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Charles Frisch collection

Identifier: umja0127

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of varied materials including: original writings and research; publications such as bulletins, newsletters, programs, and booklets; newspaper clippings; correspondence; by-laws and meeting minutes; and anniversary books. All materials relate to the Twin Cities Jewish community.


  • 1851-1990

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

Charles Frisch grew up and lived in Minneapolis.

Charles's father Leonard (Leo) Frisch (1890-1984) was a newspaper editor and an ardent Zionist. Leo worked alongside Samuel Deinard in 1912 to revive the local Jewish newspaper -- first, as the Jewish Weekly, which folded after six months, but again was revivied in 1915 as the American Jewish World. Frisch was editor and, after Deinard's death in 1921, became publisher. He held this position until his retirement in 1972. Leo was a strong supporter of Zionism and the State of Israel.

Social service materials include information related to: Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, a Jewish education school; the Jewish Community Center of Minneapolis; B'nai B'rith Hillel of the University of Minnesota, a student organization; synagogue booklets including those from Kenesseth Israel, B'nai Abraham, Temple Israel, Sons of Jacob, Adath Jeshurun, Temple of Aaron, Gedaliah Leib, and Beth El.

The Minneapolis Jewish Counference was the forerunner of the present Federation for Jewish Service. The thrust of the organization during these years was to promote naturalization, a standardized Jewish education system, a Jewish census and to combat anti-Semitism and litigation between Jews. It became heavily involved in fundraising during World War I in Minneapolis.

The Gymal Doled Club and its successor, the Standard Club, was a friendship club located in Minneapolis. The purpose was "to provide a club to promote the physical, intellectual and social welfare of its members." It was founded in 1908 and became a prominent Jewish club in Minneapolis.


0.60 Cubic Feet (3 boxes -- 1 Hollinger box, 1 half Hollinger box, 1 oversized box -- and 1 custom enclosure volume)

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This collection consists of various materials collected by Charles Frisch and his father Leo Frisch related to local Jewish organizations, synagogues, and Jewish history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Charles Frisch in 1988 and again in 2002. Accrual added in November 2019 from donation by daughter Suzy Frisch.

Charles Frisch collection, 1851-1990
Erin Smerage
October 2017
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area