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Albert Einstein Institution Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-220
The records of the Albert Einstein Institution were transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection beginning in May of 2005. The records were divided into the following six main categories: Administrative files; Program files; Publicity; Publications, Audio Visual materials and Development. The Administrative section includes files of the Albert Einstein Institution board, Albert Einstein Institution correspondence, financial records of the Institution, and personnel records of Albert Einstein Institution staff. The Program section includes records of Albert Einstein Institution programs around the world, with especial emphasis on South Africa, Burma, Tibet, and parts of the former Soviet Union. There is additional information on nonviolent international social justice movements in this section. The Program files also contains the records of Albert Einstein Institution Fellows and their work for the Institution. In addition, records in the Program files cover the Institution's projects to produce many translations of books on nonviolence philosophy and methodology that the Albert Einstein Institution sponsored. Books were tranlasted into at least 35 languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), five Burmese languages, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italien, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan. The Publicity section includes material on the Albert Einstein Institution and nonviolence movements from a variety of U.S. newspapers. The Publications section of the AEI, includes Albert Einstein Institution reports. newsletters, annual reports, original monographs, and information on the publication strategies of the translations. A variety of audio visual material, in the form of video recordings and audio cassettes on the practice of nonviolence compromise another section of the records. The Development files includes extensive information about Albert Einstein Institution fundraising campaigns, donor information from both individuals and public and private foundations. The files were created and arranged by Albert Einstein Institution staff. The original arrangment of these records has been maintained at this time.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1974 -

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is stored off-site. Please contact Peace Collection staff at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of a visit to discuss retrieval of off-site materials.
Significant portions of this collection are restricted and not open to researchers. The following boxes are restricted: 1-6, 23-24, 36-39, 41, 43-44, 47-48, 52-59. Please contact the Swarthmore College Peace Collection for details about restrictions.

Copyright and Rights Information

Some files are restricted and are marked as such in this finding aid. Researchers need permission from the Albert Einstein Institute to use parts of this collection.

Extent

125 Linear Feet (125 linear ft.)

Abstract

The Albert Einstein Institution was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. It is committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action. The principle founder of the Albert Einstein Institution is Dr. Gene Sharp. To further its mission, the Institution has supported research projects, actively consulted with resistance and pro-democracy groups, and worked to publicize the power and potential of nonviolent struggle around the world through educational materials, analyses, translations, workshops, and media visibility. The Albert Einstein Institution was named after the scientist, Albert Einstein and continues his struggle to resolve the continuing problems of political violence.

Historical note

The Albert Einstein Institution was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. It is committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action. The principle founder of the Albert Einstein Institution is Dr. Gene Sharp. The Albert Einstein Institution encourages research and policy studies on the methods of nonviolent action and their past use in diverse conflicts, shares the results of this research with the public through publications, conferences, and the media, and consults with groups in conflict about the strategic potential of nonviolent action. To further its mission, the Institution has supported research projects, actively consulted with resistance and pro-democracy groups, and worked to publicize the power and potential of nonviolent struggle around the world through educational materials, analyses, translations, workshops, and media visibility.

The Albert Einstein Institution was named after the scientist, Albert Einstein and continues his struggle to resolve the continuing problems of political violence. Einstein was deeply concerned about war, oppression, dictatorship, genocide, and nuclear weapons. At various times he was a war resister, a supporter of the war against the Nazi system, and an advocate of world government. In his later life, he became enormously impressed with the potential of nonviolent struggle.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers and records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Albert Einstein Institution, 2005 [Acc. 05A-028, Acc. 05A-083].

Legal Status

Copyright to the Albert Einstein Institution records created by the organization has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

General Note

Connect to Albert Einstein Institution website: http://www.aeinstein.org/

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated.

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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Min Cheng in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017.

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