Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 8:00am to Friday, March 15, 2013 - 5:00pm
UW-Madison Education Building, Room 159

World Records celebrates the acquisition of the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish 78s by the UW-Madison Mills Music Library. This conference and concert will focus on the important role this and other sound archives play in cultural and community continuity, as well as historical study, and will also include discussions of critical issues related to preservation, dissemination, technology, ownership and copyright.

The Mayrent Collection contains over 9,000 inventoried and digitally remastered Yiddish recordings made between 1901 and 1956, providing an invaluable soundtrack with which to study and understand the Jewish world: Yiddish theater, popular and traditional music, cantorial songs, poetry, drama, and event ballads.

Placing the Mayrent Collection in historic context will be presentations on American vernacular musics (Scandihoovian, Polish, hillbilly, tamburitza, blues, and more), along with a full day of presentations related to collection management and access, digital folklore, and the legal standing of historical recordings and their use.

An opening night live concert will feature traditional musical genres found in the Mills Library sound collections.

With such a broad range of perspectives, this symposium should be of interest to scholars in diverse fields including historical musicology and ethnomusicology, media studies, cultural studies, American studies, folklore, digital studies, linguistics, anthropology and ethnography, ethnic studies, library and information sciences, and copyright law, among others.

All events are free and open to the public.

Event Details

Thursday, March 14, 2:00-5:30pm
Friday, March 15, 9:00am-5:45pm
UW-Madison Education Building, room 159
1000 Bascom Mall

Thursday, March 14, 7:00pm
UW-Madison Mosse Humanities Building, Morphy Hall
455 N. Park St.

Let us know you’re coming by clicking here or by sending an email to (Registration is suggested but not required.)


Jeanette Casey, Mills Music Library
Tom Caw, Mills Music Library
Ken Frazier, Emeritus Director of the UW-Madison Libraries
Janet Gilmore, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
Shubha Ghosh, Law School
Nancy Groce, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Rob Howard, Communication Arts
Jim Leary, Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies
Bill Malone, Emeritus, Tulane University
Richard March, Folk Arts Specialist, Wisconsin Arts Board (retired)
Sherry Mayrent, Boston MA, independent scholar and collector
Anna Rue, Scandinavian Studies
Henry Sapoznik, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture


Goose Island Ramblers: Bruce Bollerud
Klezmer: Sherry Mayrent, Henry Sapoznik
New MadCity Ramblers: Bill Malone, Tim Meehan, Henry Sapoznik
Tamburitza: Richard March