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David Pinski (1872-1959) Papers

 Collection — Container: Consolidated Box P18, Folder: P-649
Identifier: P-649

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains typescript and published versions of Mountain Climbers (1912), and a printed version of Better Not to Be Born (1914). It also includes two programs, one of which is for a performance of The Eternal Jew (1906), and one in which there is an advertisement for Di Tsayt (The Times), which Pinski edited. There is also a stock prospectus for David Pinski Books, Inc. Pinski sent these materials to journalist Isaac Goldberg of Roxbury, MA at some point.


  • 1913-1934


Language of Materials

The collection is in Yiddish and English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

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Biographical Note

Yiddish author, editor, and playwright David Pinski was born in Mogilev, Russia (now Belarus) on April 5, 1872. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, essays, songs, and poems, and contributed to numerous journals and newspapers in Warsaw, New York, and Israel. Pinski and his wife Adele came to New York in 1899, where he worked as the editor at several Yiddish newspapers. He was also involved in Socialist and Labor Zionist politics and wrote several novels and over twenty plays, many about the common man or the worker, historical figures, and Biblical characters. These include Isaac Sheftel (1897), Family Tsvi (1904), The Treasure (1906), Yankel the Blacksmith (1906), The Eternal Jew (1906), Gabri and the Women (1908), Professor Brenner (1911), and many others. Pinski emigrated to Israel in 1949, where he settled in Haifa. He continued to publish articles and write plays until his death on August 11, 1959.


0.25 Linear Feet (5 folders)


This collection consists of copies of the plays Mountain Climbers, and Better Not to be Born, by Yiddish playwright, editor and author David Pinski (1872-1959). Collection also includes some programs and a stock prospectus.


The collection has been arranged in one series.

Physical Location

Collection is located in Consolidated Box P18.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift of Dr. and Mrs. Allan Kliman, given in memory of Edward I. and Bernice Goldberg Stein in February 1981.

Related Material

The archives of both YIVO and the American Jewish Historical Society have numerous collections on Yiddish theater. These include the Theater and Film Poster Collection of Abram Kanof, P-978, which contains several posters of performances of Pinski’s plays; the Ludwig Satz Papers, P-844; the Adler Family Papers, P-890; and the Records of the Hebrew Actors Union, RG 1843. YIVO also holds the Papers of David Pinski, RG 204. Pinski’s correspondence is represented in several of YIVO’s collections as well as in Records of the Zukunft, RG 362, one of the newspapers for which Pinski was the editor.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

Processing information

Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

Guide to the David Pinski (1872-1959) Papers, 1913-1934 P-649
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Description is in English.
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Revision Statements

  • October 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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