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Alan Rich papers

Identifier: umja0027

Scope and Content

This collection contains mostly letters about daily life to Alan Rich while he served in the army during World War II, as well as some of his replys to his wife, Poppy. Also included are drafts of a short autobiography, holiday cards, newsletters from Alan Rich's army base, photographs of the Rich family and of his time in the war, newspaper clippings, marriage certificate, immigration papers, document of name change, and the 1926 Menorah Annual.


  • 1926-1994


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

Alan Harry Rich was born November 1, 1905 in Kovno, Latvia. Alan Rich was raised in New Brighton, Minnesota on a dairy farm. There he graduated from North High School in 1922, and from the University of Minnesota in 1927 with a BS in economics. He was naturalized a US citizen at 17 years of age and obtained citizenship at the age of 57. In 1935 at 29 years of age he married Rose Esther Popkin, or "Poppy" as she was known. Together they had two daughters. Alan Rich served in the army as Major in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines from 1942-1945. Before leaving for the army, Alan Rich worked at the Golden Rule in St. Paul, MN. After his return, Alan Rich and his family moved to Rochester, MN. There he was owner of C.F. Massey Co. before he retired in 1977. Alan Rich was affiliated with B'nai Israel Synagogue at the time of his death in 2002.


1 Cubic Feet (1 Paige box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of correspondence with Alan Rich during World War II as well as photographs and various ephemera.

Source of acquisition

The collection was given to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Amanda Temple in 2006.

Alan Rich papers, 1926-1994
Finding aid created by Ashley Skwiera
January 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

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