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Dr. Ray K. Daily Papers

Identifier: MSS 0009

Scope and Contents

The Ray K. Daily Collection is a small holding of newspaper clippings, handbills, pamphlets, and correspondence relating to the life and services of Dr. Ray K. Daily. A small portion of the material deals with her husband, Dr. Louis Daily, Sr. and her son, Dr. Louis Daily, Jr.


  • 1912-1959

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Ray K. Daily Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Dr. Ray Karchmer Daily was an internationally recognized ophthalmologist and an active Houston community leader from the 1920s until her death in 1975. Born in Vilna, Lithuania, in 1891, she came with her family as a Russian immigrant to Denison, Texas. After high school graduation, she entered the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she received her medical degree in 1913. Except for various professional trips abroad, Dr. Daily continually maintained a practice in Houston. She was a pioneer member of many local, state, and national medical associations. Dr. Daily was very active in the Jewish community and the entire Houston area as well. She was a Progressive who fought the Ku Klux Klan and served on the Houston School Board for some twenty-four years (1928-1952). As a "liberal" she was finally defeated for re-election by an opponent using McCarthyism. She was instrumental in the founding of the University of Houston, and was active in state, regional, and national educational associations. Specifically concerned with the position of women in society, Dr. Daily began as a suffragette and remained involved in women's rights until the 1960s. The collection is of particular interest for examination of the cultural, medical, political, and educational situation in Houston from the 1920s until the 1960s.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Louis Daily, Jr. on January 31, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas H. Kreneck, September 8, 1976.

Ray K. Daily Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002