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Leib Kadison Papers

Identifier: RG 1100

Scope and Contents

The papers relate to Kadison's theatrical career and personal life. Art works: original stage designs for the Yiddish theater; drawings of stage characters; portraits of the Kadison family; miscellaneous drawings. Photographs of the Vilna Troupe including scenes of performances. Individual and group photographs of troupe members, including photographs of Luba Kadison and Joseph Buloff. Photographs of Leib Kadison and family. Programs of Vilna Troupe productions. Clippings, theater posters.


  • Creation: 1916 - 1947


Biographical / Historical

Set designer, actor, director in the Yiddish theater. Founder of the Vilna Troupe, 1915. Director of Dramatics, Workmen's Circle Summer Camp. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania. Settled in the U.S. ca. 1931.


3 Boxes (2 5"ltr, 1 3"lgl)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in four series: I) Stage Designs (sets) (1-6); II) Drawings (7-20); III) Photographs (21-54); IV) Misc. (55-60).

Legacy Finding Aid

A digitized version of the legacy finding aid is available at

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Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

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