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Naomi Braverman Markovitz papers

Identifier: IWA1001

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Scope and Contents

The Braverman family series (1926-1980) covers decades of the Braverman family’s lives and activities, mostly in the Iowa City area. It is largely made up of newspaper clippings with a few items such as recital programs and a telegram to President Franklin Roosevelt from the Johnson County Taxpayers Association asking him to protect the rights of German Jews. This series also contains correspondence related to donations made by the Jewish Ladies Aid Society.

There are two scrapbooks in very fragile condition. The first is made up of loose pages of newspaper clippings and the second is bound. The newspaper clippings within each scrapbook document the lives of Naomi Braverman Markovitz, her sister, Betty; her father, Joseph; and some of their extended family. There are also newspaper clippings related to the build up to World War II and the reaction of the Iowa City Jewish community to the rise of Hitler.


  • Creation: 1926-1980


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Braverman family immigrated to the United States from Russia beginning in 1911 and soon settled in Iowa Ctiy. The family consisted of four brother, Joseph, Aaron, David, and Eli and one sister, Masha. The brothers were primarily in the grocery business in Iowa City and, along with their spouses and children, were prominent and active members of the local Jewish community. There were too few Jewish families in Iowa City to support a synagogue until 1920, when Agudas Achim opened it doors. However, in 1911, when Iowa City’s first Hebrew School opened, Joseph Braverman taught the classes. Later, he and his familiy would be involved in the local United Appeal, Jewish Ladies Relief Society, and the Agudas Achim Sisterhood.

Naomi Braverman was born to Joseph T. and Sarah Braverman in 1922. Along with her sister, Betty Braverman, she attended City High School in Iowa City. As a student at the State University of Iowa, she was a member of the Jewish sorority Sigma Delta Tau, Mortar Board, and Hillel. She married Meyer Markovitz in 1944 and raised four children. She died in Phoenix, Arizona in 2013.


5.00 linear inches

Language of Materials



Newspaper clippings related to the Bravermans, one of the founding families of the Agudas Achim synagogue in Iowa City, IA.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1531) were donated by Kathy Jacobs in 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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