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Sonia and Irving Levenson papers

Identifier: umja0161

Scope and Contents

Collection consists mainly of small black and white photographs, many of which have identifying information included, as well as scrapbooks that were created related to Sonia's time serving as a WAC during World War II and Irving's time in the Armed Services.


  • Creation: 1932-2006

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

Sonia Hoffman was born on November 22, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She went to Vocational High School and worked as a retail clerk at Snyders and the Salvation Army. She was a WAC in World Wr II, first stationed in the US and then tranferred to Europe after VE Day. In 1949 she met Irving Levelson and they married on March 18, 1950.

Irving Levenson was born in St. Paul on July 13, 1916 to Pauline and David Levenson. He attended Central High School and the University of Minnesota. He went into the Army Air Force during World War II, stationed in the US and England. After the war Irving bought a Phillips 66 station located at the corner of Dale and Central and named it Curly's Super Service.

They had two children, Jennifer and Joel. Sonia passed away in 1988 and Irving passed away in 2000.

(Biographical information from biographies written by Jennifer Levenson, found in collection, Folder 2.)


1 Linear foot (one Tall hollinger box, 1 clamshell box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of photographs and scrapbooks related to the personal lives of Sonia (Hoffman) and Irving Levenson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Jennifer Levenson in 2006 (1141). Jennifer is the daughter of Sonia and Irving. Further materials were donated by Jennifer Levenson in January 2023.

Sonia and Irving Levenson papers, 1932-2006
Kate Dietrick
August 2021
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Revision Statements

  • April 2022: revised to include newly found materials
  • June 2023: revised to include newly donated materials

Collecting Area Details

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