Guide to the Abraham Goldfaden (1840-1908) Collection
1872-1956

RG 219

Processed by David Rogow and Eleanor Mlotek with the assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional processing by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Abraham Goldfaden
Title: Papers of Abraham Goldfaden (1840-1908)
Dates:1872-1956
Abstract: This collection contains manuscripts of some of the earliest Yiddish plays, correspondence between playwright, poet, and director Abraham Goldfaden, the father of Yiddish theater, and various actors and writers, as well as some family correspondence, newspaper clippings on Goldfaden and his impact on Yiddish theater, articles by Goldfaden on a variety of topics, and various other theater materials, such as title pages of plays, programs and song sheets. The collection illustrates Goldfaden’s great and ongoing influence on Yiddish theater.
Languages: The collection is in Yiddish, with some German, French, English, Hebrew, Russian, Polish and Spanish.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Identification: RG 219
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Biographical Note

Abraham Goldfaden was born in Starokonstantinov, Volhynia (Ukraine) on July 12, 1840 to Khayim Lipe, a watchmaker and a follower of the Haskalah, and Khane Rivke Goldenfodem. He received a Hebrew education from the Kazyoner Jewish school, which was government-run, as well as learning Russian, German and secular subjects. As a child, he is purported to have imitated the performances of wedding jesters and Brody singers so well and to such a degree that he acquired the nickname Avromele Badkhen, "Abie the Jester." In 1857 he entered the Rabbinical Seminary in Zhitomir in order to avoid conscription into the tsarist army, where he studied to become a teacher. Here he studied with Abraham Ber Gottlober, who introduced him to Yiddish literature. While in the seminary he was encouraged to compose Hebrew lyrics, and his first Hebrew poem was published in 1862 in Hamelits (The Advocate). His first Yiddish published poems appeared in Kol Mevasser (Voice of the Messenger) in 1863, the same year that he played the title role in Shloyme Ettinger’s Serkele. A volume of Hebrew writings, Tsitsim u’Frakhim (Blossoms and Flowers), was published in 1865. Soon after, he began writing and publishing Hebrew and Yiddish songs, including Dos Yidele (The Little Jew), in 1866 and Di Yidene (The Jewish Woman), a collection of poems, and Tzvey Shkheynes (Two Female Neighbors) and Di Mume Sosye (Aunt Sosya), comedic plays, in 1869.

In 1868 Goldfaden moved to Odessa. His cousin Joseph Kisselman, a pianist, helped him set his poetry to music. He married Perele (Pauline) Verbl, daughter of the maskilic poet Eliyohu-Mordkhe Verbl, that same year. He taught in Jewish Crown schools in Simferopol and Odessa in the years 1867-1875, continuing to write all the while. In 1875 Goldfaden left Russia, first traveling to Munich, where he originally planned to study for a doctorate, then to Lemberg (Lvov), where he and Yitskhok Linetski started a newspaper, Yisrolik. The paper was banned in Russia in February 1876.

Goldfaden traveled to Czernowitz (Chernivtsi) in 1876, where he published Dos Bukoviner Israelitishe Folksblat (The Bukovina Jewish Folks Journal). Here he came into contact with the Broder singers, who were singing and acting out Yiddish songs in Romania, including some of Goldfaden’s own. He performed some songs and short sketches at Shimon Mark’s wine garden in Iasi, Romania, although he was quite poorly received. It was at that point that he conceived of the idea of combining songs and impersonations with dramatic dialogue and plot, an idea that culminated with the staging of Di Rekrutn (The Recruits) in October 1876 in Botosani, near Iasi. The play, about the difficulties of a recruit in the army, was in part inspired by the recruiting tactics of press gangs for the Russo-Turkish War. This is generally accepted as the first performance of a professional Yiddish theater. He traveled to Galatz (Galati), Romania, where, encouraged by enormous acclaim, he put together a group of performers, including wandering minstrels and cantors’ assistants, including Zelig Mogulesco, Leyzer Zukerman and Moyshe Zilberman, and perhaps the first Yiddish actress, Sara Segel (Sophia Goldstein-Karp), and toured Romania and Russia putting on his own plays and short theater pieces, based on the Russian and German theater models. He wrote the plays and the songs that the troupe performed, directed and instructed the actors on the mechanics of how to act and designed the scenery. He was an all-around theatrical impresario. His goal was to present a theater that was accessible to the Yiddish-speaking public, based, however loosely, upon their own lives yet also to elevate his audience to an appreciation of more sophisticated theater. His earlier plays were generally operettas and light comedies, but his later plays took on more serious, and often historical subjects, including Doctor Almasada, Shulamis and Bar Kokhba, about the revolt of 132-136 CE, written after the wave of pogroms that followed in the wake of the 1881 assassination of Czar Alexander II.

On the invitation of Jacob P. Adler in 1879, Goldfaden and his company traveled to Odessa, where they were greatly successful, before being banned by the censor. After his appeal of the ban, he received permission to perform throughout the Russian Pale of Settlement, which he continued to do for several years and even started another company with his brother Naftali in Kishinev (Chisinau). His success gave rise to many other theatrical enterprises, including a rival company set up by Israel Grodner, who had originally been in Goldfaden’s company but had left in the wake of Mogulesco’s success. Yiddish theater expanded at a rapid rate until 1883, when the Russian government banned all performances in Yiddish.

Goldfaden continued to write and publish poems for the next few years until 1885, when he and a troupe traveled to Warsaw, where they were allowed to perform in German, and where Goldfaden was involved with Zionist circles. The troupe was, briefly, very successful in Warsaw, particularly with the historical plays such as Shulamis (1880) and Bar Kokhba (1887). Goldfaden went on to Lodz and then to New York and the American “provinces” in 1887, where he was less successful theatrically, although he did whatever he could to make money, continuing to write new material, briefly publishing a twice-weekly newspaper, Di Nyu-Yorker Ilustrirte Tsaytung (The New York Illustrated Newspaper), from October 1887-July 1888, and founding a drama society and school, “Lira.” He also gave poetry readings and speeches, even arranging benefit performances for his own benefit. Goldfaden soon returned to Europe, where he produced and directed his established plays, primarily in London, Paris, Lemberg, and Vienna, as well as continuing to write new ones, including Meshiakhs Tsaytn (Messianic Times) that gave a less-than-optimistic view of Jewish life in America. He was in Romania from 1892-1896 with a new company as the director of the Jigniţa theater, but he continued to struggle to make a living, particularly as his plays were often performed without his consent, from which he received no royalties. He was the Paris delegate to the World Zionist Congress in London in 1900, where he was warmly welcomed and in the same year, the Yiddish world celebrated his 60th birthday. This included many warmly-written newspaper articles by the likes of Nahum Sokolow, Reuben Asher Braudes, Reuben Brainin, and others, as well as a great celebration in London, where a fund was established to support him and his wife for a year. Goldfaden then resumed writing his autobiography.

Upon the invitation of his brother, Goldfaden returned to the United States in 1903. Although he was too sick to undertake very much, he periodically published articles in Di Yidishe Gazeten (The Jewish Gazette). He was warmly welcomed by the young Zionists of the Theodor Herzl Club and in 1906, they put on his one-act Hebrew play, David b’Milkhamah (David in the War), the first Hebrew-language play to be performed in America. Goldfaden’s last play, Ben Ami, oder Der Zun fun Zayn Folk (Ben Ami, or The Son of His People), loosely based upon George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, was produced by Boris Thomashefsky at the People’s Theatre on December 25, 1907, and was quite successful. Goldfaden died in New York on January 9, 1908, having written over 60 plays, among the most successful of which were Shmendrik (1877), Der Fanatik, oder Di Tsvey Kuni Lemels (The Fanatic, or The Two Kuni Lemels) (1880), Shulamis (1880), Doctor Almasada (1882), Bar Kokhba (1887), and Ben Ami (1907). The New York Times referred to him as "the Yiddish Shakespeare" as well as "a poet and a prophet." Between 75,000-100,000 people are said to have attended his funeral procession from the People's Theater in the Bowery to Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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Scope and Content Note

The major portion of the Abraham Goldfaden Collection consists of original papers of Abraham Goldfaden relating to his career in the Yiddish theater, including manuscripts of plays, poems and articles, correspondence with members of the Yiddish theater, some copied in a notebook, newspaper clippings, playbills, and front pages of published plays. The materials were gathered by the historian Jacob Shatzky in connection with his work on the history of Yiddish theater. Shatzky wrote and edited a number of theater publications for the YIVO in the 1920s and 1930s, including Goldfaden-bukh (Goldfaden Book), Hundert Yor Goldfaden (One Hundred Years of Goldfaden) and Arkhiv far der Geshikhte fun Yidishn Teater un Drame (Archive of the History of Yiddish Theater and Drama), and he used many of the materials in this collection for his work. In addition to original documents from Goldfaden, there are also items either about Goldfaden or copies of Goldfaden’s writings and correspondence written out by Shatzky. Because of the artificial manner in which the record group was formed, it was decided to register it in the YIVO Archives as a “collection” rather than as “personal papers.” A majority of this collection is in Yiddish. The materials date from 1872-1956. The collection is 2.5 linear feet in five manuscript boxes.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in series, according to type of material. Some folders contain a variety of materials, particularly when those items are fragmentary and untitled, although there are also folders with multiple titled materials. The correspondence is filed by correspondent’s name according to the Yiddish alphabet. There are many letters from Goldfaden to others, which Shatzky received from various sources. There are fewer folders listed in the English finding aid than in the Yiddish finding aid, although all of the materials appear to have been maintained. The folder organization follows that of the English finding aid. The collection is divided into the following series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Permission to use the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archivist.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archives. For more information, contact:
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: archives@yivo.cjh.org

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Related Material

Other materials by and about Goldfaden and his plays, including correspondence, can be found in the archival collections: Sholem Perlmutter RG 289, Play Collection RG 114, Maurice Schwartz RG 498, David Hirsch RG 1225, Esther-Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum RG 8, Music (Vilna Archives) RG 7, Gabriel Zarzhevsky RG 407, Music RG 112, Molly Picon RG 738, Yom-Tov Spilman RG 397, Morris Feder and Eliezer and Rose Zhelazo RG 803, and the Folksbiene Theater RG 512, among others. There are also biographies of Goldfaden by Jacob Shatzky, Nahum Auslaender, Nachman Meisel, Zalmen Zylbercweig, and many others, books about him and his plays, his place in Yiddish theater, manuscripts of his plays, and many other materials.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Abraham Goldfaden Collection; RG 219; folder number; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the YIVO Archives by Jacob Shatzky in 1946.

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Processing information

The collection was arranged in 1979 by Eleanor Mlotek with the assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Originally, the inventory was written in Yiddish. Additional processing was completed in May 2011.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Plays and Other Writings for the Stage, 1879-1906, undated

55 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains handwritten and typed manuscripts of Goldfaden’s plays and songs, notices and records about plays and other theatrical materials, including title pages of plays and a list of Goldfaden’s plays.

Folder TitleDate
1 Rekrutn (Recruits) undated
  

2 acts, incomplete, 20 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
2 Rekrutn (Recruits) undated
  

2 acts, incomplete, 18 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
3 Breindele Kozak (Breindel the Cossack) undated
  

dream play in 4 acts, one act incomplete, page from first act, manuscript

 
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4 Breindele Kozak (Breindel the Cossack); Di Shtume Kale (The Mute Bride) undated
  

(in one notebook, folder labeled 4, 4A) dream play in 4 acts, incomplete, 53 pgs., manuscript; comedy in 3 acts with music and dance, incomplete, 29 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
5 Di Shtume Kale (The Mute Bride) undated
  

comedy in 3 acts with music and dance, only a few pgs., manuscript

 
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6 Dvosie di Pliotkemakherin (Deborah the Gossipmonger) 1879
  

comedy in 5 acts, censored in Odessa, 46 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
7 Dvosie di Pliotkemakherin (Deborah the Gossipmonger) undated
  

comedy in 5 acts, 65 pgs., manuscript

 
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8 Di Kaprizne Tokhter, oder Kabzenzon un Hungerman (The Capricious Daughter, or Pauper-son and Hunger-man) 1881
  

melodrama in 4 acts, 5 scenes, St. Petersburg, 46 pgs., 4 pgs. Crossed out, censored copy

 
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9 Der Podrachnik (The Contractor) undated
  

about the Russo-Turkish War, operetta in 4 acts, 8 scenes, 46 pgs., manuscript

 
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10 Der Podrachnik (The Contractor) undated
  

operetta in 4 acts, 8 scenes, 75 pgs., manuscript

 
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11 Todres Bloz (Todres, Blow) undated
  

3 acts, 50 pgs., manuscript

 
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12 Der Ferkoyfter Shlof, oder Bankir Tiran (The Bartered Dream, or The Tyrant Banker) 1879
  

melodrama in 3 acts, 11 scenes, music and dance, translated from German, censored in Odessa on 11 Sept. 1879, 28 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
13 Der Ferkoyfter Shlof, oder Bankir Tiran (The Bartered Dream, or The Tyrant Banker) undated
  

melodrama in 3 acts, music and dance, translated from German, 42 pgs., manuscript

 
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14 Der Soten, oder Dos Tsente Gebot: Loy Sakhmoyd (Satan, or The Tenth Commandment: Thou Shall Not Covet) 1883
  

comedy in 5 acts, 15 scenes with song and dance, 101 pgs., Odessa, copyright 1888, manuscript

 
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15 Loy Sakhmoyd: Dos Tsente Gebot (Thou Shall Not Covet: The Tenth Commandment) 1892
  

comedy in 5 acts with song and dance, 94 pgs., copied in Bucharest by the prompter Yitzhak Abramovich, 15 June 1892, manuscript

 
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16 Loy Sakhmoyd: Dos Tsente Gebot (Thou Shall Not Covet: The Tenth Commandment) undated
  

comedy in 5 acts with song and dance, 56 pgs., act one missing, manuscript

 
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17 Ashmedai, oder Dos Tsente Gebot (Satan, or The Tenth Commandment) undated
  

comedy in 5 acts with song and dance, illustration by Goldfaden, 111 pgs., manuscript

 
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18 Ashmedai, oder Dos Tsente Gebot (Satan, or The Tenth Commandment) undated
  

comedy in 5 acts with song and dance, written in various scripts, at the end of the notebook are scenes from the same play, manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
19 Ashmedai, oder Dos Tsente Gebot (Satan, or The Tenth Commandment) undated
  

act 3 only, 29 pgs., manuscript

 
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20 Der Fanatik, oder Tsvey Kuni Lemelekh (The Fanatic, or The Two Kuni Lemels) 1882
  

operetta in 4 acts, 9 scenes, censored in St. Petersburg, 8 April 1882, 49 pgs., manuscript

 
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21 Akeydas-Yitzhak (The Sacrifice of Isaac) 1894
  

historical drama in 4 acts with music, stamped: Trupa Israilita A. Goldfaden, 10 April 1894, Bucharest, 68 pgs., manuscript

 
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22 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) 1881
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, St. Petersburg, 27 Oct. 1881, censored on 28 Oct. 1881, 67 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
23 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 46 pgs., typed manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
24 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 46 pgs., typed manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
25 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 42 pgs., typed manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
26 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 42 pgs., typed manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
27 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 42 pgs., typed manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
28 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 42 pgs., typed manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
29 Der Sambatyon (The Sambation River) undated
  

comedy in 4 acts, 10 scenes, 42 pgs., typed manuscript

 
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30 Ahasvuerosh (Ahashueros) undated
  

operetta in 5 acts, 77 pgs., manuscript

 
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31 Ahasvuerosh (Ahashueros) undated
  

operetta in 5 acts, 60 pgs., manuscript

 
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32 Rotshild (Rothschild) undated
  

drama, 2 acts only, 48 pgs., manuscript

 
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33 Yehuda haMakabi (Judah the Maccabean) undated
  

historical drama in 5 acts (4 acts?), with song, the last few pgs. written in a different script, written in Paris?, 39 pgs., manuscript

 
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34 Yehuda haMakabi (Judah the Maccabean) undated
  

historical drama in 5 acts (4 acts?), addendum to the play?, second variation?, added dialogue and couplets, 31 pgs., manuscript

 
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35 unidentified play undated
  

drama, 3 acts incomplete, written in Lvov?, 51 pgs., manuscript

 
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36 Rabbi Yosselman undated
  

musical comedy in 5 acts, pages missing, 52 pgs., various other acts in the same notebook, 50 pgs., manuscript

 
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37 Rabbi Yosselman, oder Di Gzeyres fun Elzas (Rabbi Yosselman, or The Decrees in Alsace) 1891
  

historical opera in 5 acts, Lvov 1891?, 109 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
38 Rabbi Yosselman undated
  

muscial drama in 5 acts, some acts and pgs. are missing, transcribed in Paris?, 73 pgs., manuscript

 
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39 Alofern (Holofernes) undated
  

4 or 5 acts?, transcribed in Lvov, 82 pgs., manuscript

 
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40 Meshiakhs Tsaytn (Messianic Times) 1891
  

musical true-life drama in 5 acts, 24 scenes, censored by the Polish police in Lvov, Dec. 1891, 96 pgs., manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
41 Meshiakhs Tsaytn (Messianic Times) undated
  

musical true-life drama in 6 acts, 30 scenes, 76 pgs. and 19 pgs., manuscript

 
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42 Ben Ami, oder Der Zun fun Zayn Folk (Ben Ami, or The Son of His People) 1906
  

national-patriotic musical drama in 4 acts with prologue and epilogue, originally created and specially written for my people, 79 pgs., manuscript

 
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43 Ben Ami, oder Der Zun fun Zayn Folk (Ben Ami, or The Son of His People) 1906
  

only 2 acts with a prologue, pages and 2 acts missing, 42 pgs., manuscript

 
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44 Ben Ami, oder Der Zun fun Zayn Folk (Ben Ami, or The Son of His People) 1906
  

2 acts with a prologue, 2 acts missing, 54 pgs., manuscript

 
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45 Uriel Acosta undated
  

by Karl Gutzkow, translated a second time from the Russian and adapted by Goldfaden for the New York Yiddish public, with music, 5 acts, acted in New York, 46 pgs., manuscript

 
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46 Uriel Acosta undated
  

by Karl Gutzkow, translated from the Russian and adapted by Goldfaden, 5 acts, 10 scenes with chorus, 57 pgs., manuscript

 
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47 Der Tsigeynerbaron (The Gypsy Baron) undated
  

grand opera in 3 acts by Johann Strauss, adapted by Goldfaden, acts incomplete, some scenes are missing, 60 pgs., manuscript

 
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48 Hamenatseyekh Dovid (David the Conqueror) undated
  

fragments of a play in Hebrew, 16 pgs., manuscript

 
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49 Shulamis undated
  

only one half page of the play, dialogue between Shulamis and Absalom

 
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50 Notebook with songs undated
  

234 pgs., manuscript

 
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51 Songs, clippings, manuscript undated
  

L'Milkhomah (To the War), song printed in "The Jewish Gazette," Paris, 1 July 1898, clipping; Der Yidisher Pasport (The Jewish Passport), poem, printed in Paris?, 29 June 1898, clipping; Dos Farblondshey Shif (The Lost Ship), ballad, printed in Paris?, 15 Aug. 1898, clipping; several verses of a poem, on a piece of paper, manuscript; Dor Haflagah (The Generation of the Tower of Babel), in a small notebook, manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
52 Yudele un Yisroelik undated
  

essay about Goldfaden's relation to the Yiddish theatergoers in the form of a dialogue, manuscript

 
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53 Notes on various theater productions undated
  

about furniture and other requisitions for a play; page with notes in Hebrew and Yiddish, handwritten

 
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54 Songs translated into French undated
  

Rozhinkes mit Mandlen (Raisins and Almonds), Shabes, Yontev, un Rosh Khoydesh (Sabbath, Festival, and New Moon), Flaker Fayerl Flaker (Flicker Little Fire, Flicker), Got ze Aleyn (Gd Alone Sees), manuscript

 
Folder TitleDate
55 List of Goldfaden's plays undated
  

 
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Series II: Correspondence, 1894-1907, undated

23 folders
Scope and Content:

This is a series of correspondence, mainly copies of letter written by Goldfaden to various actors and writers, although there are a few original letters. Many of these appear to have been written out by Jacob Shatzky. The series is arranged according to the Yiddish alphabet.

Folder TitleDate
56 Adler, Jacob (Kovner) 1903
  

to Brooklyn, NY, 19 Oct. 1903, original and copy

 
Folder TitleDate
57 Unidentified correspondents 1894, 1901-1903
  

mostly from Paris, originals and copies, fragments, multiple versions of letters; two photostats of a piece of a letter from New York possibly to the Perkoffs in London; letter to Yossele in Braila from Galati, Romania, 27 Sept. 1894, copy sent to YIVO from Isaac Schwartz in Iasi; mostly undated

 
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58 Berman (cantor) undated
  

no place specified, 2 copies

 
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59 Goldfaden, Pauline undated
  

from Paris, probably to Yosef Weinstock in Budapest, possibly 1892 or 1903, 2 copies and original

 
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60 Goldfaden, Abraham 1902
  

from Paris, to his brother Naftali, copy

 
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61 Dubinsky 1904-1906
  

to Boston, from New York, 3 originals and 2 typed copies

 
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62 Dinesohn, J. 1899
  

from Paris, 4 Jan. 1899, copy

 
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63 Seifert, M. 1903
  

from Paris, July 1903, copy

 
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64 Torczyner 1900
  

from Paris, to America?, 5 May 1900, 20 Nov. 1900, 6 Dec. 1900, copies

 
Folder TitleDate
65 Landau, S.R. 1897
  

from Paris, Nov. 1897, original

 
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66 Levinson 1900
  

to Boston, from Paris, 15 Jan. 1900, typed copy

 
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67 Mazin, R. 1903
  

to London, from Paris, May? 1903, copy

 
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68 Minikes, Hanan 1897
  

to New York, from Paris, 5 Dec. 1897, 2 copies, newspaper clipping from Minikes' Khanike Blat (Chanukkah Page)

 
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69 Nordau, Max 1900
  

from Paris, 15 Jan. 1900, copy

 
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70 Perlzweig, A. 1903
  

to London, from Paris, 27 Feb. 1903, copy

 
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71 Perkoff, Isaac 1903-1907
  

to London, from Paris and New York, 20 April 1905, 14 Jan. 1903, 1904, 30 May 1907, copies and a postcard

 
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72 Cohen, J.M. 1903
  

to London, from Paris, 5 March 1903, copy

 
Folder TitleDate
73 Cohen, J.J. 1903
  

to London, from Paris, in The Jewish Review, 5 March 1903, original and copies

 
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74 Katzenellenbogen 1903
  

to New York, from Paris, 14 June 1903, copy

 
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75 Klein, Rabbi J. 1903
  

to Budapest, from Paris, original and copies

 
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76 Scheur, Mendel 1903
  

to London, from Paris, copies

 
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77 Sarasohn 1902-1903
  

to New York, from Paris, copies

 
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78 Notebook of letters 1902-1903
  

from Paris, 45 pgs., given to YIVO by Jacob Shatzky, handwritten copies of letters written to Sarasohn, Perkoff, Naftali Goldfaden, Perlzweig, Scheur, Seifert, Mazin, Katzenellenbogen, The Jewish Review, etc., written in several handwritings

 
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Series III: Theater Materials, 1872-1929, undated

17 folders
Scope and Content:

The theater materials in this series comprise articles about Goldfaden, title pages of his works, photostats, programs, flyers, statutes of a Zionist organization founded by Goldfaden, a visiting card, and a receipt.

Folder TitleDate
79 Letters from Galicia 1924
  

by L. Dreikurs, in Literarishe Bleter (Literary Leaves), no. 29, Warsaw, 21 Nov. 1924, copy

 
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80 Shulamis on the Hungarian Stage 1926
  

by S.J. Dorfson, in Parizer Bleter (Parisian Leaves), no. 123, 24 April 1926, copy

 
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81 Abraham Goldfaden in Rumania 1927
  

by S.J. Dorfson, in Yudish Teatr (Yiddish Theater), an organ of Union of Yiddish Actors in Vienna, no. 1, Vienna, Jan. 1927, copy

 
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82 Abraham Goldfaden in Lemberg 1929
  

by Israel Gesund, in Der Morgen (The Morning), no. 704, Lvov, copy

 
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83 Di Yidene (The Jewish Woman) 1872
  

2 title pages, Odessa

 
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84 Meylets-Yoysher, oder Rabbi Yosselman (The Defender, or Rabbi Yosselman) 1900
  

2 title pages, opera in 5 acts, 23 scenes, New York

 
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85 Shmendrik, oder di Komishe Khasene (Shmendrik, or The Comical Wedding) 1907
  

title page, comedy in 3 acts, Warsaw

 
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86 Bobe mit dem Eynikl, oder Bantsie di Kneytlekhleygerin (Grandmother and Grandchild, or Bantsie Who Makes Things Worse) undated
  

title page, melodrama in 3 acts with song, New York

 
Folder TitleDate
87 Doktor Almosado (Doctor Almasada) undated
  

photostat of title page

 
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88 Di Tzvey Kuni Lemels (The Two Kuni Lemels); Shulamis undated
  

page of the magazine Tealit, with reproduction of the title pages of the 2 plays

 
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89 Shulamis 1885
  

photograph of an advertisement, Kielce, in Polish

 
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90 Di Tzvey Kuni Lemels (The Two Kuni Lemels) undated
  

program, presented by the Yiddish Progressive Theater Group in New York

 
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91 Song about Goldfaden undated
  

printed as a flyleaf

 
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92 Statutes of the Society Bkhirey Tzion (Chosen of Zion) in Paris 1900
  

founded by Goldfaden, manuscript and copy

 
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93 Lists of names and numbers undated
  

 
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94 Goldfaden's visiting card undated
  

from when he lived in Brroklyn, NY

 
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95 Receipt undated
  

signed by Goldfaden, stating that he received a copy of a contract with Jacob Adler, as well as other papers, from the lawyer Abraham Schomer, original

 
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Series IV: Articles by Goldfaden, 1905-1906, 1927, undated

13 folders
Scope and Content:

This is a series of article written by Goldfaden on various topics, mostly in unpublished manuscript form, as well as a list of Hebrew words used in Yiddish.

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96 Dor Holekh v'Dor Bo (From Generation to Generation) undated
  

several examples of an article about education, pgs. missing, manuscript

 
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97 Di Dertziung funem Nayem Do (The Education of the New Generation) 1905
  

New York, 6 Oct. 1905, 1 pg., manuscript

 
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98 Vu iz Ahingekumen di Yidish Dertziung (What Happened to Jewish Education) 1906
  

New York, clipping

 
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99 Article on the problem of Jewish culture undated
  

manuscript

 
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100 Unidentified article undated
  

manuscript

 
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101 Article about antisemitism undated
  

manuscript

 
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102 Sotzializm un Antisemitizm (Socialism and Antisemitism) undated
  

article translated from French by Goldfaden, manuscript

 
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103 Articles about Judaism, edicts against Jews and antisemitism undated
  

manuscript

 
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104 Tsemakh's Rede tsu di Kinder (Tsemakh's Talk to the Children) undated
  

about pogroms, exile and return to one's own land, 2 copies, in Yiddish and Hebrew, manuscript

 
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105 Article about the rise of Zionism in Russia and about emigration to the USA and Palestine undated
  

manuscript

 
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106 Article about Jewish education undated
  

manuscript

 
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107 Articles on the history of Yiddish theater and Jewish music 1927, undated
  

2 copies of The Biography of Yiddish Theater, one in a notebook and one clipping from Hanan Minikes' Yom-Tov Bleter (Birthday Leaves), New York, 1927; fragments of other articles on Yiddish theater and music; manuscripts

 
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108 Dictionary undated
  

Hebrew words used in Yiddish, manuscript

 
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Series V: Articles about Goldfaden, 1903-1908, 1926-1956, undated

21 folders
Scope and Content:

These are articles written about Goldfaden and his impact on Yiddish theater, both while he was still alive and after his death, including celebrations of his 100th birthday and the various anniversaries of the Abraham Goldfaden Theater. These include articles about Goldfaden in the English, Hebrew and Spanish press.

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109 Morgn Zhurnal (Morning Journal) 1940
  

series of articles by Dr. A. Mukdoni, about Goldfaden and the Yiddish theater, New York, July-Aug. 1940

 
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110 Freiheit (Freedom) and Morgn-Freiheit (Morning Freedom) 1926-1928
  

by Kalman Marmor, Gurstein, A. Judicki, New York

 
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111 Der Emes (The Truth) 1928
  

Moscow

 
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112 Haynt (Today) 1927
  

Paris

 
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113 Naye Presse (New Press) 1939
  

Paris

 
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114 Forverts (Forward) 1930
  

by Zalmen Zylbercweig and Joseph Rumshinski, New York

 
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115 Eynikeit (Unity) 1946
  

by Uri Finkel, Moscow

 
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116 Der Tog (The Day) 1930
  

by Moshe Gross, New York

 
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117 Haynt (Today) 1929
  

by Yehoshua Thon, Warsaw

 
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118 Davar (Word), Haaretz (The Land), Mishmar (The Guard) 1940, 1946, 1951
  

Israel Hebrew press

 
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119 El Matutino (Morning Newspaper) 1940
  

in Spanish, Buenos Aires

 
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120 Haynt (Today) 1930
  

by Nakhman Meisel, Warsaw

 
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121 Dorem Amerike (South America) magazine undated
  

review of the Goldfaden Book, published by the Jewish Theater Museum on the 50th anniversary of the Goldfaden Theater

 
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122 Moment 1939
  

on Goldfaden's 100th birthday, Warsaw

 
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123 Vanguard 1929
  

about Yiddish theater and Goldfaden, in English

 
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124 Folksshtime (Voice of the People) 1956
  

by Yitzhak Turkow, on the 30th anniversary of the Goldfaden Theater

 
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125 Yidisher Tageblat (Yiddish Daily Newspaper) 1903
  

about Goldfaden's coming to America, New York

 
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126 Der Tog (The Day) undated
  

end of an article

 
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127 Obituaries in the American English press 1908
  

handwritten copies

 
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128 Obituaries in the Hebrew press undated
  

handwritten copy of an article

 
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129 Photostat of Goldfaden's gravestone undated
  

 
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Series VI: Biographical and Bibliographical Materials, 1900-1908, undated

3 folders
Scope and Content:

These are biographical articles written about Goldfaden by Nachman Meisel, Reuben Asher Braudes and Adolph Heinrich Landau.

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130 Contribution to the Biography of Abraham Goldfaden undated
  

by Nakhman Meisel, typescript

 
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131 Article on Goldfaden's 60th birthday 1900
  

by Reuben Asher Braudes, Di Velt (The World), no. 28, Vienna, 3 copies

 
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132 Paper about Goldfaden 1908
  

by Adolph Heinrich Landau, special reprint and title page, Vienna, in German

 
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