We are proud to announce the launch of the Vassar College Libraries Albert Einstein Digital Collection, available at http://einstein.digitallibrary.vassar.edu. Made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Georgette Bennett in honor of Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE, and in cooperation with Hebrew University, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Princeton University Press, and the Philippe Halsman Archive, the online collection provides robust access to materials for Einstein scholars and new researchers alike.
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.
The entire physical collection of documents has been digitized and made available for searching and browsing. The new site's many features include images that provide zoom-in and zoom-out capabilities, full-text searching, browsing by author, and access to a variety of materials, from photographs to telegrams to letters. All documents have been translated into English through the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, providing a new level of access to Einstein's materials: searching and reading documents are available in both English and German, with side-by-side views of the languages for each page available. Searches are also cross-referenced with Hebrew University's Einstein Archives Online (http://www.alberteinstein.info) to provide quick access to records for additional materials, many also available online.