Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Paul Leland Ballard papers

Abstract

The Paul Leland Ballard papers (dated 1913-1933, undated; 0.11 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprises licenses, receipts, medicine labels, drawings, documents, and photographs that document the Da-Ka-Ta Medicine Company and Paul Ballard in Ohio and Indiana during the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Paul Leland Ballard papers
Creator
Ballard, Paul Leland, 1895-1981
Extent
0.11 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Alternative medicine.
Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
Medicine, Rural
Medicine shows
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0189: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Paul Leland Ballard papers, 1913-1933, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Paul Leland Ballard (1895-1981) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Henry Ballard (1848-1938) and Julia Barron (1856-1944). In 1920, he married Helen E. Keeling (1897-1963). He ran the Da-Ka-Ta Medicine Company, traveling across the country selling medicinal wares, such as corn medicine (with 100% cannabis), tonics, and nasal washes.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Paul Leland Ballard papers (dated 1913-1933, undated; 0.11 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprise licenses, receipts, medicine labels, drawings, documents, and photographs that document the Da-Ka-Ta Medicine Company and Paul Ballard in Ohio and Indiana during the early twentieth century. The licenses are from Ohio and give Ballard permission to peddle his wares in specific locations; the receipts include purchases made by Paul and his business partner Jack Standing Elk, along with promissory notes given to them for their goods. The medicine labels provide information on the contents of the medicine, instructions on how to take it, and the price of the item, while the coupons provide the customer with incentives for purchasing the medicine. The notes, drawings, and documents include a map of Indiana, empty envelopes, a letter from Representative Martin A. Morrison, a vocabulary list, and sketches and cartoons done by Paul. Finally, there are three photographs in the collection of Paul and his business partner Jack Standing Elk.
The Paul Leland Ballard papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Property improvements and ditch allotment, 1913, 1926

  • Box 255, folder 7
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Peddling licenses, 1929-1930

  • Box 255, folder 8
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Receipts, 1919-1933, undated

  • Box 255, folder 9
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Da-Ka-Ta medicine labels and coupons, undated

  • Box 255, folder 10
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Notes and documents, 1916, undated

  • Box 255, folder 11
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Drawings by Paul, undated

  • Box 255, folder 12
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Photographs, undated

  • Box 255, folder 13
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