Manuscript Collection: MS 0505
Agency History/Biographical note:
Margaret Ball was born in New Haven, Connecticut on April 9, 1878.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke in 1900, and
went on to obtain a Master's Degree in English Literature and a Ph.D.
in Education and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in
1903 and 1908 respectively. She published her first work in 1907,
entitled "Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature." In 1910 she
published "The Principals of Outlining," and in 1924 an introduction
to Charlette Bronte's "Jane Eyre," Modern Reader Series.
Additionally, Ball wrote numerous articles in many popular
periodicals. She taught as an assitant professor at Mount Holyoke
College and Barnard College. She gained a full profesorship in 1921
and taught at Mount Holyoke until 1943. Margaret Ball died on
January 3, 1952 in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Scope and Content:
The Margaret Ball Papers consist of correspondence, essay drafts,
research notes, clippings, subject files, family financial records,
and memorabilia. The correspondence, arranged alphabetically,
represent over four decades of personal and professional experiences
beginning with her undergraduate years at Mount Holyoke College,
1896-1900. The letters are primarily from friends, former students,
and former colleagues discussing health, education, careers, and
travels. Course materials include exams and reading lists and of
special note is her introductory English course on the importance of
letter-writing. The research notes include articles focusing on
education and literature collected by Ball and copies of her works.
Her writings represent her academic and intellectual development
beginning with essays from college and graduate school to tributes to
her colleagues and published works. Of particular note within the
collection are correspondence and writings about fellow colleagues,
involvement in Mount Holyoke campus development and comments on the
selection of Roswell Gray Ham as the first male president of the
Cite as: Margaret Ball Papers, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted