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Houston Jewish History Archive Records

Identifier: MS 874
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, meeting notes, publicity materials such as event flyers and a brochure, newsletters, and news clippings document the founding of the Houston Jewish History Archive (HJHA) and the activities the group has undertaken since its founding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Of particular interest is a document from the Jewish Studies Program at Rice University outlining the beginning of the HJHA and numerous news clippings recording the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston's Jewish community and the actions taken by the HJHA to save materials after the storm.


  • 2017 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

The material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Houston Jewish History Archive Records 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

The archive was founded as a reaction to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, out of the urgent need to rescue documents and other priceless historical materials related to Jewish life in Houston that were endangered by the flood. Over time, this project developed into a much broader effort: an endeavor to safeguard the legacy of Jews in South Texas and to make the archival records available to the public for research, learning, and enjoyment. The mission of the Houston Jewish History Archive is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the documents, photographs, artifacts, and memories that tell the story of Jewish life in Greater Houston and South Texas.

The Houston Jewish History Archive is a collaborative effort between Rice University's Program in Jewish Studies and the Woodson Research Center (WRC) in the Fondren Library, where the archive is housed.

Dr. Joshua Furman is the founding director of the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice. A native Texan, Dr. Furman grew up in San Antonio. He received his Ph.D in modern Jewish history. from the University of Maryland in 2015. At Rice, Dr. Furman offers courses on Texas Jewish history, the American Jewish immigrant experience, African-American Jewish relations, and Jewish food traditions.

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.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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This collection consists of correspondence, publicity materials, a statement about the founding of the Houston Jewish History Archive (HJHA), meeting materials, newsletters, and news clippings that feature the work the HJHA is doing to preserve materials belonging to individuals and synagogues in the Houston Jewish community following the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.


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

Series I: General

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material collected and donated by Dr. Josh Furman and staff of the WRC beginning in 2017.
Guide to the Houston Jewish History Archive Records, 2017-2018
Traci Patterson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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