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Gertrude Estelle Denn papers

Identifier: MS 0765
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586. Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive.

Scope and Contents

One box containing news clippings, a dance card, a high school yearbook, programs, and photographs documents events in Gertrude Denn's life, 1938-2002. Of particular interest is a 1940 San Jacinto High School yearbook.


  • Creation: 1938 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 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 Gertrude Estelle Denn 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

Gertrude "Gertie" Rosenzweig was born June 25, 1923, in Houston, Fort Bend County, Texas. She grew up in Houston and attended San Jacinto high school, graduating in 1940. Gertie married Sidney Denn -- a native of Bay City -- on September 1, 1946 at the Rice Hotel in Houston.

She and Sidney moved to New Orleans, Lousiana in Decemeber of 1946 to enable Sidney to work for Gertie's's brother, Leon. The two returned to Bay City the following year, and Sidney went into business with his brothers. Gertie and Sidney had four children: Bernard Ralph, Steven Howard, Brian Alan, and Meyer. She was a "Lifetime" member of Hadassah and volunteered her time as a pianist for many Jewish organizations throughout the area. Sidney and Gertie were members of Shearith Israel Congregation of Wharton, and were charter members of Beth David Center in Bay City.

Gertrude Denn died February 24, 2015 in Houston and is buried in the Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton.

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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News clippings, a dance card, reunion and senior class night programs, a high school yearbook, and photographs record events in Gertrude Denn's life - predominantly in the 1940s.


The materials in this collection have been arranged in six series as follows: Series I: Artifacts; Series II: Books; Series III: News Clippings; Series IV: Newsletters; Series V: Photographs; Series VI: Programs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Meyer Denn donated the papers in March 2018.

Guide to the Gertrude Estelle Denn papers, 1938-2002
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