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B. D. Schwartz Scrapbooks

Identifier: SC-MS-153

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of twenty scrapbook albums containing letters, documents, news articles, awards, photos, advertisements, and brochures spanning sixty-seven years. Mr. Schwartz held many local and state offices, including State Representative, State Senator, and Mayor of Wilmington. He was involved in all facets of life in New Hanover County, donating his time to numerous philanthropic and educational organizations, including as Trustee of University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Schwartz Hall, a dormitory on UNCW's campus, was a gift of B.D. and Sylvia Wolk Schwartz.


  • 1926-1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Benjamin David Schwartz was born in 1909 in Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1913 with his parents, settling in Wilmington. He attended Hemingway and Cornelius Harnett schools and was a member of the first class of New Hanover High School in 1921. Schwartz then attended the University of North Carolina, graduating with a degree in commerce. In 1931, he married fellow UNC graduate Sylvia Wolk after meeting her at a dance on Wrightsville Beach. The Schwartzs owned and operated the Home Furniture Store on Market Street for many years and B.D. was the founding member and first president of the Wilmington Furniture Dealers Association.

Schwartz entered local politics in the 1960s, serving as a member of the City Council and as Mayor of Wilmington from 1970-1972. He was then elected to the State House of Representatives from 1972-1978 and State Senate from 1978-1979. Also active in the Wilmington community, Schwartz maintained memberships in the greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, B’nai Brith, United Jewish Appeal and the Committee of 100. He was named a trustee of Wilmington College in the 1950s and was elected to the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Board of Trustees in 1981, serving as chairman in his final term. A residence hall on UNCW’s campus is named in his honor. In 1993, The Wilmington Civitan Club honored Schwartz and his wife with its Good Citizenship Award.

B.D. Schwartz died at the age of 92 in 2001 and is buried at the B’nai Israel Hebrew Cemetery.


3 Linear Feet (Contains 20 scrapbook binders and 1 archival box of loose scrapbook pages)



Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by B.D. Schwartz on January 29, 1999.
B.D. Schwartz Scrapbooks
Partially Processed
Carroll R. Jones
1999 November
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository