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Texas Jewish Collections
Selected Archives and Manuscript Collections
Henry Cohen Papers, 1881–1951. (52 ft.)
Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, financial records, sermons, poetry, lectures, photographs, clippings, and scrapbooks documenting the life and career of Henry Cohen (1863–1952), Rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel in Galveston and civic leader with special interests in prison reform, hospitals, schools, and immigration.
Max Wilhelm Dehn Papers, 1899–1954, 1975–1979. (1 ft., 3 in.)
Archives of American Mathematics. Collection documents his career as mathematician specializing in geometry, topology, group theory, and the history of mathematics at Frankfurt University, 1921–1935, and after immigration to the United States in 1940, at Black Mountain College.
Jewish Galveston Immigration Collection, 1908–1914, 1992. (1 in.)
Photocopies of correspondence, clippings, and an essay concern Galveston, Texas; Jewish immigration; "Galveston Immigration Plan"; Rabbis Faber, Cohen, and Bressler; and other related topics.
Material relating to the civic career of Audrey Daniels Kariel, elected mayor of Marshall, Texas, in 1994; the history of Marshall (1949–1994); and the Kariel family (1911–1994).
Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society (Victoria, Texas) Records, 1876–1927. (2 in.)
Accounts, minutes, membership lists, receipts, and scrapbook documenting activities of the organization. Printed materials, correspondence, membership files relating to the organization and its activities in the progressive Jewish community concerning U.S. aid to Israel, the Israeli peace movement, peace in the Middle East, anti-Semitism, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian rights, politics, and other issues.
New Jewish Agenda Records, 1984–1992. (8 in.)
Printed materials, correspondence, membership files relating to the organization and its activities in the progressive Jewish community concerning U.S. aid to Israel, the Israeli peace movement, peace in the Middle East, anti-Semitism, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian rights, politics, and other issues.
Harris L. Nussenblatt Papers, 1973–1992. (2 ft.)
Correspondence, reports, printed material, and other documents relating to the career of University of Houston College of Optometry Associate Professor, public health, eye diseases and dysfunctions.
Fannie May Pravorne Papers, 1913, 1916, 1926, and undated. (1 in.)
Photographs and a combined autograph book and scrapbook, illustrated with watercolor drawings, documenting the colleagues and activities of Dallas High School and Jefferson School of Law student Pravorne, later one of Texas' first female lawyers, Fannie Pravorne Wiener.
Alice Pearl Raphael Papers, 1812–1960. (4 in.)
Correspondence, photographs, ephemera, clippings, and other printed materials, and artifacts documenting the life and work of writer and translator Raphael, a member of a French-Jewish family that settled in Brownsville, Texas.
Bernard Rapoport Papers 1941– . (122 ft., 11 in.)
Correspondence, printed material, audio tapes, and other items documenting the business career and political and philanthropic activities of Bernard Rapoport, the founder of American Income Life Insurance Company based in Waco and chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents. Included is information on progressive political causes and Democratic politicians, Jewish Texans and Americans and relations with Israel, labor unions, the University of Texas, and insurance as a business enterprise.
Southwest United Synagogue Youth and Tyler United Synagogue Youth Records, 1945, 1946, 1960–1970. (10 in.)
Correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks, and artifacts documenting activities and interests of these two organizations, which shared some officers and members.
Texas Jewish Historical Society Records, 1838, 1884–1997. (40 ft. 4 in.)
Records of the organization itself (1979–1996) as well as of events and projects sponsored by the organization, including the research for and publication and promotion of the book, Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, by Ruthe Winegarten. Also included are materials collected by the Society, including family histories and personal papers of various Texas Jewish families and individuals plus information concerning various Texas Jewish groups, organizations, and businesses, documenting Jews in Texas.
Frieda Lindheld Werden Papers, 1968–1991. (21 ft., 7 in.)
Correspondence, research notes, articles, photographs, audio and video tapes, newsletters, journals, and other printed material documenting the career, interests, and activities of Ms. Werden, poet and journalist, editor and publisher, talent agent and performer, feminist and lesbian activist, radio interviewer and producer, with information on Austin and Texas poets, poetry, small-press publishing, avant-garde arts, women and religion (specifically Unitarianism and Judaism), public radio production, the feminist movement, and the homosexual community.
Rosella Horowitz Werlin Papers, 1928–1985. (3 in.)
Correspondence, articles, photographs, and biographical and genealogical information documenting the life of Houston writer Rosella Werlin (b. 1905), active in the Houston and Galveston Jewish communities.
Ruthe Winegarten Papers, 1893, 1951–1995. (108 ft., 2 in.)
Correspondence, classified and research files, galleys, notes, photographs, and other materials relating to the career, literary efforts, interests, and activities of Winegarten, author, speaker, and historian, with information on Texas Jews, women, and African Americans, and related organizations, events, and projects.
Zionist Organization of America, Waco Chapter, Records, 1880–1917, 1927–1933, 1952–1957, 1985–1988. (5 in.)
Account books, minutes, membership lists, printed material, and photocopies of financial documents relating to activities of the organization and of the earlier organization, Association Ezrath Zion, Waco.