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Berman Family papers

Identifier: umja0056

Scope and Content

The correspondence between Rose (Berman) Goldstein and her family is mostly about daily life; there is little mention about World War II. Most correspondence dates between 1918 - 1947, and is written from Minneapolis, Minnesota and Sacramento, Califorina to the Twin Cities and New York. Other locations include Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE; Lake Geneva, WI; Jerusalem, Israel; Italy; and Russia. There are letters speaking to graduations, marriages, birth, travels, and death, as well as fur and leather-goods trade in Califorina, medical situations, and religious life. Items include postcards, telegrams, wedding invitations, periodicals, newsletters, newspaper clippings, programs, published material, family writings, correspondence, and letters.


  • Creation: 1906-1997

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

The Berman family settled in America in 1892 from Lithuania starting with Shmuel Berman (1842-1937) and Chieh Naftalin (1840-1908). Their family grew to include those of the Cohens, Goldbergs, Sussmans, Luries, and Goldsteins, among others.

Rose (Berman) Goldstein is the daughter of Sarah and Alexander Berman. Rose had three brothers. She married David A. Goldstein, a rabbi in Philladelphia, PA whom she met while attending the University of Minnesota, and is a noted graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Together they had two sons, Jonathan and Jeremy.


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

Language of Materials



These papers mainly consist of correspondence between Rose (nee Berman) Goldstein and her family, including her mother (Sarah Berman), father (Alexander Berman), her three brothers, and husband (David Goldstein). Additionally there are published materials and family history writings.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Writings about and by the Berman family

Series 2: Correspondence

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Helen Goldstein in 2005.

Related Materials

For photographs of the Berman family, please see the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography collection [umja0017].

Berman Family papers, 1906-1997
Finding aid created by Ashley Skwiera
December 2015
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