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Ruth S. Schwob Collection

Identifier: MC 117

Scope and Contents

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

Biographical / Historical

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.


3 Cubic Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States