Wolf Younin
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Brief Description: The collection pertains primarily to Wolf Younin’s career as a poet, lyricist, folklorist, linguist, playwright, newspaper columnist, Yiddish teacher, and book collector.  A significant portion of the collection pertains to the regular newspaper column, “Shprakh-vinkl” (“Language Corner”) that Mr. Younin wrote for the Tog-morgn zshurnal (Day-Morning Journal) and later, for the Forverts (The Jewish Daily Forward), about Yiddish language, linguistics, and Jewish folklore; Yiddish language teaching materials that he used for courses at various institutions, including Queens College, Rutgers University, and the joint YIVO-Columbia University summer program; and newspaper clippings regarding matters pertaining to language, linguistics, and folklore.  Included is correspondence of a professional and personal nature with writers, theater personalities, religious laypersons, communal activists, and scholars including: Zelig Broshi, Rachmil Bryks, Mattes Deitch, Israel Emiot, William Glicksman, Chaim Grade, Dina Halpern Newman, Elchanan Indelman, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Miriam Kressyn, Curt Leviant, Ezekiel Lifschutz, Sam Liptzin, Mascha Benya Matz, Peretz Miransky, Velvel Pasternak, David Roskies, Mordkhe Schaechter,  Israel Silberberg-Cholewa, and Shimon Wincelberg, primarily in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish, 1923-2005.  Clippings and journal publications (original and copies), primarily in English, Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish, 1932-1988.  Newsletters, bulletins, and brochures, 1936-1977.  Flyers, broadsides, and posters in English and Yiddish, 1939-1998.  Books, primarily in Yiddish, some of which are of a rare nature, 1940-1983.  Manuscripts, which include poetry authored by Abraham Sutzkever in the Vilna ghetto, and the badkhones of Moyshe Gliner, c. 1863.  Poetry, short stories, speeches, articles, drafts, notes, and other related writings (original and copies) primarily in English and Yiddish, 1920-1979.  Programs, playbills, promotional materials, and tickets in English and Yiddish, 1932-1995.  Music, songbooks, and song lyrics in English and Yiddish, 1919-1974.  Bibliographic and terminological lists.  Games, jokes, and skits, 1946-1967.  Teaching materials (including lecture notes, student exams, essays, and rosters, course schedules, and class registers), 1946-1976.  Memoranda, resolutions, and reports, 1959-1978.  Media transcripts of television broadcasts, radio programs, and radio program schedules in English and Yiddish, 1945-1964.  Biographies and resumes, 1974-1977.  Eulogies and obituaries in English and Yiddish, 1954-2012.  Mixed print and handwritten materials including calendars, library book requests, questionnaires, banquet books, membership forms, address books, and business cards in English and Yiddish, 1932-1979.  Drawings and photographs (original and copies), 1923-1973.  Materials of a personal nature (including legal documents, birth certificates, diplomas, and financial records), 1922-1980.  Also contained to a lesser degree within the collection are materials relating to Younin’s wife, Sylvia Guberman Younin—a Yiddish writer, translator, artist, and sculptor—including an obituary, articles (rough drafts), a Yiddish language primer, Yidish far alemen (Yiddish for Everyone), which Ms. Younin co-authored with her husband, school diplomas, correspondence with Ms. Younin's father, an autobiographical essay, and a DVD containing biographical details, scanned photographs, poetry, paintings, and other artwork by Ms. Younin.
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Record Series Number: RG 1971/RG 1971
Volume: 0.0
Acquired: 00/00/2009.
Subject Index
Customs, Jewish
Dance and dancers
Everyday Life
Film and Cinema
Folk literature, Yiddish
Folklore and Ethnography
Folk songs, Yiddish
Jewish learning and scholarship
Jewish scholars
Language study
Press, Jewish
Radio, Yiddish
Theater, Yiddish
Yiddish drama
Yiddish language
Yiddish Language and Linguistics
Yiddish theater
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings - Newspaper clippings
Documents - Correspondence
Documents - Diplomas
Documents - Financial records
Documents - Invitations
Documents - Lectures
Documents - Lists (document genres)
Documents - Notes
Documents - Official documents
Documents - Papers
Documents - Plays
Documents - Poems
Documents - Research Notes
Documents - Scripts
Leaflets - Brochures
Leaflets - Flyers
Playbills - Programs
Playbills - Theater programs
Publications - Newsletters
Publications - Pamphlets
Publications - Periodicals
Sheet music
Languages of Materials
Acquisition Notes: Dina Younin Mann and Sylvia Guberman Younin
Related Materials: A few thousand books were initially donated to the YIVO Archives, along with the Wolf Younin Papers, but now reside in the YIVO Library.  The majority of these works are in Yiddish, although Russian, English, French, and German-language works are also represented.  The books date from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1970s, with a sizeable collection of works dating from the 1920s through the 1940s.  This collection is strongest in fiction and poetry, but also, in Jewish history and socialism.  A number of works are also autographed by their authors and bear dedications to Wolf Younin.
Finding Aid Revisions: 2013/08/20; RCS
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