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Sol B. Weiner Papers

Identifier: MS 913
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored on-site at the Woodson Research Center in a small manuscript collection.

Content Description

One folder consisting of an event program, photographs, and a photocopy from Beth Yeshurun's newsletter, The Message, documents a few events in the life of Sol B. Weiner from 1960 to 1985.


  • 1960 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored on-site at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Sol B. Weiner 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

Sol Bernard Weiner was born in Houston to Isador and Esther Weiner on December 27, 1926. Sol was a community leader, philanthropist, and successful businessman as President and owner of Weiner's Department Stores. For fifty years, he led the firm which his father founded in 1924 to expand to 158 locations in four states with over 3,500 employees. Weiner's was considered one of the largest family owned apparel firms in the United States and was in business for 75 years. Sol was active in the Jewish Community and served as Vice President of Congregation Beth Yeshurun from 1958-1961 and was the youngest President of Congregation Beth Yeshurun (1961-1962) when the congregation built their current synagogue on Beechnut. He was responsible for selling the old synagogue on Southmore and finding and negotiating the land for their present site. He was the youngest chairman of Israeli Bonds (1956), President of the Jewish Federation for two years, and three-time Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal. In 1985 he was honored by the National Council of Christians and Jews for his lifetime of community service. He served on the national board of directors for the National Conference of Christians and Jews and was instrumental in building the I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School. He served in the Navy from 1944-1946 and graduated from the University of Houston in January 1948. Sol married Annette Rosenthal in 1949 and the couple had five daughters: Debby, Linda, Susan, Sharla, and Joan. Sol died in Houston on August 15, 2002. He is buried at Beth Yeshurun-Post Oak Cemetery.

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.10 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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The collection consists of one folder consisting of an event program, photographs, and a photocopy from Beth Yeshurun's newsletter, The Message, documents a few events in the life of Sol B. Weiner from 1960 to 1985.


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

Series I: General

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sharla Stark donated the materials in October 2019.
Guide to the Sol B. Weiner Papers, 1960-1985
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