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Ruth S. Schwob Collection (MC 117)

Biographical Note

Ruth Schwob was born in Iowa on October 22, 1904, the daughter of Ida Friedlander and J. O. Schutzbank (or Schutzbaur).  She died on June 17, 1981 and is buried in Riverdale Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia.  She married Simon Schwob (1886-1954), who had founded the Schwob Manufacturing Company in Columbus in 1912.  The company specialized in making men's clothing.  She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1926 with a degree in Economics.  After Simon's death in 1954, she became president of the firm and remained so until she sold the company in 1976.

Both the Schwobs were very active in their religious and civil communities.  Music was Ruth Schwob's particular interest and among the many charities she supported, she founded the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.  The main library on the CSU campus is named for Simon Schwob.

Scope and Content

This collection consists mainly of newspaper clippings about Ruth Schwob, her husband Simon Schwob, their business and her awards and civic contributions.  One folder contains articles about her 90 day trip around the world in 1957/58.  The scrapbook contains more articles about her life.

1904-1964                                                                             3 boxes (2 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Ruth S. Schwob Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Ruth S. Schwob Collection (MC 117)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia



Note to Researchers

See also:

Simon Schwob Collection (MC 163)

Box and Folder/Item List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Around the world adventure with Ruth Schwob, 1957-58

Folder 2 – Auszug dem Herrn Schwob 1844, Nov 1904

Folder 3 – The Black Diamond; yearbook for Centerville, Iowa HS 1921 for Ruth Schutzbank

Folder 4 – Boy Scout Chapel at Camp MacKenzie named for Simon Schwob

Folder 5 – Brochures, reading list and membership list

Folder 6 – Columbus College Library newspaper clippings, 1963

Folder 7 – Columbus College Supplement Jan 27, 1963

Folder 8 – Columbus Square Mall architectural drawings in Columbus Ledger, 1963

Folder 9 – Congratulatory recognition for Ruth Schwob from her numerous awards

Folder 10 – Grammar School Certificate for Ruth Schutzbank, 1917

Folder 11 – The Hawkeye; yearbook of University of Iowa 1927

Folder 12 – Musemont Fine Arts Camp, Pine Mt. 1964

Folder 13 – Naturalization Certificate for Simon Schwob, 1921

Folder 14 – Newspaper clippings, 1959-1972

Folder 15 – Parade of Homes featuring Ruth Schwob's home

Folder 16 – Photographs (6) of a banquet

Folder 17 – Photographs of Simon Schwob

Folder 18 – Schwob Manufacturing Company, 1963

Folder 19 – Teacher's certificate from Iowa for Ruth Merle Schutzbank, 1926

Folder 20 – University of Iowa diploma for Ruth Schutzbank, 1926

Box 2

Plaques, awards, certificates awarded to Ruth Schwob

Box 3

Scrapbook of news articles about Ruth Schwob