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Bennet L. "Bill" Blumberg scrapbook collection

Identifier: MS 0809
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The Bennet L. "Bill" Blumberg scrapbook collection is made up of two scrapbooks and a hard-backed certificate, the “Dollar ‘Bill’ Award.” The materials are in good condition, and range in date from 1940 to 1974. Researchers interested in the daily family lives of Jewish community members in Houston, or the Blumberg family in particular, would find the small collection insightful.


  • Creation: 1940s, 1974


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Bennet L. "Bill" Blumberg scrapbook collection 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

Born June 6, 1920 in New York to Samuel and Helen Blumberg, Bennet Leroy “Bill” Blumberg met his wife Helen Levinson while she was teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. The two married in 1944 while Bill was serving as a navigator in the Army Air Corps, and moved to New York after the birth of their daughter, Joan. In 1948, the family moved to Bellaire, where their second child Gary was born.

Bill worked in advertising while Helen raised the children at home. In her free time, Helen volunteered at the Texas Children’s Hospital, a practice she continued for more than 50 years. She also served in the Sisterhood of Congregation Emanu El and was on the Congregation’s board of trustees. Bill passed away on August 25, 1981 when Helen was 58, and was buried in Emanu El Memorial Park.


0.75 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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The Bennet L. "Bill" Blumberg scrapbook collection is made up of one award and two scrapbooks containing photographs and news-clippings depicting the lives of Bill Blumberg, his wife Helen, and their family.


The materials are arranged in two series as follows:

Series I: Scrapbooks

Series II: Awards

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Joshua Furman purchased the collection materials in 2018.

Guide to the Bennet L. "Bill" Blumberg scrapbook collection, 1940-1974
Gabby Parker
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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