The Albert Einstein Digital Collection at Vassar College Libraries

Nathan and Einstein

Albert Einstein smoking in garden with Otto Nathan
Photo © Philippe Halsman Archive. Used with permission.

A gift of Morris and Adele Bergreen in 2003, Vassar College Libraries' Albert Einstein collection documents a lesser-known aspect of Albert Einstein’s career: his social and political work in the United States and abroad, with special attention to Jewish affairs. The collection was formed by Einstein's friend and executor to his will, Otto Nathan, an economist and professor at several institutions of higher learning, including Vassar College. It is composed of correspondence between Einstein and Nathan, as well as letters from Einstein's wife, Elsa, to Nathan, some manuscripts, ephemera, and photographs of Einstein. A number of letters discuss the fate of Jews in Europe and other aspects of World War II. Others deal with Brandeis University, Jewish affairs in the United States, and personal matters. More »

The digital collection features transcriptions and translations of each document, zoomable images, and full-text search capabilities in both German and English.

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The Albert Einstein Digital Collection at Vassar College Libraries was made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Georgette Bennett in honor of Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE. More about the project »