Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Ray K. Daily Collection MSS.0009

Descriptive Summary

Creator Daily, Ray Karchmer
Title: Ray K. Daily Collection
Dates: 1912-1959
Identification: MSS.0009
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet, 3 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Dr. Ray Karchmer Daily was an internationally recognized ophthalmologist and an active Houston community leader from the 1920's 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 1960's. The collection is of particular interest for examination of the cultural, medical, political, and educational situation in Houston from the 1920's until the 1960's.

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.



The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Daily, Dr. Louis, Sr.
Houston Independent School District
Houston Open Forum
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
University of Houston
Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
Progressivism (United States politics)
Public Health--Texas--Houston
Women in medicine
Women's rights--Texas--Houston
World War, 1939-1945--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ray K. Daily Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

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

Detailed Description of the Collection


Daily Family Biographical Materials

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Materials and Photos of Dr. Ray K. Daily
2 Biographical Newspaper Clippings Concerning Dr. Louis Daily, Sr. and Dr. Ray K. Daily
3 Biographical (Miscellaneous): Personal Correspondence & Community Activity: Miscellaneous Concerning Louis Sr. and Louis Jr.


Founding of University of Houston

Box Folder
1 4 Miscellaneous Documents 1930's-1940's 1930-1949
5 Newspaper Clippings 1940's 1940 - 1949
6 Houston Open Forum 1930's 1930-1939


Medical Profession

Box Folder
1 7 Correspondence 1936-1949 1936-1949
8 Speeches, Articles, Correspondence 1950's-1960's 1950-1969
9 Panphlets of Conventions Involving Dr. Ray K. Daily 1940's-1950's 1940-1959
10 Circulars of Functions Involving Dr. Ray K. Daily 1930's-1950's 1930-1959
11 Dr. Ray K. Daily, Opthamologist, Newspaper Clippings 1940's-1950's 1940-1959


School Affairs

Box Folder
2 1 Houston School Board: Pamphlets, Circulars, 1951 Election returns 1951
2 Houston School Board: Correspondence 1940's-1950's
3 Houston School Board: Newspaper Clippings 1930's-1950's
4 Dr. Ray K. Daily's Speech before the Texas Legislature and Correspondence Concerning Texas Association of School Trustees 1941-1942
5 Pamphlets of State, Regional, and National Conventions Involving Dr. Ray K. Daily
6 Texas School Board Members Association, Newspaper Clippings Concerning Dr. Ray K. Daily


Women's Rights

Box Folder
2 7 Dr. Ray K. Daily Involvement 1930's-1940's
8 Materials Concerning University Hall Controversy 1940's
9 Dr. Ray K. Daily, Newspaper Clippings 1940's-1950's


World War II

Box Folder
2 10 Material Concerning Dr. Ray K. Daily's War Effort



3 Scrapbook of Materials Relating to Dr. Ray K. Daily and Dr. Louis Daily Sr. 1912-1930's
(original and xerox copy)
Scope and Contents note
Includes biographical, community service, and professional materials.