History, documented

The archives of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest are located at the University of Minnesota within the Andersen Library at the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

The collection consists of:

  • Synagogue and Jewish institutional records

  • Historical materials from rural Midwest communities

  • Family and personal histories

  • Oral histories

  • Photographic and film collection

  • Genealogy materials.

It 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.

The archive

To search the collection or set up a research appointment visit the website, or contact the archivist, Kate Dietrick or call 612-625-0192.

The collection is available and open to the public on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, but an appointment is strongly recommended.

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The stories

Check out our collection of mini-documentaries, exploring aspects of our work, the region’s history, and the stories of our experiences in the Upper Midwest over the scope of history.

The resurrected

Check out our collection of digitized VHS recordings covering a large variety of topics, such as North Side stories, biographies, Sweet 16 parties and more.

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From the archives

Recommended resources

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Genealogical Society

Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society


IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project


Steve Morse

Garon/Kaner/Karon Family Website

JHSUM’s collection does not contain birth, death, marriage, naturalization, or census records. Many of these items can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society or County Departments of Public Health.

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