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Croft/Wunsch family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 752
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center. Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, awards and citations, photographs, scrapbooks, news clippings, newsletters, meeting minutes, and marketing and event materials document, primarily, the lives of the Croft and Kaplan families between the years 1931 and 2000, and the Wunsch family to a lesser degree. Of particular interest are letters written from Ida Kaplan Croft to her husband, Louis, during World War II, as well as numerous photographs spanning sixty years.

Dates

  • 1931 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Croft/Wunsch 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

Both Louis Croft and his future wife, Ida Sylvia Kaplan, were born June 23, 1918, in Houston Texas. The two married February 9, 1941. Mr. Croft enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 11, 1942, and served for the duration of World War II. The couple had three children: Harry, Rochelle, and Steven. Louis and Ida Croft died October 25, 1992, and February 23, 2006, repectively. Both are interred at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston.

Abraham (Abe) Croft -- Louis Croft's younger brother -- was born May 12, 1920, in Houston. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he was named to the College Football All-America Team in 1944. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears and played in 11 games over the 1944 and 1945 seasons. Abe Croft died December 1, 1972 and is interred at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston.

Rochelle Faye Croft was born August 7, 1948, in Houston. She married Lee Richard Wunsch on March 25, 1979.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 1 folder in map drawer)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Croft/Wunsch family papers include correspondence, awards and citations, photographs, scrapbooks, news clippings, newsletters, meeting minutes, and marketing and event materials that document, primarily, the lives of the Croft and Kaplan families, and to a lesser degree, members of the Wunsch family.

Arrangement

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

Series I: Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas; Series II: Books/Scrapbooks; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: Event Materials; Series V: Financial Materials; Series VI: Marketing Materials; Series VII: Meeting Materials; Series VIII: Memorabilia; Series IX: News Clippings; Series X: Newsletters; Series XI: Oversized Materials; Series XII: Photographic Materials; Series XIII: Speeches

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lee & Rochelle Croft Wunsch donated the material in May 2018.
Title
Guide to the Croft/Wunsch family papers, 1931-2000
Status
Unprocessed Addenda
Author
Traci Patterson
Date
2018-10-29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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