Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
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The collection provides scattered documentation of Ball's career through biographical material, family photographs, photographs of artwork, a few letters, and printed material. The collection also includes a small group of papers concerning Ball's father, ceramicist F. Carlton Ball, his mother, illustrator and enamelist Kathryn Uhl Ball, and his grandfather, silversmith George Uhl. The collection consists primarily of photographs and slide transparencies of Ball's artwork, but also includes photographs of Ball, his studio and some of his exhibitions. Papers and printed material include a vita compiled after Ball's death, news clippings providing an overview of his career, a folder of writings, and several items commemorating him.
Fred Uhl Ball papers, 1936-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Enamelist; Sacramento, Calif. Fred Uhl Ball died at age 40 from injuries suffered in an assault. At his death, his art passed to his mother Kathryn who died in 2000 without any heirs. Susan J. Willoughby, a close family friend, served as Trustee of the Kathryn Uhl Ball Trust. Unfortunatley, most of Fred Ball's papers were discarded after his death. The remainder of the collection was assembled by Lois and David Warren, retired college professors.
Donated 2001 by Susan J. Willoughby, a close family friend and Trustee of the Kathryn Uhl Ball Trust, as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Most of Ball's papers were discarded after his death. The papers donated were assembled by Lois and David Warren. Several 2002 news clippings were added to the collection in 2002 and a letter from Kathryn Ball to Lois and David Warren, ca. 1985, was added in 2012.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001