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Brin Jewish Arts Endowment records

Identifier: umja0189

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection include applications and correspondence for each donation cycle, as well as finiancial statements, photos, and newsclippings.


  • Majority of material found within 1930-2020

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Brin Endowment Fund was established in memory of the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin. They believed that the arts are an essential way to enhance Jewish identity. Recognizing the challenges to artists and communities to foster and to support Jewish creativity, their family set up the Brin Endowment.

Howard B. Brin (1919-1988) helped establish the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center and was a prominant businessman who took over Brin Glass when his father died in 1947.Ruth F. Brin (1921-2009) was an author of 13 published books.

The Endowment serves to encourage artistic creativity within a Jewish context by aiding individual artists or organizations in creating works with a Jewish theme. Over the years the Brin Endowment has awarded more than $150,000 to nearly 130 projects in support of Jewish arts in music, dance, theater, puppetry, literature, visual arts, photography, and film. The Endowment is a designated fund of the Minnesota Jewish Community Foundation.

Biographical information found at: Foundation grants (no date) Minnesota Jewish Community Foundation. Available at: (Accessed: November 8, 2022).


2.3 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



These records consist of materials relating to the operation of the Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a Minnesota-based Jewish arts grant.


This collection is arranged into folders by year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Judith Brin Ingber in 2020 and 2022.

Brin Jewish Art Endowment records, 1930-2020
Ashley Skwiera
November 2022
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area