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Suzi Kaiman Papers

Identifier: IWA1028

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Scope and Contents

The Suzi Kaiman papers date 1907 to 2009 and measure 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes). The papers are arranged in six series, Biographical, Correspondence, Photographs, Yearbooks, Artifacts, and Audio Visual.

The Biographical series (1950-2008) has papers related to Kaiman’s activities in various organizations with newsletters from the Conservative Jewish Women’s League, the Jewish Federation, and Shaare Zion.

The Correspondence series (1940-1986) contains letters and invitations from friends and family.

The Photographs series (1907-2009) consists of pictures from a wide range of time, the majority of which are photos of family members and family gatherings.

The Yearbooks series (1927-1959) includes five yearbooks from Sioux City Central High School as well as one each from the University of Iowa, University of Illinois, and Smith College.

The Artifacts series (1921-c.1980) contains a Boys Club award inscribed to Harold Goldstein, along with Girl Scout patches, a poster, a Jewish ritual booklet, and a framed family portrait.

The Audio Visual series (1996) consists of three cassette tapes titled “Your Life on Tape” that feature Harold Goldstein in a six part series.


  • Creation: 1907-2009


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

Susan “Suzi” Goldstein Kaiman was born in 1946 to Harold and Bernice Galinsky Goldstein in Sioux City, Iowa. Goldstein grew up in Sioux City, where she went to Camp Lake Hubert during the summers and attended Central High School until the family moved to Arizona in 1963. In 1964, Goldstein graduated from Judson High School and went on to attend Oklahoma University from 1964-1968.

During college, in 1967, Goldstein married Terry Hammons, a history teacher. She then graduated from Oklahoma University in 1968 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Special Education. Hammons pursued her teaching career and had her first child, Elizabeth Hammons, in 1969. Suzi Hammons’s mother, Bernice Goldstein, passed away in 1972.

After divorcing Terry Hammons and moving back to Sioux City with her daughter, Goldstein remarried to Paul Kaiman in 1973. In 1974, Paul Kaiman adopted Elizabeth Kaiman, and Kaiman had her second child, Joshua Kaiman, followed by her third, Judd Kaiman, in 1976. While Kaiman’s children were young, she was a homemaker and active volunteer with a variety of local organizations. The family lived in Sioux City until the company for which Paul Kaiman worked, Lane’s Bottling Company, closed in 1983.

Kaiman and her family lived in Nebraska and Oklahoma until returning to Sioux City once again. Kaiman’s father, Harold Goldstein, founded the Boys Club chapter in Sioux City, prompting her to establish a group through the Junior Women’s League. Kaiman’s father, Harold Goldstein, passed away in 2009. Suzi Kaiman worked as a travel agent and a retail associate as well as continuing to volunteer with local organizations.


2.50 Linear Feet

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Family- and community-oriented Jewish woman from Sioux City, Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1465) were donated by Suzi Kaiman in 2016 and 2017.

Heidi Parker, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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