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A Guide to the Edward Ball Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ball, Edward, 1888-1981
Title: Edward Ball Papers
Dates: 1938-1981
Abstract: Interviews, articles, news clippings, and manuscripts about Ed Ball.
Extent: 0.8 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: Ms 181
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in Virginia in 1888, Edward Ball became a leading and powerful figure in Florida finance and politics when he took over the management of the estate of his brother-in-law, Alfred I. duPont. As trustee for this estate, he was able to spearhead profitable endeavors such as the St. Joe Paper Co., the Florida East Coast Railway, the Florida National Bank, and substantial real estate investments. Although he never held public office, his political clout was extraordinary. He was recognized as the power behind the rural Florida politicians known as the "Porkchop Gang" who held power for several decades, beginning in the 1930s. He died in 1981 in New Orleans.

Scope and Content

This collection contains news clippings, articles, manuscripts, photographs, and interviews related to Ed Ball. The majority of the materials pertain to Ball's financial empire in Florida, including the Florida East Coast Railway and his position as trustee of the dePont estate. The manuscripts consist of two works about Ball: Confusion to the Enemy by Mason and Harrison, and The Ed Ball Story by Hullverson.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward Ball Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Articles on Ball
1 Clippings
1 DuPonts
1 Florida East Coast Railway
1 Interviews
1 Interviews About Ball
2 Photographs
2 Typescript: Confusion to The Enemy, by Raymond K. Mason and Virginia W. Harrison. (Call number for published book: HC102.5.B34 M37)
2 Typescript: The Ed Ball Story, by Richard Hullverson

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Ball, Edward, 1888-1981.
Businessmen -- Florida -- Biography.
Du Pont family.
DuPont, Alfred I. (Alfred Irenee), 1864-1935.
Florida -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Florida East Coast Railway.

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