Louis Elkus (1826-1904) was an early pioneer and merchant in the Sacramento area, as well as a president of Sacramento's Congregation B'nai Israel (1861-1890). The merchant Albert Elkus was a mayor of Sacramento (1921-1925), a founder and a director of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District for twenty-three years, and a president of B'nai Israel (1897-1915, 1926-1933). In addition, he was also a grand president of B'nai B'rith District Grand Lodge No. 4 and a member of the David Lubin Lodge, No. 37. Albert Israel Elkus (1894-1962) was a pianist and composer, in addition to being the chair of the Music Dept. of the University of California at Berkeley and the director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Genealogical material; a memorial book for Louis Elkus; a diamond jubilee book and other materials from B'nai Israel, including a testimonial booklet for Albert Elkus; certificates of appreciation for and speeches by Albert Elkus from B'nai B'rith's David Lubin Lodge; newspaper clippings and information about Albert Israel Elkus; and a golden wedding anniversary book for Albert and Bertha Kahn Elkus.