Hebrew Actors' Union
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Brief Description:

The bulk of the collection consists of the administrative records of the Hebrew Actors Union. There are substantial files of the HAU President, primarily those of Reuben Guskin, (1919-1951) as well as files of  HAU  presidents Herman Yablokoff and Seymour Rechtzeit.  The administrative records also include financial and membership records of the HAU. The collection also holds a large group of  musical scores, playscripts, photographs, paintings, banners, souvenir journals, newspaper clippings sculptures, props, costumes, membership address cards, election ballots, theater programs and posters, administrative records and reports, minutes of meetings, meeting notices, press releases, awards, dues ledgers, receipts, invoices, contracts, and salary and payment agreements The files of the HAU presidents include correspondence with thousands of individuals, theater companies, unions and other organizations.

Individual correspondents include members of the Hebrew Actors Union, such as Celia Adler, Julius Adler, Stella Adler, Ben Bonus, Max Bozyk, Joseph Buloff, Pesakh Burstein, Fyvush Finkel, Leo Fuchs, Aaron Lebedeff, Shifra Lerer, David Medoff, Bessie Mogulesko, Fraidele Oysher, Molly Picon, Ludwig Satz, Maurice Schwartz, Herman Yablokoff, and Sheftel Zak. Organizational correspondents include Actors’ Equity, AFL (American Federation of Labor), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), Associated Actors and Artistes of America, Jewish Daily Forward, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Society of Jewish Composers, Publishers and Songwriters, the Workmen’s Circle, and the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance, Included in the collection are busts of Boris Thomashefsky and Harry Rothpearl, the president of the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance.

Held at:
YIVO Online Guide
Record Series Number: RG 1843/RG 1843
Volume: 0.0
Acquired: 05/00/2006.
Subject Index
Actors, Yiddish
Actors Labor unions
Adler, Celia, 1889-1979.
Adler, Julius
Adler, Stella.
Barondess, Joseph, 1867-1928
Bonus, Ben
Bozyk, Max, 1899-1970
Buloff, Joseph
Burstein, Pesach
Chicago (Ill.)
Dramatists, Yiddish
Finkel, Fyvush, 1923-
Fuchs, Leo
Guskin, Reuben, 1887-1951
Hebrew Actors Union (U.S.)
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Idisher aktyoren yunyon (U.S.)
Jewish actors
Jewish composers
Jewish daily forward (New York, N.Y.)
Jewish labor unions
Jewish theater
Labor Movements
Labor Unions
Lebedeff, Aaron
Lerer, Shifra, 1915-2011
Montréal (Québec)
New York (N.Y.)
Oysher, Fraydele
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Picon, Molly.
Press, Jewish
Production and direction
Radio, Yiddish
Rechtzeit, Seymour, 1908-2002
Satz, Ludwig, 1891-1944
Schwartz, Maurice, 1890-1960
Sheet music
Society of Jewish Composers, Publishers and Songwriters
Theater, Yiddish
Theatrical producers and directors
Thomashefsky, Boris, 1866-1939
United Hebrew Trades
Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring
Yablokoff, Herman, 1903-1981
Yiddish Language and Linguistics
Yiddish theater
Yiddish theater (Boston, MA)
Yiddish theater (Montreal, Canada)
Yiddish theater (New York, NY)
Yiddish theater (Philadelphia, PA)
Yiddish theater (Toronto, Canada)
Yiddish Theatrical Alliance
Yiddish theatrical posters
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings - Newspaper clippings
Documents - Administrative reports
Documents - Contracts
Documents - Correspondence
Documents - Election ballots
Documents - Financial records
Documents - Ledgers (account books)
Documents - Manuscripts
Documents - Minutes (Administrative Records)
Documents - Songs
Ephemera - Awards
Ephemera - Banners
Ephemera - Memorabilia
Ephemera - Props, Stage
Playbills - Theater programs
Recordings, Sound - Audio cassettes
Languages of Materials
Acquisition Notes: Ruth Ellen, President of the Hebrew Actors' Union
Related Materials: Sholem Perlmutter, RG 289; Esther Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum Archive, RG 8; Ida Kaminska and Meir Melman, RG 994; Abraham Goldfaden, RG 219; Yidisher Artistn Fareyn (Yiddish Actors’ Union in Poland), RG 26; ARTEF Theater, RG 531; Folksbiene Theater, RG 512; Jacob Gordin, RG 530; Molly Picon, RG 738; Jacob P. Adler, RG 1177; Celia Adler, RG 399; Maurice Schwartz, RG 498; David Herman, RG 209; Joseph Buloff and Luba Kadison, RG 1146; David Licht, RG 797; Jacob Mestel, RG 280; Ben Bonus and Mina Bern, RG 1168; Ossip Dymow, RG 469; Peretz Hirschbein, RG 833; Herman Yablokoff, RG 1188; David Pinski, RG 204; Zalmen Zylbercweig, RG 662; and the Yiddish Theater, RG 118, and Yiddish Theater Photographs, RG 119.
Finding Aid Revisions: 2013/9/16; RCS
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