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Edith Alice McClain Collection

Identifier: M418

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of four folders containing materials relating to Edith McClain Schwartz’s education and activities throughout her life.


  • Creation: circa 1913-1977

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Edith Alice McClain was born on September 11, 1900. She attended Judson College in Marion, Alabama, from 1918 until 1922. College records list her hometown as Birmingham, Alabama. During her first year at Judson College, she was awarded one of the fourteen Noah K. Davis Honor Scholarships. To receive this scholarship, a student must have grades of "A" and "B", sixty percent of which must be "A's."

Edith McClain was married to John Ewell Schwartz, and they had two children. Their first child, Edith Alice Schwartz Gunn, and born in 1923 and their second child, John E. Schwartz, Jr., was born in 1926. Both Edith and John worked at the Walnut Street Pharmacy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from approximately 1935 until 1980. John Schwartz, Jr. also worked at the pharmacy for a short period of time.

Edith Schwartz became a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1949. Through this organization, she assisted in producing a booklet on Confederate gravesites in Mississippi in 1962.

Edith spent a fair amount of time researching the history of the Hammacher Family, from whom she was descended. She donated a booklet about the family, "Hammacher, Hamacher..., Our Immigrant Ancestor Adam Hamaker and His Family", to the genealogical vertical file in the William D. McCain Library and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi Edith Schwartz died on June 14, 1989. Her husband, John, preceded her in death in September 1984. Their son died on January 31, 2005.


.25 Cubic Feet : MC1/D8

Language of Materials



Folder 1 contains two copies of Prologue, The Journal of the National Archives, (Spring 1977, Volume 9, Number 1).

Folder 2 holds a copy of The History of Judson College, 1838 - 1913 by Louise Manly.

Folder 3 is comprised of a copy (and a photocopy) of Confederate Graves - State of Mississippi, compiled by members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1962, Mrs. J. E. Schwartz, President.

Folder 4 holds a certificate of membership for Edith Alice McClain Schwartz in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, dated 1949.


Donated by John E. Schwartz on February 28, 1992.

Related Materials

M204 United Daughters of the Confederacy, Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter Records,1901 - 1982.

"Hammacher, Hamacher,…, Our Immigrant Ancestor Adam Hamaker and His Family", by J. I. Hamaker, 1954. (Genealogy Vertical File, McCain Library and Archives)


Contents of the Collection

Judson College Yearbooks, 1918 - 1922

Polk's Hattiesburg City Directory, 1935 - 1999

Social Security Death Index

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter Records, 1901–1982, McCain Library and Archives (M204)

McClain, Edith Alice, Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001