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Collections Relating to Jewish Women

BECKER, RUTH SALZMANN (1922-2007 )

Papers, 1858-2007. 4.75 linear feet.

Nurse and community activist in Iowa City who as a young Jewish woman fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrated to the United States.

BOOTH, MARLENE  (1948- )

Papers, 1951, 1955.  0.5 linear inches.

Jewish independent filmmaker raised in Des Moines, Iowa, whose films include Yidl in the Middle, about growing up Jewish in Des Moines.

BRAVERMAN, ROSALIE (1910-2010 )

Oral history and memoir, 1996 and undated. 0.25 linear inches.

Polish immigrant who arrived in 1921. Braverman remembers her childhood in Youthful Journeys in Poland and Germany.  The oral history interview concerns student family life, the Jewish community in Iowa City, and anti-Semitism.

BUCKSBAUM, CAROLYN “KAY” (1929- )

Papers, 1949-1998.  2 linear feet.

Civic activist involved in the Jewish community, the Des Moines symphony, the League of Women Voters, and the Proteus Club.

COHEN, GERTRUDE (1913-  )

Papers, 1964-1991. 1 linear inch.

First Jewish woman elected to Iowa General Assembly, serving one term as a Representative from Black Hawk County, 1965-1966.

GOLDMAN, LOUISE (1924- )

Papers, 1933-1997. 1.25 linear feet.

Public servant, feminist activist, and poet from Davenport, Iowa.

LIPSKY, JOAN (1919- )

Papers, 1941-2008. 9.5 linear feet.

A community acitvisit from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the first Jewish woman elected to the Iowa legislature.

NOUN, LOUISE (1908-2002)

Papers, 1926-1995. 3.6 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Des Moines, Iowa native, social activist, art collector, author, and co-founder of the Louise Noun-Mary – Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives.

SHLOSS AND MANNHEIMER FAMILIES

Papers, 1896-1986.  2 linear feet.

Papers reflecting the civic and religious activities of prominent Des Moines residents Max and Rose Shloss (owners of Lederer Strauss and Company), their daughter Irma Shloss Mannheimer, and her husband Eugene Mannheimer, who served as rabbi of Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines from 1905-1947.

TUCKER, BERTHA KORN (1908-  )

Oral history and papers, 1920-1999. 2 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Daughter of Lithuanian immigrants and long-time resident of Des Moines who was involved in the Sisterhood at Beth El Jacob Synagogue in Des Moines and served as program director for Hadassah; author of short stories, poems, and essays, many on Jewish themes.


RELATED COLLECTIONS

POLITICAL DIALOGUE:  IOWA’S WOMEN LEGISLATORS

Oral histories, 1988-1993.1.7 linear feet.

Transcripts of oral histories of Iowa legislators, including Jewish legislators Gertrude Cohen and Joan Lipsky.