Martin and Helen Schwartz 
Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz
Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz
have a long history of supporting Ball State University and the University Libraries. Contributions include the funds to enable Archives and Special Collections to have prints made of more than 2,000 photographic negatives, providing a rich resource for local history enthusiasts, local and national journalists, scholars, faculty members, and students. University Libraries has since digitized the photographs and made the images available to researchers in the Ball State Digital Media Repository.

Other contributions to the University Libraries include the establishment of the Nancy K. Turner Fund, the donation of the Martin Schwartz Papers and Schwartz Paper Company Records to Archives and Special Collections, and a bronze sculpture by Hungarian artist Imre Varga titled Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest. Through the Muncie Community Foundation, Mr. Schwartz has given grants to support the purchase of rare books and manuscript material for Archives and Special Collections and the translation, transcription, and digitization of the Felsenstein Family Papers, which document the lives of a German Jewish family during World War II and the Holocaust.

In memory of his late wife, Helen, Mr. Schwartz provided funds to create the Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex, which provides a high-tech collaborative learning space for Ball State students and faculty.

Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz were married in 1940 and had four daughters, Judith, Susan (passed away in 2002), Deborah, and Joan.