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Einstein Papers Project


Albert Einstein (1879–1955), one of the foremost scientists and public figures of the 20th century, revolutionized our views of time and space, matter and light, gravitation and the universe.

The Einstein Papers Project is engaged in one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science. The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein provides the first complete picture of Einstein’s massive written legacy.


Einstein Archives Online

A unique resource: You can access our database of 80,000 records of all known Einstein manuscripts and correspondence and also search the full text of 2,000 digitized items.

Published Volumes

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein series now covers Einstein's life and work up to his 44th birthday. It presents, as annotated full text, 319 writings by Einstein and 3,000 letters written by and to him. An additional 2,063 documents appear in abstract.


Two new exhibits about Albert Einstein on Google Cultural Institute

The Einstein cultural exhibit gives us a splendid glimpse into rare documents and images that tell not only the story of Einstein’s extraordinary voyage to publicize relativity in Japan in 1922, and to lay the cornerstone of the Hebrew University in Palestine in 1923, but also the dramatic trajectory of his entire life, illustrated by his colorful passports that bear testimony to the vagaries of his personal life. – Prof. Diana K. Buchwald, Einstein Papers Project, California Institute of Technology

The new online exhibit presents some of the highlights from Albert Einstein’s tour of Taisho-era Japan in November-December 1922 and to Palestine during the British Mandate in February 1923. Highlights of the exhibition include brief descriptions of Einstein’s extensive itinerary, numerous photos of the illustrious guest with local dignitaries and colleagues, a rendition of one of the most important lectures Einstein held in Japan and an excerpt from his travel diary on his impressions of Jerusalem.  - Dr. Ze'ev Rosenkranz, The Einstein Papers Project, California Institute of Technology, Curator "Einstein's Trip to the Far East and Palestine" [PDF Article]


Opening of Einstein Exhibit at LA Opera

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During dress rehearsal of Philip Glass’s opera Einstein On The Beach on 9 October 2013, the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech began presenting three installations inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The exhibitions include twelve large portraits by noted photographer H. Landshoff, intimate yet iconic images of Einstein during the years 1946-1950, taken at his last abode at 12 Mercer Street in Princeton, NJ. The photographs are one of only six printings in existence. They are usually housed in Caltech’s Board Room.

A second installation presents nine large panels that incorporate collages of original documents relating to Einstein’s three terms as a Visiting Scientists at Caltech 1930-1933, including newspaper clippings, photographs with distinguished scientists, visits to Mt. Wilson Observatory, to Palm Springs, and to the movies – with Charlie Chaplin.

A third installation documents Einstein’s love of music in a selection of archival documents, images, and texts on music and musicians.

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