The Davis-Isaacs Family Papers

The Isaacs and Davis families were both active members of the Jewish community in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two families were joined together on March 21, 1912 when Ella Davis (1885-1975), daughter of Charles K. Davis and Ida (Fletcher) Davis, married Nathan T. Isaacs (1886-1941), son of Abraham Isaacs and Rachel Rose (Friedman) Isaacs. Ella was an active member of the Boston Jewish community while Nathan was a professor of Business Law at Harvard Business School from 1924 until his death in 1941. The couple had one daughter, Carol (1920-2006), who married Paul Wotitzky of Brookline

The Collection

The majority of the Davis-Isaacs Family Papers are comprised of letters and photographs. Many of the letters are from Ella’s father Charles, written during his international travels around the turn of the century.  There are also letters between Nathan and Ella during their courtship, and from their families after their move to Boston. Most of the photographs follow the Davis family through several generations, though the bulk are of Ella, her parents, Nathan and Carol. There are also some personal affects such as a diary manuscript written by Charles Davis during the time he helped establish the Beersheba Colony, an agricultural settlement in Southwest Kansas for Jews immigrating from Russia. Also present are notes passed back and forth between Ella and Nathan during a Political Science class, self-published poems by Nathan’s mother, a stamp collection, and a large bereavement scrapbook marking Nathan’s death.

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