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National Council of Jewish Women, Austin-Albert Lea chapter records

Identifier: umja0201

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, financial documents, invitations, brochures, pamphlets, photographs, and reports from the local chapter as well as the national leadership of National Council of Jewish Women.


  • Creation: 1941-1978

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

Founded in 1893, the National Council for Jewish Women is the oldest Jewish women's volunteer organization and the largest affiliate of the International Council of Jewish Women, which has over one million members in 34 countries. The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women's rights, and reproductive freedom.

The origins of the Austin-Albert Lea chapter of NCJW are unclear; meeting minutes date between the 1940s and 1970s. The Jewish community across both cities was small. At one point, it was estimated that in the 1950s and 1960s the combined Jewish families of Austin and Albert Lea totalled around 35 (A Legacy of Pride: The American Jewish World, 75 Years).


1.15 Cubic Feet (1 paige box)

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This collection consists of the administrative materials for the Austin and Albert Lea joint chapter section of the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates, inspired by Jewish values, who strive for social justice.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Donna Robbins to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in February of 2019 -- signed deed of gift with JHSUM who eventually signed deed of gift with UMJA in December 2019 when materials were handed over.

National Council of Jewish Women, Austin-Albert Lea chapter records, 1941-1978
Kate Dietrick
May 2023
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Collecting Area Details

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