0.25 linear inches and

audiovisual material


ACQUISITION:         The papers (donor no. 361) were donated by Rosalie Braverman in 1996.

ACCESS:                    The oral history and associated papers are open for research.

AUDIOVISUAL:       One audiocassette shelved in audiocassette collection (AC324).

COPYRIGHT:           Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:     In folder 1.

PROCESSED BY:      Rachel Bohlmann, 1996.



          Rosalie Braverman, wife, mother, clubwoman and community worker, was born in Grajewo, Poland in 1910. In September 1921 she immigrated to the United States with her mother and two sisters to join her father in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She attended school in Council Bluffs and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1928. After attending college at the University of Nebraska for a year, she transferred to the University of Iowa. She completed three semesters at Iowa before dropping out to marry David Braverman, a local grocer and fellow immigrant. Rosalie Braverman had five children and was not able to return to college until 1964, when the youngest was in school. In 1965 she graduated with a major in fine arts. While raising her family, Braverman became very active in her community. She joined the Iowa City Women's Club, the Sisterhood (her synagogue's ladies aid society), various Jewish charitable organizations and the University Club Writers.

Scope and Content Note

         The Rosalie Braverman oral history was taped on June 19, 1996, when Rachel Bohlmann interviewed Rosalie Braverman in Braverman's Iowa City home. The history was recorded on audio tape and is just under one hour in length. No transcript exists.

         The Braverman interview provides an oral record of one woman's life as a Jewish immigrant in Iowa, as an active community member, and mother. It also reveals tensions inherent in being a member of a minority community in Iowa City in the 1930s and 1940s.

         A short story written by Rosalie Braverman is also available in the Archives.

Interview Table of Contents (with counter numbers):


Side One

#000-146  Emigration from Poland to the United States

 146-404  Student life and marriage

 405-439  Hillel and Jewish fraternities and sororities

 440-456  Anti-Semitism and segregation


Side Two

#000-040  Anti-Semitism and segregation (cont.)

  041-074  Women's Club of Iowa City

  074-164  Jewish organizations

  164-193  Housework and family business

  193-218  Jewish religious observations

  219-267  Jewish community in Iowa City

  267-289  Braverman's mother's Shabbat silver

  289-319  Conclusion


SCVF              Description

Folder 1           Short story, photographs, 1996 and undated
                        Oral history, 1996 [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC324]
                        Videocassette [shelved in videocassette collection: V212]

Folder 2           “Youthful Journeys in Poland and Germany”