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Ettenson Family Clothing and Hats

Identifier: B178


The Ettenson family lived in Denver, Colorado, and the collection consists of various clothing items and hats that the family wore. There are eight women's hats, three dresses, a silk embroidered bed jacket, a man's smoking jacket, and a child's dress dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s.


  • 1900-1970


Language of Materials

The materials have labels in English.

Biographical / Historical

The Ettenson family were Jewish and lived in Denver, Colorado, in the 1890s to the 1980s. Sara Isaacson was born in Mercy Hospital in Denver in 1893 and died in Denver in 1984. Her mother was Minna Isaacson. Sara married Isadore Ettenson and their daughter was Minna Mae. The eight women's hats in the collection were worn by Sara Ettenson and were primarily purchased from Denver department stores. She also owned the lace dress, the velveteen dress and the silk embroidered bed jacket. Her mother Minna Isaacson wore the black lace dress, Isadore Ettenson wore the satin smoking jacket, and their daughter Minna Mae Ettenson Jacobson wore the silk child's dress. The collection shows some fashions of a Jewish family in Denver from the early 1900s to the 1960s.


12.0 Linear Feet (6 containers) : (2 record boxes and 4 textile boxes)

Scope and Contents

The collection contains clothing and hats worn by members of a Denver, Colorado, Jewish family and shows some styles worn for a number of decades.


The collection is arranged in two series:; 1. Clothing, circa 1910 to circa 1934.; 2. Hats, circa 1945 to circa 1963.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Minna Mae Ettenson Jacobson, March 27, 1985.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

The Beck Archives Material Culture Digital Images, B030, has images of the items in the Ettenson Family Clothing and Hats.



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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Denver CO 80208
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