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Sara Markovitz Strauss papers

Identifier: IWA0836

Scope and Contents

The Sara Markovitz Strauss papers measure 2.5 inches and date between 1920 and 2009. The bulk of the contents relate to Markovitz's adolescence and early adulthood (1920s-1940s). The papers are arranged in one series: Biographical.

The Biographical series contains two newspaper clippings, including Sara Markovitz Strauss's wedding announcement, and her 2009 obituary. Additionally, the series contains several photographs of Sara Markovitz Strauss, her family and her community in Iowa City from the family’s early years in Iowa City until 1970.


  • 1912-1970


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Sara Markovitz was born in Russia in 1912, the second daughter of Samuel and Anna Markovitz. In 1921, the Markovitz family emigrated, settling in Iowa City where Samuel Markovitz worked as a coal yard proprietor. Markovitz's brother, Meyer, was born shortly thereafter. The family joined Iowa City’s small community of Jewish Russian immigrants just one year after the city’s first synagogue was built. Markovitz and her sisters, Rebecca “Rhea” and Belle, attended Hebrew school and high school in Iowa City.

Sara Markovitz later graduated from the University of Iowa. In 1937, Sara Markovitz married Simeon Strauss of Chicago. The couple had three children. Sara Markovitz Strauss was active throughout her adult life in Iowa City's Agudas Achim Synagogue's Sisterhood and Hadassah, once serving as president of the Agudas Achim Sisterhood. She died in West Branch, Iowa in 2009.


2.5 linear inches

Language of Materials



An Iowa City resident and University of Iowa alum who emigrated from the Soviet Union with her family in 1921.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1428) were donated by Richard Strauss in 2016.

Sara Markovitz Strauss papers
Annie Tunnicliff
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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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