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Harry Rosenthal papers

Identifier: umja0134

Scope and Contents

This collection dates between 1908 and 1989 and consists of correspondence, speeches, and newspaper clippings from Harry Rosenthal. Much of the correspondence is with politicians and relates to Zionism and Jewish education. Also included in the collection are materials from the United Jewish Fund and Council Oral History Project.


  • 1908-1989


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

Harry Rosenthal was born in March of 1897. He moved to St. Paul in 1915 after growing up in New York City. He served in World War I as an electrical engineer. During a Zionist committee meeting Harry met Rose Calmenson, whom he married in 1919. They had three daughters: Sheva, Connie, and Midge. In 1974 he married Miriam Freund, who once served as national president of Hadassah. Harry spent most of his professional life as a businessman, working in men's sportswear.

Over the years, Harry was very involved in Zionism, and was active with the Talmud Torah and Jewish education in St. Paul. He was also an active member of Temple of Aaron, and worked with United Jewish Fund, Herzl Camp, and various Zionist organizations. Harry helped found Herzl Camp in Webster, Wisconsin, the first Zionist summer camp in the Midwest. He passed away in 1989.


0.40 Cubic Feet (one Hollinger box)

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This collection consists of correspondence, newsclippings, speeches, and other personal materials from Harry Rosenthal, a leader in the Twin Cities Jewish community.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harry Rosenthal to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest over various years between 1988 and 1989.

Harry Rosenthal papers, 1908-1989
Erin Smerage
December 2017
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area