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Irwin Epstein papers

Identifier: umja0178

Scope and Contents

This collection includes, prographs, photographs, press releases, booklets, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks that have clippings, photographs, and ephemeral materials inside.


  • 1917-1979


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

Irwin Abraham Epstein was born in St. Paul on March 8, 1900 to Edward and Hannah (Goldberg). He enlisted in World War I and worked as part of the Department of Chemical Warfare Division, and then went on to study at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1922 from the School of Dentistry. The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry continues to support an award for excellence under his name. He was married in September 1923 to Nettie. Dr. Epstein spent his career as a dentist in St. Paul. He was also active as a president of the B'nai B'rith District No. 6, and was involved with various civic and religious organizations and was an active member of Mount Zion Temple. He passed away November 30th, 1986; Nettie passed away March 7, 1991, and both are interred at Mount Zion Temple Cemetery in Saint Paul.

[Biographical information retrieved from Dr. Irwin Epstein oral history and from Irwin A. Epstein obituary in the American Jewish World 75:15 December 5, 1986.]


0.73 Cubic Feet (2 boxes -- 1 legal Hollinger, 1 oversize flat box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of papers of Dr. Irwin Epstein, a Jewish dentist and President of the District 6 Grand Lodge B'nai Brith, who resided in Minnesota.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

0318 - Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Nettie Epstein in October 1990.

Related Materials

An oral history with Dr. Irwin Epstein can be found as part of the United Jewish Fund and Council Oral History Project:

Irwin Epstein papers, 1917-1979
Kate Dietrick
May 2022
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Revision Statements

  • January 2023: Revised to add newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area