Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

Related Sources

Digital Collections

  • Minnesota Reflections Through Minnesota Digital Libraries, Minnesota Reflections is digitizing both photographs and oral histories in the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collection.
  • Minnesota Immigrant Oral Histories In 1972 the Minneapolis Federation of Jewish Service gave the Minnesota Historical Society four oral history interviews that were conducted as a part of a project to document the history of the Jewish community in Minneapolis, creating the Jewish in Minnesota Oral History Project. It is available through the Minnesota Historical Society website and features over 40 hours of recorded interviews conducted principally by Rhoda G. Lewin.
  • Placeography The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has created placeography tours of synagogues and buildings of note throughout Minnesota related to Jewish history, including historic tours of Jewish neighborhoods.
  • Minnesota Encyclopedia MNopedia is a project done through the Minnesota Historical Society that acts like a Wikipedia page specific to information on Minnesota. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is in the process of creating entries on synagogues and Jewish institutions in Minnesota as well as an essay on Jews and Judaism in Minnesota for MNopedia. Funding in support of this project is from a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant. Check MNopedia for updated entries.

Genealogy Research

  • Minnesota Historical Society The Minnesota Historical Society has extensive collections of local, state and federal census data; naturalization records, 1918 Minnesota Alien Registration records and newspapers from across the state, including the American Jewish World. Access to subscription databases, for example Ancestry.com, is also available on-site. Copies of Minnesota birth records (pre-1900-1934) and death records (1904-2001) can be obtained on-site or ordered through their website.
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society The Minnesota Genealogical Society has a full menu of classes and services, including free and for fee.Their extensive library in South St. Paul holds books for locations across the United States as well as Polish, Czech, British, Scandinavian, and Canadian collections. Access to subscription databases is also available on-site.
  • JewishGen Affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, JewishGen has an extensive website that features databases, research tools and resources to help with Jewish ancestry research and help find family members.

Jewish History Resources