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Collection on Seraphine Pisko

Identifier: B242


Seraphine Eppstein Pisko was Executive-Secretary of National Jewish Hospital from 1911 to 1938. She was involved in both Jewish and secular social organizations, holding executive positions in the Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society, National Council of Jewish Women, and National Jewish Hospital. The collection, intentionally assembled by the Beck Archives, consists of papers providing biographical information about Pisko as well as letterhead and invitations from National Jewish Hospital and National Council of Women, Inc.


  • 1900-1942


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Collection on Seraphine Pisko

Biographical / Historical

Seraphine Eppstein Pisko (1861-1942) was known for her charitable work in Denver, Colorado, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and she was most likely the first Jewish woman in America to head a national Jewish organization. She was born to Max and Bertha Eppstein on January 1, 1861, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the family moved to Denver in 1875. She married Denver businessman Edward Pisko in 1878 when she was seventeen, and the couple moved to New York. Within a few years he died, and she returned to Denver. She never remarried, but raised five children. Seraphine Pisko served as president of the Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society and of the Denver Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). She later became vice president of the NCJW board at the national level. She began working at National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives (NJH) as a field secretary, a fundraiser, in 1900, and in 1911 she became the executive secretary of National Jewish Hospital and served in that position until 1938 when she retired. Pisko was actively involved in both Jewish and secular social organizations, gaining national renown for her organizational strengths as well as her social efforts. She died in Denver in 1942.


0.25 Linear Feet (One half-letter document box)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials providing biographical information about Seraphine Eppstein Pisko as well as materials created by organizations with which she was associated. Materials include photocopies of newspaper clippings about Pisko, including her obituary; a facsimile transcription of a speech (circa 1931) written to honor Pisko at an anniversary party; and letterhead and an invitation created by organizations in which Pisko was involved, including the National Council of Women and National Jewish Hospital.


The collection is arranged in two series:; 1. Biographical Newspaper Clippings and Speech, 1900-1942.; 2. Organizational Letterhead, Invitation and Program, between 1922-1942.; __On April 3, 2008, the photocopy (the original newspaper clipping no longer exists) of the obituary for Bertha Eppstein was moved from this collection to the Beck Archives Biographies Collection (B111), which contains a folder for Bertha Eppstein.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials intentionally collected by Beck Archives staff.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related materials about Seraphine Eppstein Pisko's work with National Jewish Hospital may be found in the following collection in this repository: National Jewish Hospital Records (B005), Box 22, 32, 33. Digitized photographs of Pisko may be found on Penrose Library's Web site at the following URLs: and

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Repository Details

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