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Jewish History collection

Identifier: umja0150

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a wide variety of materials, including correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, financial documents, administrative documents, ephemera, digital files, and more. This collection also includes photocopies of original materials -- if the item is a photocopy, it will be noted in the description.


  • Creation: 1851-2021
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1900s-1990s


Conditions Governing Access

Analog (non-digital) material open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room. The digital files are available upon request. Please contact the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives to arrange access to these materials.


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

Jews have been arriving to the Midwest region of the United States since the area was a territory. Larger populations of Jews settled in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, but could also be found in Duluth, Rochester, and the Iron Range, as well as around the Dakotas.

This collection reflects the lives of various Jewish families, organizations, and congregations.


24.2 Cubic Feet (23 boxes -- 18 paige boxes, 5 oversize boxes)

1.3 Gigabytes (26 digital files)

Language of Materials






This collection is an aggregate of small donations given by various donors to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, all relating to local Jewish history.


This artifical collection was created by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHUSM) as a composite collection for all of the smaller donations (a few items or a few files of items). The folders are arranged, as best as possible, by the accession number from JHSUM, which were mostly assigned chronologically as donations were accepted. Small donations of materials that have been doneted directly to UMJA have also been adding on a rolling basis since 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Each folder represents a separate "collection" that was donated by a donor. If the donor is known, that information is reflected in describing the folder.

Jewish History collection, 1851-2021
Kate Dietrick and student workers
December 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • April 2022: Revised to include newly donated materials
  • February 2023: Revised to include newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area