When Albert Einstein died in 1955 he left the world a treasure trove of more than 80.000 documents, from postcards to notebooks and love letters.
Over the past decades Princeton University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which is disposed of the copyright by Einstein’s will, have worked together to collect, sort and publish these documents in 30 volumes. Curated by Dr. Diana Kormos-Buchwald, The Einstein Papers Project already published 13 volumes, covering the work and life of the physicist until 1923. The 14th is planned for early 2015 and will contain 1000 documents.
Last Friday Princeton University launched Digital Einstein, a central place on the Internet for everyone around the world to browse the vast archive in digital format. Digital Einstein will also enable visitors to switch between the German and English versions of his texts as well as to download them as all documents are published under open access. Currently the archive features 5000 digitized documents including Einstein’s birth certificate and violin test results.