Guide to the Papers of Molly Picon (1898-1992),
undated, 1877-1971

*P-38

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Descriptive summary

Creator: Molly Picon (1898-1992)
Title: Molly Picon, papers
Dates:undated, 1877-1971
Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of the Yiddish actress and entertainer Molly Picon. The papers consist of extensive manuscripts of Yiddish and non-Yiddish plays, numerous radio and television scripts, programs and announcements for Picon's performances, and personal material such as correspondence and photographs. Also included is a large amount of musical material such as songbooks, handwritten lyrics, and sheet music, much of it in Yiddish.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.
Quantity: 49 linear feet
Accession number: P-38
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Molly Picon as Zipke, 1924

Molly Picon as Zipke at the Second Avenue Theatre, 1924, hand-colored photograph

Molly Picon (1898-1992)

An entertainer for over 70 years, Molly Picon was one of the most celebrated and beloved actresses of Yiddish theater and film. At once an all-American girl and a Yidishe meydel, her engaging performances earned her world-wide appeal.

Picon was born Margaret Pyekoon on February 28, 1898, on the Lower East Side of New York, the first of two daughters of Clara Ostrovsky and Louis Pyekoon (later Picon). After Louis left the family, Clara moved with her daughters and her mother to Philadelphia and supported them by working as a seamstress at Kessler's Yiddish theater. At age five, Molly entered and won a local theater contest, and her career in the spotlight thus commenced. She continued performing while growing up, appearing both in Michael Thomashefsky's Yiddish repertory troupe at the Arch Street Theater and in cabaret.

In 1918 Picon joined a touring English-language vaudeville show. The tour led her to Boston in 1919, where she was cast in a production by the manager of the Boston Grand Opera House, Jacob Kalich. Picon and Kalich married on June 29 of that same year in Philadelphia. In keeping with the theme of their relationship, Picon wore a dress fashioned by her mother from a theater curtain, and thus draped in drapery, Picon began a lifelong partnership with her Yonkel.

Picon and Kalich's partnership proved to be an extremely productive and successful one. Following their wedding, they traveled through Europe for two years, allowing Picon to improve her Yiddish and gain experience. Forced to leave Romania because of anti-Semitism, Picon and Kalich returned to New York and proceeded to create some of the most memorable shows ever to appear on the Yiddish stage. While Kalich scripted and directed, Picon starred and often wrote lyrics. Picon and Kalich's 1920s collaborations included "Yankele," "Mamele," "Circus Girl," "Molly Dolly," and "Shmendrik." Her performances in these roles established Picon's reputation as a leading actress of the Yiddish stage and propelled her to national stardom. Dangling by one leg or suspended by a pole, Picon displayed a seemingly boundless energy as she somersaulted, sparred, and swung her way through role after role, an acrobatic approach that gave her performances a distinctive physical edge. Attesting to her popularity on the Yiddish stage, during the 1920s the Second Avenue Theater in New York, one of the premier Yiddish theaters in America, was renamed the Molly Picon Theater.

In addition to her stage performances, Picon appeared in Yiddish films. Her first film was Das Judenmadel, filmed in Austria in 1921. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, despite growing anti-Semitism in Europe, Picon traveled there to star in several other Yiddish films, including Ost und West, also known as Mezrach un Maarev (1923). In 1937, in Warsaw, Poland, she filmed Idl Mitn Fidl, one of her best-known films. Picon returned to Poland even as late as 1938 to film Mamele--the last Jewish film made in Poland before the Nazis obliterated European Yiddish culture.

While Picon's roots were in Yiddish theater and film, she demonstrated her versatility by taking on a wide variety of roles in many different venues, including radio, television, Hollywood films, and Broadway theater. For many years beginning in 1936, Picon hosted a regular radio program, known as the Maxwell House Coffee program for its sponsor. Picon's Broadway debut came in 1940, and she was still somersaulting in 1964 in the Broadway production of Milk and Honey. In 1981, she was inducted into the Broadway Hall of Fame. Her Hollywood film roles included the Italian mother in Come Blow Your Horn (1963), for which she received an Oscar nomination, and Yente the matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof (1971).

Throughout her career, Picon devoted much of her time to patriotic and humanitarian work. During World War II, she visited refugee camps in Canada and toured army bases across the United States to entertain the troops. As soon as World War II ended, Picon returned with Kalich to Europe in order to visit camps and orphanages with the Jewish Labor Committee. In fact, Picon and Kalich were the first entertainers to visit the Displaced Persons camps after the war. Back in the United States, Picon continued her active support of both Jewish and non-Jewish causes by working for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, selling Israel bonds, and making numerous benefit appearances. During the Korean War, Picon was again entertaining troops, this time participating in USO tours in Korea.

Whether delivering one of her uncanny imitations or kicking up her heels, Molly Picon infused her performances with vivacity and charm. Beyond the pure entertainment value of her performances, however, Picon played an important role in preserving Yiddish culture and bringing it to mainstream American audiences. Her performances typically blended Yiddish sensibility with American show business style, a combination that allowed her to reach beyond the immigrant generation and appeal to second-generation, assimilated American Jews as well as non-Jews. In addition, her Yiddish films, with their depictions of shtetl life in pre-World War II Europe, became invaluable records of a vanishing culture.

A celebrity throughout her life, Picon won widespread recognition for her talents and received many honors. In 1955 she sang for the Knesset in Israel, and in 1975 she appeared at Carnegie Hall. By the time of her death, on April 6, 1992, Molly Picon had performed all over the world, from the Lower East Side to Eastern Europe, South Africa to South America. She was truly a vibrant and treasured figure in the world of entertainment.

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Scope and Content Note

The Molly Picon Papers consist largely of material relating to Picon's career as a performer, especially in the Yiddish theater. Such material includes plays, scripts, music, programs, and other theater items. The collection also includes personal material, such as correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks. Much of the collection (e.g. Series I, II, III, and most of VI) is in Yiddish. Yiddish titles (of plays, scripts, and sheet music, for example) have been transliterated, and material is arranged according to these transliterated titles. As a rule, whenever possible, Yiddish transliterations were made directly from the Yiddish titles as written on the material itself and were made according to a consistent method, even when other transliterations were provided. Original order and folder titles were retained wherever possible.

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Arrangement

Series I-VI, IX and X are arranged alphabetically. Series VII and XI are arranged chronologically. Series VIII is arranged by correspondent, then chronologically and by subject.

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Access and Use

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

There may be some restrictions on the use of the 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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Related Material

Related materials are available at the YIVO Institute.

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Provenance

The Society acquired the collection from Molly Picon in 1971-1972.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Molly Picon, papers; P-38; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Yiddish Manuscript Plays, undated, 1877-1950

14 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by transliterated Yiddish title, followed by unknown titles, role excerpts arranged alphabetically by play title, and other script-related material.

Scope and Content:

Series I: Yiddish Manuscript Plays is comprised almost entirely of manuscript plays written in Yiddish. As noted above, the titles of these plays have been transliterated, and the plays are ordered by these transliterated titles. Plays and play fragments with unknown titles follow the titled plays. In addition, this series includes role excerpts from various Yiddish plays and a small amount of assorted play material, consisting of small fragments, song lists, character lists, etc.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Abi gezuntundated
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12Abi gezunt, and English synopsisundated, 1949
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13Al naharos Bovlundated
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14Alma vi voynstu1915
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15Di almoneundated
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16Alt-nay-landundated
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17Alt-nay-landundated
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18Amerikaner rebetsnundated
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19Der apetitundated
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110Bas Shevaundated
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111Der beamterundated
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112Ben Amiundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
213Ben Hadir der prints fon Arabyenundated
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214Ben Yankevundated
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215Der ben yokhedundated
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216Beril tremp undated
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217Beys Dovedundated
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218Bill Pausterundated
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219Dos bisele glik undated
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220Blinde eyferzukhtundated
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221Blinde liebeundated
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222Di blum fun libe (Ven malokhim veynen)undated
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223Di Bobe fun Amerike undated
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224Der bobes yerushe undated
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225Borg mir dayn vaybundated
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226Der boym fun libeundated
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227Dos bukh fun lebenundated
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228Der bundistundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
329Daytshland brentundated
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330Daytshland brentundated
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331Doktor Zeyfenblozundated
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332Der dopelter bukhhalterundated
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333Dos dorfs meydelundated
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334Dray farlibteundated
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335Di dray matonesundated
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336Dzheni loyft far meyorundated
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337Elvira1907
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338Di emese libeundated
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339Di emese mame undated
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340Der emeser kholem1926
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341Di emigrantenundated
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342Di emigranten1922
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343Er un zayn shvesterundated
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344Ester’keundated
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345Di eybige bavegungundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
446Eygen blutundated
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447Der eyntsiger eydes undated
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448Far der khasene undated
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449 Far vos mener antloyfnundated
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450 A farlibte mishpokheundated
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451 Der faynterundated
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452 Ferbitene kalesundated
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453 Ferbutene yoytsresundated
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454 Der ferdakhtundated
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455 Der ferdakhtundated
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456Ferlangt a kaleundated
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457 Ferlangt a vaybundated
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458 Di fershtelteundated
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459 Feymele, oder, Di kroyn fun shandeundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
560Finf dolar a kushundated
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561 Forgib dayn froyundated
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562Fremde kinderundated
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563 Freydel vert a kaleundated
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564Di freylakhe kaleundated
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565Di freylikhe almoneundated
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566Di freylikhe kaptsonim undated
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567Di froy un di heymundated
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568Der Galitsyane shlemilundated
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569Di ganviteundated
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570A gdile mit griven undated
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571Di geheymnise fon keniglshen hoyfundated
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572Geld!, oder, Der trempp1893
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573Geld oder kinderundated
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574Geshtorben durkh a shpasundated
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575 Geshtorben durkh a shpas 1898
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576Der get1901
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BoxFolderTitleDate
677Giboyrey Yisroel, oder, Dos vilde meydelundated
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678Der gilgl fun a nignundated
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679Gliklekhe nakhtundated
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680Di gliklikhe nakht undated
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681Dos gliks meydel1923
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682Di goldene kaleundated
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683Di goldener kholem, oder, Der rebe in Amerika1932
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684Di goldine khasene undated
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685Goles Rusland undated
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686Gorten fun liebeundated
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687Der grester surprayzundated
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688Grine bleter undated
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689Di grine kale (Khosn kale mazl tov) undated
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690Di grine mame undated
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691 Di grine moydundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
792 Di grinhorens1898
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793A groyse geheymnis 1915-16
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794 Groyse menshenundated
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795 Di groyse shvesterundated
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796 Der groyser menshundated
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797 Hadase1900
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798 Der heybiger kampf undated
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799 Di heylige1907
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7100 Heym, ziese heymundated
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7101Homen der tsveyter1903
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7102Hopsasa undated
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7103 Hot khaseneundated
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7104 Der ibriger menshundated
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7105 Der ibriger menshundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
8106Id muz preseundated
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8107 Di Idishe fir hundertundated
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8108 Di Idishe melodyeundated
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8109 Idishe shatkhonimundated
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8110 Der Idisher zinger1921
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8111 Idl mitn fidlundated
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8112 Iks miks driksundated
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8113 Iks miks driksundated
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8114Importirte vaybel--grine kuzine?undated
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8115In der hordinatsyons shtonde undated
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8116 In di hoykhe fensterundated
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8117Jakl Balhaguleundated
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8118 Kabaret meydelundated
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8119 A kale fun di trentshesundated
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8120 Di kale fun dray khasanimundated
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8121 Karmenundated
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8122 Karmenundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
9123 Der kenig fun di shnorers, oder, Tsvishen di aktenundated
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9124 Dem kenigs kholemundated
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9125 Keptein khayimundated
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9126 Ketskil Mounteinsundated
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9127Khantshe in Amerikeundated
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9128 Khasene gehat iz farfalenundated
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9129A khasene in der kontri undated
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9130A khasene af der Ist-Saydundated
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9131 Khatshel kol boynikundated
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9132A khaver in leben undated
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9133 A khaver in leben 1919
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9134 Khave’s tekhterundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
10135Khaye’ke fun Tel Aviv1947
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10136 Khayem in Amerika, oder, Der nakht diebundated
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10137Khayim Trotski undated
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10138Khayim’ke kokhlefelundated
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10139Khayim’ke kokhlefelundated
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10140Khaykeundated
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10141Khaykeundated
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10142 Khayke in Odesundated
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10143 Di khazn’te undated
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10144 Khokhmes noshimundated
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10145Der kholem fun a hoyzkiperundated
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10146A khosn’s toes undated
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10147 Der khoyvundated
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10148 Khtsosundated
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10149 Khupe kleydundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
11150 A kind fon folkundated
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11151 A kind fun der gas undated
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11152Kinder fon der Ist-Sayd undated
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11153Kinder kumt aheymundated
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11154 Kol Nidre, oder, Die geheyme yuden in Madridundated
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11155 Di komedyantkeundated
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11156Di komedyantke, oder, Katerina di groyse 1927
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11157 Der kontsert undated
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11158Kraft fun geld undated
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11159Kreyndeleundated
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11160 Kukuundated
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11161 Kukurikuundated
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BoxFolderTitleDate
12162 Leydi Khaye Tsipeundated
12163 Leydies foyrstundated
12164 Loki menundated
12165 Lomir khasene hobenundated
12166 Lomir zikh iberbetenundated
12167Luksusundated
12168 Madam Eksundated
12169Madam Yukshundated
12170 Malkele Colymundated
12171 Malvinka vil azoyundated
12172Mameleundated
12173 A mame’s boiundated
12174 Mamzel Hapleaundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
13175 A mann zol men zaynundated
13176Der maskareyd bol undated
13177Mayn froyundated
13178 Mayn mazldiker tog undated
13179Mayn tatens biznesundated
13180A mayse fun a mol undated
13181 Mazl tov, Maliundated
13182 Mener und froyenundated
13183 Menshen-lyalkesundated
13184 Meydlekhundated
13185Mis Meey Openhaym undated
13186Mish mashundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
14187Dos moderne meydelundated
14188Morgenundated
14189 Motele lignerundated
14190Motke ganef undated
14191 Di moyd fun di Bronksundated
14192 A moyd fun yener veltundated
14193 Di mume genendelundated
14194 Der musteykundated
14195 Mutundated
14196 Muter hartsundated
14197 Mutter liebeundated
14198Di mutter’s treren undated
14199 Di natsyonaler kongresundated
14200 Der nes fun liebeundated
14201-202 Di neshome fun a froy undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
15203 Der neyder, oder, Der giberundated
15204 Nie be-nie me-nie kukeriku,and Todres blus, oder, Der lugnerundated
15205 Der nit gerotenerundated
15206 Nitvitundated
15207 Numer 99undated
15208Obgenart dem zeydenundated
15209 Obgetuhn dem tatenundated
15210Di oreme gvirim undated
15211 Dos oreme meydeleundated
15212 Othelloundated
15213 Oy di Bronksundated
15214 Oy di menerundated
15215 Oy di meydlakhundated
15216Oy vos menner zenenundated
15217 Oyf a farbrenten mizbeyekh1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
16218 Oyf’n shlekhten vegundated
16219 Oygen fun liebeundated
16220 Die Pari-Comedie and Die Pedlerundated
16221Parizer unshuld undated
16222 Parnoseundated
16223 Parnose1926
16224Pavolye tate undated
16225 Perele Dempsi undated
16226Der peyper henger undated
16227 Plezhurundated
16228 Dos por-folk oyf urlopundated
16229 Dos Poylishe meydelundated
16230 Di Poylisher khaseneundated
16231-232 Der Poylisher Yudundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
17233Der prayz far ehrlikhkaytundated
17234 Di primadonaundated
17235 Di printsesin fun Nilundated
17236 Rashi1882
17237 Raykhe kaptsonimundated
17238 Dem rebns almoneundated
17239Der reyner emes undated
17240 Reytshel fun Safolk Strit undated
17241 R’Fishel Doved der Bolshevikundated
17242 Der rikhtiger an’aynfalundated
17243 Rokhl’e di meshugeneundated
17244 Romeo un Yulyeundated
17245 Der rov in fayerundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
18246 Dos royte menshele1891
18247 Di roza fun Stambulundated
18248A ruhige heym undated
18249 Rusishe pyeseundated
18250Der Rusisher Yud in Amerikaundated
18251Der seglundated
18252Semke der shukh shayenerundated
18253 Sepereyshenundated
18254 Serkele’s honi manundated
18255-256 Seydi iz a leydiundated
18257 Seydi vert a leydiundated
18258 Shaylok der koyfman fun Ester Stritundated
18259 Di shehne Berthaundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
19260 A sheyner kholemundated
19261 Shloyme hameylekhundated
19262Shlumilundated
19263 Shmendrikundated
19264 Shmendrik 1914
19265 Shmendrik (fragment)undated
19266 Dos shnirel feslundated
19267 Der shpasundated
19268 Der shpas fun shikzalundated
19269 Shpiegel fun lebenundated
19270Der shpigel1877
19271Di shpinundated
19272 Der shreklikher lament1914
19273 Shtarker fun liebe1920
19274 Di shtiferinundated
19275 Shtille leydnundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
20276-277 Der shtroyener almenundated
20278Shvakhe helden undated
20279-281 Shver tsu zayn a meydlundated
20282 Shver tsu zayn a shvigerundated
20283 Sibiryaundated
20284 Soydes fun a froyundated
20285Soydes fun liebeundated
20286 Stempenyuundated
20287 Surkeleundated
20288 Suzi Brenundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
21289Di tale kamtese undated
21290 Dem tayvels brikundated
21291Tihr nomer drayundated
21292 A trik fun mayn shvester khosnundated
21293Tsayten bayten zikh undated
21294 Dos tsershterte lebenundated
21295 Di Tshardash firstenundated
21296 Dos tshokoladen meydeleundated
21297 Di tshokoladitshkeundated
21298 Dos tsigayner meydlundated
21299 Tsu fiel lyarem tsulieb gor nitundated
21300 Tsu shpetundated
21301 Tsurik tsu zayn folkundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
22302 Tsutsikundated
22303 Di 2 (tsvey) briderundated
22304 Di 2 (tsvey) farmersundated
22305 Di tsvey kalesundated
22306 2 (Tsvey) khasanimundated
22307Di tsvey mamesundated
22308 Tsvishen toyzend vayberundated
22309Der unshuldiger korbmundated
22310 Vall Stritundated
22311 Der vander mensh, oder, Trilbiundated
22312 A vayb--a shlakundated
22313Vayber undated
22314-315 Vaybershe biznesundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
23316 Velkhe libe iz shtarkerundated
23317 Di velt in flamenundated
23318 Ven a harts libtundated
23319Ver iz shuldig undated
23320 Ver iz verundated
23321 Veyberishe soydesundated
23322 Vi mener liebenundated
23323 Vi m’halt tsu in eyn vatshenundated
23324 Vos a moyd kenundated
23325-326 Yankele oyf yener veltundated
23327 Der yeshive bokherundated
23328 Yesoymim fun der veltundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
24329 Yerusholaim, oder, Der shvert fun Makabeenundated
24330 Yoshe kalb, oder, Yoshe katsundated
24331 Der Yud in Rumenyenundated
24332Yud un Krustundated
24333 Di Yudishe kroynundated
24334 Di zaftn blumundated
24335Zayn driter zuhn undated
24336 Zayn vaybundated
24337 Zeligel vayterundated
24338 Dos ziese meydelundated
24339 Zise khaloymesundated
24340 Dos zise meydelundated
24341 Zol a meydel gloybenundated
24342Zumer in der kontri, oder, Seydi Flam undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
25343Unknown Title (Author - Sofya Buela)undated
25344Unknown Title (Author - L. Epstein)1919
25345Unknown Title (Author - Gottesfeld)undated
25346Unknown Title (Author - Kalmanovitch)undated
25347Unknown Title (Author - Mendelevitsh)undated
25348Unknown Title (Author - Julius Nathanson)undated
25349Unknown Title (Author - Sigel)undated
25350Unknown Title (Author - Stutchkoff)undated
25351Unknown Title1949-50
BoxFolderTitleDate
25-27352-377Unknown Titleundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
27378-386Unknown Title (Fragment)undated
27387Role Excerpts from Abi gezuntundated
27388Role Excerpt from Goldene glikenundated
27389Role Excerpts from Mazl tov Maliundated
27390Role Excerpts from Dem rebns nignundated
27391Role Excerpts from Seydi iz a leydi undated
27392Role Excerpt from Seydi vert a leydiundated
27393Role Excerpt from Dos tsirkus meydelundated
27394Role Excerpts from Di tsvey kuni lemelsundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
27-28395-396Role Excerpts (Misc.)undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
28397Assorted Fragments and Play Materialundated
28398-399Script Material from Abi gezuntundated
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Series II: Yiddish Songs and Lyrics, undated, 1907-1957

1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by transliterated title within following categories: lyrics from plays, lyrics to individual songs, sheet music, and songbooks.

Scope and Content:

Series II: Yiddish Songs and Lyrics contains unpublished, informal music material, primarily in the form of handwritten or typed lyrics. Formal, published music material (songbooks and sheet music) constitutes a separate series, Series VI: Songbooks and Sheet Music. Within Series II: Yiddish Songs and Lyrics, first are songs and lyrics from particular plays, followed by lyrics for individual songs. Although most lyrics are organized individually, there are also folders consisting largely of lyrics for which the title is unclear. This series also includes a small number of manuscript songbooks and of pieces of manuscript sheet music. Lyrics to songs and manuscript sheet music and songbooks, all primarily in Yiddish.

BoxFolderTitleDate
29400Lyrics from Dray farlibteundated
29401Lyrics from Der grester surprayz undated
29402Lyrics from Mazl tov Maliundated
29403Lyrics from Monki biznesundated
29404Lyrics from Seydi iz a leydiundated
29405Lyrics from Tesiundated
29406Lyrics from Tsirkus meydelundated
29407Lyrics from Vos meydlekh tuenundated
29408Lyrics (and sheet music) from The World of Sholem Aleichem1957
29409Di agodeundated
29410Alles ken sich trefen in New Yorkundated
29411Alles vos tsufiel iz umgezundundated
29412Blayb a singelmanundated
29413Dulich Gesangeundated
29414Englisch Marsch-Duettundated
29415Eyns in a guts undated
29416Fikst menundated
29417Gevald ikh zukh a manundated
29418A gris for der mamynundated
29419Grist mayn shtodt Nu Yorkundated
29420Hakt nit keyn tshaynikundated
29421Hob ikh a zorgundated
29422Hokus pokus undated
29423Hot imitser gezehn mayn shmitsig?undated
29424Ich bin a Balsodundated
29425Di Idishe blumundated
29426Ikh hob a katarundated
29427Ikh hob a vaybundated
29428Ikh hob nit mit vosundated
29429Ikh ken es (and related material)undated
29430Ikh zukh a manundated
29431In dem goldenem Bichundated
29432Klap in holtsundated
29433Lebt a gutten togundated
29434A lesen in shvimenundated
29435Mali Pikon’s troymenundated
29436Mayn gasundated
29437A meydels tayne tsu gotundated
29438Dus mezizaleundated
29439Dos milekhilundated
29440Mir zol zayn far dirundated
29441Mit dir iz mir gutundated
29442Der muzinikundated
29443Noyekh mit zayne bonimundated
29444Ot dos zenen mayne shkheynimundated
29445Parnusehundated
29446Pavolye tataundated
29447Reklame; Baym gedegnen; Tsoyn a khaverundated
29448Dos rendeleundated
29449Sa menershe veltundated
29450Shabes1912
29451Shabes nakhtundated
29452S’mazl oyf’n tatenundated
29453Der tants geht vayterundated
29454Tsibelesundated
29455Tsum poblikumundated
29456Umpapa umpapaundated
29457Vayl der morgen flihtundated
29458Ven ikh kuk oyf dirundated
29459Ven ikh zol visen viundated
29460Was gevesen ist vorbeiundated
29461Wein, Weib, Gesangundated
29462Wie is mein kindundated
29463Yetst ken ikh alts fershtehnundated
29464Yiden zingenundated
29465Yisroel chai vekaimundated
29466Miscellaneous Lyricsundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
30467-468Miscellaneous Lyricsundated, 1907-1937
30469Magazine of Songs (Lieder Magazin)1908
BoxFolderTitleDate
591176Sheet Music: Akaides Yitzchokundated
591177Sheet Music: Ich dank gott vus bin a Yid (Pintele Yid)undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
30470Sheet Music: Lullaby1925
30471Sheet Music: Mazel Tov Molly and Papa Bester Papaundated
30472Sheet Music: Ojweh tate siserundated
30473Sheet Music: Pension Madelundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
591178Sheet Music: Zum bessenen morgenundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
30474Songbook: Lider un kuples1921
30475Songbook: A moid mit Sechelundated
30476Songbook: A zamlung fun Idishe folks: lieder1922
30477Songbooks (Untitled) (4)undated, 1922
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Series III: Yiddish Radio Scripts, undated, 1946-1952

3.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by transliterated titles as they appeared.

Scope and Content:

Series III: Yiddish Radio Scripts consists of radio scripts written in Yiddish. In many cases, original handwritten Yiddish scripts are accompanied by typewritten transliterations. Researchers should note that transliterated folder titles for this series vary from those for the other Yiddish material in this collection because transliterations for this series were copied as they appeared on the transliterated pages that followed the original Yiddish pages. Researchers should also be aware that the titles for these scripts may not always be formal or official titles; they often appear instead to be abbreviations of full titles or to refer to subject matter or authors of works from which scripts were derived. The dates provided for these scripts are from handwritten annotations on the scripts regarding the dates that they were recorded. Radio scripts not in Yiddish can be found in Series V: Radio and Television Scripts.

BoxFolderTitleDate
31478Abergloiben1949
31479Africa (3)undated
31480Ains zu zwei1949
31481Alef baiz1950
31482Alt Paris (1-2)1949
31483America1950
31484Anskyundated
31485As men lebt derlebt menundated
31486Atomsundated
31487Az yashirundated
31488Die baba1947
31489Bacharach (1-5)1952
31490Baize menchenundated
31491Bal Shem1950
31492Ballad1949
31493Bardichevundated
31494Barkochba (1-4)1950
31495Beecher (1 and 3)1947, 1949
31496Beim doktor undated
31497Bialik undated, 1950-1951
31498A bild (1-2)undated
31499Bjornson 1950
31500Boccacio1952
31501Brillenundated
31502Bringing Up Baby1947
31503Britishundated
31504Broit1949
31505Bruder voch1948
31506Chana Senishundated, 1950
31507Chana un Chayemundated
31508Der chazen1949
31509Chelemundated, 1951
31510Chez Shmendrikundated
31511Chikaveteten 1950
31512Chusen kaleh undated
31513Dus chusidel1950
31514Chutzpah1947
31515Circus Girl (1-5)undated, 1950-1951
31516Convalescent Story1947
31517Czarevitch (1-2)undated
31518Derfindungen1950
31519Dickens1950
31520Dr. Herzel1949
31521Duncan (1-5)1950-1951
31522Dvoireh Estherundated
31523Dymov1948
31524Di Dzsholson storiundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
32525Economyundated
32526Edison1947/1949
32527Eliyuee1950
32528Emese liebe 1947
32529Emma Lazarusundated
32530Epshtein (1-5)undated, 1951
32531Erez Yesrul (1-5)undated, 1948-1951
32532Esther Generalshe1949
32533Ettinger1950
32534Ezra 1950-1951
32535Farvus a mama vaint1947
32536Fatima 1950
32537Feodor (2)undated
32538Fish oif freitug1948
32539Folklore undated, 1949
32540For a Rainy Day undated
32541Fourth program1951
32542Frailiche levayeundated
32543Frau mit’n golden hartz1951
32544Frihling1952
32545Ganaivishe liebe (1, 3-5)undated, 1951
32546Gemiles chaised 1948
32547Gershom (2-4)undated, 1948
32548Gershon1950
32549Gesetzen1949-1950
32550Geshichteundated
32551Ghettoundated
32552Ghetto lieder1949
32553Gilgil fin a nigun (1-5)undated, 1951
32554Gleker 1950
32555Goldene gliken 1947
32556Goldfadenundated, 1948
32557Grape Nuts Programs (2-5, 8-9, 12) 1946
32558Grape Nuts Programs (Unnumbered) undated, 1946
32559Gratz1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
33560Hagudes1949
33561Hello, Molly (1-5)undated
33562Hessundated
33563Hot a Yid a veibeleundated
33564Humor1949-1950
33565Humoreskes1950
33566Immigranten (2-4)undated, 1948
33567In a nacht gericht fin chaver paverundated
33568In a Restaurant (Night Club)1948
33569In Court1947
33570In Drug Storeundated
33571India1948/1950
33572Indian Summer1950
33573An indik oif Pesach1949
33574Jaffeundated, 1948
33575Jealousundated
33576Kailerundated
33577Die kaleh loift undated
33578Katinka (1-3, 5)undated
33579Kavehundated
33580Kinder1950
33581Kinder meiseundated
33582Kiplingundated
33583Klainer mazikundated, 1946, 1951
33584Der klang1950
33585Koilen (1-3)1949
33586Die kopekeundated
33587Lachen1952
33588Lazerusundated
33589Leap Yearundated
33590Let My People Goundated
33591Liederundated
33592Ludimer moidundated
33593Ludmir (1, 3-5)undated, 1950
33594Maidel fin amul (1-10)undated, 1951
33595Malke1952
33596Mama Take It Easy1948
33597Mamale (1-5, 7-8, 10)undated, 1950
33598Mama’s Fur Coat undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
34599Mark Twain1950
34600Maupassantundated
34601Maurice Schwartz undated
34602Mazel broche (1-5)undated, 1951
34603Mazel tov Molly (1-5)undated, 1950
34604Die megile1948
34605Meine millionen 1947
34606Meisehs 1950
34607Menchen kener (1-3)1951-1952
34608Meshulimundated
34609Minhugim1949
34610Moisha Kapoierundated
34611Molly Dolly (1-5)undated, 1951
34612Monkeys1949
34613Moshiachundated
34614Mr. un Mrs. Oilem1947
34615Mrs. Wise1952
34616Muntugsundated
34617Music1949
34618Music choidishundated
34619National Fund1948
34620Neu geboiren1948
34621New Yorkundated, 1949-1950
34622Nit gesorgt1947
34623Nothing Newundated
34624Oder s’helft nitundated
34625O’Henryundated
34626Oif yener zeit gassundated
34627Oif’n stoop1950
346281001 (1-2)undated, 1949
34629Oreme Millionairesundated
34630Oscarundated
34631Ot azoi hiet men up a shvieger1947
34632Oy is dus a maidelundated
34633Parnusehundated
34634Partizanen1949
34635Partizankes1949
34636Peretzundated, 1947
34637Pintele Yidundated
34638Posts1951
34639Purim shpieler 1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
35640Quebec (1-5)undated, 1951
35641Rabbi Wise undated
35642Rabbi Yoselman 1951
35643Rabbi’s Melody (1-3)undated, 1950
35644Rachel (1-5)undated, 1947-1952
35645Raisele (1-5)1950-1951
35646Rashi (1-3)undated, 1948-1949
35647Ravnitzskyundated
35648Der reicher orem man1950
35649Reichkeit1950
35650Rumshinsky (1-3)undated, 1951
35651S’a neue velt1947
35652Shine mister1947
35653Shmendrik (1-7, 9-10)undated, 1951
35654Shoilik (1-5)undated, 1951
35655Sholem Aleichem1949
35656Shoshan Spector 1950
35657Shpait oder frih1947
35658Shrek1949
35659Shtilach1950
35660Shvuth1951
35661Simchas Toirehundated
35662Simkoff1950
35663Sing sing1950
35664Der singer1949
35665A skitze1950
35666Some Girl (2-3, 5)undated, 1951
35667Songs of the Ghetto1948
35668Stutchkov (1-2)undated, 1950
35669Sud Africa undated
35670Summer 1949
35671Sureh (1-4)undated, 1951
35672Sweethearts 1950
35673Szold 1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
36674Die tchine 1947
3667510,000 Yiden 1950
36676Tereezem undated
36677Theatre 1950
36678This Is Our Best undated
36679Tomato 1949
36680Tunkeler undated, 1949
36681Turkoff undated
36682Tzeit undated
36683Tzeitung undated
36684Tzipke undated
36685Umlegale Yiden undated
36686Uncle Tom (2-5)undated, 1949
36687Ungekumen 1951
36688Unhoib 1950
36689Vacation undated
36690Vasser 1950
36691Washington undated
36692Weitsman 1950
36693Yankele (1-5)1951
36694Yehoish (1, 3-5)undated, 1949-1952
36695Yesrul undated
36696Yidel mit’n fiedel (1-5)undated, 1951
36697A Yidishe chasene 1950
36698Yidishe geshichte 1948
36699Yidishe neshumes (1-3, 5)1952
36700Yidishe teater (1-2)1949
36701Zaide 1947
36702Zaide Ainikel undated
36703Zeguener maidel (1-5)undated, 1951
36704Zeitung undated
36705Ziben gite yuhr 1949
36706Zimmer un vinter 1950
36707Zu git undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
37708-710Miscellaneousundated
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Series IV: Manuscript Plays, undated, 1926-1969

3 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title with unknown titles at end.

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Manuscript Plays contains manuscript plays not in Yiddish. As noted above, Yiddish play material can be found in Series I: Yiddish Manuscript Plays. As with that series, plays and fragments with unknown titles in Series IV follow the titled plays. Most of the plays are full scripts, but there are also several synopses and one role excerpt.

BoxFolderTitleDate
38711Ahasverus, or, Esther's Persian Lamb1944
38712Die Anarchisten undated
38713Cafe Street undated
38714Castles in the Air undated
38715Chu Chem undated
38716Come Blow Your Horn 1962
38717Der Doppelte Buchhalter undated
38718Die Dressmakerin undated
38719Ear Muffs in July undated
38720The Education of Hyman Kaplan undated
38721Festival undated
38722Fiddler on the Roof 1969
38723A Fine and Private Place 1967
BoxFolderTitleDate
39724The Girl of the Good Will undated
39725The Golden Door 1961
39726The Golden Goblet 1961
39727Grandma and the Girls undated
39728Ha-Ha-Hadassah undated
39729Harriet 1955
39730He Said Adios 1936
39731His Parisian Wife undated
39732Hope of the World undated
39733If I Were Rich undated
39734Key to the Future undated
39735-736Kid Mother 1926
39737-738Little Chief Shmendrik 1941
39739Make Momma Happy undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
40740Make Momma Happy (Followed by Pages of Handwritten Notes by Jacob Kalich)undated
40741Make Momma Happy (Synopsis)undated
40742Miller's Tale undated
40743 Momma's Houseundated
40744A Mother's Eyesundated
40745Mystery Music Studioundated
40746The Nurses (So Some Girls Play the Cello) 1964
40747Old Ladyundated
40748The Old Landmark (Fragments)undated
40749On the Wing 1929
40750Paris Is Out! 1969
40751Perishable Merchandise 1931-1935
40752Pilgrim's Pride 1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
41753Playgroundundated
41754The Red Swanundated
41755The Rubaiyat of Howard Klein 1967
41756The Rubaiyat of Howard Klein (Annotated)1967
41757-758Separationundated
41759The Seventh Great Powerundated
41760Shmendrikundated
41761Shmendrik (1 of 3)undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
42762Shmendrik (2 of 3)undated
42763Shmendrik (3 of 3)undated
42764Shoppingundated
42765So Laugh a Little circa 1967
42766Some of My Best Friends Areundated
42767Stepmothersundated
42768Summer Wivesundated
42769Surkalaundated
42770Tootsieundated
42771The True Theaterundated
42772-773A Whisper in God's Earundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
43774Who Stole Irvingundated
43775Will It Last?undated
43776Without Consent (Blank Form Regarding Production Costs)undated
43777Six Manuscripts by Estelle Baron: Double Trouble; Layton, Share!; Layton's Gift; The Lost and the Found; No Thanks, Mama; Willie's Folly1962
43778Unknown Title (Author - Kenneth Webb; Adapted from On the Wing)undated
43779Unknown Title (Author - Kenneth Webb; Adapted from On the Wing) (Annotated)undated
43780-782Unknown Titleundated
43783-784Unknown Title (Fragment)undated
43785Unknown Title (Fragment Plus List of Costumes)undated
43786Role Excerpt from Mazel Tov Mollyundated
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Series V: Radio and Television Scripts, undated, 1938-1971

1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title; within Maxwell House Coffee Program shows, arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Series V: Radio and Television Scripts contains non-Yiddish scripts, primarily for radio programs but also for television shows. Included in the series are a large number of scripts from the Maxwell House Coffee radio programs that Picon hosted (organized chronologically) and from the Molly Picon Theatre of the Air programs (organized alphabetically by episode title). As indicated earlier, radio scripts in Yiddish are in Series III: Yiddish Radio Scripts. While Series V consists almost entirely of actual scripts, it also includes a synopsis of a proposed television series and an untitled set of anecdotes.

BoxFolderTitleDate
44787The American Jewish Caravan of Stars1953
44788And Then What?...undated
44789Car 54, Where Are You?: I Won't Go!undated
44790Car 54, Where Are You?: Occupancy, August Firstundated
44791[Circus Girl]1951
44792The Education of Hyman Kaplan1954
44793The Elgin TV Hour: Hearts and Palms1954
44794The Little Things in Lifeundated
44795The Littlest Leaguer 1957
44796Look Up and Live: The Sound of Exile1958
44797The Marriage Broker (Synopsis of Proposed Series)undated
44798Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 14, 1938
44799Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 21, 1938
44800Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 28, 1938
44801Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 4, 1938
44802Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 11, 1938
44803Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 18, 1938
44804Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 25, 1938
44805Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 4, 1938
44806Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 11, 1938
44807Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 18, 1938
44808Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 25, 1938
44809Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 1, 1938
44810Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 8, 1938
44811Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 6, 1938
44812Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 13, 1938
44813Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 20, 1938
44814Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 27, 1938
44815Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 3, 1939
44816Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 10, 1939
44817Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 17, 1939
44818Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 24, 1939
44819Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 31, 1939
44820Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 7, 1939
44821Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 14, 1939
44822Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 21, 1939
44823Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 28, 1939
44824Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 7, 1939
44825Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 14, 1939
44826Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 21, 1939
BoxFolderTitleDate
45827Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 28, 1939
45828Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 4, 1939
45829Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 11, 1939
45830Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 18, 1939
45831Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 25, 1939
45832Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMay 2, 1939
45833Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMay 9, 1939
45834Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMay 16, 1939
45835Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMay 23, 1939
45836Maxwell House Coffee ProgramNovember 26, 1939
45837Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 3, 1939
45838Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 10, 1939
45839Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 17, 1939
45840Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 24, 1939
45841Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 31, 1939
45842Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 6, 1941
45843Maxwell House Coffee ProgramOctober 14, 1941
45844Maxwell House Coffee ProgramOctober 21, 1941
45845Maxwell House Coffee ProgramOctober 28, 1941
45846Maxwell House Coffee ProgramNovember 4, 1941
45847Maxwell House Coffee ProgramNovember 11, 1941
45848Maxwell House Coffee ProgramNovember 18, 1941
45849Maxwell House Coffee ProgramNovember 25, 1941
45850Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 2, 1941
45851Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 9, 1941
45852Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 16, 1941
45853Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 23, 1941
45854Maxwell House Coffee ProgramDecember 30, 1941
45855Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 13, 1942
45856Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 20, 1942
45857Maxwell House Coffee ProgramJanuary 27, 1942
45858Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 3, 1942
45859Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 10, 1942
45860Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 17, 1942
45861Maxwell House Coffee ProgramFebruary 24, 1942
45862Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 3, 1942
45863Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 10, 1942
45864Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 17, 1942
45865Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 24, 1942
45866Maxwell House Coffee ProgramMarch 31, 1942
45867Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 7, 1942
45868Maxwell House Coffee ProgramApril 14, 1942
45869Maxwell House Coffee ProgramOctober 6, 1948
45870Maxwell House Coffee ProgramOctober 8, 1948
45871Maxwell House Coffee Program: Moskowitz, Moskowitz and Moskowitz, Inc. undated
45872Maxwell House Coffee Program: Nancy from Delancy undated
45873Maxwell House Coffee Program: Fragmentsundated
45874Milliken Show 1968
BoxFolderTitleDate
46875Milliken Show1971
46876Molly Picon Theatre of the Air1942
46877Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Baba Yachneh1943
46878Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Chasente1943
46879Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: First in the Hearts of His Countrymen 1944
46880Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Geetel Goes to Town 1943
46881Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Girl of Yesterday 1944
46882Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Good Old Days1944
46883Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Hollywood Success Story 1944
46884Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Johnny Make Believe 1943
46885Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Katinka1943
46886Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Liberty House1943
46887Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: The Little Devil 1942
46888Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Lives of Great Men 1944
46889Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Looking for Life 1944
46890Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Mazel Broche1943
46891Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Mazel-Tov1943
46892Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Mother Knows Best 1944
46893Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Murder with Music 1943
46894Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: No Time for Life 1944
46895Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Oif'n Pripichik 1945
46896Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Oy Is Dus a Leben 1942
46897Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: The Rabbi's Melody 1943
46898Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Rozinkes un Mandlin 1945
46899Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: The Same Old Story 1944
46900Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Shmendrik1943
46901Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Sho Sho Sho Haman 1944
46902Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Shulamith1943
46903Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Unser Rebenu1944
46904Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Uveenu Malkeinu1945
46905Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Yankele1942
46906Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Yiddle With His Fiddle 1944
46907Molly Picon Theatre of the Air: Zigeuner Maidel 1943
46908Mourning Becomes Organized (Not Agonized . . .) undated
46909My Friend Tony 1968
46910No Danger undated
46911She Troops to Conquer 1945
46912Shoemaker Stick to Your Lastundated
46913The Skin Game (Including Shooting Schedule)undated
46914The Stranger Was Not So Strange undated
46915The Tip-Off undated
46916Trouble on Second Avenue undated
46917United States Steel Hour: Six O'Clock Call1954
BoxFolderTitleDate
47918Unknown Titleundated
47919Untitled Set of Anecdotesundated
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Series VI: Songbooks and Sheet Music, undated, 1897-1959

5.5 linear feet.
Scope and Content:

Series VI: Songbooks and Sheet Music consists of formal, published music material, in the form of both songbooks and sheet music. As indicated previously, informally recorded, unpublished lyrics, songbooks, and sheet music are in Series II: Yiddish Songs and Lyrics. Series VI is divided into two subseries: Subseries A: Songbooks and Subseries B: Sheet Music.

Subseries A: Songbooks, undated, 1897-1943

Arrangement:

Subseries A: Songbooks is arranged alphabetically by transliterated title.

BoxFolderTitleDate
47920Songbooks, All Over Town1915
47921Songbooks, The Belle of New York1897-1898
47922Songbooks, Die Csardafurstin1916
47923Songbooks, The Dollar Princess1909
47924Songbooks, Die elfte Muse1912-1917
47925Songbooks, Folk Songs and Other Songs for Children1903
47926Songbooks, Der Graf von Luxemburg1909
47927Songbooks, Grafin Mariza1924
47928Songbooks, Hearts of Erin1917
BoxFolderTitleDate
48929Songbooks, Joseph Rumshinsky Album1938
48930Songbooks, Little Books of Jewish Songs (Palestine Arbor Day)1928
48931Songbooks, Lust und Leid der Kinderzeit undated
48932Songbooks, Der Orlow1925
48933Songbooks, Paganini1925
48934Songbooks, Pom Pom1916
48935Songbooks, Die Rose von Stambul1916
48936Songbooks, Selected Jewish Songs for Members of the Armed Forces 1943
48937Songbooks, 10 Chansons aus dem Repertoire Franzi Ressel1920
48938Songbooks, 10 Chansons aus dem Repertoire Josma Selim1919
48939Songbooks, Tsen lider, verter und muzik, fun Lipa Fayngold 1940
48940Songbooks, Unknown Titleundated

Subseries B: Sheet music, undated, 1907-1948

Arrangement:

Subseries B: Sheet music arranged alphabetically by transliterated title.

BoxFolderTitleDate
48941Sheet Music, Aheem 1917
48942Sheet Music, Der alter shoymer1921
BoxFolderTitleDate
571127Sheet Music, Az ikh volt gihat dem keyser's oytsres 1919
571128Sheet Music, Die baitch 1907
BoxFolderTitleDate
48943Sheet Music, Der bal agoleundated
48944Sheet Music, Baleboste leben1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
571129Sheet Music, Baym rebe'n tsu melave malke 1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
48945Sheet Music, Baym taykh 1924
48946Sheet Music, Der Bekher 1921
48947Sheet Music, Benkshaft 1924
48948Sheet Music, Der bitokhn tsu got1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
571130Sheet Music, Brengt aher ayer mamen1920
BoxFolderTitleDate
48949Sheet Music, A brief tsum Lyader reb'n1927
48950Sheet Music, A brivele der mamen1921
48951Sheet Music, Brontshele undated
48952Sheet Music, Burikes oyf Pesakh1921
48953Sheet Music, Chave 1905
BoxFolderTitleDate
571131Sheet Music, Ein chassene frehlichs1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
48954Sheet Music, Dayne1950
48955Sheet Music, Emes'e liebeundated
48956Sheet Music, Es Ziht - Es Briht1929
48957Sheet Music, Esterke 1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
571132Sheet Music, Di eynzame muter1915
571133Sheet Music, Fantastisher tants1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
48958Sheet Music, Farges mikh nit and Malke'le dem rebn’s 1937
48959Sheet Music, Feter shneyerundated
48960Sheet Music, Fier gilden oyf Shabes1921
48961Sheet Music, Fleyshige Iden, milkhige Iden, un pareve Iden (2 copies)1929
BoxFolderTitleDate
571134Sheet Music, Der fodim undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
48962Sheet Music, Fraytog tsu nakht (2 copies)1924
48963Sheet Music, Fun wannen nehmt sich a Liebe?1921
BoxFolderTitleDate
571135Sheet Music, Gehot hob ich a feighioleundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
48964Sheet Music, Geht a goy in shenkel arayn1926
48965Sheet Music, Der gliklikher mekhutn1924
BoxFolderTitleDate
571136Sheet Music, Di grine kuzine1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
49966Sheet Music, Havah nagilah1949
49967Sheet Music, Dos Heilige Rikud'l1917
BoxFolderTitleDate
571137Sheet Music, Der hersher iz der man and Mener lerint ayere vayber 1910
BoxFolderTitleDate
49968Sheet Music, Het unter di bergalekh1920
49969Sheet Music, Heyeh im pifiyot1923
49970Sheet Music, A heym! A heym!1923
BoxFolderTitleDate
571138Sheet Music, Hoybt fislekh un trinkt lekhayim1916
BoxFolderTitleDate
49971Sheet Music, Huliet Huliet1916
49972Sheet Music, Ikh beynk aheym (2 copies)1934
BoxFolderTitleDate
571139Sheet Music, Ikh bin a bal agole1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
49973Sheet Music, Ikh hob dikh lieb Amerika1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
571140Sheet Music, In a klein shtibele1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
49974Sheet Music, In a kleynem shtibeleundated
49975Sheet Music, In Beth Hamedrosh1929
BoxFolderTitleDate
571141Sheet Music, In keyver 1917
BoxFolderTitleDate
49976Sheet Music, In mayn landundated
49977Sheet Music, In mayne oygen biztu shehn1931
49978Sheet Music, In shoten fun dem alten epelboym1927
49979Sheet Music, In veg 1925
49980Sheet Music, Israel 1948
49981Sheet Music, Jankale undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
571142Sheet Music, Khad gadye 1910
BoxFolderTitleDate
49982Sheet Music, Khashye bashyeundated
49983Sheet Music, Khavershe freyd1933
49984Sheet Music, Khay gelebt 1949
49985Sheet Music, Khsidishe nigunim1934
BoxFolderTitleDate
571143Sheet Music, Di kinder fon goles1907
571144Sheet Music, Kum tsu mir in kheder'l1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
49986Sheet Music, Kumt der lieber Shabes1924
BoxFolderTitleDate
571145Sheet Music, Leben zol kolumbus1909
BoxFolderTitleDate
49987Sheet Music, Leg dayn kop1924
BoxFolderTitleDate
571146Sheet Music, Leyden und freyden1913
BoxFolderTitleDate
49988Sheet Music, Lichtelech 1916
49989Sheet Music, Liebes leyd 1931
49990Sheet Music, Lied fun a chaver1943
49991Sheet Music, Dos Lied fun Jeruscholajim1919
49992Sheet Music, Makhmes vos? and Batlonim-tentsundated
49993Sheet Music, Malke'le (2 copies)undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
571147Sheet Music, Mamenyu koyf mir dos1916
571148Sheet Music, Mayn shpielen and Dos gebet1916
BoxFolderTitleDate
49994Sheet Music, Mayn shtetele Belz1932
BoxFolderTitleDate
571149Sheet Music, Mayn vayb iz in der kontri, hurey! 1916
571150Sheet Music, Mein spielen and Dos gebet1916
BoxFolderTitleDate
49995Sheet Music, Men of the Haganah1948
49996Sheet Music, Mineg khadash1931
49997Sheet Music, Mit dir iz mir gut (2 copies)1950
49998Sheet Music, A Mutter's Freud1917
BoxFolderTitleDate
581151Sheet Music, Der nayer eyli-eyli1924
581152Sheet Music, Der neyr tomedundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
49999Sheet Music, No Greater Love1959
BoxFolderTitleDate
581153Sheet Music, Nor fun fun and Der shidekh iz gishlosen1910
BoxFolderTitleDate
491000Sheet Music, Nu, zog mir shoyn ven1935
491001Sheet Music, Omar Ad. le-Yankev1926
BoxFolderTitleDate
581154Sheet Music, Onshtendige menshen1918
BoxFolderTitleDate
491002-1003Sheet Music, Oy, iz dos a leben1942
491004Sheet Music, Oy, s'iz gut!1937
491005Sheet Music, Oyf a sude bay malokhim1938
491006Sheet Music, Oyf dayn keyver1926
BoxFolderTitleDate
581155Sheet Music, Oyneg Shabes (2 copies)1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
491007Sheet Music, Der palats 1925
491008Sheet Music, Panu derech undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
581156Sheet Music, Der Poylisher Yud1910
BoxFolderTitleDate
491009Sheet Music, Raisins and Almonds1948
491010Sheet Music, R'Dovid'l 1924
491011Sheet Music, Der rebe Elimelekh,1927
491012Sheet Music, Dem rebn's nign 1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
581157Sheet Music, Regen'del 1921
BoxFolderTitleDate
491013Sheet Music, Reitiha undated
491014Sheet Music, Sascha 1938
491015Sheet Music, Der seiger1917
491016Sheet Music, Shehn vi di levone1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
581158Sheet Music, Dos sheifele1912
BoxFolderTitleDate
491017Sheet Music, Der shifer undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
581159Sheet Music, Shikhelakh 1921
BoxFolderTitleDate
481018Sheet Music, Shlof-Lied undated
481019Sheet Music, Shneyelakh, undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
581160Sheet Music, Shpatsiren, 1916
BoxFolderTitleDate
491020Sheet Music, Shpiel zhe shpiel dayn lebens shpielundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
581161Sheet Music, Der shuster bay der arbeyt; Ikh veys nit vos hob ikh; Dos naye lied; and Mayn ruhe-plats 1916
581162Sheet Music, S'vet zikh shoyn oyspresen1919
581163Sheet Music, Der tales'l undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
491021Sheet Music, Tankhum 1921
491022Sheet Music, Tants, meydele, tantsundated
491023Sheet Music, Tayere Malke1934
BoxFolderTitleDate
581164Sheet Music, Di tfiln 1908
BoxFolderTitleDate
491024Sheet Music, Toyben (2 copies)1924
BoxFolderTitleDate
581165Sheet Music, Tsien liebe 1917
BoxFolderTitleDate
491025Sheet Music, Tsigayner lied and Ven libe ruft1928
BoxFolderTitleDate
581166Sheet Music, Tsindt on di havdole1920
BoxFolderTitleDate
491026Sheet Music, Tsu badekens1921
491027Sheet Music, Tsu dir mayn land Amerike1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
581167Sheet Music, Dos tsubrokhene harts1918
BoxFolderTitleDate
491028Sheet Music, Tsvitshi, tsvitshiundated
491029Sheet Music, Unter a grin Beimele1926
BoxFolderTitleDate
581168Sheet Music, Ver vet kadish zugen? (2 copies)1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
491030Sheet Music, Vi ahin zol ikh geyn1950
491031Sheet Music, Vider iz avek der Shabes1921
491032Sheet Music, Viglid undated
491033Sheet Music, Vos toyg dir dayn zorgen for morgen? 1925
BoxFolderTitleDate
581169Sheet Music, Vos vet zayn mit R' Yisroel dem frumen 1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
491034Sheet Music, Where Is My Luck? (2 copies)1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
581170Sheet Music, Yankel 1912
BoxFolderTitleDate
491035Sheet Music, Yankele 1924
491036Sheet Music, Yo-la-la 1921
491037Sheet Music, Yosel der apreyter1935
491038Sheet Music, Yoshke fohrt avekundated
491039Sheet Music, The Young Mother1919
491040Sheet Music, You've Got It1938
491041Sheet Music, Zakhor (2 copies)1933
BoxFolderTitleDate
581171Sheet Music, Zamd un stern1916
581172Sheet Music, Zay a tate tsu dayn kind1909
581173Sheet Music, Zelner fun Tsien1918
BoxFolderTitleDate
491042Sheet Music, A zemer'l 1927
491043Sheet Music, Zhamele 1924
BoxFolderTitleDate
581174Sheet Music, Das ziegele 1904
BoxFolderTitleDate
491044Sheet Music, Zint ikh hob dikh farlorn1928
491045Sheet Music, Zu mein folk1916
491046Sheet Music, Songs from Di Khazn'te 1918
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Series VII: Programs and Announcements, undated, 1921-1971

0.5 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Series VII: Programs and Announcements is comprised of programs for Picon's performances in theatrical productions and of announcements, flyers, and advertisements for these performances as well as for appearances at benefits, etc. An additional advertisement can be found within Series VIII: Correspondence, in the oversize correspondence folder (1179) in Box 59; this item was placed in the correspondence series because it contains a personal handwritten note to Picon from Jacob Kalich, but it is also of interest as an announcement of a performance.

BoxFolderTitleDate
501047Undated Material
501048Programs and Announcements1921-1929
501049Programs and Announcements1930-1936
501050Programs and Announcements1937-1939
BoxFolderTitleDate
581175Programs and Announcements1938-1942
BoxFolderTitleDate
501051Programs and Announcements1940-1943
501052Programs and Announcements1944-1959
501053Programs and Announcements1960-1966
BoxFolderTitleDate
511054Programs and Announcements1967-1971
BoxFolderTitleDate
591196Programs and Announcementsundated, 1970-1971
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Series VIII: Correspondence, undated, 1917-1970

1.75 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged by correspondents, chronologically, and by subject.

Scope and Content:

Series VIII: Correspondence includes a great deal of correspondence between Picon and her husband Jacob Kalich as well as between Picon and her family. Much of this correspondence is in Yiddish. The series also contains general correspondence with a variety of persons and letters dealing specifically with particular subjects, such as benefit performances, fan mail (to both Picon and Jacob Kalich), and charitable contributions. The series is arranged for the most part by correspondents and by subject; the general correspondence is ordered chronologically, with a folder for undated general correspondence. The dated folders within the general correspondence sequence are marked "circa 19xx-19xx," however, because they, too, contain some undated material. This material was kept with the dated material, rather than put in the undated folder, because it either clearly belonged as part of a set with other letters in the folder or was originally grouped with other letters in the folder. Researchers should be aware that some of this latter material may in fact be from a different period than the other correspondence in the folder.

BoxFolderTitleDate
591179Jacob Kalich to Molly Piconundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
511055Jacob Kalich to Molly Piconundated, 1919-1935
511056Jacob Kalich to Molly Piconundated, 1945
511057Molly Picon to Jacob Kalichundated, 1919-1929
511058Molly Picon to Jacob Kalichundated, 1930-1935
511059Molly Picon to Jacob Kalichundated, 1936-1939
BoxFolderTitleDate
521060Molly Picon to Jacob Kalichundated, 1940-1952
521031Molly Picon to Familyundated, 1917-1929
521062Molly Picon to Familyundated, 1930-1934
521063Molly Picon to Familyundated, 1935-1940
521064Molly Picon to Familyundated, 1941-1952
521065Molly Picon to Familyundated, 1960-1970
BoxFolderTitleDate
531066Generalundated
531067General1922-1938
531068Generalcirca 1940-1944
531069Generalcirca 1945-1949
531070Generalcirca 1950-1952
531071Generalcirca 1953-1965
531072Fan Mailundated, 1927-1967
531073Letters from Servicemenundated, 1943-1963
531074Letters from Relatives and Friends of Servicemen in Koreaundated, 1952
531075"Get Well" Cards and Lettersundated, 1955-1956
531076Fan Mail to Jacob KalichSeptember-October 1954
BoxFolderTitleDate
541077Benefit Performances1944-1952
541078Charitable Contributions1941-1962
541079Foster Parents' Plan for War Children, Inc.undated
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Series IX: Subject Files, undated, 1915-1970

0.75 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content:

Series IX: Subject Files contains a significant amount of material relating to the USO tours in which Picon participated. Among this material are bulletins, scripts, and souvenirs. The series also includes business agreements concerning Picon's appearances and performance schedules; a memorial book for Picon's mother, Clara Picon; a notebook with Picon's personal notes for her role of Yente in the Fiddler on the Roof film; materials from her European tour of 1946; feature articles and press notices about Picon and her performances; personal documents; news clippings; and travel souvenirs.

BoxFolderTitleDate
541080Business Agreementsundated, 1934-1959
541081European Tour1946
541082European Tour News Clippings1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
591180Feature Article1929
BoxFolderTitleDate
541083Feature Articles, News Items, and Press Noticesundated, 1925-1952
541084Fiddler on the Roof: Notebook for Film Role of Yente1970
541085Memorial Book for Clara Picon1953
541086Miscellaneous Itemsundated, 1923
BoxFolderTitleDate
591181Miscellaneous Itemsundated, 1938-1953
BoxFolderTitleDate
551087News Clippingsundated, 1945-1954
551088News Clippings on Poetry and Lyricsundated, 1915, 1941-1946
551089Personal Documents and Itemsundated, 1919-1961
551090Reception and Concert at Essex House, NYCNovember 25, 1946
551091Travel Souvenirsundated, 1921-1947
551092USO Tours: Bulletins and Announcements1944
551093USO Tours: Trip to Koreaundated, 1951
551094USO Tours: Names and Addresses of Families of Servicemen in Koreaundated
551095USO Tours: Scripts from Shows in Korea1952
551096USO Tours: Souvenirs from Trips to Korea and Japan1951-1952
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Series X: Photographs, undated, 1920-1970

2.2 linear feet.
Scope and Content:

Series X: Photographs incorporates all facets of Picon's life. Subjects range from personal settings with family and friends to travels to theatrical performances to special occasions and events. Series X is divided into two subseries: Subseries A: Alphabetical by Production Title and Subseries B: Alphabetical by Subject. Subseries A consists of photographs of theatrical productions and features poses and scenes from the productions. Subseries B contains photographs taken in a variety of other contexts, both formal and informal. While most of the photographs in the collection are of Picon, Series X also contains a number of photographs of Jacob Kalich. In particular, photographs of Kalich can be found in Mezrach und Maarev (Box 56, Folder 1103) and in Various Subjects (Box 56, Folder 1125), as well as in folders that include his name in the title. Also of interest, the series contains photographs of other Yiddish theater celebrities. These can be found among the photographs of Subseries A as well as in Yiddish Theater Celebrities (Box 56, Folder 1126).

Subseries A: Alphabetical by Production Title, undated, 1921-1965

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by production title.

BoxFolderTitleDate
561097Bublitchki1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
591182Bublitchki 1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
561098Circus Girl 1928
BoxFolderTitleDate
591183Circus Girl 1928
BoxFolderTitleDate
561099Comedienne, Comediantke 1930
BoxFolderTitleDate
591184Czarevitsch Feodor 1927
BoxFolderTitleDate
561100Jolly Orphan 1929
BoxFolderTitleDate
591185Jolly Orphan 1929-1930
BoxFolderTitleDate
561101A Majority of One 1964-1965
BoxFolderTitleDate
591186Mamale 1927(?)
BoxFolderTitleDate
561102Mamale 1936
BoxFolderTitleDate
591187Mein Malkale 1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
561103Mezrach und Maarev 1921
561104Milk and Honey 1961
561105Morning Star 1940
BoxFolderTitleDate
591188Oy is dus a leben 1942
BoxFolderTitleDate
561106Rabbi’s Melody 1926
BoxFolderTitleDate
591189Raizele 1927
BoxFolderTitleDate
561107Shmendrik 1924, 1943
BoxFolderTitleDate
591190Shmendrik 1924
BoxFolderTitleDate
561108Some Girl 1926-1928
561109Di tsvey kuni lemels 1926
561110Yankele undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
591191Yankele 1923-1924
591192Zipke 1924

Subseries B: Alphabetical by Subject, undated, 1921-1970

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

BoxFolderTitleDate
561111Benefit Performances1926, 1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
591183Molly Picon1922
BoxFolderTitleDate
561112Molly Piconundated, 1956-1958, 1970
BoxFolderTitleDate
591194Molly Picon and Family1925
BoxFolderTitleDate
561113Molly Picon and Family1926(?)
561114Molly Picon and Jacob Kalichundated, 1921-1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
591195Molly Picon and Jacob Kalich1925, 1958
BoxFolderTitleDate
561115Molly Picon and Jacob Kalich in Yugoslavia for Filming of Fiddler on the Roof 1970
561116Molly Picon and Jacob Kalich's 46th AnniversaryJune 29, 1965
561117Molly Picon in Great Britain1937
561118Molly Picon with Othersundated, 1923-1963
561119Movie Shortsundated, 1928
561120Party of Ambassador to WarsawJuly 4, 1938
561121Photo Bookmarks/Postcards of Yiddish Writers(?)undated
561122Radio Showsundated, 1938, 1947, 1952
561123Tour of U.S. Military Bases1945
561124USO Tour in Korea1951-1952
561125Various Subjectsundated, 1920-1951
561126Yiddish Theater Celebritiesundated
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Series XI: Scrapbooks, 1919-1967

15.3 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Series XI: Scrapbooks consists of twenty-two scrapbooks kept by Picon. The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings but some also have letters, notes, tickets, programs, and other general memorabilia. The newspaper clippings are mainly in Yiddish and English. The scrapbooks are arranged roughly chronologically. The date ranges for the scrapbooks were taken, when possible, from notations on the covers of the scrapbooks.

Eighteen of the twenty-two scrapbooks have been digitized and can be accessed by clicking on the "Scrapbooks" links.

Box TitleDate
60 Scrapbooks1919-1923
60 Scrapbooks1921-1923
60 Scrapbooks1923-1931
Box TitleDate
61 Scrapbooks1921-1927
61 Scrapbooks1929-1933
Box TitleDate
62 Scrapbooks1925-1932
62 Scrapbooks1930-1931
Box TitleDate
63 Scrapbooks1930-1933
63 Scrapbooks1932
Box TitleDate
64 Scrapbooks1934-1937
64 Scrapbooks1936-1937
64 Scrapbooks1937-1940
Box TitleDate
65 Scrapbooks1940-1942
65 Scrapbooks1942-1946
Box TitleDate
66 Scrapbooks1946-1948
66 Scrapbooks1947
66 Scrapbooks1949-1950
Box TitleDate
67 Scrapbooks1951-1953
67 Scrapbooks1953-1958, 1961
67 Scrapbooks1960
Box TitleDate
68 Scrapbooks1961-1962
68 Scrapbooks1961-1967
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