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Fantova, Hanna
Hanna Fantova Collection of Albert Einstein
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2
German English


Consists of Hanna Fantova's collection of Albert Einstein material, as well as some of her own personal papers.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Fantova's collection of Albert Einstein material, as well as some of her own personal papers. Included are 28 letters and 15 poems (all in German) from the late 1940s by Einstein to her; Fantova's "Gespräche mit Einstein" ("Conversations with Einstein") manuscript; and 57 undated (mostly black-and-white) photographs of Einstein, and a few other unidentified people and places, most of which were taken later in life. Also present are photostatic copies of several Einstein manuscripts in German, "Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie" (incomplete), "Die Struktur des Continuum," and miscellaneous fragments and letters; a poem, "Tiger an Hanne" (1945), by Margot Einstein; and correspondence (1957-1958) between Hanna Fantova and Leo Perlman about Einstein's estate.

Collection Creator Biography:

Fantova, Hanna

Born in Germany, Albert Einstein was a noted physicist and winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Hanna Fantova, a former Princeton University librarian, became a close friend of Einstein.

Collection History


Fantova correspondence and Einstein photographs and photostats were the gift of Johanna Fanta Fantova in 1956 and bequest of her estate in 1981; Einstein letters and poems were the gift of Gillett Griffin in 1992. Some materials were transfered to the Special Collections from the Mudd Manuscript Library in 2004.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Processed by Jenna Marrone in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Hanna Fantova Collection of Albert Einstein; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2