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The Fifteen Club records

Identifier: umja0181

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials dating between 1942 and 1949 and includes correspondence, notes, programs, postcards, photographs, and a scrapbook. In the scrapbook are letters to the Fifteen Club from prior members (many of whom were in training camps during the War), as well as ticket stubs, newspaper clippings, newsletters, typescripts of skits, and by-laws and constitution.


  • 1942-1949

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Biographical / Historical

The Fifteen Club (alternately styled the XV Club or 15 Club) was a social group of young male students who attended Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group would gather to socialize and play games, notably cards, football, baseball, and basketball, as well as host a spring dance and various fundraisers. It is unclear whether or not this was a Jewish-only group; a number of its members were Jewish and attended Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Temple Israel in Minneapolis. During World War II the group would hold dances to raise money for the Navy Relief fund; a number of alumni of the group fought during World War II. It is unclear how long the club ran -- earliest mention of the group in the American Jewish World newspaper dates to 1934, while the latest date mentioned is from 1963.

(Historical information gleaned from materials in this collection.)


0.50 Cubic Feet (1 legal size Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection includes materials related to The Fifteen Club (XV Club) which was a social club of students from Washburn High School.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Frederic Nemer in September 2021.

The Fifteen Club records, 1942-1949
Kate Dietrick
July 2022
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Collecting Area Details

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