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Sol and Lillian Schulman and Family Collection

Identifier: MSS 04-01
Box 1 of the Sol and Lillian Schulman Collection focuses on Schulman’s Dept. Store. The ledger and account books record, in detail, each patron’s name, town of residence, purchases and credits. The second box of the collection is primarily made up of plaques and certificates presented to the Schulmans by area businesses and organizations. The awards range in date from 1982-2002. Folder 1 includes an “Economy Weekly Time Book” which documents Schulman’s employees, their hours worked and wages earned in late 1947. Folder 2 contains newsletters and a coloring book that likely belonged to Herbert Schulman.


  • 1935 - 2002


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4 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Sol Schulman was born March 15, 1912, in New York City, the youngest of 8 children. At age 8, he was sent to live with an older sister in South Carolina, as his mother was very ill. Schulman worked in several family clothing stores during his youth and he eventually bought a newly built store in Sylva from his father in 1932 at age 19. Schulman’s Department Store opened in January 1933, in the midst the Great Depression, and did not close until Mr. Schulman retired in 2002. Schulman married Lillian Zheutlin of Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1937 and the couple had two sons, Herbert and David, several years later.

Besides being owners of Schulman’s Dept. Store, the Schulmans were also well-known for their generosity and active rolls in community organizations. In 1992, Mr. Schulman helped to found the Jackson County Community Foundation, a chapter of the North Carolina Community Foundation. He also contributed time and money to area fire departments, churches, hospitals and Western Carolina University through the Patrons of Quality program.

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Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States