York, Nov. 11, 1947, 3 p.: Address upon receiving an award from the Foreign Press Association, Einstein discusses the current condition of the world.; Manuscript: "Today with Mrs. Roosevelt", 1950; English, 14 p., typed, mimeographed, A discussion of the future of atomic energy among Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, David Lilienthal, Detlef Bronk, Allan Kline, and Harry Winne.; Address at Memorial ceremony for Einstein's aide Helen Dukas by Freeman Dyson, March 15, 1982, 5 p.; Photocopy of a signed poem by A. E., Feb. 18, 1933 (showing him on bycicle); Manuscript by H. L.: "Einstein on Second Avenue (A Street Scene)", 1934, English (translated from the Yiddish), 2 p., typed, From a Jewish Daily Forward account of the eager anticipation of East Side residents when Einstein appeared in their neighborhood as the honored guest at a Palestine dinner; Hermann Hesse: "Ein paar Erinnerungen an Aerzte" in: Ciba-Symposium 8, 1960, p. 194-202; James K. Feibelmann: "A Conversation With Einstein", typed, 4 p.; Extracts from the will and Testament of Jewaharlal Nehru, typed, 2 p.; Arne Gustavs: "Albert Einstein. Seine Beziehung zu Hiddensee und zu Gerhard Hauptmann", in: Greifswalder Jahrbuch, 1966, p. 275-283, with a dedication for Margot Einstein; Hedwig Born: "Stille Gaenge", poetry-booklet with a dedication for Albert and Margotundated, 1934-1982
319Manuscript by Ernst G. Straus: "Albert Einstein's Work". 1971; German, 8 p.; typed, xeroxed. Lecture explaining Einstein's major scientific discoveriesundated
320AR 5607: Solvay Conferenceundated
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Box 4, 1922

1 folder
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collection: AR 7279: Addenda.

BoxFolderTitleDate
41Autograph book: A book signed (in Japanese and German) by participants at a lecture given by Albert Einstein in TokyoDecember 1922
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Box 5, undated

8 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collection: AR 7279: Addenda. It includes newspaper and magazine clippings with references to Albert Einstein, obituaries, and tributes on his death.

BoxFolderTitleDate
51Clippings, Part 1undated
52Clippings, Part 2undated
53Clippings, Part 3undated
54Clippings, Part 4undated
55Clippings, Part 5undated
56Clippings, Part 6undated
57Clippings, Part 7undated
58Clippings, Part 8undated
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Box 6, undated, 1920-1998

19 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collection: AR 7279: Addenda.

BoxFolderTitleDate
61Journals: The New Yorker, Dec. 2, 1933; Dec. 9, 1933December 2-9, 1933
62Journals: Collier's, Nov. 26, 1938November 26, 1938
63Journals: Life, June 12, 1939June 12, 1939
64Journals: Der Simpl, Heft 6, 1950; The Militarization of America, Jan. 1948; Jungkaufmann, Nr. 4, April 1952; The Decalogue Journal, 4:4, April/May 1954; World Over, April 29, 1955; The Listener, March 18, 19541948-1955
65Journals: Scientific American, Sept. 1950September 1950
66Letter from Dean Gordon, regarding: Monthly Evening Sky Map, Feb. 6, 1930undated
67Addenda: Clipping about book on Einstein's life (TLS, 1996)1996
68Addenda: Clipping about Einstein's relationship to his first wife Mileva Maric (NYT, 11/6/1996)November 6, 1996
69Addenda: Clippings about Alfons Bloome and his portrait of Albert Einsteinundated
610Addenda: Clipping about an inheritance dispute about Einstein's summer house in Caputh ("Berliner Morgenpost" October 10, 1998)October 10, 1998
611Addenda: Anniversary message to Einstein from the OSEJune 1951
612(Old Addenda 6): Supportive note by Albert Einstein for the "Akademie fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums" in Berlin; letter to Fritz Bamberger (Berlin, December 3, 1932) (both photocopies); letter by Fritz Bamberger explaining the background of these two documents (1979)undated, 1979
613Addenda: Magazine: Science & Vie Junior, French, Special issue about Einstein's scientific contributionsundated
614Addenda: Carbon copy of letter Einstein to the CentralvereinApril 5, 1920
615Addenda: Xeroxes of two handwritten letters by Albert Einstein to Mr. Lehman (1937 & 1941)undated
616Addenda: Einstein Centennial Issue (Physics today, March 1979)March 1979
617Addenda: Article "Numismatic Tributes to Albert Einstein" (by Harry Flower, The Numismatist, January 1987)January 1987
618Terry Haas: Licht und Raum. Homage an Albert Einstein. Museum Bochum, Catalog1977-1978
619Images of Einstein: A Catalog. Compiled by Joan N. Warnow. Center for History of Physics1979
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Box 8, undated, 1920-1962

9 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains autographs (shelf location: R 39).

BoxFolderTitleDate
81aAutographs (AR 1147): letters by Einstein to Frau Lowe, Mayer, Richard Eisemann, Abraham Geller, Egon Kemeny, Siegfried Messing, Erich von Kahler, Antoinette von Kahler, Dr. Schwalbe, Kurt Blumenfeld (20 items)undated
81bPhotocopies of Autographs in 8/1a (photocopies of material formerly located in Chemical Bank Vault)undated
82Letter from Einstein to Dr. LandauAugust 20, 1920
83Postcard to Margo Einstein from Hermann Hesse, undatedundated
84aLetters and cards from Queen Elisabeth of Belgium to Margot Einstein (13 items, in German and French, 1955-1962); an exchange of poetic greetings between Albert Einstein and the Queen (2 items, carbon copies, in German - dated 1933); and a press release by the Belgian Government Information Center in New York about the Queen (2 pages, in English, not dated)undated, 1933-1962
84bPhotocopies of Autographs in 8/4aundated
85A manila envelope, containing various letters, among others: photocopy of draft by Albert Einstein "Mes projects d'avenir", photocopy of letter by Albert Einstein addressed "Meinchieben", thanking them for congratulations and charitable contribution, photocopy of a letter by Busoni (in Italian, dated 1923), mementos connected with Hermann & Nimon Hesse, a postcard by Charlie Chaplin to Margot Einstein (undated)undated
86Personal Documents: Registration Card 1942; Identification Card; Death Certificate 1955undated, 1942-1955
87"Gaestebuch" - Haus Einstein, Caputh 1929-1932: Guest book for the Einstein house with entries by: Stern, M. Laue, Edwin Fischer, Charles Rosenbloom, Chaim Weizmann, Lola Hahn, Ruggiero Ricci, Hermann Struck, Erich Kleiber, Margarete Herrmann. (photocopies only - original at ROS 12)undated
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OS 60, 1921-1998

2 folders
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collection: AR 4988: Betty Newman Collection, #1-36.

BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 60(Unnumbered)455 clippings in two scrapbooks (brittle material)1921-1974
OS 60(Unnumbered)Addenda: calendar with Einstein portraits [on the microfilm reel, this item appears between OS 20 and OSL 1]1998
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OS 19, undated

4 folders
Scope and Content:

All items have been removed to the Photograph Collection; there is no longer a box located at OS 19.

BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 19(Unnumbered)A series of photos by Adelier Jacobi, Berlin, showing the Einstein house in Caputh (near Berlin), Exterior and Interior Shots: eleven photos mounted on 10 x 15" card board, twelve photos mounted on 15 x 20" card board, plus 1 unmounted interior photo 6 1/2 x 9". (removed to Photograph Collection)undated
OS 19(Unnumbered)Photos of Albert Einstein (at various ages), enlarged and mounted. (removed to Photograph Collection)undated
OS 19(Unnumbered)Photos of Albert Einstein (at various ages), enlarged - not mounted. (removed to Photograph Collection)undated
OS 19(Unnumbered)Enlarged and mounted photos showing Albert Einstein with friends and in groups - mostly at scientific or cultural affairs. (removed to Photograph Collection)undated
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OS 20, undated, 1953

4 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 20(Unnumbered)Miscellaneous: Photo of house in Ulm where Albert Einstein was born (enlarged and mounted) (removed to Photograph Collection); drawing by Da Verona "Sorrowing Woman"; etching of Nicholas Copermaisundated
OS 20(Unnumbered)Desk-blotter pad, given to Albert Einstein by a Jewish organization on his visit to Argentinaundated
OS 20(Unnumbered)Acknowledgement by Hadassah of a gift in honor of Professor Albert Einstein, to help build the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalemundated
OS 20(Unnumbered)Award of Merit, presented to Albert Einstein by the "Decalogue Society of Lawyers", Chicago, Illinois1953
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OSL 1, 1955-1979

1 folder
Scope and Content:

This box contains materials incorporated from the following formerly separate collection: AR 4988: Betty Newman Collection, #1-36.

BoxFolderTitleDate
OSL 1(Unnumbered)Betty Newman Collection AR 4988 # 37, print by Onorio Ruotolo, 1955; (AR 136) exhibit poster, "Albert Einstein, A Centenary Exhibition," University of Texas, Austin, 1979 (two copies)1955-1979
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ROS 12, 1929-1934

2 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
ROS 12(Unnumbered)Photo of Albert Einstein by Sylvia Salmi, NY (dedication: Herrn Berthold Neuer zum Andenken)1934
ROS 12(Unnumbered)"Gaestebuch" - Haus Einstein, Caputh: Guest book for the Einstein house with entries by: Stern, M. Laue, Edwin Fischer, Charles Rosenbloom, Chaim Weizmann, Lola Hahn, Ruggiero Ricci, Hermann Struck, Erich Kleiber, Margarete Herrman [not microfilmed]1929-1932
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R 16, 1700s

1 item
BoxFolderTitleDate
R 16(Unnumbered)Manicure set - family heirloom of the Einstein family first owned by Esther Einstein (1720-1796) [not microfilmed]Mid 18th century
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TB 18, undated, 1978-1980

3 items
BoxFolderTitleDate
TB 18(Unnumbered)AR 136: Poster with color drawing by Josep Scharb, 1947, reproduced Bonn, 1978 [not microfilmed]1978
TB 18(Unnumbered)Unframed poster collage titled "Einstein", showing photocopies of various publications and letters by Albert Einstein, displayed at a centenary exhibition 1979-1980 of the Smithsonian Institution [not microfilmed]ca. 1979-1980
TB 18(Unnumbered)Two posters (unframed), both showing enlarged reproductions of three versions of Einstein portraits [not microfilmed]undated
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