The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture is dedicated to studying and preserving historical Yiddish music and culture, teaching it to new generations, and supporting scholarship and programming that explores it as an important facet of Jewish and American life. Established in 2010, it is named for Sherry Mayrent, an avid collector of historical Yiddish recordings.

The Mayrent Institute has a three-part mission:

  • To provide programming that offers all members of our community opportunities to learn more about Yiddish culture, history, language, music, and art;
  • To support scholarly inquiry about Yiddish culture through classes, lectures, and symposia; and
  • To work with the UW-Libraries and Mills Music Library to make the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, a repository of more than 9000 historical recordings of Yiddish music, accessible for study to those on and off the UW-Madison campus.

Scott A. Carter, Assistant Director

Scott Carter is the Assistant Director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, where he helps curate the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings. He holds the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the M.A. in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University-Newark, NJ. His scholarly work focuses on music and the ideological formations of race, with particular emphasis on popular and vernacular music of the early twentieth century. Winner of the 2013 Irving Lowens Article Award from the Society for American Music, his work has been published in the American Music Research Center Journal, the Encyclopedia of African American Music, and Jazz.com.

Mailing Address

Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
University Club Building
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Phone / Email

(608) 890-4818


Assistant Director: Scott A. Carter