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Oliver Pollak papers

Identifier: IWA1036

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Scope and Contents

The Oliver Pollak papers dates from 1890 to 2017 and measures 10 linear inches (2 boxes). The papers are arranged in two series, Documents and Cookbooks.

The Documents series (1890-2017) contains an article written by Pollak, an account book, and a poem.

The Cookbooks series (1947-2008) has twenty total cookbooks, with thirteen original printings and seven reproductions. The numerical ordering (missing 8, 9, and 18) by chronology was denoted by the donor. All of the cookbooks come from various Jewish congregations and organizations across the state.


  • Creation: 1890 - 2017


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

Oliver B. Pollak was a history professor, a lawyer, and a US Navy veteran. Born in 1943 in England to immigrant parents, Pollak came to the US in 1952. In the mid 1960’s, Pollak served with the US Navy. He earned his undergraduate degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a PhD in History at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973. In 1982, while he was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s History department, Pollak earned a law degree from Creighton University. He taught in the History department at UN Omaha for 38 years from 1974-2012. Pollak co-founded the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society and served on the boards for both the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Center for the Book. He has published ten books and various scholarly articles in addition to being an avid food writer. In retirement, Pollak moved to California with his wife, Karen.


10.00 linear inches

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A collection of cookbooks and documents from Jewish women’s organizations in Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1507) were donated by Oliver B. and Karen Pollak in 2017.

Oliver Pollak papers
Heidi Stofer
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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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