MS 204 D. Schwartz and Sons Trade Machinery Co. Business Records

Awhile back I wrote a post about processing the D. Schwartz and Sons collection.  The collection is large and filled with details about the products the company offered, the clients they worked with, the changing costs of machine parts, the scope of the business, etc., but I was unable to discover as much about the history of the company as I had hoped.  Usually I think of these finding aid posts as ways to send information out, but I’m hoping that this post will prompt some information to come back into the museum.  Do you know something about D. Schwartz and Sons?  Do you have stories, memories, names, dates, etc.?  We would love to know more.

Organizing the order books, sometimes processing collections requires a lot of room to spread out.

D. Schwartz and Sons Trade Machinery Co.

Business Records


 MS 204

 Jewish Museum of Maryland


The D. Schwartz and Sons Trade Machinery Co. Business Records were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Jack Schwartz in 1997 as accession 1997.149. The collection was initially processed at an unknown date and unknown person then reprocessed by Jennifer Vess is 2010 and 2011.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual practices


D. Schwartz Dealer in Sewing Machines and Electric Motors opened on1004 E. Baltimore Street.  The business later became D. Schwartz and Sons Garment Trade Machinery on 342-348 N. Gay Street and even later simply D. Schwartz and Sons, Inc.


The D. Schwartz and Sons Garment Trade Machinery Co. collection contains business records and a few personal records related to the Schwartz family.  The majority of the collection covers orders and invoices from multiple companies.  The collection is divided into seven series.

Series I. Catalogs, 1900-1935 contains Singer Machine and Union Machine parts catalogs.  The catalogs are organized chronologically.

Series II. Ledgers, 1920s-1959 contains ledgers sheets and ledger books for D. Schwartz and sons.  Some of the ledger sheets were missing before the collection entered the museum.  The ledgers are organized chronologically.

Series III. Order Books, 1953-1961 includes a large collection of order books organized by the order book number (generally chronological) as well as a group of costumer orders.  The order books are organized chronologically with out of sequence job books at the end.

Series IV. Invoices, 1949-1962 contains mostly invoices, but also price lists, spec sheets, catalogs and correspondence for the various companies with which D. Schwartz and Sons did business.  A few of the folders contain samples of machine parts or fabric swatches.  These have been noted in the box list.  The invoices are organized alphabetically by the name of the company.

Series V. Financial Papers mostly contains petty cash receipts, but also tax and business charity documents.  The financial papers are organized chronologically.

Series VI. Employee Papers contains employee pay records, pay checks and letters.  The papers are organized chronologically.

Series VII. Schwartz family papers contains a variety of documents related to Irving, Benjamin and Samuel Schwartz.  The papers are organized chronologically with Strauss family papers last.

This is closer to what the collection looks like now — neat, orderly, and protected.
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2 replies on “MS 204 D. Schwartz and Sons Trade Machinery Co. Business Records”

My mom recently passed away and owns a couple Schwartz and Sons industrial Sewing machines. We are interested in selling them. Do you know anyone that would be interested? They are in Destin, FL .

Hi Mike. We do have a few sewing machines from D. Schwartz and Sons in the collection, but I would love to see what you have to offer. Could you please send me digital photos to and I will let you know if we are interested. Best, Jobi

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