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Agrant family papers

Identifier: umja0174

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various materials, originals and photocopies, and includes photographs, documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, and handmade slippers made for a child.


  • 1881-2004

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 Agrant (Agranat) family immigrated to South Dakota from Russia in the early 1880s, settling first at the Cremieux Colony near Mitchell, Minnesota. The family included matriarch Shish who brought her children John and Rose. Daughter Mary Toby and her husband Chiam were already living in the Dakota territory. By 1887 the family had given up their homestead.

In 1893 John Agrant, born 1866, married Clara Lebowitz, who was born in 1871 in Romania. They were married in Nebraska but resided in Sioux City, Iowa before eventually moving to Sioux Falls aroud 1894. They had two children, Jennette and Benjamin. John ran a jewelery store in Sioux Falls for a number of years before passing away in 1935.


0.86 Cubic Feet (2 boxes -- 1 half hollinger, 1 oversize)

Language of Materials



This collection documents the history of various members of the Agrant family, a Jewish family who lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

0870 - Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Charlene Newburg in 2001 and 2007.

Agrant family papers, 1881-2004
Kate Dietrick
April 2022
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Collecting Area Details

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