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Weiss Family papers

Identifier: umja0094

Scope and Contents

Materials date between 1875 and 1993. Records include personal correspondence and translations in English, German, and Yiddish. Mortgage and loan materials, family photographs and portraits, St. Paul Department of Education application materials, telegrams, the family Torah, passenger lists, and insurance information are also included in the collection.


  • 1875-1993

Language of Materials

Materials are predominately in English but also includes correspondence in German and Yiddish. Some of the German language materials include English translations.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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

Jacob B. Weiss came to the United States during his adolescence from Austria-Hungary and married Yetta Weichsel, an immigrant from Germany. They lived in Austin, Minnesota and had their eldest daughter Rosalee Weiss around 1906 and their youngest daughter Bessel Weiss in 1908. The family would later relocate to St. Paul, Minnesota where they would belong to the Mount Zion congregation.


0.60 Cubic Feet (1 Hollinger box, 1 half Hollinger box)


This collection consists of correspondence, telegrams, finance and insurance materials collected by the Weiss family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Barbara Cohen in September 1992.

Weiss Family papers, 1875-1993
Erin Smerage
March 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • December 2022: revised to include newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area