Guide to the Mark Schweid (1891-1969) Papers,
undated, 1930-1936

P-340

Processed by Rachel S. Harrison

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in February, 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mark Schweid
Title: Mark Schweid (1891-1969) Papers
Dates:undated, 1930-1936
Abstract: This collection consists of typescripts and manuscripts of Yiddish radio plays written by Yiddish actor and director Mark Schweid (1891-1969). There are also four items of ephemera related to the Bronx Art Theatre.
Languages: The collection is in Yiddish and English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (3 folders)
Identification: P-340
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Mark Schweid (1891-1969)

Portrait of Mark Schweid (1891-1969)

Yiddish actor, director, writer, and theater critic Mark Schweid was born on May 15, 1891 in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from the Polish Dramatic Society in Warsaw and acted in the Yiddish and Polish theater. He also wrote numerous plays and poems and was part of I.L. Peretz’s circle in Warsaw, publishing extensively on Peretz’s life and work. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 where he collaborated on productions with Maurice Schwartz in the Yiddish Art Theater.

Schweid acted on the Yiddish stage as well as on Broadway in the 1910s through the 1940s and also made a few movies with director Sidney M. Goldin, including “East Side Sadie” (1929) and “Uncle Moses” (1932) with Maurice Schwartz. He made his film directorial debut on the 1929 film, “Wedding on the Volga,” in which he also acted. From 1930 to 1931, Schweid was the director of the Bronx Art Theatre, where he also acted. Despite positive reviews, the Bronx theater was perhaps too far from Second Avenue and Schweid only lasted for one year. Mark Schweid died on December 2, 1969 in New York City from Parkinson’s Disease.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of fifteen typescripts and manuscripts of Yiddish radio plays dealing with topics in early American Jewish history, written by Yiddish actor and director Mark Schweid. The plays were produced on station WEVD in New York in 1935-1936. There is also a newspaper clipping, a blank subscription card, and two envelopes, all related to the Bronx Art Theatre, where Schweid was the director in 1930-1931.

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Arrangement

The collection has been arranged alphabetically in one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information, contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The YIVO Archives have the Papers of Mark Schweid, RG 357. There are also numerous Yiddish theater collections at YIVO in which Mark Schweid is represented, including the Records of the Hebrew Actors Union, RG 1843. The libraries at YIVO and the American Jewish Historical Society have several of his plays, books of poetry, and his English and Yiddish translations of plays. The YIVO Library also has copies of the film “Uncle Moses.” Several of the posters in the Theater and Film Poster Collection of Abram Kanof, P-978 are of productions that Schweid acted in.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Mark Schweid (1891-1969) Papers; P-340; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Mark Schweid in 1940.

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Processing information

Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Mark Schweid Papers, undated, 1930-1936

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
CB P-4 1 Radio Plays from Israel in American History Series 1935-1936 request_box
CB P-4 2 Radio Plays from Israel in American History Series 1935-1936 request_box
CB P-4 3 Bronx Art Theatre—Ephemera and Clipping undated, 1930 request_box
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