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Ehrenkranz / Wertheimer Family Papers

Identifier: MS 0998
Finding aid note: Forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586. Allow 24-hours to recall boxes from offsite.

Scope and Contents

One box containing certificates, invitations, programs, news clippings, immigration paperwork, and photographs documents the lives and activities of the Ehrenkranz / Wertheimer family from 1910 to 1990.

This collection forms part of the South Texas Jewish Archives.


  • Creation: 1910 - 1986

Conditions Governing Access

The collection 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 Ehrenkranz/Wertheimer 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

Rochel "Rose" Ginsberg immigrated from Russia to the United States in 1910 at the age of 16. Rose was the eldest of ten children and arrived before the rest of her family. The plan was that once she was established the rest of the family would join her as they could. She had experience as a seamstress and found work in a New York City sweatshop. Her only family connection in the U.S. was her cousin, Ida Goldberg, who lived in Houston, Texas. Rose eventually moved to Houston. Rose lost both parents and all her siblings, with the exception of two sisters, during the Holocaust.

Baruch Nissimovich immigrated to Galveston in 1911 after escaping from the Romanian Army. Baruch's name was changed to Ben Newman after he arrived in Galveston.

Rose and Ben married in Houston in 1919 where they became merchants. In the 1920s the couple and their two sons migrated to Sycamore, Illinois, after the KKK began targeting Jewish-owned businesses. While in Illinois, the couple had a daughter, Marion. The family returned to Houston in the 1940s.

Rose and Ben's daughter, Marion, married Henry Ehrenkranz and the couple had three children, including Mindy Ehrenkranz.

Mindy married Miles Wertheimer in Houston on June 10th, 1990.

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1.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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The collection contains certificates, invitations, programs, news clippings, immigration paperwork, and photographs, which document the lives and activities of the Ehrenkranz / Wertheimer family from 1910 to 1990.


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

Series I: General; Series II: Oversize

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Mindy Wertheimer, October 2021.

Guide to the Ehrenkranz / Wertheimer Family Papers, 1910-1986
Grace Stewart
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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