Permission to publish material from the Jay Geller family photos 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.
The Jay Geller family papers contain black-and-white photographs of family members related to Jay Geller, including his father Isaac Meyer, aunts Leah Ramati and Shifra Ben-Zvi, great-uncles Rabbi Max Geller and Sam Geller (the latter married to Rose Geller) , and his great-great-grandfather Rabbi Jacob Geller. A family tree depicting the relationships between family members in the collection can be found in the control folder.
Born in Galicia where he received his rabbinical training, Rabbi Jacob Geller, came to the United States in 1892 to lead the Orthodox community of Galveston. While there he organized the Hebrew Orthodox Benevolent Association and dedicated a synagogue built by the Young Men's Hebrew Association. In 1910 he moved to Houston and became the rabbi of the Adath Israel Congregation. With his wife, Sarah Wittes Geller, he fathered four sons and four daughters, including Samuel Geller (featured in the collection), Harry Judah Geller (great-grandfather to Jay Geller, who donated the materials), and Rabbi Max Geller, who went on to make his own mark on the Jewish religious community.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
The materials are arranged by date in a single series, as follows:
Series I: Photographs