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Yiddish Research: Commercial Recordings

Yiddish research guide covering general resources, article and books, folklore, genealogy, linguistics, literature, music and dance, oral history, theater, film, radio, translation and student resources.

Commercial Recordings

For Listening

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive

Apply for a free research login for this site to hear commercial and non-commercial recordings dating to the early 20th century.


Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Listen to 9,000 78-rpm discs, featuring a great variety of Yiddish materials from around the world.


Milken Archive of Jewish Music 
Read biographies and articles on Yiddish theater composers, lyricists and singers. The site has some free audio content, as well as audio for purchase.​


National Jukebox Collection, Library of Congress

Listen to early 20th century commercial audio recordings from the U.S.


Recorded Sound Archive, Florida Atlantic University
Listen to hundreds of albums and songs. Search or browse by artist, title or genre. Apply for a "Research Station" login for increased access.


For Bibliographic Research

Catalog of Recorded Jewish Music, Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive, University of Pennsylvania
Search for recordings and printed music for songs, including by the first line of the song.


Der Yidisher Gramofon 
Michael Aylward's site updates his Discography of Early European Recordings of Jewish Music, and articles on Jewish commercial recordings in Europe.