University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Beth-El Congregation Records, 1913-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beth-El Congregation (Corsicana, Tex.)
Title: Beth-El Congregation Records
Dates: 1913-1980
Abstract: Comprising meeting minutes, general ledgers, and newspaper clippings, the Beth-El Congregation Records, 1913-1980, document the history of the congregation.
Accession No.: 88-33
Extent: 4 microfilm reels
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In 1900, the Jewish community in Corsicana, Texas, built the Temple Beth-El, a Moorish Revival synagogue. The Beth-El congregation was disbanded in 1981, the same year the Temple Beth-El became a Texas Historical Landmark. The synagogue was restored in the early 1980s and designated a historic site in National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Source: “Temple Beth-El.” City of Corsicana, Texas. Accessed on March 18, 2011.http://www.ci.corsicana.tx.us/departments/parks/templebethel.php


Scope and Contents

Comprising meeting minutes, general ledgers, and newspaper clippings, the Beth-El Congregation Records, 1913-1980, document the history of the congregation. The collection also includes documents concerning the restoration of the Temple Beth-El synagogue in the early 1980s.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Beth-El Congregation (Corsicana, Tex.) -- Archives.
Subjects
Temple Beth-El (Corsicana, Tex.)
Judaism -- United States -- History.
Jews -- Texas -- History.
Places
Corsicana (Tex.) -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Beth-El Congregation Records, 1913-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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Microfilm Minutes, general ledgers, clippings, restoration documents, (4 reels, 2 pos., 2 neg.) 1913-1980