Skip to main content

Schwartz-Brody family papers

Identifier: Mss 1023

Collection Overview

Photographs of Schwartz, Brody and Golub families; loose photographs (1930-1950) of Brody family include group shots (with Esther Brody and Marion Schwartz) from Key Klub events (1930, 1932); candid images of Esther and friends (1940s); images of Marvin and Betty Brody (1940s-1950s); Michael Schwartz as a child; notable is a photograph (1955) of Marion Schwartz smashing slot machines under the Cooper River Bridge. Loose photographs (1910-1930) of the Golub family include cabinet card of elderly couple (Emma Golub's parents?), mounted photos of Golub Family (1920), Golub relatives (Schenectady, NY) and Ethel Golub with her daughter. Collection also contains two photo albums compiled by Esther Brody Schwartz. The first covers 1917-1922 and is primarily candid snapshots of Brody family members (Israel, Emma, Solomon, Joseph); bulk of Esther with friends. Several shots of Solomon Brody in military uniform (WWI); second album spans 1924-1934 and contains candid images of Esther Brody with friends and Golub cousins in New York; images (1930) of Key Klub beach and boat trips; series of photos (1930s) of Marion Schwartz and others in naval uniforms; Charleston architecture in background of many images; good examples of 1920s-1930s fashion. Collection also includes clipping (photocopy) of Marvin Brody on double date, 1954.


  • Creation: 1910s-1950s


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Due to the fragility of the original photo albums, researchers must use photocopies.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Charleston families connected by the marriage (1939) of Marion Schwartz (1906-1984) to Esther Brody (1906-1991). The Brody family emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania in 1901 and moved to Charleston, SC, in 1910. Several Brodys owned Charleston businesses including Brody's Liquor Store (opened 1946 at Meeting and 1st Streets) and Brody's Pharmacy, (opened 1920s) the first Jewish Pharmacy in Charleston (506 Meeting St.). Marion Schwartz was director of the Charleston County Police from 1957-1963.


0.5 linear feet

Language of Materials


Acquisitions Information

Photo albums donated by Michael Emmett and Joanne Schwartz.

Inventory of the Schwartz-Brody Family Papers, 1910s-1950s
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections
College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424
(843) 953-8016
(843) 953-6319 (Fax)