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Pryzant Family Papers

Identifier: MS 0716
Finding aid note: Forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center in small manuscripts.

Scope and Contents

A family reunion booklet, family history materials, a diploma, cemetery deed, and photographs document the lives of members of the Pryzant family from 1920 to 1994.


  • 1920 - 1994

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open for research.

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Pryzant Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library. The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Rebecca Kaminsky (1864-1940) married Benje Zion Yalchuk and had one child, Hessie. After Benje died, Rebecca married Sanuel Chaskin and had three children, Ida, Izzy, and Abe. Hessie was adopted by Samuel and took the name Hessie Yalchuk-Chaskin.

Hershel Mirochnik (Harry Miron) immigrated to the United States from Russia (Ukraine) in 1913, followed by his wife, Hessie in 1914, along with their four children: Sam, Dorothy, Frieda, Jacob. A son named Bernard was born around 1907 and died in 1909 before the couple immigrated. Harry and Hessie had five more children after arriving in the United States: Simon, Ruth, Goldie, Nathan and Molly.

Nathan Morris Pryzant was born April 17, 1923, to Joseph and Annie (Wilkenfeld) Pryzant. Molly Miron (1928-1960) married Nathan (1923-1998) in 1948. The couple had four children: Peggy, Nancy, Joey, and Connie.


.10 Linear Feet (1 folder, 1 map-drawer)

Language of Materials



Family history materials, photographs, a diploma, and a cemetery deed document the lives of members of the Pryzant family from 1920 to 1994.


The materials in this collection have been arranged in one series as follows:

Series I: General

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Nancy Pryzant Picus in January 2018.

Related Materials

The following collections contain materials for descendants of Rebecca Kaminsky: MS 750, Berman Family Papers; MS 839, Miron / Berman Family Papers; MS 919, Chaskin / Hecht Family Papers
Guide to the Pryzant Family Papers, 1920-1994
Traci Patterson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA