Collection Number: 05676

Collection Title: George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate Papers, 1901-1905

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract Courtship letters, 1901-1905, of Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou written while Etta Blanche Tate was a student in Greendale, Va., at Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Va., and employed as a teacher in various locations in Virginia. George Newton Ballou wrote from his home in Ashe County, N.C., from the Eastern Normal College in Front Royal, Va., and in various locations in Tennessee where he worked as a photographer. The collection also contains digital transcriptions of the letters and a small amount of related material.
Creator Ballou, George Newton

Tate, Etta Blanche
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate Papers #05676, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mary Jane Ballou of St. Augustine, Fla., in February 2016 in honor of her parents George Tate Ballou and Joanna Ratliff Ballou and her paternal grandparents George Newton Ballou and Etta Tate Ballou.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Etta Blanche Tate (1878-1970) and George Newton Ballou (1891-1972) were married in 1905.

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Correspondence, 1901-1905, of Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou (known as Newt) written during their courtship and engagement while Etta Blanche Tate was a student in Greendale, Va., at Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Va., and while she was employed as a teacher in various locations in Virginia. George Newton Ballou wrote from his home in Ashe County, N.C., from the Eastern Normal College in Front Royal, Va., and in various locations in Tennessee where he worked as a photographer. Their frequent correspondence describes day-to-day life including their schooling, Etta Blanche Tate's work as a teacher, George Newton Ballou's photography, the places they live, their families, and their engagement and wedding plans. There is also a letter from Etta Blanche Tate to George Newton Ballou written after their marriage, letters to the couple from other family members, and copies of their wedding announcement. The collection also contains digital transcriptions of the courtship letters, an inventory of the letters, a chronology of the Ballou's courtship, and other items relating to the letters. Finally, there is a digital transcription of George Newton Ballou's "Memorandum of My New River Trip," and a digitized photograph of the Ballous circa 1960, among other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908.

About 2000 items.

Correspondence, 1901-1905, of Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou (known as Newt) written during their courtship and engagement while Etta Blanche Tate was a student in Greendale, Va., at Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Va., and while she was employed as a teacher in various locations in Virginia. George Newton Ballou wrote from his home in Ashe County, N.C., from the Eastern Normal College in Front Royal, Va., and in various locations in Tennessee where he worked as a photographer. Their frequent correspondence describes day-to-day life including their schooling, Etta Blanche Tate's work as a teacher, George Newton Ballou's photography, the places they live, their families, and their engagement and wedding plans. There is also a letter from Etta Blanche Tate to George Newton Ballou written after their marriage, letters to the couple from other family members, and copies of their wedding announcement, among other items.

Transcriptions of the Etta Blanch Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, an inventory of the letters, a chronology of Etta Blanche Tate and George Netwon Ballou's courtship, and a listing of the geographic names mentioned in the correspondence can be found in Series 2.

Letters were arranged into chronological order by the donor and numbered consecutively. The numbering corresponds to the inventory provided with the collection found in Seris 2. However, some numbers appear to be missing.

Folder 1

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, May-October 1901 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 1

Folder 2

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, October-December 1901 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 2

Folder 3

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, January-May 1902 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 3

Folder 4

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, May-October 1902 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 4

Folder 5

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, October-December 1902 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 5

Folder 6

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, January-May 1903 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 6

Folder 7

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, June-July 1903 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 7

Folder 8

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, August-September 1903 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 8

Folder 9

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, September-November 1903 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 9

Folder 10

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, November-December 1903 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 10

Folder 11

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, January-February 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 11

Folder 12

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, February-March 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 12

Folder 13

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, March-May 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 13

Folder 14

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, June-August 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 14

Folder 15

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, August 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 15

Folder 16

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, August-September 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 16

Folder 17

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, September-October 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 17

Folder 18

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, October-November 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 18

Folder 19

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, November 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 19

Folder 20-21

Folder 20

Folder 21

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, December 1904 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 20-21

Folder 22

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence, January, 1905 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 22

Folder 23

Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou wedding announcement, January 1905 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 23

Folder 24

Letter from Etta Blanche Tate to George Newton Ballou, November 1905 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 24

Folder 25

Undated Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou correspondence #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 25

Folder 26

Letters to Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou from family, 1905-1908 #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 26

Folder 27

Other papers #05676, Series: "1. Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou Correspondence and Related Materials, 1901-1908." Folder 27

Contains handwritten and typescript poems and essays and a receipt for a dental bridge for Etta Blanche Tate, 1904.

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59 items.

Digital files created by Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou's granddaughter Mary Jane Ballou including transcriptions of the courtship letters in Series 1, an inventory of the letters, a chronology of the Ballou's courtship, and other items relating to the letters. There is also a digital transcription of George Newton Ballou's "Memorandum of My New River Trip," a digitized photograph of the Ballous circa 1960, and other items.

Digital Folder DF-5676/1

Digital transcriptions: George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate correspondence, 1901 #05676, Series: "2. Digital Transcriptions and Related Materials, circa 2000." DF-5676/1

Microsoft word files.

Digital Folder DF-5676/2

Digital transcriptions: George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate correspondence, 1902 #05676, Series: "2. Digital Transcriptions and Related Materials, circa 2000." DF-5676/2

Microsoft word files.

Digital Folder DF-5676/3

Digital transcriptions: George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate correspondence, 1903 #05676, Series: "2. Digital Transcriptions and Related Materials, circa 2000." DF-5676/3

Microsoft word files.

Digital Folder DF-5676/4

Digital transcriptions: George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate correspondence, 1904 #05676, Series: "2. Digital Transcriptions and Related Materials, circa 2000." DF-5676/4

Microsoft word files.

Digital Folder DF-5676/5

Digital transcriptions: George Newton Ballou and Etta Blanche Tate correspondence, 1905 #05676, Series: "2. Digital Transcriptions and Related Materials, circa 2000." DF-5676/5

Microsoft word files.

Digital Folder DF-5676/6

Other materials #05676, Series: "2. Digital Transcriptions and Related Materials, circa 2000." DF-5676/6

Contains an inventory of the Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou courtship letters provided by the donor, digital transcription (pdf file) of George Newton Ballou's "Memorandum of My New River Trip," a list of the geographical names mentioned in the letters, a digitized photograph of Etta Blanche Tate and George Newton Ballou circa 1960, and a digital photograph of their grave.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Alicia Melton and Jackie Dean, May 2016

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, May 2016

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