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South Texas Jewish Archives Oral History Collection

Identifier: MS 0976
Finding aid note: Forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives. The collection is located online in the Woodson Research Center Digital Collections:

Scope and Contents

Audio and video oral history interviews and transcripts conducted by staff of the South Texas Jewish Archives document the lives and activities of the Jewish community in Texas. Interviews were conducted between 2018 and 2023.

Forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives.


  • Creation: 2018 - 2023


Conditions Governing Access

The materials is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the South Texas Jewish Archives Oral History 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

The Houston Jewish History Archives (HJHA) 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 archive was renamed the Joan and Stanford South Texas Jewish Archives (STJA) in 2023. The mission of the STJA 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 STJA is a collaborative effort between Rice University's Program in Jewish Studies and the Woodson Research Center (WRC) in Fondren Library, where the archive is housed.The STJA oral history project was expanded during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Joshua Furman was 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. Excerpted from:


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Language of Materials



The is a digital collection of oral history interviews conducted as part of the South Texas Jewish Archives.


The materials in this collection have been arranged in one series as follows: Series I: Oral history interviews and transcripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Each interviewee signed a consent form donating their interviews to Rice and gave permission to place the content online in Fondren Library's digital repository.

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Guide to the South Texas Jewish Archives Oral History Collection, 2018-2023
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