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Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest oral history collection

Identifier: umja0019

Scope and Content

All oral histories are recorded onto cassette tapes; for those where there are transcripts available, this is noted. Transcripts are handwritten and typed and contain notes surrounding the project the oral history was taken for. The oral histories span from 1962 to 2010, although some are undated.


  • 1962-2010


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

This collection was organized by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest from the various cassette tapes of oral histories that were donated to them between 1984 and 2012.Many of the oral histories from this collection were part of larger projects both affiliated with JHSUM or not, and include: South Dakota Oral History, World War II Project, Gentiles Preferred Project, Nahum Kipnis Project, Soviety Women "Old Lives, New Lives" Project, Beth Jacob Oral History Project, Radical History Project, North Side Project, Judges and Lawyers Project, UJFC Jewish Settlers in Minnesota Project, and more. Further documentation related to some of these projects are found elsewhere in the collection; ask the archivist for more information. Over time, the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest selected some of the oral history tapes to be digitized and available online via Minnesota Reflections; these digitized oral histories are linked to in the finding aid if available.


8.25 Cubic Feet (23 boxes -- 20 cassette tape boxes, 3 Paige boxes)

Language of Materials




This collection consists of various cassette tapes of recorded oral histories from various projects that were donated and organized by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.


This collection is organized alphabetically. If the oral history has a transcript, it is noted in the finding aid. The physical transcript is found separate from the tape in one of the last three boxes, again in alphabetical order.

Source of acquisition

This collection was compiled by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest from various donors; donor information is not reflected on the finding aid but can potentially be identified by UMJA staff. Please contact the archivist with questions.

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest Oral History collection, 1962-2010
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
July 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area