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JTS Music Archives online upgraded

The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the upgrading of its Music Archives web site, which now includes finding aids to all the special music collections that have been arranged, described and cataloged by music archivist Dr. Eliott Kahn over the past eleven years.

The Music Archives at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary consist of the special music collections of prominent cantors, composers, musicologists, collectors and teachers of Jewish music. Descriptions of the collections—with visuals—may be accessed at:


Because many of the collections once belonged to European and Russian Jewish émigrés, the archives serve as a repository for an extinguished culture. There are unpublished manuscript musical scores from late-nineteenth, early twentieth-century Ukraine as well as eastern and central Europe. There is twentieth-century correspondence in Yiddish, Russian, German and Hebrew. There are also photos, music programs, personal artifacts, etc.

The Music Archives also provide a home for the scores, papers and archival recordings of Jews who lived and worked in the United States. Researchers and patrons are free to access these historic materials, which date from the late nineteenth century up until the present time.

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