Collection consists of clippings, correspondence, ephemera, and other material relating to Frances Wisebart Jacobs, a noted 19th century philanthropist in Denver, Colorado. Jacobs was instrumental in the establishement of a small hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis patients that later became National Jewish Health, world-reknowned hospital and lung research center in Denver, Colorado. Born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1843, Wisebart's family moved to Cincinnati while she was a child. After her marriage, she moved with her husband to Denver in 1870. Throwing herself into charitable work, Jacobs became known as the "mother of Denver charities." She worked tirelessly to establish a hospital for tuberculosis patients, and lived to see the cornerstone laid in 1890. Jacobs died from pneumonia contracted from her work among the sick and indigent of Denver in 1892
Frances Wisebart Jacobs Collection (MSS #1759), History Colorado, Denver, Colorado.