The Josef Basser Music Collection consists of recorded music of original compositions; original, handwritten compositions intended for synagogue use; and photographs.
Josef Basser Muisc Collection, The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y., ARC.1000.149, (Box #, Folder #).
Funding for the retrospective conversion of the original finding aid documents to produce this guide using Archivists’ Toolkit was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Jakob Josef Basser (1874-1939) was born in Krakow and emigrated to Vienna around the turn of the century. Here he served as the cantor at the Kluckigasse Synagoge. Basser concertized throughout Europe and recorded six 78 RPM sides during the twenties, four of them in London for Columbia Records. Because of poor health, Basser took a less strenuous position in Subotica, Yugoslavia (Vojvodina) during the early thirties. He died there of natural causes during the onset of World War II.