Eunice V. Nielsen Spies on the Seekers Club for Dean Edward Nicholson

Eunice V. Nielsen, an employee in the Dean of Student Affairs Office of Edward Nicholson, was asked to spy on meetings and write up reports on the Seekers Club, an organization authorized by Dean Nicholson, because it was left-wing politically. Miss Nielsen reported names of all those who attended and topics discussed. This letter not only faithfully reports the discussion of a talk by a member of the faculty of the History Department concerning history. Miss Nielsen writes at great length about the interactions between Jewish young men and “Gentile girls.” She describes Jewish as “dirty,” speaking “too freely” to the Gentile girls, and recommended that one of those female students be reported to the Dean of Women. The day after she filed the report, Nielsen informed Dean Nicholson that her mother insisted that she stop spying because of the number of Jews involved in the club. This antisemitic letter both links Jews to radicalism, and emphasizes that Jewish men are dangerous to non-Jewish women.

CreatorEunice V. NielsenSourceUniversity of Minnesota Archives, Dean of Student Affairs, Box 14, folder "Seekers Club," October 17,1921Rights"Image is available courtesy the University of Minnesota Archives. For additional information about the use or re-use of this image please contact the University of Minnesota Archives at www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives."Time Period1920s