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North and South Dakota collection

Identifier: umja0034

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection is photocopies of original materials. Some of the primary documents that have been copied include certificates, telegrams, photos, letters, and diaries. A few original materials are in the collection, including the original meeting minute notebooks for Hadassah in South Dakota, going back to 1921. There are also photocopies of essays, pamphlets, chapters from books, and various articles and newspaper clippings. Original thesis papers are included as well. Materials date between 1900 and 2007.


  • 1900-2007

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 of materials began to take shape under the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. The subject of Jews in the Dakotas was a common reference question, and their collection of the Jewish Historical Project of North Dakota records had many researchers interested in the topic. Therefore, the historical society began to collect all it could regarding Jewish communities throughout the Dakotas. These materials include primary sources -- autobiographical stories from people who lived on homesteads in the Dakotas, and secondary sources -- photocopied essays and newspaper articles. The collection grew over time and was added to by multiple donors.


1.4 Cubic Feet (2 boxes -- 1 Paige box, 1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of primary and secondary sources collected by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest that relate to Jewish communities throughout North and South Dakota.


This collection is arranged in the order in which it was donated, as listed below.

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by various donors between 1984 and 2012. Individual donors, when known, are listed after the folder contents. For more detailed donor information, please contact the archivist.

North and South Dakota collection, 1900-2007
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
February 2015
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