The archives of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest are now located at the University of Minnesota within the Andersen Library at the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The archives consist of synagogue and Jewish institutional records, as well as historical materials from rural Midwest communities, family and personal histories, oral histories, photographic and film collections, and genealogy materials. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of Jewish homesteading in the Dakotas, Northern Minnesota Iron Range Jewish communities, Minneapolis and St. Paul synagogue records, Jewish women’s organization records, and materials reflecting life on Minneapolis’s North Side Jewish community.

To search the collection or set up a research appointment: please visit the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives website at The collection is available and open to the public on the University of Minnesota campus, but an appointment is strongly suggested. Contact Archivist Kate Dietrick at or 612-625-0192.

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-Article Archive:Click here to read articles about the Jewish Upper Midwest.

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Finding Aids
Amos S. Deinard papers

Frank and Arthur Einseberg papers

Irma Firestone papers

St. Paul Jewish Community Center Collection

To search all finding aids for archives click here.

Other Resources:

“And A Sprinkling of Jews”: Work and Faith in Minnesota’s Jewish Merchants,” by Marilyn Chiat.

In Ramsey County History, vol. 28, no. 1 (spring 1993).
MHS call number: Reading Room F 612 .R22 R3 v.28:1.

Bridging the Gap Between Metaphor and Reality: Oral History and Written Memoirs as Vehicles for Reexamining the Jewish Immigrant Experience, by Rhoda G. Lewin.
Typescript, 1979.
MHS call number: BM 225 .M56 L483 1979.

“From Ghettos to Neighborhoods: Jewish Immigration in Minneapolis,” by Rhoda G. Lewin.
In Hennepin History, vol. 50, no. 5 (winter 1992).
MHS call number: Reading Room F 612 .H52 H42 v.50:5.

Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project

Minnesota History Center: Manuscripts for Jewish organizations. You are able to get to all manuscripts from this website, individual and organizational.

Minnesota History Center: MN 150

Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis