Mel and Shifra Gold collection of Yiddish Sheet Music
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of approximately six hundred published scores, comprising Yiddish and Hebrew folksongs, music written for the Yiddish stage, and some cantoral works. Materials in the collection were published between 1890 and 1969, with the bulk published between 1900-1952, principally in New York, with a small number published in Warsaw and London. Many of the scores were published by Metro Music Co. Other publishers include S. Schenker, A. Teres, and Theodore Lore. The collection is unprocessed.
- 1890-1969, undated
- Majority of material found within 1900-1952
- Rimmer, Sidney (Collector, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.
Some advanced notice is needed for access to these materials because the collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department for more details.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
3.5 Linear Feet (7 manuscript boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection is currently arranged by the Yiddish Book Center's catalog number. (See Source of Acquisition and Custodial History notes below) Two indexes to the collection, one by catalog number and the other by first line of the song, are housed in Box 1 of the collection.
When Metro Music, a leading publisher of Yiddish-language music, went out of business in 1970, it left behind a vast number of physical musical scores, for which there was little interest. Sidney Rimmer, a part-time cantor, preserved the collection in his Brooklyn garage until the National Yiddish Book Center acquired it in 1986. The Center catalogued the collection, supported by a grant from Mel and Shifra Gold. Once that process was completed, the Center offered it for sale, with preference given to libraries. See Source of Acquistion note.
Source of Acquisition
Most likely acquired by the Brandeis Library from the Yiddish Book Center between 1987 and 1989. See Custodial History note.
The collection is unprocessed. Two indexes to the collection (by catalog number and by first line of the song) are available in Box 1. Please contact the department for more information.
- Gold, Melvin Leonard, 1926-2014 (Donor, Person)
- Gold, Sherry Shifra, 1926-2019 (Donor, Person)
- Yiddish Book Center (U.S.) (Bookseller, Organization)
- Mel and Shifra Gold collection of Yiddish Sheet Music
- Sean Bebee
- September 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
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