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Ray David Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B226

Ray Morris David was 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, and died in Denver, Colorado in 1945. She married David David in 1885, but was widowed early and had to 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 active in many philanthropic organizations and the collection illustrates her work and her fight for progressive reforms.

Dates

  • 1888-1982

Creator

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (half-letter document box)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes newspaper articles and correspondence from the scrapbook of Ray David, who was a president of the Central Jewish Aid Society and who fought for progressive reforms in Denver, Colorado. The material dates from 1906 to 1944. It also contains obituaries and an article about her from 1982,

Biographical / Historical

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Babette Meyer, the granddaughter of Ray David, in 1998.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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