- Content Description
The Goldie Russler and Abraham Burstein Papers consist of personal and professional records of American Yiddish theater actress Goldie Russler (1904-1997) and her husband Abraham Burstein (1900-1992) from circa 1900-1992. The papers include personal correspondence between the couple, correspondence to and from family members in the United States, Israel, and Russia, as well as some professional correspondence from Russler’s association with the Artef (The Arbeter Teater Farband) and from Burstein’s business enterprises. Russler’s papers include scripts, manuscript music parts and song texts, photographs, clippings and other records related to her career as a Yiddish theater actress with Artef. Clippings are primarily in Yiddish and includes articles about Russler, Artef, and Yiddish theater from Morgen Freiheit and other Yiddish language periodicals. Burstein’s papers include business and financial records, correspondence, records of membership in philanthropic organizations, records related to wills and burial plots, and material related to family. Also included are Russler and Burstein family photographs and correspondence, primarily in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. Records related to family history, before and after World War II, are included among the correspondence.
- Language of Materials
In English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian.
- Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Box 12 (audio tapes): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
- Conditions Governing Use
The Goldie Russler and Abraham Burstein Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased jointly with the Judaica Collection from Lorne Bair Rare Books on the Sinclair Lewis Fund and the Rosalyn and Joseph Newman Collection Fund, 2016.
The Goldie Russler and Abraham Burstein Papers is arranged into four series: Series I. Goldie Russler, 1925-1988; Series II. Abraham Burstein, 1930-1991; Series III. Russler and Burstein family papers, 1930-1992; and Series IV: Photographs, 1900-1980.
Goldie Russler and Abraham Burstein papers
Call Number: YCAL MSS 1117