Records of Glasgow Jewish Institute Players, theatre company, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Scripts, programmes, posters, photographs, playscripts, press cuttings, scrapbooks, letters and administrative papers relating to the Glasgow Jewish Institute Players, the Avrom Greenbaum Players, Avrom Greenbaum and Samm Hankin, 1933-1958.

Administrative papers:

  • Minutes of annual general meeting, 1953
  • Financial information concerning productions, 1955-1956

Papers relating to performances:

  • Programmes, 1936-1966, 1976, 1984
  • Playscripts, c1936-1961
  • Press cuttings relating to productions and plays, 1936-59, 1965-69, 1974
  • Photographs of actors and productions, 1938-1959
  • Production material including set drawings, plans, music and props lists relating to various productions, 1936-1948
  • Reports concerning competitions for the Scottish Community Drama Association, 1944-1958.

Material relating to the career of Avrom Greenbaum, 1933-1963. Includes:

  • Collection of material concerning Avrom Greenbaum's work with Hutcheson's Grammar School, letters to Avrom Greenbaum from various correspondents, c1936-1963
  • Letters from the publishers of his plays, c1937-1963
  • Letters from playwrights and actors, including; Sylvia Regan, c.1945-1953, Sybil Thorndike, 1947, Wolf Mankowitz, 1954, Bernard Kops, 1959.

Material relating to Samm Hankin, 1955-1976, including:

  • Letters from various correspondents 1955-1976

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Jewish Institute Players were founded in 1936  by Samm Hankin (fl. 1920-1976) and Avrom Greenbaum (1903-1963). They were formed out of the Jewish Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, and when the Jewish Institute moved to South Portland Street, Glasgow, a theatre, the Little Theatre, or Bloch Little Theatre was established which opened in 1938 . They united with other theatre groups to form the Glasgow Unity Theatre in 1941 . At the end of the Second World War they appear to have separated from the Unity Theatre. Samm Hankin later went on to found the Avrom Greenbaum Players around 1965  from the remains of the Glasgow Jewish Institute Players.

Avrom Greenbaum wrote and produced many plays performed by the Jewish Players and others. His wife, Rachael Greenbaum (fl. 1920-1980), was an actress with the Glasgow Jewish Institute Players.

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Paper based sheaf binder catalogued to item level available at the Scottish Theatre Archive, University of Glasgow Library Special Collections Department.

Item level descriptions are available via the online Scottish Theatre Archive catalogue at

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database, formatting and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, October 2002

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