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Hilda Schwartz Papers, 1930-1994
11 boxes (13.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 281

Abstract:
Lawyer; Judge; Founder, NY Women's Bar Association. Papers consist of correspondence, campaign records, legal documents, biographical materials, newspaper clippings and photographs documenting Schwart's public career and legal work in New York City. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Hilda Ginsburg was born in New York City in 1908. She attended New York City public schools, earned her B.A. from Washington Square College, and her LLB from NYU in 1920; she was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1930. She married Herman N. Schwartz; they had one son, John. She became an associate with a small law firm then had a private practice with her husband until 1946; in 1935 she founded the New York City Women's Bar Association after the New York City Bar denied her application (she was finally admitted in 1940). She was appointed by three different New York mayors and elected as well to many posts including Trial Commissioner of the Board of Estimates (1946-1951); and New York City Treasurer and Director of Finance (1958-1965). Sh e was one of the first women to sit on any New York court, serving on the New York City Magistrates Court (1951 - ?); the New York City Civil Court; and then on the New York State Supreme Court (1972-1984), where she decided cases in international law, banking, employee relations, and many other areas. She did early judicial work with the Home Term Court, succeding Anna M. Kross as Chair of the Home Term Panel and served on numerous judicial committees. She died 18 Mar 1998.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hilda Ginsburg Schwartz Papers consist of correspondence, campaign records, legal documents, biographical materials, newspaper clippings and photographs, dating from circa 1930s to the 1990s. The bulk of the collection is comprised of material that documents Schwart's life in the public eye, particularly campaign records and related newspaper clippings and biographical and promotional material. Other items of interest include professional correspondence, photographs, and Schwartz's judicial opinions.

NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Hilda Schwartz Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


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Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
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Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Courts--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources
  • Jewish women--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Judges--Elections--New York (State)--History--Sources
  • Law--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Lawyers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government
  • New York (State). Supreme Court
  • New York Women's Bar Association (New York, N.Y.)
  • Schwartz, Hilda G.
  • Women judges--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women lawyers--United States--Biography--Sources


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