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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
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Firestone Library (mss): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2