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Harold Smith papers

Identifier: umja0110

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of board materials from the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, board materials from the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, genealogy research from Harold Smith on the Smith Family, and a literary magazine and Central High School memory book from Lily Ginsberg (Mickey Smith's aunt). Materials in this collection date from 1903-2005.


  • 1903-2005

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

Harold J. Smith is a local philanthropist who, along with his wife Mae "Mickey" (Mains) Smith, was a leader in the Jewish community. Harold was born in 1918 to parents William B. and Fannie (Feldman) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mickey, born in 1922, married Harold in 1943. Harold served on the boards of Hillel at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Talmud Torah, and the St. Paul Jewish Day school. Mickey was highly involved with Hadassah and Herzl Camp. The Minneapolis Institute of Art bears the Harold and Mickey Smith Gallery of Jewish Arts and Culture and features objects related to Jewish culture. Harold and Mickey had three children: James, Mithcell, and daughter Marjorie, who passed away at age 30 of breast cancer.


1.15 Cubic Feet (1 Paige box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials collected by Harold Smith, an active Jewish community member.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Harold Smith through various donations made between 1998 and 2008.

Harold Smith papers, 1903-2005
Erin Smerage
August 2017
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area