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Schlanger Family papers

Identifier: MS 0863
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. 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.

Scope and Contents

Certificates, correspondence, news clippings/newsletters, a photograph, a program, and an interview transcript document the lives of members of the Schlanger family and their involvement in the Houston Jewish Community from 1937-1985. Of particular interest is Daniel Schlanger's City of Houston Normal and High School Diploma from 1919. The collection also contains a sealed copy of the Jewish Herald Voice from 1973.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1985

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 Schlanger 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 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

Daniel Schlanger was born in Houston, Texas, on 22 January 1902, to Louis Nathan Schlanger and Hinda Schlanger after emigrating from Germany. He grew up in Houston and, following graduation in May of 1919 from the City of Houston Normal and High School, he attended University of Texas Law School. Daniel practiced law in Houston and was a senior partner at Schlanger, Cook and Cohn. Daniel was very active in the Houston Jewish Community, serving as president of the Jewish Community Center, Southern Region National Jewish Welfare Board, Jewish Community Council, Temple Beth El, and Jewish Home for the Aged.

Rella Greenberg was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 8 July 1908, to Samuel Charles (S.C.) and Katie Greenberg. Rella's family emigrated from Russia to Pittsburgh, where the family would later own a retail store. The family moved to Texas to pursue the oil business. Daniel and Rella met while Daniel was working as the Greenberg's lawyer. Rella and Daniel married 26 May 1937, at Congregation Beth El in Houston. They had one son, Lee Schlanger, born 4 April 1940.

Daniel Schlanger died on 31 January 1973, and Rella Schlanger died on 28 September 1995. Both are buried at Emanu El Memorial Park.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folder in map drawer)

Language of Materials



This collection is made up of one box containing correspondence, photographs, news clippings, certificates, newsletters, and programs from the Schlanger Family, spanning from 1937-1985.


The materials in this collection have been arranged in five series as follows: Series I: Certificates; Series II: Correspondence; Series III: Newspaper/Newsletters; Series IV: Photographs; Series V: Programs; Series VI: Transcripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lee Schlanger donated the papers in May of 2019.

Guide to the Schlanger Family Papers, 1937-1985
Rebecca Topper
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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