Access and Provenance 

Biographical Sketch

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Box and Folder Listing


A Finding Aid to the

Ann Fabe Isaacs Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 723

1940-1997. 2.0 Linear ft.



The Ann Fabe Isaacs Papers were donated to the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives by Ann Fabe Isaacs in 2001. A small addition to the collection was made in 2002 by her daughter, Susan Isaacs, in 2002.

Property rights are assigned to the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. All literary rights to materials authored by Ann Fabe Isaacs are held by her heirs. Literary rights to materials authored by others are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be directed to the Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

The Ann Fabe Isaacs Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the reading room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.


Ann Fabe Isaacs, educator, child psychologist, artist, and composer, was born in 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1936 and subsequently received degrees from the University of Cincinnati (B.A.) and Xavier University (M.A.). She also did work towards a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in Counseling and Guidance, Psychology and School Administration.

In the early 1950s, Isaacs operated a preschool where she witnessed the underachievement of especially bright children. This provoked her to begin studying ways to enhance the education of these children and led to her lifelong interest in gifted children. In 1954, she founded the National Association for Gifted Children and in 1974, the National Association for Creative Children and Adults. She also published and edited Gifted Child Quarterly (1957-1975) and Creative Child and Adult Quarterly (1976-1985). Ms. Isaacs became a recognized authority on the subject, writing hundreds of papers and articles and speaking nationally to audiences of parents and educators.

Isaacs was also an accomplished painter and composer. Her paintings hung in local Cincinnati venues and her violin, piano, and vocal compositions were publicly performed. Although she did write secular music, many of her compositions were settings from the Book of Psalms. She wrote them "as a means of inspiration and reinforcing ideals and value for the young." She set more than thirty psalms to music.

Ann Iaascs was married to S. Ted Isaacs. The couple had two daughters, Marjorie and Susan. Ms. Isaacs passed away in February, 2001.


The ANN FABE ISAACS PAPERS (1940-1997) consist of correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, musical manuscripts, audio recordings, photographs, working papers, and professional publications. The collection is arranged into four series as follows:


Series A consists of correspondence pertaining to Ms. Isaacs' work as a psychologist and educator as well as academic transcripts and class materials, photographs and materials pertaining to her involvement with the Guild of Temple Musicians. Span dates are 1952-1997.

Series B contains manuscript copies of Ms. Isaacs' original musical compositions, both secular and sacred. There is a detailed listing of the compositions by year at the beginning of the series.

Series C consists of audio recordings of performances of several of the compositions.

Series D is a set of the publications Gifted Child Quarterly (1957-1975) and The Creative Adult and Child Quarterly (1976-1985). Ms. Isaacs founded and edited both these professional journals and many of her published articles appear in them.


Box		File		Contents

SERIES A: GENERAL 1 1 Academic transcripts. 1963-1980 2 Biographical materials. n.d. 3 Correspondence. 1952-1958. 4 Correspondence. 1974-1991. 5 Guild of Temple Musicians. 1992-1997. 6 HUC class: Music 501 (Jewish Music). 1973. 7 Photographs. n.d. SERIES B: MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS 8 Listings of Musical Compositions by Ann Fabe Isaacs. 1963-1986. 9 Secular compositions by Ann Fabe Isaacs (A-M). 1963-1995. 10 Secular compositions by Ann Fabe Isaacs (N-Z). 1963-1995. 11 Holocaust Meditation Tribute. 1982. 2 1 Sacred compositions by Ann Fabe Isaacs. 1969-1993. 2 Published compositions using Psalms by various composers. 1940-1977. 3 Compositional sketches. 1965-1967. 4 Notebooks. 1971-1984. SERIES C: AUDIO RECORDINGS 5 Psalm 150 and Brocha. n.d. (reel-to-reel tapes) 3 Cassette tapes: Torah Trop (Cantor, Steve Richards) Holocaust Meditation Tribute Pensive Melody The Rainbow Snorata: A Hyphogogic Fantasy, 21 Sleep Variations Cantillation Concert 12/2/82 Elegis I and II Bird Calls Psalm 92 Peach Bird Calls SERIES D: PUBLICATIONS 4 The Gifted Child Quarterly 1 1957-1961. 2 1962-1963. 3 1964-1965. 4 1966-1967. 5 1968-1969. 6 1970-1971. 5 1 1972-1973. 2 1974-1975. The Creative Adult and Child Quarterly 3 1976-1980. 4 1981-1982. 5 1983-1984. 6 1985.


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