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Rhoda Lewin papers

Identifier: umja0143

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials from Rhoda Lewin detailing Jewish history in Minnesota. This includes materials from the Talmud Torah Oral History project, personal letters, photocopies of articles about the boat "L. Goldish" and Duluth shipping; articles by Isadore Crystal about Duluth history, a history of Temple Israel written by Frances Minda, a pamphlet entitled, "The Norwegian Rescue of Jews" as well as two articles about Jews in Norway, a Maxwell House Haggadah, an article about Irv Letofsky of Brave New Workshop, a biographical essay about Herman Singer, materials from Slovie Kissin-Marver, and programs from Beth El Synagogue, the Jewish Community Center, and St. Paul Hadassah.


  • Creation: 1953-2010


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

Rhoda Lewin was born in 1930 to Louis and Florence Greene in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from North High School and went on to earn her B.A. and M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and her PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She led a prolific career as an independent scholar, oral historian, writer, and editor. She was a newspaper reporter and had columns in the American Jewish World, Identity, and Kenwood neighborhood's Hill and Lake Press. She was a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. Her publications include Witness to the Holocaust: An Oral History, Images of America: Jewish Community of North Minneapolis, and The Reform Jews of Minneapolis. She passed away in 2012.


0.40 Cubic Feet (1 Hollinger box)

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This collection consists of materials from local historian Rhoda Lewin detailing her research on Jewish history in Minnesota.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rhoda Lewin to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest over various years between 2008 and 2010.

Related Materials

Materials related to Rhoda Lewin's publication Witness to the Holocaust: An Oral History can be found in the Jewish Community Relations Council/Anti-Defamation League Holocaust Oral History project records (umja0076).

Rhoda Lewin papers, 1953-2010
Erin Smerage
May 2018
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Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Revised to add newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area