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Simon Schwob Collection (MC 163)

Biographical Note

Simon Schwob was born the 25th of October, 1886 in Hattstatt in Alsace-Lorraine, then at part of the Germany Empire.  According to the obituary published in the Bulletin de nos communautes, Simon Schwob was born into a family of modest means, and made his way through work, intelligence and perseverance.  He quit school at the age of 14, learned tailoring in Mulhouse, and immigrated to the United States where by 1902 he was working in a dress shop in Baltimore, Maryland.  In 1912 he opened a tailor's shop in Columbus, Georgia.  Within a few years he had created a clothing factory with a dozen stores selling only the products of his factory . By the time of his death, he was owned Schwobilt, the main factory, plus three other factories and 28 stores, besides being a director of the National Bank of Columbus.  In addition to his commercial affairs, he was actively involved in social and civic activities.  In 1949 he and his wife Ruth formed the Simon Schwob Foundation which supported many charitable societies, including helping poor students continue their studies.  After World War II, he undertook the restoration of the cemetery of Hattstatt-Herrlisheim where his parents were buried, as well as paying monthly pensions to a number of the poor in the town of Colmar.  He died on August 8, 1954, leaving his wife as the president of the company.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of several issues of newspapers from Washington, D.C. and South Carolina from the 1840s through the 1880s, some photographic publications concerning beauty spots of America, and four reels of TV recordings of interviews concerning his wife.

1840s-1969                                                                                               1 box (1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Simon 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:

Simon Schwob Collection (MC 163)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia



Note to Researchers

See also:

Ruth S. Schwob Collection (MC 117)

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – “The American Flag in Mexico”, 1855-1856; U.S. Senate

Folder 2 – Civil War era newspapers, Georgia and South Carolina, 1861-1865

Folder 3 – “A Defence of the South against the reproaches and incroachments of the North” (original spelling), South Carolina, 1850

Folder 4 – “Lecture on the North and the South” by Elwood Fisher, 1849

Folder 5 – Newspapers (2) Charleston, April 1877; New York, August 1885

Folder 6 – Newspapers (3) from Washington, 1850-1851

Folder 7 – “The Slavery Question: comprising the doctrines of the Bible on the subject of Slavery”, South Carolina, 1849

Folder 8 – South Carolina speeches (3): “To the voters of south Carolina”; Message #1 to Senate and House of Representatives; Proceedings of the State Temperance Society, 1844-1846

Folder 9 – Speeches to the House of Representatives, 1844-1851

Folder 10 – TV This Week featuring Mrs. Simon Schwob (Ruth), p.2, 1969



 4 boxed reels of TV recordings of interviews concerning his wife, Ruth Schwob.