Do archives of the Forverts from 1923 exist online? (Or off?) #general


amgreene@...
 

My great-grandfather Leo WERTHEIM, according to several cousins, owned
or ran a Yiddish theater in Brooklyn. But no one can remember which
one or any details.

I have found ads in the Brooklyn Standard Union >from Nov-Dec 1922 in
which he advertised "Theatre wanted in Brooklyn, with 1000-1500 seats,
location suitable for Jewish theatre and good transportation
connections."

I'm assuming that he was able to secure a place in early 1923, and
that he would have advertised the new theater in the Forverts. So that
would seem to be the next place for me to look.

Thus my question: I have not been able to find anyplace online (or,
for that matter, offline) with archives of the Forverts >from the
1920s.

Any suggestions?

Personal replies will be summarized for the list.

Thanks,
Andrew Greene
Newton MA

MODERATOR NOTE: The "Forverts" to which Andrew refers would be the
Jewish Daily Forward.


A. E. Jordan
 

-----Original Message-----
From: amgreene@... amgreene@...

I have not been able to find anyplace online (or, for that matter,
offline) with archives of the Forverts >from the 1920s.

The best place to look would be the Jewish collection at the New York
Public Library. There is a whole room dedicated at the main branch
i.e. the 42nd Street Library. I know they had microfilms of Yiddish
newspapers. Not sure which titles but you could check with them.

I also know that Yivo has Yiddish newspapers but I am not sure which
ones are microfilm versus actual hard copies. I worked with them a few
years back to get a picture out of The Forward and they were able to
bring out a box containing the original 1920s newspaper. First I had
found the date and page number of the microfilms at the NY Public
Library.

Unfortunately no City Directories survive >from Brooklyn in the 1920s or
that would have been a good source.

The Brooklyn Eagle is online and can be searched but it was a general
newspaper.

The Brooklyn Public Library or Brooklyn Historical Society might have
some general resources as well.

You might also use the newspapers at FultonHistory.com as they have
some Brooklyn newspapers available.

Allan Jordan


Sherri Bobish
 

Andrew wrote:
<<My great-grandfather Leo WERTHEIM, according to several cousins, owned
or ran a Yiddish theater in Brooklyn. But no one can remember which
one or any details.>>

Andrew might check with the NYPL Library for the Performing Arts at
Lincoln Ctr. Plaza.  http://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa
They have extensive files on performers (not only famous ones.) Perhaps
they may have files on theater owners or files on theaters.

There may be business records filed with the City. I recall seeing
printouts of an index to businesses at the Old Records Division at 31
Chambers Street, 7th floor. Note that they are only open two days
per week.

Check if Leo left a will (probate record.) The theater may be mentioned.
In Brooklyn wills are filed in Surrogate's Court: 
http://www.nycourts.gov/COURTS/nyc/surrogates/index.shtml

Try searching the 1933/1934 directory for Brooklyn. There are no extant
B'klyn directories >from about 1913 to 1932. Look up his name & also
look under the business section, just like our "yellow pages."  Look
under theaters, or any other way it may have been listed, i.e. "Yiddish
theaters," etc.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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