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Jacob Dymont papers

Identifier:  MC-080

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Jacob Dymont’s personal documents, various published scores, scores arranged and transcribed by Jacob Dymont, handwritten scores, books regarding music and other subjects, Hebrew documents and prayer books, documents pertaining to Jewish, American, and German culture, and audiovisual records.


  • 1881-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and German

Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

Jacob (Jakob) Dymont was a choirmaster, conductor, composer of and instructor in Jewish liturgical music. Dymont was born in Kovno, Lithuania (then part of Russia) in 1881. He left for Germany when he was still a teen and studied music theory, languages, and Jewish music and music history. He received a master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin and in 1908 he became choirmaster at the Orthodox Adass Jisroel synagogue (dedicated in 1904). It was possibly for the congregation’s 30th anniversary, in 1934, that he composed his Shabbat Evening service piece. He married Rosa Klias and they had two daughters - Lily Dumont Mindus, born in Berlin on July 12, 1911, and Sima Dumont Burgheim, born in 1909. In 1938 Jakob and Rosa Dymont emigrated to New York City, where he became involved in Jewish community there, published many works for synagogue services in Hebrew, German, and English, and provided instruction in cantorial music. He died in New Bedford at the home of his daughter Lily, in 1956.


18 Linear Feet (24 manuscript boxes and 9 clamshell boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Paul and Lester Mindus, 2006. Accession # 06-26.

Jacob Dymont papers
Hailey Cormier ’15
April 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA