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Kadimah Group of Hadassah (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Gilbert and Sullivan in Yiddish Musicals Collection

 Collection
Identifier: I-570

Scope and Content Note

Includes playbills, photographs, letters of the Kadimah Group’s performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musicals in Yiddish. Also includes five 78 r.p.m. vinyl records recording the songs in the plays and one prop, a parasol.

Dates

  • 1948-1955
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1952

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

email: reference@ajhs.org

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The Kadimah Group of Hadassah was a constituent group of the Central Chapter of Hadassah in the Brooklyn Region. One of their fundraising methods was to perform Gilbert & Sullivan plays in Yiddish. Kadimah produced three consecutive years of H.M.S. Pinafore, performed in Yiddish as “Der Shirtz.” These plays raised over $40,000.1 In 1952, the play being performed was “Die Yom Bonditten,” the Yiddish version of Pirates of Penzance.

Footnotes

  1. 1"Hadassah Group to Give Second British Comedy,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 13 Apr. 1952, http://www.newspapers.com/image/55322447/ (accessed 3 Mar. 2015).

Extent

1 Artifacts

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Photographs, mementos, and album recordings of the Kadimah Group of Hadassah, Central Chapter, Brooklyn Region, documenting their performances in Yiddish of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musicals, Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore.

Arrangement

Organized into one folder, plus one museum object and five audio visual items. Arranged by type of material.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

Mrs. Eddi Zamft.

Separated Material

A parasol used in the production has moved to the Museum Collection (MUSEUM). Album recordings have been separated into the Audio Visual Collection (AVC).
Title
Guide to the Records of the Kadimah Group of Hadassah (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Gilbert and Sullivan in Yiddish Musicals Collection 1948-1955 I-570
Author
Processed by Louise Masarof
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States