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Amos S. Deinard papers

Identifier: umja0010

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal and professional papers collected by Amos S. Deinard. The first series, covering personal papers, includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, and pamphlets related to members of the Deinard family and dates from 1895 to 1986. The second series, covering organizational papers, includes reports, correspondence, fliers, and programs for events for organizations that Deinard was involved or interested in throughout the community; most of these materials are from local and national organizations and date from 1911 to 1983. The third series is pamphlets and small publications, mostly from national and international organizations, related to topics that interested Deinard, namely antisemitism and Zionism, and the materials date from 1895 to 1976. In this series each publication is listed by title and author, if this information was included on the publication.


  • 1895-1986

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

Amos Deinard was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1898. He was the son of Rabbi Samuel and Rosa Deinard. Samuel Deinard, who emigrated from Lithuania to the United States in 1892, was a prominent rabbi of Temple Israel from 1901 to 1921; he also founded the American Jewish World, a Twin Cities Jewish weekly newspaper, in 1912, and served as the first president of the local chapter of the NAACP. Amos Deinard was a graduate of West High School in south Minneapolis, and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Minnesota, where he received a LLB in 1921. He also attended Harvard Law School, where he received his J. D. in 1922. Along with his brother Ben and their colleagues George Leonard and Arthur Street, Amos founded the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis in 1922. Deinard was blind from an early age, but flourished in the legal profession. Deinard was a devoted public servant and sat on many boards in the Jewish and the general communities. He was one of the founders of the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service and served as president from 1935-40. He also worked and for a time headed the Minneapolis Fair Employment Practices Commission from 1949 to 1964, and the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Blindness. He was concerned about anti-Semitism in Europe before the war began, and was an outspoken critic of ethnically and racially motivated injustice in the United States. During the 1930s he tried to find jobs in the United States for German Jewish scholars and was, like his father, a fervent Zionist. In 1933 he married Hortense Honig and they had two children. Amos Deinard continued his philanthropy and service to his community throughout his life, and died in 1985.


4.6 Cubic Feet (4 paige boxes)

Language of Materials



The Amos S. Deinard Papers reflects the life of this prominent Minneapolis lawyer, from family papers and newsclippings, to records from organizations he was deeply involved in such as the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Services and the Minnesota Fair Employment Practices Commission, to a collection of pamphlets and publications documenting his interests in topics such as antisemitism and Zionism.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Personal Papers

Series 2: Organizational Records

Series 3: Pamphlets

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Amos Deinard, Jr.

Related Materials

Further information related to Amos S. Deinard is held at the Minnesota Historical Society -- please see the Amos S. Deinard Papers, 1911-1968 (Record ID 001718156) and the Files of Amos S. Deinard, 1947-1965 (Record ID 001712786).

Amos S. Deinard papers, 1895-1986
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
February 2014
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