Michael Freedland collection

Donated by his son and journalist, author and playwright Jonathan Freedland, this collection comprises books, records and CDs.

Marcus Carr Collection and Lionel Benjamin Collection

Donated by Mrs Bessie Carr and Cantor Stephen Robins: over 3000 recordings of cantors of the ‘Golden Age’ (the first half of the 20th century) and Yiddish song including some rare recordings as well as a collection of 78rpm Jewish recordings from Europe and America.

Emmanuel Fisher Collection

Donated by the family of the late distinguished composer and arranger, Emmanuel Fisher, Music Director of the London Jewish Male Choir for 21 years. Books, manuscripts, concert programmes and original compositions.

Yuval publications from the Hebrew University Jerusalem

Donated by the Vice Chancellor of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem: the currently complete collection of published books, journals and CDs of Yuval, The Centre for Jewish Music Research

The Rev Isidore Freeman Collection 

Donated by Mrs Angella Carne of Stockport: the musical archive of her grandfather cantor in Liverpool for over 40 years from 1910. Cantor Freeman’s dearest wish from the 1920s was to establish a syllabus for teaching Jewish music and to hold a Jewish Music Festival in the UK

The Cantor Benjamin Stein Collection 

Donated by Cantor Benjamin Stein of Jerusalem, formerly cantor of the Temple Neve Shalom, New Jersey: 70 volumes of printed Jewish music, the nucleus of the Institute’s cantorial music collection.

Suppressed Music

A special section of the library is devoted to music and memorabilia of composers who were exiled or killed by the Nazi regime. There is a great deal of work to do in continuing to unearth and catalogue music that was banned and almost extinguished.

The Barry Weinberg Collection 

The late Barry Weinberg’s extensive collection of Jewish music books, scores, recordings, lecture notes and memorabilia.

Other Gifts 

We acknowledge with grateful thanks donations of books, CDs and funds from numerous individuals. Part of the Collection Policy of the Jewish Music Institute Library at present is to encourage donations of old recordings and music books and thus provide a sanctuary for sometimes precious material in danger of being discarded because of a lack of proper facility.

External Resources



National Library of Israel: click here

The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive:
Open only to Dartmouth Students and those with access given by their academics. Details on how to access: click here
Professor Lewis Glinert – Hebrew studies / Alex Hartov – Records

The Florida Atlantic Uni ( FAU) Judaica Sound Archive: Public section,  click here
Records – search by Cantor. Print music collection (collection features music from pre-1930’s)
The FAU (academic) recorded sound archive  (requires obtaining a password): click here


Save the Music: click here


Other resources

YIVO: Ruth Rubin Archive click here

Institut Européen des Musiques Juives: click here

Rachel: The Online Catalogue of the European Network of Judaica and Hebraica Libraries (REBJH): click here

Maison de la culture yiddish: click here

The Freimann collection: the literature of Science of Judaism: click here