TJHS Archives

Research Texas Jewish History at the TJHS Archive. The TJHS Archives have been established at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. These archives contain the official records of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, as well source materials; documents; and family, community, and organization histories, dating from 1824 to the present. The archives are organized by the Briscoe Center into nine series: Administration of TJHS, Communities, Family Histories, Rabbis and Cantors, Texas Jewish Organizations, Published Materials, Photographs, Audio, and Video and Film.


Preserve Your Family History at the TJHS Archives

Donate your family records to the TJHS Archives collection at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.  Items you can donate are numerous.  Below is a list that you could consider:

  • Artistic Materials: Posters; drawings; photographs.  All photographs must have accompanying names and locations of persons shown in the photographs.
  • Business Papers: No active records that are needed for operation. Includes correspondence; ledgers or record books; classified files, financial records such as receipts, invoices, and inventories; legal record such as contracts, deeds, and court records; flyers; calendars; schedules; posters; memos; business cards; photographs; and photo albums, identified or unidentified.
  • Literary Productions/Writings: Essays, poetry, works of fiction, and speeches.
  • Organizational Records: Charters, membership lists, minutes, yearbooks, programs, press releases, correspondence, newsletters, newspapers, and brochures.
  • Personal Papers: Family trees; histories; letters; diaries; journals; passports; naturalization papers; birth certificates; death certificates; records and certificates of marriage, circumcision, consecration, bar/bat mitzvah, or confirmation; war records; recorded or written oral history, interviews, or memoirs; legal records such as wills, estate materials, deeds, court records, and contracts; photographs and photo albums, identified or unidentified.
  • Scrapbook Materials: Report cards, graduation certificates, invitations, programs.
  • Printed Materials: Newspapers, books, pamphlets, posters, and maps.
  • Religious Materials: Synagogue records such as minutes, programs, bulletins, records, and membership lists; prayer books; hymnals; photographs or photo albums, preferably identified; and cemetery records.
  • Sound Materials: Music on disc or cassette tape and sheet music.

Contact the Briscoe Center.

Please contact the Briscoe Center before you take any items and be sure to indicate that you want it included in the Texas Jewish Historical Society Collection.  For further information or questions about the TJHS Archives, you can contact Sally Drayer at

TJHS Archives Location:

Briscoe Center for American History
The University of Texas at Austin
2300 Red River St.
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
Austin, Texas 78712-1426

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