Annie F. Paper

Portrait of Annie Paper

Annie Paper was the first donor of The Saint Paul Foundation. A child emigrant from Eastern Europe, she made her life in Saint Paul. Her father was a peddler and established a jewelry store with her brothers.

She and her husband, a founder of a successful steel firm, were active in the local Jewish community and helped set up one of the first Orthodox congregations in the area. The Papers had six children in eight years, keeping Annie busy as a devoted wife and mother.

Her Impact

Established in 1944 with $5,000, the Annie F. Paper Fund has made 31 grants totaling $65,000. Today the Fund is worth more than $60,000.

Exterior of stately mansion in Saint Paul

Her life

  • Born in Russia in 1868 as Annie Shapira, she developed strong ties to Saint Paul where she grew up and married Lewis Paper in 1890.
  • Lewis and Annie paper had six children, Annie’s interests centered chiefly on them.
  • An active member of Saint Paul’s Jewish community, Annie also shared her love of music with her children. An avid traveler, she was known for her personal generosity.
Park bench along a walking path near the Mississippi River in Saint Paul

Her legacy

  • The Annie F. Paper Fund has supported the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, which provides legal, education and advocacy services to low-income immigrants and refugees.
  • Additionally, Annie’s legacy supports the Childrens Law Center of Minnesota to help finance the Guardianship Pilot Project in Ramsey County.
  • Other organizations supported by Annie’s generosity include the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Stairstep Foundation’s Musical Beginnings project.