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Selma Jacob papers (acc. 2016-073)

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016_073

This accretion to the Selma Jacobs papers includes newsletters, photographs (some identified), theater programs, an Arts Club of Louisville booklet, plays, a scrapbook and a laminated poster with Ms. Jacob's photograph on it. Many of these items relate to the Cherokee Roundtable, a writing group Ms. Jacobs founded in 1990.


  • 1988-1996


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Open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Louisville; please consult a reference archivist for more information.


1.625 linear feet (1 records center box and 1 medium flat box)

Biographical / Historical

Selma Jacob, author, businesswoman, and arts promoter, was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1905 and died there in 1996. She owned Chilton Jewelers with her husband Hyman Jacob for many years, then managed a jewelry concession at 14th and Jefferson streets. She operated the business on her own from the time her husband died in 1980 until she retired in 1984. Jacob had a life-long interest in the arts, but it was only after she retired that she made a name for herself as a writer, motivational speaker, and founder and director of several writing and acting groups. She served as a catalyst and nurturer of other writers and actors. She founded the Cherokee Roundtable in 1990 and wrote "The Cherokee Roundtable Bulletin" the group's monthly newsletter as well as other newsletters for other arts groups. She was a long-time Actors Theatre Associate and volunteer as well as supporter of many small civic theater groups in the area. Jacob also wrote and produced several plays locally. In 1995 her first book, Once You're Over the Hill, You Begin to Pick Up Speed!, appeared. She was working on a second book when she died.


Selma Jacob Papers (Accession 2016-073)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752