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Albert Einstein collection

 Collection — other: 2 manuscript boxes
Identifier: 11-MWalB02025

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection were created from 1896 through 1952. The majority is personal and professional correspondence, including a large number of letters from Einstein to American Jewish leader Stephen Wise. There are also several letters from prominent scientists such as Fritz Haber, Paul Habicht, Hendrik Lorentz, Max Planck, and Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, and two items from German playwright Gerhart Hauptmann. In most cases, the correspondence consists of original signed copies written in German or English. In addition to correspondence, there is a small number of other items such as canceled checks signed by Einstein, photographs, autograph books, translated quotations, a handwritten and signed speech, and text from a possible manuscript.


  • 1896-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


1.00 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Arranged in four series: 1. Einstein, Albert-Stephen Wise Correspondence, 1934-1949; 2.  Einstein Family Correspondence, 1896-1937; 3. Non-family Correspondence, 1902-1952; 4. Personal Materials, 1934, undated.

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Related Materials

Also see letters from Albert Einstein in the Autograph collection.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections