This collection contains issues of the Jewish Herald-Voice, as well as related correspondence, newsprint and articles, photographs, and a Directory of Jewish Organizations published by the Herald-Voice. The materials are in good condition, and range in date from 1928 to 2008. The correspondence is from the earlier years, and primarily detail exchanges between Rabbi Harry Cohen and William M. Nathan. The majority of the photographs depict graduating classes from Houston Jewish Schools, circa 1985.
The collection would be useful for researchers interested in historical snapshots of the Houston Jewish community—-the issues it faced and the interests it took—-provided by the special issues of the paper. Researchers might also look into local Jewish Organizations (provided by the Directory) and members of different congregations or schools (many of the photographs, though undated, are labelled with the names of the graduating classes) and prominent figures in the Jewish Community, such as Rabbi Cohen. Unfortunately, the collection lacks a larger range of Herald-Voice issues, containing only annual magazines from different year’s editions put out for Passover and Rosh Hashanah.
Permission to publish material from the Jewish Herald-Voice 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.
Owned by Jeanne F. Samuels and Vicki Samuels Levy, the Jewish Herald-Voice is the longest-running Jewish newspaper in the Southwest and one of the oldest in the United States. In 1908, when Houston's population was around 75,000, the Texas Jewish Herald (later, the Jewish Herald-Voice) became the first subscription weekly newspaper for its 1,000-member Jewish community.
The Herald-Voice covers international, national and local news affecting the lives of Houston and Texas Gulf Coast Jewish residents, reporting on important events, community happenings and life-cycle announcements. Besides printing a newspaper every Thursday, the Jewish Herald also publishes plus five annual magazines - for Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Wedding Planner, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planner and "VOICES in Houston," a magazine for Jewish living.
0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
The materials in the collection have been arranged in five series, as follows:
Series I: Issues of the Jewish Herald-Voice;
Series II: Correspondence;
Series III: Newsprint and Articles;
Series IV: Publications;
Series V: Photographs
All content is arranged by date except for the photographs, which are alphebatized by subject.
Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository