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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. Schwartz held many local and state offices in North Carolina, including Wilmington City Councilman, the Mayor of Wilmington, State Representative, and State Senator.

As mayor, Schwartz served during a time of civil unrest surrounding the Wilmington Ten and established a chapter of the Human Relations Commission in the city to ease tensions. In the General Assembly, Schwartz enacted several bills to prevent discrimination and help protect the environment.

He was involved in all facets of life in New Hanover County, donating his time to numerous philanthropic, educational, and religious organizations. Schwartz served as a trustee for UNC Wilmington and created the Sylvia and B.D. Schwartz Graduate Fellowship. Schwartz Hall, a dormitory on UNCW's campus, is named in his honor.


  • 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 part of the first class of New Hanover High School in 1921. Schwartz then attended UNC Chapel Hill, becoming a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity and graduating with a degree in commerce. In 1931, he married fellow graduate Sylvia Wolk. They went on to have two children, Melvin and Maxine. Before committing himself to public service, Schwartz managed his family's business, the Home Furniture Store, on Market Street.

During the 1960s, Schwartz began his career in politics serving as a member of the Wilmington City Council and as Mayor from 1970-1972. He was then elected to the N.C. House of Representatives from 1972-1978 and N.C. Senate from 1978-1979. Also active in the Wilmington community, Schwartz maintained memberships in the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, B’Nai B'Rith, the United Jewish Appeal, and the Committee of 100. He was named a trustee of Wilmington College in the 1950s and was elected to UNC 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.


4.58 Linear Feet (Contains 20 half-sized letter document boxes of completed scrapbook pages and 1 tall legal document box of loose scrapbook pages)








This collection is arranged in the general chronological order of the scrapbooks donated. However, the date range from page to page is not sequential.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by B.D. Schwartz on January 29, 1999.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed by Kensi Laube in Spring 2022.

B.D. Schwartz Scrapbooks
Kensi Laube
Spring 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository