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Jewish War Veterans records

Identifier: umja0153

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various materials dated between 1939 and 2012, and contains materials such as publications, brochures, programs, financial documents, correspondence, certificates and awards, meeting minutes, receipts, burial records, videotapes, posters, scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and ephemeral documents, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1939-2012

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

The Jewish War Veterans began in 1896 as the Hebrew Union Veterans, created by Civil War veterans to dispel incorrect information regarding Jews and service to their country dating back to the Revolutionary Era. Later named the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, shortened to JWV, it is the oldest veterans organization in the United States. The organization divides its activities into four areas: patriotic, Jewish, service, and affinity. The national JWV chapter manages the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

There are three posts in the Twin Cities: Post 162 and Post 354 in St. Paul, and Post 331 in Minneapolis. These posts currently consist mostly of World War II veterans but did at a time include World War I veterans. Local Jewish War Veterans Ladies' Auxiliary groups also supported the work of the JWV.


11.5 Cubic Feet (12 boxes -- 9 Paige boxes, 3 oversize boxes -- and 4 custom enclosure volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials related to the Minneapolis and St. Paul chapters of the Jewish War Veterans.


This collection is divided into series:

-- Administrative documents

-- Scrapbooks and photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection consists of materials donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by the Jewish War Veterans over various years, including one large donation in 2015.

Jewish War Veterans records, 1939-2012
Kate Dietrick
October 2018
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Revision Statements

  • September 2022: This finding aid was revised to add found materials

Collecting Area Details

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