- New York's Yiddish Theater New York's Yiddish Theater
- Poland's Yiddish TheaterPoland's Yiddish Theater
- The Dybbuk and the Theater Museum The Dybbuk and the Theater Museum
- Visionaries of Poland's Yiddish Avant-GardeVisionaries of Poland's Yiddish Avant-Garde
- Literary Theater Troupes/Miniature TheaterLiterary Theater Troupes/Miniature Theater
- Yiddish Plays on Poland's Avant-Garde StageYiddish Plays on Poland's Avant-Garde Stage
- Translations and AdaptationsTranslations and Adaptations
- THE ERK Yiddish Theater Museum ( Warsaw 1926)THE ERK Yiddish Theater Museum ( Warsaw 1926)
A TALE OF TWO MUSEUMS: ARCHIVAL SOURCES AND SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
The majority of this website consists of about 100 documents contained in Record Group 8, the Esther Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum Collection. The content presented here represents less than ten percent of this voluminous collection. Undoubtedly, at the hands of future scholars, it will go on to tell many stories connected to the Yiddish theater as it plays out until 1939 when YIVO ceased collecting materials.
Information for this website, however, was pulled from sources within and beyond RG8, and within and beyond the archival holdings of the YIVO Institute. "A Tale of Two Museums" showcases documents, photographs, as well as information from biographical notes in YIVO's finding aids from the following of its collections (among many others):
RG 356 The Papers of Jacob Shatzky
RG 26 The Yiddish Actors Union of Poland
RG 1843 Hebrew Actors’ Union
RG 376 Leon Kobrin
RG 833 Peretz Hirshbein
RG 119 Avraham Goldfaden
RG 994 Ida Kaminska and Meir Melman
RG 204 David Pinsky
RG 530 Jacob Gordin
We urge those interested in this website to explore YIVO's finding aids for a greater appreciation of YIVO's holdings. Browse or search, for instance, the digitzed documents of YIVO's Vilna Collections at the Edward Blank YIVO Online Collections here: https://vilnacollections.yivo.org/ . In addition, more and more of YIVO's finding aids to other collections can be found in digital form here: http://yivoarchives.org/ .
Caplan, Debra. Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2018.
Nahshon, Edna. Yiddish Proletarian Theatre: The Art and Politics of the Artef, 1925-1940 (Contributions in Drama & Theatre Studies)
Nahshon, Edna. From the Bowery to Broadway. New York: Columbia University Press. 2016.
Quint, Alyssa. “Visual Artists and Yiddish Avant-garde Theatre in Poland.” Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (June 2018): Accessed Jul 25, 2019.
Quint, Alyssa and Michael Steinlauf. “Jewish Theater in Polish Lands,” The Cambridge History of Polish Theater, eds. Fazan, Lease, Kobialka. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020.
Steinlauf, Michael. “Fardibekt: The Dybbuk in Poland Before WWII.” Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (2007).
Thissen, Judith. “Reconsidering the Decline of the New York Yiddish Theatre in the Early 1900s.” Theatre Survey (2003).
Veidlinger, Jeffrey, “From Boston to Mississippi on the Warsaw Yiddish Stage.” In Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business, edited Joel Berkowitz and Barbara Henry, 136-158. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012.
Kaminska, Ida. My Life, My Theater. London: MacMillan Publishing Company. 1973.
Kaminska, Ruth Turkow. I Don’t Want to be Brave Anymore. Washington, DC: New Republic Books. 1978.
Vaykhert, Mikhl. Zikhroynes. (Tel-Aviv: 1970).
We drew additional information from www.yleksikon.blogpost.com and from Digital Yiddish Theatre Project at https://yiddishstage.org/.