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William Hoffman papers

Identifier: umja0050

Scope and Content

These papers consist of William Hoffman's writing in the form of manuscripts of his books, columns in various newspapers, speaking engagements, awards recieved, and correspondence- including a letter from Norman Katkov. Also included is Marilyn Goffstein's agreement to use her line drawings in one of Hoffman's books, Tales of Hoffman. Materials from organizations Hoffman belonged to include meeting minutes and correspondence. One scrapbook from St. Paul's Central Community House includes newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs related to the social service organization. All materials in this collection date between 1925 and 1969.


  • 1925-1969


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

William Hoffman grew up in the Jewish community in West St. Paul, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1935 with a major in journalism. After Hoffman served in the army from 1942-1946, he returned to social welfare work and the became the assistant director of the St. Paul and Ramsey County Dentention and Correction Authority. From 1957-1981 Hoffman published over four books, including Those Were The Days, Tales of Hoffman, Mendel, and West Side Story IIas well as contributing to the St. Paul Jewish News and American Jewish World newspapers, among others, with his column.


1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes -- 2 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the writings of William Hoffman which include manuscripts, speeches, and correspondence, as well as materials from organizations he belonged to, including the Central Community House and Neighborhood House.

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1987 by William Hoffman.

Separated Materials

Four of William Hoffman's titles can be found in the book collection of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives: Those Were The Days, Tales of Hoffman, Mendel, and West Side Story II. To access these titles, please contact the archivist.

William Hoffman papers, 1925-1969
Finding aid created by Ashley Skwiera
September 2015
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Revision Statements

  • June 2022: revised to include newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

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