Esther-Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum. Collection.

Title: Esther-Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1900-1939
ID: RG 8
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38'6" + 10 mpd; 90 5"lgl; 2 3"lgl; 2 3"ovr; 52 map folders
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Organization: Boxes 1-34 are arranged in folder numerical sequence; boxes 35-37 and 89-91 are arranged alphabetically by actor name; and other boxes are partially arranged.


Arrangement: The collection is divided into 9 series: I) Plays; II)Posters; III) Playbills; IV) Photographs; V) Theater ensembles; VI) Drama groups; VII) Critical reviews; VIII) Biographical material; IX) Kaminska family.

expand icon Biographical/Historical
In 1927, Ida Kaminska and Zygmunt Turkow donated the papers of Esther-Rachel Kaminska, known as the "mother" of Yiddish theater, to the YIVO Institute in Vilna.  With the gift, the Esther-Rachel Kaminska Yiddish Theater Museum was established as part of the YIVO.  The present collection consists of what remains of the museum's original holdings.
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Restrictions: The collection is open to researchers by special permission and by appointment with the Chief Archivist. Researchers should write to the Chief Archivist at

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Card Catalog: Yiddish, typed, to playbills, posters, photographs; Inventory: Yiddish, 22 pp., ms.  to  plays

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