University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1921-1942



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Werlin, Jacob B., 1877-1945
Title: Werlin, Jacob B., Papers
Dates: 1921-1942
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 2002-177
Extent: 1 1/2 ft.
Language: Materials are written in Hebrew and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

Glassman, Leo M., ed. Biographical Encyclopaedia of American Jews. "Werlin, Jacob Baer." New York: Maurice Jacobs, 1935.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Donor maintains copyright of unpublished materials.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Werlin, Jacob B., 1877-1945 -- Archives
Subjects
Agriculture -- Economic Aspects
Jews -- Texas -- Houston
Zionism -- Texas
Places
Houston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Related Material

See also Marcelle Maier Werlin Oral History

See also Joella Werlin Papers

See also Rosella Werlin Papers


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1921-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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

 

Inventory:

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2.325/G134 Papers
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2.325/M88b Manuscripts