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The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives has materials illustrating the American Jewish experience from a Midwestern perspective, chronicling the activities of the local Jewish population in creating and supporting ethnic/religious communities and advocacy organizations, as well as their efforts to promote social welfare and social justice.


The collections in the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives are available to the public in Elmer L. Andersen Library, part of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. The collections  include institutional records, such as: the records of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish federations, community centers, Talmud Torahs, the Jewish Vocational Service, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and more; synagogue records and rabbi's personal papers, such as: Shir Tikvah, Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Rabbi Bernard Raskas papers, and more. In addition, the  Archives contain a wealth of material collected by individuals regarding early Jewish settlement and life in Minnesota as well as North and South Dakota, including: family papers, correspondence, personal narratives of Jewish life in the upper Midwest, materials documenting family-owned businesses in the Jewish community, and related books and publications.