Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bowen mss., 1932-1938, consist primarily of the correspondence of lecturer Kathleen Bowen of 8 Netley Terrace, Southsea, Portsmouth, England, with George Alexander Ball of Muncie, Indiana and with naval historian, Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine Callender.

With her letter of Oct. 21-23, 1937, Bowen sent George Ball a copy of The Story of H.M.S. Victory by Callender (London, Philip Allen & Co., 2nd ed., Nautilus Library, 1929: Lilly VA458 .V6 C15 1929) inscribed by the author to Bowen with the message: "England has nothing to fear in the present disturbed state of the political world if only she can remember her own history." Inscribed on the second flyleaf, Oct. 6, 1937, are the autographs of the crew of the yacht Endeavour I which had participated in the America's Cup Race and of the officials of the town of Gosport from which the ship had sailed. An ink sketch of the Endeavour I by A. Smith completes the collection.

Correspondents in the collection are George Alexander Ball, Kathleen Ball, Sir Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip, 1st viscount Caldecott, Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine Callender, Louis Brian Caple, Lucy France-Hayhurst, and T.K. Parr.

Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana, 1984; Gift. Ball Brothers Foundation, Muncie, Indiana, 1989

Collection size: 15 items

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