Guide to the Willard and Bessie Ballard papers,
1883-1957

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ballard, Willard R. (Willard Russell), 1872-1929
Title: Willard and Bessie Ballard papers
Dates: 1883-1957 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 265
Summary: This one-box collection contains the papers of Willard and Bessie Ballard, primarily consisting of correspondence, financial papers, personal papers, and other Ballard family papers. Fifty per cent of the papers contained in this collection concerns Bessie Ballard, mostly in the form of her incoming correspondence and her personal papers, such as her 1883 patriarchal blessing.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Willard R. Ballard was born in Logan, Utah on November 26, 1872 to Henry Ballard (a prominent LDS church official and Patriarch) and Emily Ballard, both original settlers of Logan. On June 10, 1896 Willard married Bessie Imogene Griffin of Newton, Utah. Willard died in Logan April 13, 1929.

Bessie Griffin Ballard was born March 18, 1877 to William Hyrum and Elizabeth Ann Treherne Griffin in Newton, Utah. Bessie resided in Newton until her marriage to Willard Ballard, after which they moved to Cache Junction. In 1926 Willard and Bessie moved to Logan, but tragedy struck when Willard died in 1929. Willard and Bessie had five children: Afton, Carmen, Maurine, William, and Russell. During her life, Bessie served as the Librarian at Logan High School and also served in many community positions, including President of the Relief Society. In her retirement, Bessie spent some time in Corvallis, Arizona and in southern California. Bessie died February 23, 1958 and was buried in the Logan City Cemetery.

Sources:

The Herald Journal, April 15, 1929.

The Herald Journal, February 25, 1958.

Content Description

This one box collection contains the papers of Willard and Bessie Ballard. This collection primarily consist of correspondence, financial papers, personal papers, and other Ballard family papers. Fifty percent of the papers contained in this collection concern Bessie Ballard, mostly in the form of her incoming correspondence and her personal papers, such as her 1883 patriarchal blessing.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Willard and Bessie Ballard papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Willard and Bessie Ballard papers, 1883-1957. (COLL MSS 265). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Folders 1-8 contain Bessie Ballard's papers. Folders 8-11 contain Willard Ballard's papers. Folder 12 contains papers concerning Emily M. Ballard. Folder 13 contains the financial papers of Henry Ballard. Folder 14 contains financial papers concerning the former LDS Apostle Melvin J. Ballard. Folders 15 and 16 contain pages from a 1894 diary (author unknown) and two unidentified photographs.

Acquisition Information :  

Unknown.

Processing Note :  

Register Updated by: James R. Booth, July 10, 2000.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 Bessie Ballard, correspondence 1900-1938
1 2 Bessie Ballard, correspondence 1939-1957
1 3 Bessie Ballard, correspondence undated
1 4 Patriarchal blessing of Bessie Ballard 1883 May 9
1 5 Obituaries of Bessie Ballard and family
1 6 Bessie Ballard, financial papers
1 7 Bessie Ballard papers, miscellaneous items
1 8 Willard and Bessie Ballard, financial papers 1897-1925
1 9 Willard R. Ballard, financial Papers; deeds, warranties, and mortgage papers 1889-1917
1 10 Willard R. Ballard, bill of sale for a Percheron Stallion 1907
1 11 Willard R. Ballard, financial and legal papers
1 12 Emily M. Ballard, correspondence and financial papers 1923-1948
1 13 Henry Ballard, financial papers 1885-1896
1 14 Melvin J. Ballard, financial papers 1921
1 15 Two pages from a diary
(author unknown)
1894 December 24
1 16 Two photographs, unidentified children

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Ballard, Bessie, 1877-1958.  ( contributor)
    • Ballard, Bessie, 1877-1958--Correspondence.
    • Ballard, Willard R. (Willard Russell), 1872-1929.
    • Family Names :
    • Ballard family--Records and correspondence.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormons--Utah--History--Sources.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Logan (Utah)--History--Sources.
    • Newton (Utah)--History--Sources.

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