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Finding aid for the James R. Blackwood collection related to Albert Einstein
Table of Contents
- Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Historical Studies-Social Science Library, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540
- James R. Blackwood collection related to Albert Einstein
- Date [inclusive]
- Date [bulk]
- Bulk, 1934-1936
- 1 folder
- English and German
- Small Manuscripts Collections
- The Small Manuscripts Collection (SMC) designation is given to collections of personal papers that comprise less than 0.25 linear feet. In many cases, these collections consist of a single folder.
Preferred Citation note
The suggested citation for the material is "[item], James R. Blackwood collection related to Albert Einstein, From the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA."
James R. Blackwood (1918-2004) was a native of Princeton and alumnus of the College of Wooster and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was the son of Andrew W. and Carolyn P. Blackwood.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a theoretical physicist. He was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Mathematics from 1932-1955.
Scope and Contents note
The James R. Blackwood collection related to Albert Einstein consists chiefly of correspondence in English and German dating from 1934-1936. These materials are the result of the personal relationship between Andrew W. Blackwood and his wife, Carolyn P. Blackwood, and Albert Einstein and his second wife, Elsa, and were received by the Blackwoods from the Einsteins. The correspondence includes letters of introduction by Albert Einstein to various distinguished Israeli citizens on behalf of Andrew W. Blackwood.
The collection includes various other materials, such as an article by James R. Blackwood entitled, “The Einsteins as Princeton Neighbors,” published in the The Princeton Seminary Bulletin (v. 3, no. 1 (1980)), a card that accompanied a gift from the Einsteins to the Blackwoods, and correspondence regarding trunks of belongings that the Blackwoods received on behalf of the Einsteins.
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open without restriction.
Custodial History note
This collection was initially deposited with Norman H. McNatt, the Institute’s Development and Public Relations Officer. Correspondence about the transfer, which appears to have taken place in two parts, is in the file and dates to 1993 and 1997, the latter date after McNatt’s departure from the Institute. The materials were transferred to the Archives in 1999 and 2000 by Georgia Whidden, the Institute’s Public Affairs Officer, who inherited the files from McNatt.