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Jacob family papers

 Collection — Box: Small collections box 5
Identifier: 2023_048

A small collection of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and other ephemeral items/memorabilia relating to the Jacob family of Louisville, Kentucky. Included are a carte de visite of Charles D. Jacob, who served as mayor of Louisville; a pin commemorating the Southern Exposition held in Louisville in 1883; a form providing consent for Brent C. Jacob to enlist in the U.S. Tennessee Volunteers in 1898; letters from two men (Richard Bean and Graham Davies) who graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1899, with Brent Jacobs; and numerous newspaper clippings relating to the family, particularly Brent Jacob and John Jacob (nephew of Charles Jacob). This material was donated by Brent Jacob's daughter, Gertrude Jacob, and the letter she wrote to accompany the collection is filed with the material as it provides useful context.


  • 1883-1972


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.


.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Biographical / Historical

This collection contains material that relates to the lives of several members of the Jacob family. Charles D. Jacob served four terms as Mayor of Louisville (two terms back to back, 1873-1878, and again in 1882-1884 and 1888-1890). He died in 1898. Brent C. Jacob was the son of Richard T. Jacob. He graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1899 and contniued his studies at Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute. He was joined there by his Male High School classmate, Graham Davies, who is also represented in this collection. John I. Jacob, Brent's brother, died in New York at the age of 37. He was a graduate of Kentucky University (now known as University of Kentucky) and had studied law at the University of Michigan. Richard Bean, also represented in the collection, was another of Brent Jacob's Male High School classmates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gertrude Jacob, June 14, 1974.



Jacob family papers
Carrie Daniels
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Finding aid is in English.

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