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Cerna Martin Gendler papers

Identifier: IWA0985

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Scope and Contents

The Cerna Martin Gendler papers date from 1926 to 2014 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers contain photos of Gendler and her husband Jay, the couple’s parents, kids, and other family and friends. Photos folder 1 includes a photo of Jay Gendler in his coast-to-coast store in Hawarden, Iowa. The flier advertises a birthday celebration for Gendler, organized by her children, which took place in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.


  • Creation: 1926-2014


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

Cerna Martin Gendler was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Romanian immigrants. In 1941, she married Jay Gendler and the two moved to Hawarden, Iowa where her husband owned a hardware store. Ten years later the couple moved with their four children back to Minnesota where they ran a sandwich shop.

After the death of her husband in 1972, Gendler had a career as an office manager for the Jewish Community Relations Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She died in St. Paul in 2018 at the age of 103.


2.50 linear inches

Language of Materials



Photographs from the life of a woman who lived in Hawarden, Iowa in the 1940s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Cerna Martin Gendler papers (donor no. 1412) were donated by Cerna Martin Gendler in 2016.

Cerna Martin Gendler papers
Katie Gandhi, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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