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
Photographic and film collection
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.
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.
From the archives
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.