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Miriam Jacobs Baseball Collection

Identifier: UASC-044

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material related to Miriam Jacobs' collecting of baseballiana. It includes correspondence to and from players, authors, and broadcasters; first year player lists from dealer R.J. "Jack" Smalling with Jacobs' notations of cards she had and cards she needed; and newspaper clippings of articles about baseball players.

The Miriam Jacobs Baseball Collection also contains books including Official Baseball Guides, Books of Baseball Records, Baseball Registers, player memoirs, and other works that are cataloged as part of the rare books collection and searchable in the University of Dayton Libraries catalog. Reproductions of Miriam Jacobs' collection of baseball cards are also in the rare books collection and can be viewed in the reading room.


  • 1907-1987

Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.


The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, US code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reprodcution and publication.

Biography of Miriam Jacobs

A lifelong Daytonian, Miriam Jacobs was born on June 30, 1909. She became interested in baseball as a child, with her father nightly walking to a neighborhood drug store to find out the scores of the day's games for her becore she could go to bed. She built her collection of "baseballiana" (her word for her collection including guides, autographed baseballs, baseball cards, player autographs, inscribed books, and other items) through auctions, working with dealers, and sending personal letters to players asking for autographs.

Jacobs graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 1931. After graduation she returned to Dayton and worked as a legal secretary for her brother, Victor Jacobs for over 50 years. She died in Dayton on April 25, 1994. She never married and had no children, so she left her collection to the University of Dayton so that it could accompany her brother's rare book collection and the Si Burek Collection.


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The Miriam Jacobs Baseball Collection is arranged into three series.


  1. Correspondence, 1939-1979
  2. First Year Player Lists & Needed Cards, 1910-1987
  3. Newspaper Clippings & Articles
Miriam Jacobs Baseball Collection
Amy Rohmiller
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Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

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Dayton Ohio 45469-1360