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Betsy Schreiber papers

Identifier: MS 796
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 wedding invitations, programs, correspondence, a Certificate of Confirmation, a high school diploma, photographs, Sigma Theta Pi memorabilia, and a basketball game ticket documents events from the life of Elizabeth Schreiber and her family from 1897-1996.


  • 1897 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Betsy Schreiber 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

Annie Bleaden was the great grandmother of Betsy Marks Schreiber. She married Louis Silain in March, 1897. Louis changed the spelling of his last name to Seline. They lived in Houston and had four children – Hyman, Gertrude, Dora, and David. The four Seline children lived in Houston all of their lives and many of their descendants still do.

In 1928 Gertrude Seline, the oldest daughter, married Seymour Nathan. Gertrude was born in 1899 and Seymour was born in 1894. In 1930 they had twin daughters, Joanna and Nona Jane Nathan.

Nona Jane married Richard Marks in 1954 in Houston at Westwood Country Club. They had two children, Kenneth and Betsy. Kenneth married Elena Maslia Marks and they have 3 children, Andy, Elliot and Evan. Elliot is an MBA graduate of Rice’s Jones School. Betsy married Edward Schreiber and they have 2 children, Jessica and Emily. Emily works at Rice University as the director of development for the southeastern region of the US.

Gertrude Nathan, born in 1899, set a goal of living in 3 centuries. When the year 2000 arrived she explained to all that 2000 was the final year of the previous century, not the first year of the new century. She died on September 1, 2001 having achieved her goal.


.10 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The collection includes materials from Congregation Beth Israel from 1973-1974, photographs and a diploma from San Jacinto High School, Sigma Theta Pi booklets, photographs, and memorabilia, wedding invitations, correspondence, Sigma Alpha Rho programs, a Houston JCC Basketball ticket, and Holocaust education and service packets.


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

Series I: Beth Israel, Series II: San Jacinto High School, Series III: Sigma Theta Pi, and Series IV: Miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Elizabeth Shreiber donated the papers in January of 2018.
Guide to the Betsy Schreiber papers, 1928-1996
Unprocessed Addenda
Traci Patterson
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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