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Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary records

Identifier: umja0004

Scope and Content

Records include administrative materials such as correspondence, meeting minutes and financial statements of funds raised. Some administrative materials related to Mt. Sinai Hospital directly and not to the Auxiliary are also included. Newsletters include those directly from the Auxiliary as well as Mt. Sinai Hospital employee newsletters. Scrapbooks of news clippings and public relations surrounding the hospital are included, some of which are loose pages that were unbound from the scrapbook; many of the pages and clippings are in deteriorating condition and should be used with care. Photographs and slides are mostly of the building and construction


  • Creation: 1945-1991


Use of Materials

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


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

Mount Sinai Hospital, located at Chicago Avenue at 22nd St in Minneapolis, opened its doors in February 1951 with the aims to provide a place for Jewish physicians who had been denied admitting privileges at other city hospitals, making it the first private non-sectarian hospital in the community to accept members of minority races on its medical staff. The auxiliary was formed in 1950 to support the hospital. In their five-year review report, the Auxiliary illuminated their mission by saying: “When a group of people give a hospital to the City, their job is not finished, it has just begun. They must continue to work for the hospital. Their work is three fold: building good public relations between the hospital and the city, personal relations between its members, and giving service to the hospital both in funds and volunteer work. The Mount Sinai Women’s Auxiliary was formed by women who wanted to be a part of this program.” The group began by providing services such as a gift shop, coffee shop, beauty shop and baby photo services. Their annual fundraising balls and books sales were popular, and over its forty-one year history raised over one million dollars for the hospital. The auxiliary folded when the hospital merged with Metropolitan Medical Center and subsequently closed its doors in 1991.


8 Cubic Feet (8 Paige boxes)

Language of Materials



Mount Sinai Hospital opened in 1951 as a facility conceived and supported financially by Jewish donors in an effort to provide a place for Jewish physicians who were denied admitting privileges in other city hospitals. An auxiliary group primarily made up of women from the Jewish communities around the Twin Cities provided support through volunteering, publicity, and fundraising to aid the missions of the hospital.


The collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Administrative Records

Series 2: Newsletters

Series 3: Publicity Scrapbooks Series 4: Photographs and slides

Source of acquisition

Materials donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary, represented by Roberta Cohen.

Related Materials and Digitized Materials

Materials related to Mount Sinai Hospital can also be found in the Mount Sinai Hospital records (umja0003). View the finding aid here:

A number of photographs and slides (particularly from Box 8) have been digitized and can be viewed online. Visit our digital repository at and search Mount Sinai Hospital to view.

Separated Materials

A large number of photographs related to the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary can be found in the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photograph collection (umja0017). View the finding aid here:

Processing Information

The collection was processed by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest upon the deed of gift. We have kept their order of processing materials.

Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary records, 1945-1991
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
October 2013
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2022: revised to include newly found materials
  • August 2022: revised to include newly found materials
  • December 2022: revised to include newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

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