Paul Lensky, MD Photograph Collection

Nurses' Home,  Jefferson Davis Hospital Houston, Jefferson Davis Marvin Rape and Roy "Spike" Davis. Jefferson Davis Fred Weller, Jefferson Davis Fred Weller and Marvin Rape, Jefferson Davis Bobby Jones and Marvin Rape. Jefferson Davis Jack [Robinson?] and Louis Gibson. Jefferson Davis Tom, X-Ray technician. Jefferson Davis Bobby Jones, Larry Carlton, and Marvin Rape. Jefferson Davis Morris Britton. Jefferson Davis Jewel Daughtey. Jeff Davis Homer Allgood. Jefferson Davis Henry Ryan, Homer Allgood, and Ernie [Halle?]. Jefferson Davis [?], Weller, Homer Allgood. Jefferson Davis Henry Ryan, Larry Carlton, Homer Allgood, Morris Britton, and Ernie [Halle?]. Jeff Davis Oscar Garza [James?]. Jeff Davis Weller and Barnett. Jeff Davis Fred Weller. Jefferson Davis Fred Weller. Jeff Davis Robert Lee Mathis. Jefferson Davis Jim and B.J. McNeil. Jefferson Davis Fred Weller and Bob Mathis. Jefferson Davis Henry Ryan and [Soph?]. Jefferson Davis Spike and girlfriend. Jefferson Davis Ken Jones and Gwen, Jefferson Davis Larry Carlton, [Paul Lensky], John Fish, and Jim Fish Paul Lensky, Jim Fish, Larry Carlton, John Fish. Monterrey, Mexico

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Reference code

MS 236

Level of description



Paul Lensky, MD Photograph Collection


  • 1947-1948 (Creation)


27 photographic prints (1 folder)

Name of creator


Biographical history

Dr. Paul Lenksy was a pediatrician practicing in Houston, Texas.

Lensky was born in Galveston on November 16, 1923. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from the University’s medical school in Galveston in March 1946.

Following graduation, he interned at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York. In 1947-1948 he was a staff physician in pediatrics at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston. The photographs in MS 236 Paul Lensky, MD Photograph Collection date from that time.

His next move was a one-year residency at Louisville General Hospital. He returned to Houston in July 1949 and took up a residency in pediatrics at Hermann Hospital. He was later on the staff at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Lensky married Eleanor Ruth Waldman on April 12, 1959 at Temple Emanu El in Houston. The couple had a son, Mark, born May 13, 1960.

Dr. Lensky was a veteran of the US Army Medical Corp., a member of Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Pediatrics Society, and the Houston Pediatrics Society. He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Emanu El, as well as the Westwood Country Club, and served as Secretary of B’Nai B’Rith in Houston.

Dr. Lensky died May 23, 1990.

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Scope and content

The Paul Lensky, MD Photograph Collection contains 27 black and white photographs, each about 3.25" x 4.5" in size. The snapshots depict Dr. Lensky's friends and colleagues at Jefferson Davis Hospital on Buffalo Drive in Houston, Texas. While most photographs appear to be set in Houston, at least one was taken in Monterrey, Mexico. The photographs are dated 1947-1948, corresponding with Dr. Lensky's time at Jefferson Davis.

Scenes include roof top views, sunbathing, cars, the Nurses' Home, the hospital entrance, a neighborhood and home, and travel. Some of the roof top views show the surrounding area, including the San Felipe Courts housing development, the Fourth Ward, Buffalo Drive and Buffalo Bayou, and downtown Houston. Descriptions--including names and dates--provided by the creator are on the back on each photograph.

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Conditions governing access

Material is open for research.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply. Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Immediate source of acquisition

Susan Farb Morris, niece, donated the photographs on May 12, 2021.

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Accruals are not expected for this collection.

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Related archival materials

There are five photographs of Paul Lenksy, MD in MS 219 Joseph Maurer Photograph Collection.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Paul Lensky, MD Photograph Collection; MS 236; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
  • Processing information: Photographs assigned sequential numbers MS236-001 to MS236-027. Digitized by Matt Richardson, July 29-30, 2021. Photographs housed in Print File sleeves in a single folder. Collection stored in SMS 1.

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Rules or conventions

Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Version 2021.0.0.2

Sources used

Various Houston Chronicle articles, including obituary from May 24, 1990, p.19C, accessed via NewsBank,, July 28, 2021

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Matt Richardson, July 29, 2021

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  • Shelf: 5.38