Publications pertaining to

the Ball Family and Company






       Ball Guest House

       Ball Corporation, undated but late 1980s.

       A pictorial booklet that outlines the history of the Ball family, Ball Corporation and the Guest House.  Of most interest are the photographs of the interior of the house.


Frederic A. Birmingham

Ball Corporation, The First Century

Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, 1980

In telling the story of the company, this history includes much detail on the family.


John W. Fisher with E. Bruce Geelhoed

Managing Change: How to Grow a Modern Enterprise

Ball State University, Muncie, 1986

A business-oriented review of Fisher’s years as chairman, president and CEO of Ball Corporation.


Frank Clayton Ball

Memoirs of Frank Clayton Ball

privately printed, Muncie, 1937

An excellent source of information on the early days of the company and the family. 


Elisabeth Ball, Hope Barnes, editor

A Suite of Poems

Indiana University, 1984

Published on the occasion of the dedication of the Elisabeth W. Ball Room at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.


William F. Brantley

A Collector’s Guide to Ball Jars

Rosemary Martin, Muncie, 1975

While the focus is on fruit jars, the book contains many details about the company and family.


June Mull

Bertha Crosley Ball Art Center Ball State University

Ball Brothers Foundation and Ball State University, Muncie, 1965

Excellent photographs and a good account of one use of a Ball mansion after the family moved out.


Marion S. Adams

Alvin M. Owsley of Texas: Apostle of Americanism

Texian Press, Waco, 1971

Owsley married a daughter of F.C. Ball.


Lucina Ball Moxley

Recollections of Lucina: The Best Years

no publisher listed, 1986

Personal account of Lucina’s life.


Lucina Moxley

All About Sam

Guildcraft of Indiana, Indianapolis, 1991

This daughter of W.H. Ball married Sam Moxley, who ran the Haag drugstore chain in Indianapolis.


Ball Corporation

Edmund F. Ball: Uncommon Man

Ball Corporation, Muncie, 1988

Tribute commemorating Mr. Ball’s 60 years involvement with the company, with many photographs.


Edmund F. Ball

Rambling Recollections, Vol. I - IV


Hope Barnes & Frances Petty Sargent

Stone on Stone

Ball State University, Muncie, 1991

The story of Margaret Ball, daughter of Frank C. Ball.  She married Fred Petty, who became a Vice-President at Ball Brothers, and together they owned Ball Stores department store in Muncie.  Excellent first-hand information on growing up in the family.


Thomas A. Sargent

The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center for University and Community

Ball State University, Muncie, 1989

Another chapter in the life of one of the family homes.


Edmund F. Ball

Staff Officer

Mr. Ball recounts his war years as an aide to General Mark Clark.


Hope Barnes, editor

Oakhurst Poems and Obiter Scripta of Elisabeth Ball

Rosemary Ball Bracken, 1984

Collected poems and writing of the only child of G. A. Ball, published by her cousin.


Elizabeth L. Johnson, editor

For Your Amusement and Instruction: The Elisabeth Ball Collection of Historical Children’s Materials

Lilly Library, 1987

This exhibit catalogue contains a biography of Elisabeth and an essay written by her about children’s books


Edmund F. Ball

California Gold Rush: Diary of Charles H. Harvey, February 12 – November 12, 1852

Mr. Ball annotated this account of his cousin’s adventures in the West.


Edmund F. Ball

A History of the Founding of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation

Mr. Ball adds comments, often sarcastic but always incisive, to the minutes of an extremely boring Masonic meeting.


Edmund F. Ball

       The Lore and Lure of the Lakes

       Lake ForestLake Bluff Historical Society, 1978

A review of the shipping industry on the Great Lakes, not much detail about Ball involvement.