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Plumb Family Papers

Identifier: MS 1077
Finding aid note: Forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives

Scope and Contents

The Plumb Family Papers contain materials from 1968 to 2015 including bulletins, programs, committee and board of trustees documents, correspondence, directories, yearbooks, worksheets, calendars, financial records, books, reports, proposals, speeches and personal notes. Many papers relate to Dr. Richard Plumb’s involvement in the Houston Jewish Community, particularly as President of Temple Emanu El. Materials from Temple Emanu El include board of trustees directories, reports and committee projects. The materials are in good condition and would be ideal for researchers interested in the Houston Jewish community, particularly in the administration of Congregation Emanu El.

Forms part of the Joan and Standford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives.


  • Creation: 1968 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center and requires 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Plumb Family 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 material are restricted by 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

Dr. Richard Plumb was born in Russia in 1931. After moving to the United States, he grew up in Dallas and Washington D.C. He worked as a Pediatrician in Houston, Texas for over 50 years and served as the President of Congregation Emanu El. Dr. Plumb passed away on May 9, 2019.

Steven Plumb was born in 1959 to Dr. Richard Plumb and Lois Rae (Utay) Plumb. Steven married Tamar Borosh in 1985 in Houston, Texas.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is made up of two boxes containing bulletins and programs, committee and board documents, correspondence, directories and yearbooks, financial records, publications, and writings from Steven Plumb ranging from 1968 to 2015.


The materials of this collection have been arranged in seven series as follows: Series I: Bulletins and Programs; Series II: Committees and Board; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: Directories and Yearbooks; Series V: General; Series VI: Publications; Series VII: Writings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Steven Plumb donated the papers in September of 2023.

Guide to the Plumb Family Papers, 1968-2015
Ally Godsil
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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