Website Q & A — Summer 2010 Issue

Q:

Does the Niels Bohr Library & Archives have images of Einstein? How do I get permission to use these images?

A:

There are almost 200 images of Einstein in the Emilio Segrè Visual Archive (ESVA, part of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives). Einstein bequeathed his literary estate to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who later secured celebrity rights to his persona. They have authorized Corbis (http://pro.corbis.com) as their agent in the commercial use of the Albert Einstein persona, which includes the name, voice, signature, photographs, likeness, and image of Albert Einstein. ESVA provides photos of Einstein and other images for non-commercial use only.


Q:

What in the world is PHFAWS?

A:

PHFAWS is a great idea with an opaque name. The acronym stands for “Physics History Finding Aids Website.” This is a part of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives web site, and it provides a powerful tool for finding what is in archival collections at AIP and at other repositories around the world related to history of physical sciences. Go to http://www.aip.org/history/nbl/findingaids.html and enter a search term. For example, the phrase “status of women” returns two finding aids. Professional librarians and archivists write the descriptions of collections in finding aids, with an eye toward the needs of researchers.

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