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David, Ray (Ray Sarah Morris), 1864-1945



Ray Morris David became known as the "Little Mother to the Poor" in Denver after she was hired to supervise relief activities for the Denver Jewish Aid Society. Ray David was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1864, the daughter of German Jewish parents. Ray David spent half of her childhood in Germany and migrated with her parents to Colorado in 1879. In 1885 she married David David, a pioneer merchant, and the couple settled in the mining town of Aspen, Colorado. Mrs. David was widowed early and had to raise and support five children. Her first paid position was as a quasi-social worker at National Jewish Hospital and she worked with Seraphine Pisko. Ray David was a member of the State Board of Pardons, the Denver Board of Charities and Corrections, the Women's Club, the Women's Voters League, and was a president of the Denver chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. She fought for progressive reforms, including women's suffrage, humane treatment of the insane, penal reform, ending racial discrimination, and the elimination of child labor. Ray David died in Denver in 1945 at the age of eighty-one.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

A Legacy of Caring : Early Colorado Jewish Women, 2004

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00003

Brief biographies of Jewish women from Colorado who help set up as well as work in charitable orgnazitions in Colorado. Written and directed by Jeanne Abrams for the 2004 RMJHS Dinner.

Dates: 2004

A Legacy of Leadership: Colorado Jewish Women for 150 Years, 2020

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00021

This DVD contains the film, "A Legacy of Leadership: Colorado Jewish Women for 150 Years." The film was created for the 2020 RMJHS annual dinner.

Dates: 2020

Box 42 (Women of Valor: Eishet Chayil), , 2021

 File — Box B297.02.0042: Series B297.02 [Barcode: U186023258444]
Identifier: B297.02.0042

Box contains exhibit materials for "Women of Valor: Eishet Chayil."

Dates: 2021

Correspondence, 1906-1916

Identifier: B226.01.0001.0002
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous letters, appointments, and telegrams to or about Ray David.

Dates: 1906-1916

Correspondence and Speeches, circa 1920

Identifier: B094.04.0008.0028

Contains transcript of Carrie Benjamin radio speech and a letter from Ray David.

Dates: circa 1920

Letter from Dr. C. D. Spivak to Mrs. Ray S. David, 1920 October 22

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0119.00018

Typed letter from Dr. C. D. Spivak to Mrs. Ray S. David, on October 22, 1920. The letter informs Mrs. Ray S. David of an enclosed letter to Dr. C. G. McEachern. The letter is not signed, but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.

Dates: 1920 October 22

Letter from Dr. C. G. McEachern to Mrs. R. S. David, 1920 October 20

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0119.00015

Handwritten letter from Dr. C. G. McEachern to Mrs. R. S. David, on 10-20-20. The letter inquires why Dr. Spivak hasn't sent the $50.00 to Meyer and Co. The letter is signed C. G. McEachern.

Dates: 1920 October 20

Miscellaneous Documents and Ephemera, 1888-1916

Identifier: B226.01.0001.0001
Abstract Ray David was a member of Congregation Emanuel and there is a copy of the cover page of the Fair Cook Book; a copy of a delegate's ribbon to a convention in Trinidad; a program and conference regulations from the Annual conference of Charities and Corrections held in the state capitol in 1913 (Ray David was a speaker); a presentation letter to Ray David, as President of Jewish Women; and a transcript of Mrs. Ray Sarah David, Superintendent of the Jewish Aid Society at an Inquiry on April 3,...
Dates: 1888-1916

Newspaper Articles, between 1900-1982

Identifier: B226.01.0001.0002
Scope and Contents

Folder contains articles about Ray David from her scrapbook, obituaries, and a 1982 article about her.

Dates: between 1900-1982

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Archival Object 14
Collection 1
Denver (Colo.) 8
Jewish women 7
Charities 4
Colorado 4
Jewish women -- Colorado 2