Finding aid for the James R. Blackwood collection

Summary Information

Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center
James R. Blackwood collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1934-1936
Date [inclusive]
1.0 folders
Material Specific Details note
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, From the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA."

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Biographical note

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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center

Historical Studies-Social Science Library
Einstein Drive
NJ, 08540

Revision Description

  November 26, 2018

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.

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Collection Inventory


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