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Jewish Herald-Voice Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 781
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1928 - 2008

Creator

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 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.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains issues of the Jewish Herald-Voice, as well as related correspondence, newsprint and articles, photographs, and a Directory of Jewish Organizations showcasing different aspects of the Jewish community and smaller groups that make it up. "Representing the great and powerful diversity of [the Houston and Texas Gulf Coast Jewish communities,] the Herald unites many thoughts in its weekly pages" (Newspaper owners Samuels and Levy).

Arrangement

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were donated by Jeanne F. Samuels and Vicki Samuels Levy in May and June of 2018.
Title
Guide to the Jewish Herald-Voice Papers, 1928-2008
Status
Completed
Author
Gabby Parker
Date
2018-01-18
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