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David Bell Papers

Identifier: MS 0868
Finding aid note: Forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives 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

Three BBYO yearbooks and programs and booklets from Congregations Adath Emeth and Beth Yeshurun events and speeches given by Bell document some of the activities David Bell participated in from 1956 to 2023. Of particular interest in the small collection is a 1941 copy of The Golden Book of Adath Yeshurun, which relates an in-depth history of the congregation's first fifty years, including what brought many Jewish people to Texas, the founding of the congregation, membership lists, organizations, and activities.


  • Creation: 1941 - 2023

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 David Bell Collection 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

David Bell is a member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston.

The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) was founded in 1923. BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For over 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. Excerpted from:

Congregation Adath Yeshurun was founded in Houston, TX in 1891, with congregants meeting in private homes in the early years. Circa 1895, a building at Preston and Hamilton was purchased and served the membership until a new, larger building at Jackson and Walker was purchased and dedicated in 1908. In 1946, Adath Yeshurun merged with Beth El to become Beth Yeshurun.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains a copy of The Golden Book of Congregation Adath Yeshurun from 1941 and three B'nai B'rith Youth Organization yearbooks dated 1966 to 2023.


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

Series I: Books

Immediate Source of Acquisition

David Bell donated the materials September 2017.

Related Materials

Alan Lipman (BBYO) Programs, MS 864; B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) Institutional Materials, MS 749; Carolyn Litowich (BBG) Papers, MS 836; Congregation Beth Yeshurun of Houston Records, MS 722

Guide to the David Bell Papers, 1941-2023
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