15.0 cubic feet (33 boxes, 8 folders, and 4 DVDs, 2 audiocassettes).
The collection was organized by Phil Ball himself, who implemented his own coding system. We attempted to keep true to his organizational scheme, but for the sake of user ease, we amended his organizational schemes when needed to reflect the item's date. The Dr. Phil Ball Papers are organized in the following series: Series 1: Dr. W. Philip Ball manuscripts, publications, and correspondence, 1957-2004. Subseries 1.1: Computer manuscripts, 1993-2004. Subseries 1.2: Correspondence, 1959-2003. Subseries 1.3: Publishing files and correspondence, 1957-2003. Subseries 1.4: Children's stories, 1982-2003. Series 2: Dr. W. Philip Ball personal and family papers, 1924-2002. Subseries 2.1: Philip Ball personal papers, 1924-2002. Subseries 2.2: Clay Adra Ball (father) papers, 1935-1994. Subseries 2.3: Helen Mauck Ball (mother) papers, 1982-2000. Subseries 2.4: Family correspondence, 1930-1970. Series 3: Dr. W. Philip Ball Medical Career files, 1950-2003. Series 4: Calvin Coolidge files, 1923-2004. Series 5: Dr. W. Philip Ball addition files, 1924, 1930, 1937, 1957, 1970-2013. Subseries 5.1: Addition files, 1973-2005. Subseries 5.2: 2007 Addition files, 2004-2006. Subseries 5.3: 2008 Addition files, 2005-2008. Subseries 5.4: 2009-2011 Addition files, 2005-2010. Subseries 5.5: 2012-2013 Addition files, 1924, 1930, 1937, 1957, 1970-1980, 2004-2013. Series 6: Dr. W. Philip Ball inventions and other artifacts, undated. Series 7: Dr. W. Philip Ball computer disks, 1993-2004. Series 8: Dr. W. Philip Ball electronic files, 2007-2008. Series 9: Dr. W. Philip Ball oversized materials, 1940-1996. Series 10: Dr. W. Philip Ball audio recordings, undated. Series 11: Dr. W. Philip Ball video recordings, 1970-1995. Series 12: Dr. W. Philip Ball photographs, undated. Series 13: Dr. W. Philip Ball oversized photographs, 1945, undated. Series 14: Dr. W. Philip Ball negatives, undated. Series 15: Dr. W. Philip Ball slides, 2004, undated.
This collection includes manuscripts and other publications, correspondence, personal papers, family papers, medical career files, materials on Calvin Coolidge, computer files, audio recordings, video recordings, photographic materials, and inventions and other artifacts from Dr. W. Philip Ball in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1923 to 2013 regarding Dr. Ball's medical and writing careers, the Ball family, and Dr. Ball's other interests and activities.
Dr. W. Philip Ball was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1919 to Dr. Clay A. Ball and Mrs. Helen Mauck Ball. Dr. Ball is a member of the original Muncie Ball family that came to the area in the 1830s. He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1936, studied at Ball State Teachers College, and earned his B.A. and M.D. from Indiana University in 1940 and 1942, respectively. He then interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 1943. From 1948 to 1951, Dr. Ball received specialty training in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, where he earned a Master of Science in Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He practiced medicine for forty-three years in Muncie, Indiana, and later taught medical students at Ball Memorial Hospital. In 1992, the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians named Dr. Ball Internist Laureate. Dr. Ball also served in the Navy as a medical officer during World War II. In 1970, Dr. Ball delivered testimony during a U.S. Senate hearing on health problems related to the birth control pill. The testimony was broadcast and printed around the world, and the Senate hearings led to new FDA regulations regarding the pill. In addition to his medical career, Dr. Ball was a published writer for more than fifty years. Hundreds of his letters, articles, and columns were printed in local and national newspapers, and in medical publications. Dr. Ball also published six books. Much of his literary work was published under the pseudonym Charles F. Coldwater, M.D., who is the self-proclaimed mayor-for-life of the west Muncie community known as Normal City. In 1992, Ball was designated the Poet Laureate for the Indiana House of Representatives, and in 1996 he was given a Special Citation Award by Ball State University's Department of Journalism in recognition of his numerous contributions to local newspapers. Dr. Ball was a member of Muncie Rotary, the Delaware-Blackford Medical Society, the honorary staff of the Ball Memorial Hospital, and the American College of Physicians. He has also served as a long-time board member of the local Keep Cool with Coolidge Club, the National Mothers' Maruch on Hernia, and the American Grackelgoober Disease Society. Dr. Ball is married to Esther Ebrite Ball. Mrs. Ball is a retired schoolteacher, and worked with the cryptographic division of the FBI and with military intelligence during World War II. They have three children. (Information taken from "Obituary Script," and curriculum vitae, both written by Dr. Phil Ball.)..
Processing information: Collection processing completed 2001/11 by A. Benefiel. Finding aid revised 2001/11 by A. Benefiel; 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2009 by unknown; 2009/05/18 by Rachel N. Miller; 2009/05/19 by Maren L. Read; and 2010/08/13 by B. Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2012/05/23 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/21 by Leslie Nellis.
Separated materials are restricted. Contact the repository for more information.
Dr. W. Philip Ball papers, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN: MSS.051: Clay Adra Ball papers; SC.021: Reflecting on Practicing Medicine, Ball, Philip.
Electronic finding aid available on the Internet: http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/archives/findingaids/MSS213.pdf.
Further additions are expected.