A Guide to the Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1921-1942
Born to Elijah and Bas-Sheva (Polsky) Werlin (or Werlinsky) near Kiev, Russia, accountant and author Jacob Baer Werlin (1877-1945) was educated in Hebrew schools and by private tutors. After moving to Houston, Texas, he became a vocal advocate of the Zionist movement, serving as Secretary of the Texas and Louisiana Zionist Federation and writing "The National Contingent Liability Plan" (1919), which proposed self-taxation of American Jews for Jewish national purposes. Additionally, he authored The Farmer's General Diary and Record, an annual cost system of farming, and The Tides and Pilots of Zionism: A Historical Sketch of Political Zionism (1940) as well as essays on Jewish issues and general topics. In 1898, Werlin married Sarah Chaasky with whom he had at least five children.
Glassman, Leo M., ed. Biographical Encyclopaedia of American Jews. "Werlin, Jacob Baer." New York: Maurice Jacobs, 1935.
Correspondence, clippings, research, essays and manuscripts, and photographs compose the Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1921-1942, documenting his work as an author and Zionist in Houston, Texas. Essays and manuscripts, including drafts and final works, address issues of economics, Judaism, and agriculture. Correspondence, clippings, and research concern his writings and Zionist activism. Unidentified portrait photographs, possibly of Werlin, portray a group of young men and a middle-aged man.
Donor maintains copyright of unpublished materials.
Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1921-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
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