Edward D. Ball family papers

Edward D. Ball family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Ball, Edward D.
Creator: Ball, June McCoy
Creator: Ball, Lucy Shivers
Creator: Ball, Milner S.
Creator: Shivers, Lou Barksdale
Creator: Shivers, Milner Smith
Title: Edward D. Ball family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1931-1955
Dates: 1882-1976
Quantity: 1.1 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 half box, 1 card file box)
Coll. Number: ms2336

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Donald Ball, journalist and Associated Press (AP) correspondent during World War II, resided in Milledgeville, Georgia and Brentwood, Tennessee. Married Mary Lucy Shivers, daughter of Milner Smith Shivers and Lou Barksdale Shivers of Milledgeville and Eatonton, Georgia. The Ball's children included Edward Donald Ball, Jr. and Milner Shivers Ball.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of the Edward D. Ball family and the Shiver family from 1882-1976. The papers include correspondence; genealogical information on the Ball, Barksdale, Shivers, and other allied families; clippings; printed material; photographs; typed manuscripts of Ball's AP articles; World War II ephemera; unclassified military documents (1949) containing historical studies on World War II battles in Europe for the "Beachhead Revisited Tour"; postcards; and two 16 mm motion pictures of the war in France, particularly Paris, and German prisoners of war. The correspondence contains letters from Edward Ball to Lucy Shivers Ball during his service as an AP war correspondent (1942-1945) while in London, England; France; and Germany. Ball's letters describe life during the war, problems with food, housing, and clothing; air raids and bomb attacks; activities of other correspondents; descriptions of camp life at the front; destruction in France and Germany; the liberation of Paris; the black market; and post war living conditions.

The correspondence also contains letters of the Barksdale family, Lucy Shivers, and Milner Shivers (Lucy's brother) from 1882-1930 (with gaps). From 1931-1976, the collection contains letters from Lucy to her parents, Milner S. Shivers and Lou Barksdale Shivers; to Lucy and Ed Ball from their son Milner while a student at Princeton University (N.J.) and Harvard University (Mass.); and letters from June McCoy Ball, Milner's wife. The correspondence mainly discusses family matters, daily activities, and news of friends or relatives.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Associated Press.
Ball family
Barksdale family
College students--Massachusetts.
College students--New Jersey.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Shivers family
World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--France.
World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Germany.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward D. Ball family papers. MS 2336. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Newspaper clippings, booklets, correspondence about WW2
2Soldier manual, staff magazine, small AP journals
3Postcards, 1910-1980