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Fanny Schanfield papers

Identifier: umja0136

Scope and Contents

This collection dates between 1942 and 1988 and consists of programs, bulletins, invitations, correspondence, and newspaper clippings from the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, where Fanny Schanfield served as chapter president. Also included in the collection are materials from the annual meeting and open house of the Community Housing Service Corporation.


  • 1942-1988


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

Fannie Schanfield was born in 1916. She and her husband, Abraham, had three children: Moses, David, and Miriam. As a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was very active in her community. She organized the Minneapolis chapter of Gold Star wives during World War II, and served as vice-president and director of Community Housing Services. Her activity within the Jewish community included serving as Minneapolis Chapter president of Hadassah, acted as board member of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Minneapolis, and was active with the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. She wrote a number of books detailing her life. She passed away in 2014.


0.40 Cubic Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains administrative and programming materials from the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women's Zionist organization, reflecting Fanny Schanfield's active role as chapter president.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Fannie Schanfield in 1996.

Related Materials

Fannie Schanfield also published a number of books, including Ma, I Wrote it Down and I was There: Or, What Ordinary People Can Do. These publications have been catalogued and can be found through our Libraries catalog. They can be viewed in the Andersen Library reading room but do not circulate.

Fanny Schanfield papers, 1942-1988
Erin Smerage
February 2018
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Collecting Area Details

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