Bina Weinreich Collection
Scope and Contents
The Bina Weinreich collection consists of correspondance, memos, articles, documents pertaining YIVO publications (Max Weinreich's "History of the Yiddish Language;" the "Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry;" Nahum Stutchkoff's "Thesaurus of the Yiddish Language" and Alexander Harkavy's "Yiddish-English-Hebrew Dictionary"), Uriel Weinreich's publications "College Yiddish" and "English-Yiddish Yiddish-English Dictionary," as well as her own publications "Yiddish Folktales" and "Yidishe Folkmayses," personal papers, photographs, folklore and ethnographic materials collected by Bina Weinreich, lectures, papers given, offprints of articles, teaching material, and sound recordings from the "Dialect Project."
- circa 1970 - circa 1990
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Biographical / Historical
Beatrice (Bina) Silverman Weinreich (1928-2008) was a Yiddish ethnographer, linguist, writer and editor born in New York. Bina was affiliated with YIVO for over 50 years, first as assistant to Max Weinreich, then as a researcher, teacher and editor. Her publications include ''Yiddish Folktales'' (1998), a classic collection of Eastern European Jewish folklore. She was the widow of Max Weinreich's son Uriel Weinreich (1926-1967.) She contributed to periodicals such as *Yugnt ruf* (Philadelphia), *YIVO bleter* (New York), *Yidisher folklor*, *YIVO News* (New York.)
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The papers were arranged by Bina Weinreich.
Boxes #1-7 are organized chronologically and alphabetically. Boxes #7A-24 are organized by subject matter. #7A-12 pertain to YIVO publications; #13-15 Bina Weinreich's personal papers; #16-19 to course she gave at the Max Weinreich Center; #20-21 Max Weinreich Center #22 Place Names in Yiddish #23-24 Jewish art and folk art
The sound recordings are part of the YIVO Dialect Project (1948-1949). Originally recorded on soundscriber discs, they were cataloged by Jenny Romaine, with the help of Karl Antonovsky, and transfered onto reel-to-reel and audio cassettes thanks to a funding from the Weinstein Family in 1995-1996.
- Bina Weinreich Collection
- In Progress
- The finding aid was created by Eléonore Biezunski, from the "Preliminary list of Bina Weinreich's 25 archival file boxes" (April, 2000) and from the catalog of the sound recordings made by Jenny Romaine in 1995-1996 as part of a preservation project funded by the Weinstein Family.
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