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Margaret B. Ballard, Compiler, Monroe County Historical Papers and Other Material

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.2537

Scope and Contents

Papers of Dr. Margaret Byrnside Ballard (1900-1976), regarding the history of Monroe County, West Virginia, and the Ballard family. As a genealogist and author of local history, she was an avid collector of the historical materials contained in this collection, most of which relate to her family and Monroe County. The collection includes personal papers, business records, historical and genealogical research material, scrapbooks, bibles, memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, broadsides, paintings, and postage stamps.

Personal papers and business records include papers of the Ballard family, such as estate settlements and the papers of Helen Houston Ballard Clark, Margaret's sister; papers of her parents Isaac Newton Ballard and Kate May Walkup; and papers of Margaret Byrnside Ballard herself.

Historical and genealogical research material includes papers concerning local family genealogies that were compiled by Margaret Byrnside Ballard, materials compiled by Dr. Ballard concerning various topics of local history and of personal interest to her, and a genealogical index.

Dates

  • 1783-1976, undated
  • Majority of material found in ca. 1910-1970

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Byrnside Ballard (April 9, 1900 - September 25, 1976) was born in Greenville, Monroe County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Isaac Newton Ballard, the local postmaster and owner of a general store, and Kate May Walkup.

Margaret B. Ballard was educated in the public school at Greenville; Alleghany Collegiate Institute, Alderson, WV; attended West Virginia University; received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland's School of Medicine in 1926. Dr. Ballard practiced medicine, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, in Baltimore, Maryland from 1926 to June 1965. She was also a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland's School of Medicine from 1929 to 1965. Upon retiring, Dr. Ballard returned to Monroe County to pursue her interest in genealogy and local history.

Dr. Ballard was a member of the University of Maryland's School of Medicine's Alumni Association; the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland; the Baltimore City Medical Society; the West Virginia State Historical Society; the Greenbrier Historical Society; the West Virginia Artist's and Craftsmen Guild; and the Centerville Presbyterian Church in Greenville, WV. She was also one of the founders of the Monroe County Historical Society.

Dr. Ballard is the author of two books: A University is Born, the story of the founding of the University of Maryland, and William Ballard, A Genealogical Record of his Descendants in Monroe County. She has authored numerous writings for newspapers concerning local history and had several medical articles published in journals. In addition to her writings on local history, Margaret Ballard did genealogical research for other families as a professional genealogist. For a transcript of an oral history with Dr. Margaret Ballard conducted by Dr. George Parkinson, see Goldenseal Magazine, the April-June issue of 1977.

Extent

39.7 Linear Feet (Summary: 39 ft. 7 3/4 in. (81 document cases, 5 in. each); (3 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (2 flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (2 flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 5 in.); (1 large notecard box, 9 1/4 in.); (2 ambrotypes in composite box, 1 3/4 in.); (2 notecard boxes, 6 1/4 in. each); (3 notecard boxes, 6 3/4 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.); 8 reels of microfilm; 2 unboxed paintings; and off-site stamps.)

Overview

Papers of Dr. Margaret Byrnside Ballard (1900-1976), regarding the history of Monroe County, West Virginia, and the Ballard family. As a genealogist and author of local history, she was an avid collector of the historical materials contained in this collection, most of which relate to her family and Monroe County. The collection includes personal papers, business records, historical and genealogical research material, scrapbooks, bibles, memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, broadsides, paintings, and postage stamps. See the Historical Note for more information about Dr. Ballard.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Separated Materials

185 photographs of family and West Virginia places have been separated and are located in the photographs Numeric File, under Monroe County, Ballard Collection.

Over 40 books were separated from the collection.

Map of Montgomery County, Virginia, 1789, separated to Maps Collection.

Unidentified broadsides separated to the Broadside Collection.
Title
Margaret B. Ballard, Compiler, Monroe County Historical Papers and Other Material, 1783-1976, undated
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536