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Berman Family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 750
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence; certificates of military service, public school attendance, marriage, and training; news clippings and part of a newsletter; a conference program; genealogy materials; and photographs of family, friends, and events document the history and activities of members of the Berman family from 1942 to 2011. Of particular interest are the numerous photographs of Dave Berman througout his life from childhood to middle age, including photos of his activities with the B.I.C. Club.

Dates

  • 1942 - 2011

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Berman 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

Louis Berman and Ethel “Ettie” Kornweiser were born January 16, 1884, and July 30, 1889, respectively, in Slonim, Grodno Region, Poland in what is today Belarus. The two immigrated to the United States through New York in July 1905, eventually settling in Houston where Louis was a brick layer by trade. They were married June 9, 1907, and had nine children: Philip, David, Fanny, Rosalie, Joseph, Dorothy, Morris, Abraham, and Hymie, all born in Houston, with the exception of Philip who was born in Pennsylvania. Louis was a bricklayer by trade. Louis died May 27, 1951, and Ettie on March 22, 1977. Both are interred at Adath Israel Cemetery in Houston.

Louis and Ettie’s son, David “Dave” Berman, was born October 15, 1909 in Houston. Anna Sohmers was born in Poland in 1915 and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1923. She and Dave were married in March of 1932 and had three children: Morton, Bernard, and Ida Sue. The family were members of Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston. When he was young, Dave was a member of the B.I.C. Club, which is said to stand for the Hebrew words meaning “Mighty Men of Israel.” The club was organized in 1932 by young Jewish men interested in maintaining Jewish social contacts and enjoying athletic activities. Dave died October 8, 1969 and Anna on March 14, 2002 and both are interred at Brookside Memorial Park.

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The collection includes one box of correspondence; certificates of military service, public school attendance, marriage, and training; news clippings and part of a newsletter; a conference program; genealogy materials; and numerous photographs of family, friends, and events which document the history and activities of members of the Berman family from 1942 to 2011.

Arrangement

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

Series I: Books; Series II: Certificates; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: Genealogy materials; Series V: News Clippings/Newsletters; Series VI: Photographs; Series VII: Programs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ida Sue Abramson and Morton Berman donated the papers in April 2018 and February 2018, respectively.
Title
Guide to the Berman Family papers, 1942-2011
Status
Completed
Author
Traci Patterson
Date
2018-02-27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

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

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