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Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest records

Identifier: umja0062

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of administrative materials for the organization and includes: board meeting minutes; financial and administrative records; photographs; scrapbooks; event and programming planning; various media including VHS, CDs, and DVDs; publications, such as newsletters and brochures; general research around topics; and artifacts. This collection also includes electronic records (191 GB, nearly 39,000 files) which include oral histories, photographs, administrative materials, curriculum, videos, communications, and more.


  • 1880-2021
  • Majority of material found within 1984-2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room. Note that electronic records will need to be accessed from a designated computer in the reading room; some materials may be restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) is the leading organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to telling the story of 170 years of Jewish history in the region. Founded in 1984, JHSUM provides programming, publications, exhibits, and curriculum to the local and regional community. When the organization was founded, they began collecting archival materials related to the Upper Midwest from various donors; the collection grew as individuals and local organizations donated their materials to preserve their history. In 2001, former Governor Elmer L. Andersen extended an invitation to the JHSUM to place parts of its collections at the library bearing his name at the University of Minnesota. In 2002, JHSUM founders Nathan and Theresa Berman created an endowment for the collections at the Elmer L. Andersen Library, and the archives were named for them as a permanent memorial to their vision. At the time, only a portion of the JHSUM archival collection resided at the University of Minnesota. In 2012, the JHSUM board decided to donate the remaining portions of the archival collections to the University of Minnesota Libraries, creating a major research collection on Jewish history, communities, religion, and culture in the Upper Midwest.

JHSUM continues to provide events and programming related to the Jewish communities of the Upper Midwest. For more information, visit their website at


15 Cubic Feet (16 boxes -- 13 Paige boxes, 1 Hollinger box, 1 cassette tape box, 1 oversize box)

190 Gigabytes (approximately 38,700 files of electronic records)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the administrative materials of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, the organization that began collecting archival materials that became the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.


This collection is organized into the following series: (1) Board Meeting Minutes (2) Programming and Projects (3) Financials and Administrative (4) Photographs and Scrapbooks (5) Publications (6) Media (7) Artifacts (8) Administrative Records (all electronic records)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These administrative materials were donated to the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives from the board president of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest over a period between 2014 and 2016. Further additions to the collection have been added over time.

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest records, 1880-2021
Kate Dietrick
September 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2021: revised to include accessions
  • September 2022: revised to include newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area