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Yiddish Theatre Collection, 1899-1962, 1899-1962, bulk 1925-1950, bulk 1925-1950

Summary Information

Abstract

The Yiddish Theater collection includes material on the Yiddish theater collective The Vilna Troupe (Di Vilner trupe) regarding their shows in Europe (press clippings and programs). The collection also includes a few ephemera (autographed pictures), some correspondence of M. Schneidow/Shnatman, Kalisch, and Jonas Jacobson, and a variety of typescripts/manuscripts (incl. film exposés by M. Schneidow). The collection also includes the Bergen Belsen photo albums and Yiddish sheet music of the twentieth century published in New York City (primarily by Hebrew Publishing Co. and Metro Music).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1686
Bib ID 10475819 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ṿilner trupe
Title Yiddish Theatre Collection, 1899-1962, 1899-1962, bulk 1925-1950, bulk 1925-1950
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 document box, 1 tall document box)
Language(s) Material is mostly in Yiddish. Also German, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Hebrew, Czech, English, French
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Scope and Contents

The Yiddish Theater collection includes material arranged in three series on the Yiddish theater group "The Vilna Troupe" (Di Vilner Trupe), the Bergen Belsen photo albums, and Yiddish sheet music. The material on the Vilna Troupe spans seven folders: The first folder contains press clippings of reviews and other articles relating to the Troupe from Austrian, Ukrainian, and other newspapers. The second folder contains programs in Yiddish, Romanian, German, Ukrainian, Czech, French, and more. The third folder contains a booklet "For the Lodz Committee to the 15th Anniversary of the Vilna Troupe" (Lodzer kom. tsum XV yorikn yubileum fun der vilner trupe). The fourth folder contains typescripts and manuscripts in Yiddish and German, including a manuscript by N. Mayzl "hoypt-rikhtungen fun teater" and film exposés by M. Schneidow. The fifth folder contains correspondence with M. Schneidow/Schnattmann, Kalisch, Jonas Jacobson in Yiddish, German, and Hebrew. The sixth folder contains ephemera such as autographed pictures of Maurice Schwartz (?). The seventh folder contains miscellaneous material.

Bergen Belsen troupe photo albums.

The Yiddish sheet music collection contains 76 items (including several duplicates) published between 1899 and 1960 primarily by Hebrew Publishing Co. and Metro Music. The collection features many well-known classics such as Raisins and Almonds (rozhinkes mit mandlen), King Ahasverus, and Ven ich kuk oif dir. One item is autographed by Yiddish actress Molly Picon. The songs are Yiddish, English, Russian, Hebrew or instrumental. Many songs are composed and/or arranged by A. Goldfaden, J.M. Rumshinsky, H. A. Russotto, and Perlmutter and Wohl.

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Series I: The Vilna Troupe, 1919-1949



Box 1 Folder 1 Press clippings, 1925; 1928-34; undated

Das Kleine Blatt (Wien); Arbeiterzeitung; Neues Wiener Tagblatt (Wien); Wiener Abendblatt (Wien) di prese; Österreichs Illustrierte Zeitung; Prager Presse; Ostrauer Zeitung; politika; Der Wiener Tag; Die Stimme; Die Neue Welt; Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung; Vremye (?); Ukrainian (?); notebook with press clippings and programs; German; Yiddish; Hebrew


Box 1 Folder 2 Programs, 1925-32; undated

handwritten program (Yiddish/Romanian); typewritten programs (German/Yiddish); typewritten programs (Romanian/Yiddish); typewritten programs (Yiddish); typewritten programs (Czech); typewritten program (English/Yiddish); notebook with clipped programs


Box 1 Folder 3 15 years Vilna Troupe Booklet, 1931

book "Lodzer kom. tsum XV yorikn yubileum fun der vilner trupe"


Box 1 Folder 4 Typescripts and manuscripts, 1931; 1936; undated

manuscript by N. Mayzl "hoypt-rikhtungen fun teater"; film pitch typescripts by M. Schneidow (German) incl. Some correspondence/rejection letters (films: "Ein Tag im Paradies", "Incognito" (2 copies), "Hinter den Kulissen" (incomplete), untitled (incomplete); play manuscript "dem shadkhns tokhter (Yiddish), manuscripts of poems (Yiddish), typescript of "tsvey shalakhmones" by Sholem Aleichem (Czech (?))


Box 1 Folder 5 Correspondence, 1931-32; 1936; 1941; 1949; undated

Schneidow (Berlin); Schnatmann (Tel Aviv); Schneidow (Wien); Jüdischer Schauspielerverein (Wien); Kalisch (Buenos Aires); Jonas Jacobson (Helsinki); Yiddish; Hebrew; several empty envelopes


Box 1 Folder 6 Ephemera, 1936; undated

autographed pictures of Maurice Schwartz (?) (one copy signed for Moyshe Shnatman); two portrait sketches; one invitation to Maurice Schwarz evening hosted by the Jüdischer Schauspieler Verein


Box 1 Folder 7 Miscellaneous, 1919; undated

page from "Reinhardt und seine Bühne"; German letter certifying that Schnattmann's emplyoment history; ; issue 91 of "olam ha'kolnoa" (Hebrew); other Yiddish notes

Series II: Bergen Belsen Troupe, circa 1940s

Photographs from the "Bergen Belsen Theatre Troupe" in the late 1940s


Box 1 Folder 8-9 Bergen Belsen Theatre Troup albums, circa 1940s

Series III: Yiddish Sheet Music, 1899-1960



Box 2 Folder 1 König Ahasverus, 1899

Opera by A. Goldfaden. Violin. Copyright 1899 by Katzenelenbogen & Rabinowitz.


Box 2 Folder 2 Das emese yidishe harz, taki dos, un shoin., 1906

The songs that touch the spot. From the play "die stille chasun" at the Kalich Theatre. Sung by Mr. K. Juvelier, Mr. Sam Kesten, Miss Dora Weissman. Piano 50 cents, Violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 3 Der Yidisher Trauer-March, 1907

Inspired by and written for the demonstration of December 5th 1905 participated by 250,000 citizens of greater New York in tribute to the memory of the victims of Russanbrutal massacres. Piano 50. Violin 30.


Box 2 Folder 4 The Queen of Sheba, 1907

The greatest success of the season at Adler's Grant Theatre, from the famous operatta. Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 5 Heilige Korbones and Zwei Troikes, 1907

Russotto's Music Album


Box 2 Folder 5 Heilige Korbones and Zwei Troikes, 1907

Russotto's Music Album


Box 2 Folder 6 Men shart gold in America, 1908

From the Play "The Widow" successfully produes at the Kalich Theatre N. Y. For Piano. For Violin. Sung by Mrs. Thomashefsky and Mr. Bernstein, English version by Joseph I. Tanzman


Box 2 Folder 7 Licht Benshen, 1909

Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents. Sung with greatest success by Mme Regina Prager


Box 2 Folder 8 Kunilemel, 1910


Box 2 Folder 9 Zion Album, 1910

Hatikvoh ...und ... Dort wu di Zeder. Piano, 50 cents. Piano 1.50 Violin 1.00.


Box 2 Folder 10 The mechuteneste, 1910

Sung with the greatest success by the favorite singer Mme. FannieReinhardt. Piano 50 cents.


Box 2 Folder 11 A brivele der kale, 1910

sung with great success. Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 12 Mameniu!, 1911

Including an elegy to the triangle fire victims. Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents. Sung by H. J. Goldberg.


Box 2 Folder 13 The Great Hit of Adler's "Thalia Theatre" Russian Gipsey Selection of Favorite Songs from Leo Tolstoi's Last Play The Living Corpse, 1911

Produced in Jewish by the eminent tragedian Jacob P. Adler. Piano 75 cents, Violin 50 cents.


Box 2 Folder 14 Dos bissele erd, 1911

From the comedy "dos dorfs meydl". Sung by Madam Tomashefsky and Mrs. S. Schneier


Box 2 Folder 15 A brivele dem taten, 1911

sung with great succcess. Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 16 The Country Girl, 1911

Songs from the latest comedy drama, sung by Mme B. Tomashefsky. Played with great success at the people's theatre. Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 17 Ozidanie (Valse); Unter der Chuppe; Von der Chuppe, 1912

Three separate pieces of music (I think)


Box 2 Folder 18 A brivele fun russland, 1912


Box 2 Folder 19 A Maiden's Prayer, 1912

For piano


Box 2 Folder 20 Besser is zu bleiben a moid, 1912

New Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Rumanian Melodies for Piano and Violin / Meyerowitz's Complete Song Album (two lists)


Box 2 Folder 20 Besser is zu bleiben a moid, 1912

New Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Rumanian Melodies for Piano and Violin / Meyerowitz's Complete Song Album (two lists)


Box 2 Folder 21 Mutter und Kind, 1913

Von Gebel's Play Blinde Männer. The Success of Miss Jennie Goldstein.


Box 2 Folder 22 Chantshe in America, 1913

The greatest success of the season as played by Mme. Tomashefsky. Play by N. Rackof. Contents: 1. Chantshe in America, 2. Weh dir Kind von Armuth, 3. Ich hob, 4. A man - A Weib. Piano 50 cents, violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 23 The Eve of Atonement, 1913

Classical Pieces for Piano.


Box 2 Folder 24 Music Album, 1914

A Tremp Bistu. Geh Weiter, Geh. א טרעמפּ ביזטו. געה װײטער, געה.


Box 2 Folder 25 Yankele geht in Shul arain, 1914

Selections from popular Hebrew Opera. Copyright 1899 by Katzenelenbogen & Rabinowitz


Box 2 Folder 26 Litwak un Galizianer, 1914

From "The Girl from the West". Also Cheishik sung by Mrs. Dora Weisman.


Box 2 Folder 27 A Driver's Song, 1914

zol ikh verin a rov. English version by H. J. Margolis.


Box 2 Folder 28 Vu nemt men amolige yohr, 1915


Box 2 Folder 29 A letter from sweetheart, 1915

Piano 50 cents, Violin 30 cents.


Box 2 Folder 33 My America. Our New Hymn, 1917

by courtesy of The Jewish Morning Journal


Box 2 Folder 34 Seven Boarders, 1917


Box 2 Folder 35 David King of Isroel and Monoach's Prayer, 1918

The Success of Mrs. R. Prager. From the Opera "Shulamith".


Box 2 Folder 36 Prohibition, 1919

Sung with success by Gustov Goldstien. For Piano. Price 50 cents


Box 2 Folder 37 Svet Sich Shon Auspresin, 1919

Sung by Ludwig Satz in Z. Libin's play "Dem schneiders techter" in Joseph Edelstein's Second Ave. Theatre. A comedy drama in four acts and five scenes. Staged by Samuel Goldeburg. Music by Joseph Rumshinsky.


Box 2 Folder 38 The Eternal Wanderer, 1919

sung by Marcus Eisenberg. Published by Marcus Eisenberg. 25 cents.


Box 2 Folder 39 Die Sherele / Dem Rebens Tefilo, 1920


Box 2 Folder 40 Raisins and Almonds, 1921

From the Opera "Shulamith". For violin.


Box 2 Folder 41 Pishov ya raz na oolitsyu, 1921


Box 2 Folder 42 Yente Telebende, 1922

Sung by Mrs. Jacobs. The Hit of the Season by B. Kovner: Musical Comedy in 3 Acts, Production Staged by Nathan Goldberg / Pinie the The Candy Kid Sung by Dina Goldberg Now Being Played with Great Success.


Box 2 Folder 43 Russian Sherr, 1922

for Violin. Played on Columbia Record by Abe Schwartz


Box 2 Folder 44 Der Striker, 1923


Box 2 Folder 45 Dudky Brat, 1923

The Big Success Song of the Great Musical Comedy Yankele Litwak. Sung by Aaaron Lebedoff at Thomashefsky Theatre. 50 cents. Comedy in 3 Acts by Israel Rosenberg, Music by Herman Wohl, Produced by Samuel Rosenstein and Aaron Lebedov.


Box 2 Folder 46 Es Ziht - Es Briht, 1929

Molly Picon's song hit! Of Rumshinsky and Kalich's latest musical comedy The Radio Girl. Now playing! Kessler Second Ave. Theatre. Autographed by Molly Picon


Box 2 Folder 47 Rachel Weeps for her Children, 1930

For voice and piano. Price $1.00


Box 2 Folder 48 Dream of Dreams, 1932

In der tifkayt fun der nakht. Copyright 1932 Henry Lefkowitch. Price 40 cents.


Box 2 Folder 49 Yidishe meydlekh / meydele sheyns, 1933

Sung by Aaron Lebedeff and Lucy Levin in Sholom Secunda's newest Yiddish operetta "A Jewish Romance" by Louis Friedman, now playing at theRolland Theatre.


Box 2 Folder 50 A Story or Habein Yakir Li, 1934

35 cents


Box 2 Folder 51 Du Fehlst Mir, 1937

Sung by Itzik Feld and Lucy Levin in the Operetta "Let's Get Married" (2 acts and 8 scenes by William Siegel, Music by Sholom Secunda, Lyrics by Jacob Jacobs, Dances by Mary Baratz, Settings by Michael Saltzman, Staged by Michael Wilensky, Direction Anshel Shorr).


Box 2 Folder 52 Drei techterlach (Three Daughters), 1940

For voice and piano.


Box 2 Folder 53 Dem zeiden's brocho, 1940


Box 2 Folder 54 Zol noch sein shabos (Bobeniu), 1943

Featured by Moishe Oysher. Copyright 1943 by Henry Lefkowitch.


Box 2 Folder 55 Zalmele, 1946

Song for voice and piano, copyright 1946 by Henry Lefkowitch New York.


Box 2 Folder 56 Such a Year on Me!, 1947

From the operetta "Just my Luck" by William Siegel, starring Menasha Skulnik. As sung by Menasha Skulnik and Anna Teitelbaum. Song for Voice and Piano. Price 35 cents. Copyright Henry Lefkowitch.


Box 2 Folder 57 A heimisher bulgar, 1947

As successfully sung by the prominent radio and stage artist Seymour Rechtzeit. Price 35 cents.


Box 2 Folder 58 Drei Yidn, 1948

Song for voice and piano. 85 cents.


Box 2 Folder 59 Ven ich kuk oif dir (When I look at you), 1950

As sung by the inimitable artist Molly Picon and Muni Serebrov in "Sadie is a Lady" Play by Louis Freiman. Produced by Jacob Kalich. Song for Voice and Piano. Price 40 cents. Copyright 1950 by Henry Lefkowitch.


Box 2 Folder 60 Unser mishpoche, 1950

As successfully introduced by the celebrated artist Aaron Leedeff. Song for voice and piano. Price 40 cents.


Box 2 Folder 61 Dem Bal-Shem-Tovs Zemerl, 1954

As sung by Meyer Steinwortzel. Price 50 cents. Copyright Henry Lefkowitch 1954.


Box 2 Folder 62 May the Temple be Rebuilt in Our Day, 1960

Liturgical Chant, Hebrew and English texts, for voice and piano (or organ). English text by Stanley Lionel. Price $1.00. Copyright Stanley Lefkowitch 1960.


Box 2 Folder 63 Rgen'dl, 1921/1927

fun der serye folkslider gezamlt un aranzhirt fun Leo Low


Box 2 Folder 64 A chasen'dl oif shabos, 1921/1927

fun der serye folkslider gezamlt un aranzhirt fun Leo Low


Box 2 Folder 65 A dudele, 1921/1949

fun der serye folkslider gezamlt un aranzhirt fun Leo Low


Box 2 Folder 66 Zores is kain daige nit, undated

From Yzias Mizrajum