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Yiddish Theater

Identifier: RG 118

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of posters, programs, invitations, tickets, correspondence, circulars, playscripts, clippings, photographs, contracts relating to the Yiddish theater throughout the world. The following series are included: Yiddish theater in D.P. camps in Germany, 1946-1950: Baderekh, Berlin; MIT, Munich; Minchener Yidisher Folksbine; Minchener Yidisher Kunstteater; Farayn fun Yidishe Profesionele Aktiorn in der Amerikaner Zon fun Daytshland. Yiddish theater in France, mainly 1940s: L'Union des Societes Juives de France; Tsentrale Kultur Komisye; Arbeter Ring; Fraye Yidishe Bine (poster of Uriel Acosta, Paris, 1905); Yidishe Marioneten Teater Hak'l-Bak'l. Yiddish theater in the U.S.; Folksbiene, 1950s-1960s; ARTEF, 1930s; Second Avenue Theater; Clinton Theater; American Hebrew Operatic and Dramatic Company; Thalia Theater; theaters in Philadelphia. Yiddish theater in various countries: Belgium, ca. 1947-1950; Britain, ca. 1947-1950; Israel, 1920s-1960s (Habima); Soviet Union (Kiev Yiddish State Theater, Moscow Yiddish Repertory Theater, Moscow State Jewish Theater GOSET), mainly 1920s. E.R. Kaminska Jewish State Theater, Warsaw, Poland, 1950s-1960s. Materials on Yiddish film and Yiddish radio. Materials on the Vilna Troupe, 1920s-1930s. Biographical materials on Jewish actors, arranged alphabetically by name of actor. There are large files on David Kessler, Boris Thomashefsky and Jacob P. Adler. Posters, arranged by country.


  • Creation: 1890's-1970's


Biographical / Historical

The collection was assembled in the YIVO Archives and is of mixed provenance.


83 Boxes (27 5"lgl; 5 3"lgl; 3 3"ovr; 1 2.5"lgl; 47 map folders)

Language of Materials