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Helen and Sam Ziff papers

Identifier: umja0033

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence and ephemera from the personal and professional lives of Helen and Sam Ziff. Materials include correspondence, pamphlets, programs, budget information, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, booklets, certificates of achievement, and directories. The subjects covered illustrate the many organizations that Helen and Sam Ziff were involved with, including: Kenesseth Israel Congregation, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Hillel, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), Talmud Torah, Hadassah, Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service, and the Institute on Education for Smaller Communities. Materials are dated between 1933 and 2006


  • 1891-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1980


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

Helen Ziff, born in 1914, and Sam Ziff, born in 1907, were prominent in the Jewish community, involved with various social and religious organizations throughout Minneapolis. They had two children, Joel and Daniel Ziff. Helen passed away in 2003.


5.6 Cubic Feet (5 boxes- 4 Paige boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



These papers document the personal and professional interests of Helen and Sam Ziff who were active in the Twin Cities Jewish community and worked with various organizations from social services non-profits to Jewish education schools to Zionist organizations.


This collection is arranged by subject of the materials, as listed below.

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1990 by Helen Ziff.

Helen and Sam Ziff papers, 1933-2006
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
February 2015
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • January 2023: Revised to add newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area