Guide to the Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection, undated, 1948
 
I-590

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sigel, Leonard and Beatrice Morse
Title: Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection
Dates:undated, 1948
Abstract: The Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection consists of 57 records, including three named compilation albums of cantorial and holiday music. The records contain a variety of types of music, including classical, instrumental, folk songs, opera, cantorial music, and Yiddish interpretations of popular songs of the day. A few records also contain Yiddish storytelling and monologues from theater performances, and some are in languages other than Yiddish, including Hebrew, English, and Russian.
Languages: The collection is in Yiddish, Hebrew, English, and Russian.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 phonograph record box, 1 document box)
Identification: I-590
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Chanukah in Song, with vocals by Gladys Gewirtz and narration by Eve Lippman.

The third wave of Jewish immigration to the United States at the end of the nineteenth and into the early twentieth century coincided with the rise of disc records as a medium for storing sound recordings. Millions of Jews came to America, mostly from Eastern Europe, and brought a rich culture of music, theater, and storytelling, primarily in Yiddish. They represented a new market, and Yiddish theater productions, newspapers, books, and music were produced to cater to their interests.

Companies such as Columbia, RCA Victor, Brunswick, Banner Records, and, later, Capitol Records, recorded everything from cantorial music, traditional folk songs, and contemporary music, to storytelling, monologues, and comedic performances. Popular Yiddish music often came from Yiddish theater, and many records contained individual songs from favorite musical theater productions. Additionally, record companies produced collections of liturgical music by popular cantors in Europe and the United States, housed in special albums for different occasions.

Particularly well represented in this collection is music by Mickey Katz and his orchestra. Katz was born in Cleveland in 1909 and made a name for himself by converting popular tunes of the day to Klezmer music and adding often comedic Yiddish lyrics that spoke of Jewish-American life. Also included in the collection are Yiddish theater actress and singer Molly Picon, soprano Isa Kremer, composer and bandleader Joseph Cherniavsky and his Yiddish-American Jazz Band, comedian and storyteller Myron Cohen, actor Maurice Schwartz, and others.

References

Pfeffer, Murray L. “Mickey Katz & His Orchestra,” American Band’s Alphabetical Index. Accessed May 21, 2016. <http://bbdb.us/k1.html>

Temkin, Matt. “Chapter 2. The Diaspora and Evolution of Yiddish Music in America, 1900-1945,” in American Yiddish Instrumental Fusion Music in the 1950s and 1960s. Master’s thesis, Brooklyn College, December 2008. Accessed May 21, 2016. <http://www.matttemkin.info/american-yiddish-instrument/chapter-2-the-diaspora-and.html>

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Scope and Content Note

The Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection consists of forty-six 10-inch 78s and eleven 12-inch 33s, or LPs, for a total of fifty-seven phonograph records. Nine of these are part of three named albums: Chanukah in Song, with vocals by Gladys Gewirtz and narration by Eve Lippman (Menorah Records, 1948); Cantorial Jewels, sung by Cantor Richard Tucker (Columbia, 1948); and Cantorial Chants, sung by the Cantor of Warsaw, Moshe Kusevitsky (RCA Victor, undated). Additionally, two 10-inch and one 12-inch albums hold a combined nineteen records. The remainder of the records are individually sleeved and organized alphabetically.

The records contain a variety of types of music, including classical, instrumental, folk songs, opera, cantorial music, and Yiddish interpretations of popular songs of the day. A few records also contain Yiddish storytelling and monologues from theater performances. A few recordings are in Hebrew and English, and one is in Russian. The record companies represented include Banner Records, RCA Victor, Columbia, Capitol, Apollo, De Luxe, Brunswick, and Menorah Records.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one series as follows:

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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. Equipment to play the recordings is not available. The archive does not hold the copyright for the recorded material.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at reference@ajhs.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this 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

Mary Wolfman Epstein Papers, undated, circa 1908-1998

New England Jewish Music Forum Records, undated, circa 1953-1990

Evelyn B. and Janot S. Roskin Papers, undated, circa 1903-1989

Cantor Morton Shanok Papers, undated, circa 1943-2002

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Separated Material

The following records were broken and were therefore removed from the collection. A digital copy of the recordings can be found at the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive via the links provided:

"A Chazen a Shiker, Parts 1 and 2," by Maurice Schwartz <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/26289>

"Doodle Doo Doo," by Mickey Katz and His Orchestra <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/26856>

"The Draidel Song," by Mickey Katz and His Kosher-Jammers <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/27175>

"I’m a Schlemiel of Fortune," by Mickey Katz and His Orchestra <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/27461>

"Kiss of Meyer," by Mickey Katz and His Orchestra <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/26876>

"The Little White Knish That Cried," by Mickey Katz and His Orchestra <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/26903>

"My Yiddishe Momme (English)," by Sophie Tucker <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/39450>

"My Yiddishe Momme (Yiddish)," by Sophie Tucker <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/39449>

"Schvitzburgh, Pennsylvania," by Mickey Katz and His Orchestra <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/27343>

"Tiger Rag," by Mickey Katz and His Orchestra <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/26855>

"Tzatski Kozatski," by Mickey Katz and His Kosher-Jammers <http://djsa.dartmouth.edu/tracks/27176>

Also removed from the collection is the book Jewish Cooking Made Slim by Marjorie Weiner, published in 1983 by Triad Publishing Co.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection; I-590; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Leonard Sigel, 1996, and Beatrice Morse, 2011.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

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

Click the box in the request column to learn more about viewing materials at the New England Archives of AJHS.

 

Series I: Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection, undated, 1948

In Yiddish, Hebrew, English, and Russian.
Boxes 1-2.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Allegro Autumno / Amamiundatedrequest_box
12As Falt A Mama / A Mama Iz Der Bester Friendundatedrequest_box
13A Chazen A Shiker, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
14A Chusidel / Oy Vie Es Benkt Zichundatedrequest_box
15Cock-Eyed Jenny / Minnie the Flapperundatedrequest_box
16Dei Mir Bistu Shein / Mein Yiddishe Meideleundatedrequest_box
17Durch Schiechte Chayeirim Tzum / Ich Beink Nuch Dir Mein Yugendundatedrequest_box
18Eretz Isroel Is Unser Land / Mein Yiddishe Meideleundatedrequest_box
19Getzel-At-A-Football-Game / A-Society-Schlemielundatedrequest_box
110Getzel-At-A-Football-Game / A-Society-Schlemielundatedrequest_box
111Habeit Mishomayim / V'lirusholayim Ir'choundatedrequest_box
112Halvai Voit Ich Gefolgt Mein Veib / Der Chosen Farlangt Dem Nadenundatedrequest_box
113Hershel in Hollywood, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
114Ihr Mame's Chupeh Kleid / Alein Auf Der Veltundatedrequest_box
115The Jewish March / Kalle Bezetzens Un A Freilachsundatedrequest_box
116Kallarash / Rumeinische Doinaundatedrequest_box
117A Maisen / Geh Ich Mir Shpatzirenundatedrequest_box
118Matchmakers / A Radio Mix-upundatedrequest_box
119Platinum Fox / Ich Hob Zich Geloztundatedrequest_box
120Popurri iz Russkich Piesen, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
121Roumania, Roumania, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
122The Scissor Story, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
123Shuvi Nafshi, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
124Siz Kalie Gevoren / Double Troubleundatedrequest_box
125Tum Balalaika / Tayere Malkeleundatedrequest_box
126Die Turkishe Chasene / Pozshaundatedrequest_box
127Turkische Yalle Vey Uve-Tanz / Heiser Bulgarundatedrequest_box
128A Wiegelied / Machetunemundatedrequest_box
129Yidel Mit 'N Fidel / Oy Sis Gitundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
210-Inch 78 Album "D"undatedrequest_box
2A Lied Von A Feigele / Maseltofundatedrequest_box
2Yes Sir Sie is Mein Kale / Ibergemachtundatedrequest_box
2Naftule, Shpiel Es Noch Amol / Oi Tate, S’is Gutundatedrequest_box
2Katinka / Ich Ken Fargessen Yeden, Nor Nit In Dirundatedrequest_box
2Oisgeshpielt / Vu Zenen Meine Zichen Gute Yohr?undatedrequest_box
2Soll Ich Sein A Rov / Bist Du Mit Mir Broigisundatedrequest_box
2Mayer! / Annie, Ich Shtarb Avek Nuch Dirundatedrequest_box
210-Inch 78 Album "F"undatedrequest_box
2Die Poiliche Juden / Lomir Sich Iberbeitenundatedrequest_box
2Dancing With Tears in My Eyesundatedrequest_box
2In Odess / Odesser Horaundatedrequest_box
2Haneovim / Ov Horachminundatedrequest_box
2Erinerung fun Kishenev / Kishenever Bulgarundatedrequest_box
212-Inch LP Album "C"undatedrequest_box
2Rozo B’Schabos, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
2Der Neuer Omar Rabbi Elosor / Tikanto Shabbosundatedrequest_box
2Sfiroh, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
2Hashkavenu, Parts 1 and 2undatedrequest_box
2Al Chet / Kvakorasundatedrequest_box
2Tal / Hashem, Hashem, Eil Rachum Vechanunundatedrequest_box
2Rigoletto—Caro Nome / Barber of Seville—A Little Voice I Hearundatedrequest_box
2Cantorial Chantsundatedrequest_box
2Cantorial Jewels1948request_box
2Chanukah in Song1948request_box
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