University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1919-1942



Creator Werlin, Jacob B. (Jacob Baer), 1877-1945
Title: Jacob B. Werlin papers
Dates: 1919-1942
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.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02596
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

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.


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

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Donor maintains copyright of unpublished materials.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Cohen, Henry, 1863-1952
Werlin, Jacob B. (Jacob Baer), 1877-1945
Subjects
Agriculture--Economic aspects
Jews
Zionism
Places
Houston
Texas

Related Materials

See also the Henry Cohen Papers; the Joella Werlin Papers; and the Rosella Horowitz Werlin Papers at the Briscoe Center for American History.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jacob B. Werlin Papers, 1919-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was revised by Elizabeth Seeley, January 2020.

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.


Accession Number

2002-177


Detailed Description of the Collection

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2.325/G134 [SRH1230001112] Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous writings, 1921-1945



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2.325/G134 [SRH1230001112] "Farmer's Holiday as a Remedy not a Menace" by Jacob B. Werlin, drafts, circa 1932



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2.325/G134 [SRH1230001112] The Tides and Pilots of Zionism by Jacob B. Werlin, pamphlet and drafts, circa 1940



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2.325/G134 [SRH1230001112] "Economic Justice and Equality for the American Farmer." by Jacob B. Werlin, draft, undated



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2.325/G134 [SRH1230001112] Photographs, undated



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2.325/M88b [SRH1230001772] "Masoretic Treasures of the Bible." by Jacob B. Werlin, Houston, Texas, 1938



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2.325/M88b [SRH1230001772] Nine manuscript drafts, typed in Hebrew, regarding the Talmud, undated