Princeton University Library unveils a digital gallery documenting Albert Einstein’s relationship with the University, Princeton University Press, and the Institute for Advanced Study

Photo of Palmer Lab Researchers and Physics Department Faculty with Albert Einstein

 

Almost 100 years ago, Albert Einstein roamed the hallways and classrooms of Princeton University. Now, his time spent at the University is documented in a Digital Princeton University Library (DPUL) gallery.

The gallery features three photo sets that describe Einstein’s relationship with the University, Princeton University Press, and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). According to the gallery, Einstein first visited the University in May 1921 to lecture on the theory of relativity. For six years from 1933 to 1939, Einstein held an office at what is currently Jones Hall while researching general relativity and quantum theory at IAS.

Second photo of Palmer Lab Researchers and Physics Department Faculty with Albert Einstein

Einstein spent 1933-1939 researching and lecturing at the University.

 

Digital Imaging Technician Sherry Zhang ‘10 said that the images are part of the PUL Digital Image Repository, which supports teaching, research, and expanded usage of PUL’s collections. The images were previously housed in various places, including the archives of the Historical Photograph Collection, Office of Communications, Physics Department Records, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and Welcome Additions.

“Einstein continues to have significance for the University,” Zhang said. “I took a class with Paul Steinhardt, the Albert Einstein Professor of Science. Professor Steinhardt taught me humility in the spirit of Einstein. Professor Einstein was aware of the quiet and peace from being ordinary in Princeton.”

To learn more about Einstein’s affiliation with the University, and to view the images included in the gallery, click here. To view PUL’s Digital Collections, click here.

Written by: Brandon Johnson, Library Communications Specialist and Staff Writer

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications