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Rosalie Braverman papers

Identifier: IWA0259

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Scope and Contents

The Rosalie Braverman papers date from 1929 to 2010, and measure 3 linear inches. The Rosalie Braverman oral history interview was recorded on June 19, 1996 by Rachel Bohlmann in Braverman’s Iowa City home. A transcript is included in the collection. The papers are arranged in one series, Biographical. The materials include Braverman’s naturalization documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and Braverman’s memoir of her early life in Poland.

Interview Table of Contents (with counter numbers):

Side One

#000-146 Emigration from Poland to the United States

146-404 Student life and marriage

405-439 Hillel and Jewish fraternities and sororities

440-456 Anti-Semitism and segregation

Side Two

#000-040 Anti-Semitism and segregation (cont.)

041-074 Women's Club of Iowa City

074-164 Jewish organizations

164-193 Housework and family business

193-218 Jewish religious observations

219-267 Jewish community in Iowa City

267-289 Braverman's mother's Shabbat silver

289-319 Conclusion


  • Creation: 1929-2010


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Rosalie Richman Braverman, Iowa City community activist, was born in Grajewo, Poland in 1910. In September 1921 she embarked on a treacherous trip out of Poland with her mother and two sisters and joined her father in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Richman attended school in Council Bluffs and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1928. She briefly attended University of Nebraska and transferred to the University of Iowa where she met and married David Braverman, a local grocer and they had five children.

While raising her children, Braverman was active in civic and religious community organizations such as the Iowa City Women's Club and the University Club Writers. In addition, she participated in Pioneer Women, was a founding member of the Sisterhood of Agudas Achim Synagogue, and was active in Hadassah. Braverman returned to the University of Iowa and graduated in 1963 with a degree in speech and dramatic arts. Braverman passed away in 2010 at the age of 101.


3.00 linear inches

1 audiocassettes (AC324)

1 videocassettes (V324)

Language of Materials



Community activist in civic and Jewish organizations in Iowa City, Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 361) were donated by Rosalie Braverman in 1996 and Jody Braverman in 2015.

Rachel Bohlmann, 1996; Jeannette Gabriel, Carla DeWit, 2016
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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
319-335-5900 (Fax)