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Frances Wasserman Endowment bookplate

The Frances Wasserman Endowment in Memory of Dr. Harry Wasserman was approved by the Board of Regents in 1993. The endowment was established by Mrs. Frances Wasserman and Mr. Nathan I. Snyder in memory of Mrs. Wasserman's husband, Dr. Harry Wasserman. Mr. Snyder is Dr. Wasserman's nephew. Investment proceeds from the Frances Wasserman Endowment are used to support the purchase of Judaica, Hebraica, and Yiddica materials for University of Texas Libraries collections.

Harry Wasserman was born in Russia in 1900 and came to the United States as a boy. Frances Wasserman was born in Boston in 1901 where she received her early education and later attended business school. For many years following their marriage in 1923 they were haberdashers and worked together in their business. Later Mr. Wasserman became a Doctor of Podiatry and had an office practice in Boston. Dr. Wasserman died in 1953. Mrs. Wasserman worked in the United States Civil Service until her retirement in 1971.

Nathan I. Snyder is the Hebrew Studies Bibliographer in the University of Texas Libraries, a position he has held since 1980. Through Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Wasserman became aware of the strong collections in Judaica, Hebraica, and Yiddica in the library and the University's and library's interests in further development of these collections.