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Geller Family Papers

Identifier: MS 768
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center in small collection. Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive.

Scope and Contents

One folder of photographs and a newsletter document family members of Harriet Katzeff from the years, 1900-1988. Of particular interest are photographs of Rabbi Jacob Geller and Rabbi Max Geller.


  • 1900 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored on site at the Woodson Research Center in small collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Geller Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Reasearch Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that the 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

Rabbi Jacob Geller was born in Galicia and received his rabbinical training there, becoming rabbi of the orthodox community of Galveston in 1892. While there he organized the Hebrew Orthodox Benevolent Association and dedicated a synagogue built by the Young Men's Hebrew Association. He served there for eighteen years, coming to Houston in 1910 to serve as rabbi of the Adath Israel congregation. He was elected for life tenure in November of 1929. He died February 10, 1930 at 67 years of age, survived by his wife Mrs. Sarah Geller, eight children: Harry Geller, Samuel Geller, Abram L. Geller, Rabbi Max Geller, Mrs. Jacob Leff and Miss Esther Geller, Mrs. Goldie Minkes, and Mrs. Leah Gordon.

Rabbi Max Geller was born May 27, 1886 in Galveston County, Texas and served as the rabbi of congregation Beth Jacob for a number of years. In 1934, he was unanimously re-elected by the Congregation Adath Israel to serve as spiritual leader for a period of ten years. The first native Texan to become an orthodox Jewish minister, Rabbi Geller was also active in civic and philanthropic affairs of the community. He died on July 11, 1966 at 70 years of age.


.10 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains photographs of the Geller family and a United Jewish Appeal newsletter that document the family members of Harriet Katzeff, 1900-1988.


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

Series I: Newsletters; Series II: Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Harriet Katzeff donated the papers in July 2018.

Related Materials

Book sent to cataloging: Mazkeres Ahavah
Guide to the Geller Family Papers, 1900-1988
Emma Siegel, Traci Patterson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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