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Schapiro papers

Identifier: MS 2320


This collection contains the papers of S. Schapiro & Sons, Baltimore rag dealers who eventually became leaders in the recycling industry, 1918-1977.


  • 1918 - 1977


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

Solomon Schapiro and Sons was established in 1918. The Baltimore rag dealers eventually became leaders in the recycling industry. Brothers Bernard (Ben) and Joseph Schapiro operated the business after Solomon Schapiro retired, and were later joined by brother Daniel. The Schapiros were active leaders in their industry, community, and Jewish charitable, religious, and social institutions.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bernard Schapiro.

Related Materials

PP197, Bernard Schapiro photograph collection, 1964-1975

Scope and Contents

Business records of S. Schapiro and Sons include journal of general expenses (1921-1927) and ledger of accounts, inventories, and assets & liabilities statements (1918-1927). Letters to and from Bernard (Ben) Schapiro (1960-1977) concern Schapiro family history, including information about maternal uncle, Adolph Kres; and interview with the Jewish Historical Society of MD; and tributes to Ben and his recovery from illness (1960). Materials concerning tributes to Ben Schapiro include a scrapbook of items pertaining to a dinner at the governor's mansion (1975); essay by granddaughter, Kathy; reprints form two trade journals on Ben and Joseph (1949; 1976); and items about Ben's "Torch of Learning" award from the Friends of the Hebrew University (1977). Also, printed material on the Jewish home for the aged and infirm, Levindale; recycling industries, including banquet program & tribute dinner announcement; and a magazine reprint and newsclipping on the s.S. President Warfield, later the Exodus.

Guide to the Schapiro papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-16: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States