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Photographs, correspondence, printed material and a handwritten music score sheet relating to artists Thomas Ball and his son-in-law William Couper, compiled by Greta Couper for publications about Ball and Couper.
The majority of the collection is photographs of works of art by Thomas Ball and William Couper, including a CD of images. Additional photographs are of Ball, Couper, and family. Also included are copies of correspondence by William Couper and indexes and printed material relating to Ball and Couper compiled by Greta Couper, and a handwritten music score sheet by Thomas Ball.
Greta Elena Couper research material on Thomas Ball and William Couper, circa 1850-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Couper's letters and clippings are photocopies.
Photocopies: Originals in possession of Monroe Couper, Waynesborough, Virginia, or the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.
Greta Couper is a writer and art historian in Los Angeles, California.
Donated 1988 and 2014 by Greta Couper, the great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Ball and the great-granddaughter of William Couper.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001