Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. Health and Well-being, 1956-2008 and undated

2. Volunteer Work, 1958-2008

3. Education and Teaching, 1962-2008 and undated

4. Personal Files, 1950-2008 and undated

Unprocessed materials

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Esther Vexler Papers, 1950-2008 (bulk 1964-1980)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vexler, Esther, 1918-
Title: Esther Vexler Papers
Dates: 1950-2008
Bulk Dates: 1964-1980
Creator Abstract: Esther Vexler, a native of San Antonio, is a yoga instructor and community volunteer. Esther Vexler did volunteer work with Jewish charities and was the first female president of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. She also worked with the League of Women Voters and the Child Guidance Clinic, amongst others.
Content Abstract: Includes correspondence, memoranda, advertisements, clippings, newsletters, and reports; also included are meeting minutes, agendas, organizational lists, coursework, and Vexler's master's thesis.
Identification: MS 81
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (7 Boxes) + 2 oversize folders
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Esther Vexler, a native of San Antonio, is a yoga instructor, and community volunteer. Vexler was born Esther Scharlack in 1918 and was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1936 and studied modern dance at Mills College before graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English. She returned to San Antonio where she met and married Harold Vexler. They had three children: two sons and a daughter.

Esther Vexler did volunteer work with Jewish charities and was the first female president of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. She also worked with the League of Women Voters and the Child Guidance Clinic. In 1963, John F. Kennedy invited her to Washington, D.C. to attend a meeting on civil rights and women’s roles. The next year she was named a "Headliner" in the San Antonio Express-News. In 1972, Vexler received her master's degree in urban studies from Trinity University and became the executive director of the Community Housing Development.

In her later years, Vexler has focused more on yoga. Teaching yoga since 1968, she is a Founding Partner at San Antonio Yoga Synergy studio. She teaches yoga classes for senior citizens at the Association for Learning in Retirement. In 2007, Vexler’s former students established the Esther Vexler School of Yoga in her honor.

Sources:

Fisher, Mary M. "A Woman of Position". San Antonio Express-News, undated.

"Texas Yoga Retreat, Presenters 2007". Texas Yoga. Accessed May 12, 2008 from http://www.texasyoga.com/presenters2007.htm#EstherVexler.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1950 through 2008 (with the bulk of the materials dating 1960-1980). Most of the material covers her role as a volunteer but also documents her personal life and interest in yoga and well-being. The collection is divided into four series: Health and Well-being Collection, Volunteer Work, Education and Teaching, and Personal Files.

The Health and Well-being series document Esther Vexler's interests with organizations related to mental health as well as physical health. The series is comprised of advertisements, clippings, articles, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, and reports.

The Volunteer Work series documents the organizations in which Esther Vexler has been actively involved, including the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, the Association of Learning in Retirement, and the National Council of Jewish Women. The series is comprised of meeting minutes, agendas, and committee lists from the various organizations with which she has worked.

The Education and Teaching series includes material on yoga classes and seminars taught by Esther Vexler, as well as coursework completed by Vexler.

The Personal Files series contains biographical material on Esther Vexler, a book written by Vexler entitled Missing You: Letters of Remembrance, correspondence, including assorted cards and invitations, newspaper and magazine articles, and material related to her family. Also included are clippings related to Esther Vexler, her family, and the community.

Return to the Table of Contents


 

Organization of Collection

Series 1. Health and Well-being
Series 2. Volunteer Work
Series 3. Education and Teaching
Series 4. Personal Files

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

Personal Names
Vexler, Esther, 1918-
Organizations
Association of Learning in Retirement (San Antonio, Tex.)
Child Guidance Clinic (San Antonio, Tex.)
Jewish Federation of San Antonio (San Antonio, Tex.)
League of Women Voters (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
Jewish women--Texas--San Antonio.
Jews--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Child advocacy--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Civil rights--Texas--San Antonio.
Women political activists--Texas.
Yoga.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Memorandums.
Clippings.
Greeting cards.
Minutes.
Reports.
Agendas.
Newsletters.
Advertisements.
Invitations.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Healthcare/Health Issues
Jewish Organizations
Women

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

Related collections available at the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections include the National Council of Jewish Women, San Antonio Section Records (MS 50) .

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Esther Vexler Papers, MS 81, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Esther Vexler, 1997-2008 (Acc. 1997-033, 1999-012, 2001-042, 2008-042).

Processing Information

Processed by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, May 2008, June 2008, and November 2008.

Return to the Table of Contents


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. Health and Well-being, 1956-2008 and undated

Materials document Esther Vexler's activities in organizations related to health and mental health. The series is comprised of advertisements, clippings, articles, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, and reports.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 1 Advertisements, undated
2 Clippings and articles, 1970 and undated
3 Correspondence and memorandums, 1965-1970 and undated
4 Newsletters, June 1970
5 Reports, 1964 and undated
Box Folder
3 1-2 Assorted mental health organizations, 1956-2008 and undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

2. Volunteer Work, 1958-2008

The Volunteer Work series documents the organizations in which Esther Vexler has been actively involved. The series is comprised of meeting minutes, agendas, and committee lists from the various organizations with which she has worked.
National Council of Jewish Women, 1963-1965, 2000, and undated
Box Folder
1 8 Jewish Social Service Federation, June 1965
11 Public Affairs, 1963-1965 and undated
12 Correspondence, 1963-1964 and undated
13 Fact sheet - National Council of Jewish Women, 1964-1965
14 Minutes, 1964-1965
15 Newsletter (Houston), 1963
16 Notes, undated
17 Outreach material, 1964-1965 and undated
18 Report on Houston section, March 16, 1964
19 Rummage sale, 1964
20 Texas Historical Commission, 2000 and undated
27 National Council of Jewish Women conference planning, 1958-1969
28 Jewish organizations, 1958-2007
Box Folder
2 1-3 Jewish organizations, 1970-2007
Other organizations, 1958-2008 and undated
Box Folder
1 6 Community Welfare Council, 1964-1965
7 Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, November 12-13, 1964
9 League of Women Voters of the United States, 1964-1965
10 National Association of Housing and Development Officials, October 26, 1964
21 Texas Social Welfare Association, 1965 and undated
22 Texas United Community Services Inc., undated
23 Woman's Pavilion for HemisFair, 1968
24 Certificates, 1958-2002 and undated
25 Correspondence, 1966-2008 and undated
26 90th bithday donation acknowledgements, 2007-2008
Box Folder
2 4 KLRN, 1977 and 2003-2008
5 San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame nomination, 1987-2000
6 Urban Development, 1970-1971, 2004-2005, and undated
7 Youth/Education related, 1960-1972, 1988, and undated
8 Assorted organizations, 1965-1990, 2001-2008, and undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

3. Education and Teaching, 1962-2008 and undated

Includes written material from classes attended by Vexler and her master's thesis, as well as material on yoga classes and seminars taught by Esther Vexler.
Arranged in two subseries: Education and Teaching and Yoga Classes and Seminars.
Coursework, 1962-1971, 1994, and undated
Box Folder
3 3 Thesis, 1972
4 Written assignments, 1970-1971 and undated
5 Other course material, 1962-1963, 1994, and undated
Yoga classes and seminars, 1978-1996, 2008, and undated
Box Folder
3 6 University of Texas at San Antonio, 1978-1988 and undated
7 Our Lady of the Lake University, 1981-1982
8 Rio Caliente Yoga retreat, 1980-2006 and undated
Box Folder
4 1 Yoga, 1988-2004 and undated
2 Yoga classes, general, 1973-1980, 2007-2008, and undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

4. Personal Files, 1950-2008 and undated

Series contains biographical material on Esther Vexler, a book written by Vexler entitled Missing You: Letters of Remembrance, correspondence, including assorted cards and invitations, newspaper and magazine articles, and material related to her family. Also included are clippings related to Esther Vexler, her family, and the community.
Biographical, 2008 and undated
Box Folder
4 3 Book: Missing You: Letters of Remembrance, 2008
4 Biographies, undated
Correspondence, 1960-2008 and undated
Box Folder
4 5 Letters, 1965-2008 and undated
6 Personal invitations, 1989-2006 and undated
7 Assorted correspondence, 2006-2008 and undated
8 Cards, general, 2008 and undated
9 Family related material, 1960-2006 and undated
10 Assorted material, 1950, 1977-2007, and undated
Box Folder
5 1-2 Assorted magazines and news articles, 1962-2004 and undated
Clippings, 1960s-2000s
Box Folder
5 3 For Sister Bonifice: No JCHS, 1960s-1990s
4 1970s-1990s and undated
5 1990s-2000s and undated
Box Folder
6 1-8 1960s-1990s and undated
Box Folder
Map Drawer 11 OM1 Newspaper articles, 1966-1974 and 2003
Box Folder
Map Drawer 11 OM2 Rice University, 1912-1962, A Houston Chronical Special Supplement, 1962

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Unprocessed materials

Box
7 Addition of July 2012 (Acc. 2012-035)
Personal correspondence, newsclippings, datebooks and assorted materials.

Return to the Table of Contents