YIVO. Archives and Library Music Collection

YIVO holds one of the world’s largest collections of Eastern European Jewish sound recordings and Jewish sheet music. Materials must be consulted onsite. Researchers are requested to call for an appointment for access to the Archives. “This collection consists of published and unpublished works of Yiddish and Hebrew; art, folk, popular, and theater music; Holocaust songs; liturgical and Hasidic music; choral music; and instrumental compositions. It includes several thousand pieces of published sheet music by composers and arrangers such as Abraham Ellstein, Abraham Goldfaden, Pinchas Jassinowski, Alexander Olshanetzky, Joseph Rumshinsky, and Sholem Secunda. It also includes published and unpublished choral, folk, classical, popular, liturgical, Hasidic, and Holocaust-related music by many different composers; as well as programs, clippings, photographs, and other documents about Jewish music.” Outstanding collections of cantorial and choral synagogue music, folk music and theater music can be in the archives. In addition, there is a sound recording archival collection. YIVO holds the papers of composers such as Samuel Bugatch (1898-1984); Mordechai Gebirtig (1877-1942); Vladimir Heifetz (1900-1970); Michl Gelbart (1889-1962); Lazar Weiner (1897-1982) and Abraham Goldfaden (1879-1930?). YIVO relocated to the Center for Jewish History a few years ago. It’s address and contact information are now:
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-6301
General information number: (212) 246-6080
Fax: (212) 292-1892
Email: YIVO General Email