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YIVO - Vilna Ethnographic Committee Records

Title: YIVO - Vilna Ethnographic Committee Records
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1940
ID: RG 1.2 
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7'7"; 17 5"lgl; 1 3"lgl; 1 2.5 lgl
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Organization: Boxes 1-13 are arranged; Boxes 14-18 are unarranged

Arrangement: The Collection is arranged in 3 series: I) Ethnographic Committee of YIVO (folders 1-73); II) S. Ansky Jewish Historical Ethnographic Society (74-138); III) The Jewish Bureau of the Byelorussian Academy of Science in Minsk (139-171)

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The Ethnographic Committee was a subcommittee of the Philological Section of the YIVO Institute in Vilna. Originally, beginning in 1925, the Committee was jointly sponsored by the YIVO and the S. An-Ski Jewish Historical Ethnographic Society in Vilna (founded in 1919 by S. An-Ski and named for him following his death in 1920).      The activities of the Ethnographic Committee consisted of collecting folklore materials, preparing and analyzing folklore questionnaires, corresponding with folklore collectors throughout the world, and maintaining a museum. Members of the Ethnographic Committee included S. Bastomski, Dr. Max Weinreich, N. Weinig, Nechama Epstein, Zalman Reisen, N. Chayes. In 1930, the name of the Ethnographic Committee was changed to the Folklore Committee.      In 1938 the S. An-Ski Society merged with the YIVO Institute and its ethnographic materials were integrated with the archives of the YIVO Ethnographic Committee. These included records inherited from the Society's predecessor, the Society of Friends of Jewish Antiquity (founded in 1913 by S. An-Ski), as well as some records of the Jewish Historical and Ethnographic Society in St. Petersburg (founded in 1908 by Simon Dubnow).  Finally, certain folklore materials from the Jewish Bureau of the White Russian Academy of Sciences in Minsk (founded in 1925 and dissolved in the 1930s) were merged with the YIVO materials during the Nazi occupation in Vilna.      The records of the Ethnographic Committee of the YIVO Institute include materials from the above-mentioned organizations.  Records of each organization are arranged in a separate series.
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Inventory: Yiddish, 53 pp., English, 19 pp., typed
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