University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bernard Rapoport Oral History Collection, 1993-



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rapoport, Bernard, 1917-
Title: Rapoport, Bernard, Oral History Collection
Dates: 1993
Abstract: Comprising 28 audiocassette tapes, the Bernard Rapoport Oral History Collection, 1993, documents the experiences and opinions of Bernard Rapoport as well as his family, friends, and colleagues concerning labor unions, the Democratic Party, Rapoport's philanthropic endeavors and foundation, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, and his company, American Income Life Insurance Company.
Accession No.: 1993
Extent: 28 audiocassette tapes
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Bernard Rapoport was born in 1917 in San Antonio, Texas. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1939 with a degree in economics. In 1951 he founded the American Income Life Insurance Company in Waco, serving as chair and CEO of the company. This success in business led him to receive the 1999 Horatio Alger Award of Distinguished Americans, given to those who succeed despite adversity.

A former University of Texas System regent, 1993-1997, and major contributor to the university, Rapoport is widely known for his philanthropy and dedication to social justice, education, the Democratic Party, and the State of Israel. Rapoport has been active in numerous organizations such as the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the National Hispanic Center for Advanced Studies and Policy Analysis, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the Texas Observer, the United Negro College Fund, and the Jerusalem Foundation. Furthermore, he and his wife Audre founded the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation in 1987 with their personal contribution of $47 million. The foundation supports education, the arts, Jewish causes, participation in democracy, and health and human services organizations.

In 2002, Rapoport and Don Carleton published the memoir Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience (Austin: University of Texas Press).


Scope and Contents

Comprising 28 audiocassette tapes, the Bernard Rapoport Oral History Collection, 1993, documents the experiences and opinions of Bernard Rapoport as well as his family, friends, and colleagues. The audiotapes, July-October 1993, consist of eleven interviews conducted by Barbara Griffith and Don E. Carleton of the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for American History with Rapoport, Idel B. McLanathan, Hank Brown, Ray Marshall, and Fred Schmidt, among others. The interviews discuss Rapoport’s involvement in labor unions, the Democratic Party, his philanthropic endeavors and foundation, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, and his company, American Income Life Insurance Company.


 

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:
  • I. Copies
  • II. Masters [Restricted]

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

For preservation purposes, the audiocassette masters are restricted. Copies are provided for patron use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rapoport, Bernard, 1917- -- Archives.
Rapoport family.
McLanathan, Idel Rapoport Bruckman, 1920-2011
Brown, H. S. (Hank)
Marshall, F. Ray
Schmidt, Fred H.
Schmidt, Sonia
Hill, Forest G. (Forest Garrett), 1919-
Sale, Jim
Friedsam, H. J.
Friedsam, Reva
Mullinax, Otto B., 1912-2000
Hay, Jess
Terrell, Charles, 1938-
Subjects (Organizations)
American Income Life Insurance Company.
Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation.
University of Texas System. Board of Regents.
University of Texas at Austin.
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Subjects
Philanthropists -- Texas.
Insurance -- United States.
Insurance -- Texas.
Labor unions -- United States.
Politics -- United States.
Places
Waco (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Texas -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Relations -- Israel.

Related Material

See also the Bernard Rapoport Papers.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bernard Rapoport Oral History Collection, 1993, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection is currently undergoing processing by Laurel Rozema, Rapoport Project Archivist.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 
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2x69b Audiocassettes:
Copies:
Bernard Rapoport, Waco, TX, interviewed by Don E. Carleton and Barbara Griffith, July 13, 1993
Fred and Sonia Schmidt, Fredericksburg, TX, September 9, 1993
[two tapes]
Dr. Forest Hill, Austin, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, September 13, 1993
Jim Sale, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 6, 1993
Ray Marshall, Austin, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 8, 1993
Hank Brown, San Antonio, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 12, 1993
[two tapes]
Hiram and Vera [Reva] Friedsam, Denton, TX, October 18, 1993
Otto Mullinax, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 18, 1993
[two tapes]
Dr. Idel B. McLanathan, San Antonio, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 21, 1993
Jess Hay, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 27, 1993
Charles Terrell, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, includes business card as Chairman of the Board for Unimark Insurance Agencies, October 27, 1993
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2x69c Masters: [Restricted]
Bernard Rapoport, Waco, TX, interviewed by Don E. Carleton and Barbara Griffith, July 13, 1993
Fred and Sonia Schmidt, Fredericksburg, TX, September 9, 1993
[two tapes]
Dr. Forest Hill, Austin, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, September 13, 1993
Jim Sale, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 6, 1993
Ray Marshall, Austin, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 8, 1993
Hank Brown, San Antonio, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 12, 1993
[two tapes]
Hiram and Vera [Reva] Friedsam, Denton, TX, October 18, 1993
Otto Mullinax, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 18, 1993
[two tapes]
Dr. Idel B. McLanathan, San Antonio, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 21, 1993
Jess Hay, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, October 27, 1993
Charles Terrell, Dallas, TX, interviewed by Barbara Griffith, includes business card as Chairman of the Board for Unimark Insurance Agencies, October 27, 1993