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Lois Novitsky Friedman papers

Identifier: IWA0978

Scope and Contents

The Lois Novitsky Friedman papers date from 1929 to 2007 and measure 10 linear inches.

The biographical folder contains a confirmation service program for Mount Sinai Congregation in Sioux City, Iowa, and Friedman’s certificate of confirmation.

The correspondence folder includes letters between Friedman and her father, from family members and friends. The correspondence folder also includes a letter to Friedman from Allan Sherman, a school-mate of Friedman’s and future American comedy writer and television producer.

The Center Press is the Sioux City, Iowa Youth Council’s annual yearbook. The folder of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana newsletters includes the following publications: Hillel Post, MU Views, The Rhozette, AWR News, The Reporter, L.B. Tattler, PSI Spy, and Super Snooper. The Reporter specifically attributes Friedman as the editor and publisher while Friedman’s name is mentioned throughout the content of the other publications.

The publications folder includes a 1939 Alpha Epsilon Phi songbook and an actor-signed script of the play It’s Papa Who Pays, by Mary Cunningham.

In addition to photographs of family and friends, there are three folders of general photographs. The first general folder of photographs includes a 1939 photograph of the Youth Council King and Queen and their court. The third folder contains a photograph of a confirmation class, a photograph of the Robert Hunter Class No. 60 of 1936 (Sioux City, Iowa), and a photograph of A.W.R class of 1929.

The scrapbook contains event programs for piano recitals, confirmation, class plays, telegrams, holiday cards. The newspaper clippings relate to Friedman’s involvement in the AZA Jewish Youth Association, Honor Role, and fashion shows. The scrapbook also contains Friedman’s diploma, wedding/engagement announcements of family and friends, invitations, a fraternity membership certificate, and a summary of jobs Friedman held during college.


  • 1929-2007


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Biographical/Historical Note: Lois Novitsky was born in Omaha in 1923 to H. Sol and Diana Novitsky. The family moved to Sioux City in 1935 where her father became an order buyer for a local cattle company. She attended Central High School where she was the founder of AWR, a local Jewish sorority and other Jewish youth organizations. Novitsky graduated from Central High School in 1941 and attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she joined Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and was a writer for the Daily Illini.

In 1947, Novitsky married Lloyd Friedman and they moved to Omaha. Friedman quickly became active in the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Federation and the Sisterhood Board and Executive Board of Temple Israel and remained active in these organizations throughout her life. She was also a founding member of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society.


10.00 linear inches

Language of Materials



Community activist within the Jewish communities in Sioux City, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Lois Novitsky Friedman papers (donor no. 1466) were donated by Scott Friedman in 2016.

Lois Novitsky Friedman papers
Katie Gandhi, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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