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Shmuel Niger

Title: Shmuel Niger
Inclusive Dates: 1907-1950s
ID: RG 360 
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50'2.5"; 120 5"ltr; 1 2.5"ltr; 1 map folder
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The collection is arranged in 10 series: I) Family Corres. (folders 1-35); II) Corres. with  Individuals (36-460); III) Corres. with Readers (461-495); IV) Corres. with Organizations (496-1234); V) Manuscripts & Typescripts (1235-1411); VI) Bibliographical Materials (1412-1432); VII) Speeches & Lectures (1433-1501); VIII) Manuscripts of other Authors (1502-1532); IX) Press Clippings (1533-3050); X) Biographical Materials (3051-3106)
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Pen name of Shmuel Charney.  Prominent Yiddish literary critic and historian.  Active in Yiddish cultural and community organizations.  Contributed to numerous newspapers and periodicals, among them *Di yidishe velt* (Vilna),  *Der tog* (New York), and the *Jewish Daily Forward* (New York). Edited or co-edited periodicals and books, including:  the first volume of the *Leksikon fun der nayer yidisher literatur un prese*, edited by Zalmen Reisen, Vilna, 1914; *Zukunft*, New York; *Kinder zhurnal*, New York; *Dos naye lebn*, New York; *Zhitlovski-zamlbukh*, New York; *Ale verk fun I.L. Peretz*; first volume of the *Leksikon fun der nayer yidisher literature*, New York, 1956. Niger held important positions in many Jewish organizations, among them, the following:  president, Sholem Aleichem Folk Institute;  member of the Research Commission and of the Executive Board of the YIVO Institute;  founder and president of the Louis Lamed Fund for Jewish Literature in Yiddish and Hebrew;  co-founder of the World Congress for Jewish Culture; chairman of the *Groyser verterbukh fun der yidisher shprakh* (Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language). Teacher of Yiddish literature at the Jewish Teacher's Seminary, New York.  Niger was also active in CYCO (Central Yiddish Culture Organization), Jewish Writers Union, Yiddish Pen Club, Jewish Publication Society of America.  Born in Dukor, District of Minsk, Byelorussia. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1919 and settled in New York.
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Inventory, English, 64 pp., typed
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