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Helena Potash papers

Identifier: IWA1019

Scope and Contents

The Helena Potash papers measure 10 linear inches and date from 1923 to 2016. The papers are arranged into two series: Potash/Karpman family and Photographs.

The Max and Marie Karpman series (1919-2010) contains materials about the lives of Helena Potash’s parents, Max and Katheryne Marie Karpman. This series includes the Karpman’s marriage certificates, birth announcements for their children, and a framed family tree commemorating their 50th wedding anniversary. There are also records of Max Karpman’s service in the United States Navy in this series, including four medals he earned during World War II. The series concludes with both Max and K. Marie’s death certificates and a memoir entitled Memories with Max: A Lifetime of Stories with Max Karpman.

The Potash Family series has a eulogy, correspondence, and a Sigma Delta Tau sorority certificate of Dorothy Sherman Potash Sanford, Helena Potash’s mother-in-law. The series also includes a newspaper clipping and wedding memorabilia of Helena and Michael Potash, and one pencil drawing of a cat by Helena Potash.

The Photographs series (1923-2016) consists of family photographs. The series contains photographs of Potash and her husband, Michael and both of their parents and grandparents. This series includes pictures of Potash’s ancestors as recent immigrants from Russia.


  • 1919-2012

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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10.00 linear inches

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Member of the Jewish community in Sioux City, Iowa

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1415) were donated by Helena Potash in 2015.

Helena Potash papers
Anna Tunnicliff and Jeannette Gabriel
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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