Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hall, T., mss., 1944-1952, consist primarily of letters from Indianapolis born artist Tom Hall, 1880- , to children's book collector Elisabeth Woodworth Ball, 1897- 1982, of Muncie, Indiana. A former newspaperman and advertising business employee in Washington, D.C., Florida, New Orleans, and New York, Hall upon retirement and in frail health amused himself by making paper dolls that would stand up. He wrote about these activities in long, fanciful letters to Miss Ball, as well as about reminiscences of his youth in Indianapolis.

A few of his drawings are present in the collection: a stand-up tiger to illustrate Helen Bannerman's Little Black Sambo as written by Elisabeth Ball with a new ending "for people who like tigers"; a stand-up angel as a Christmas greeting in Dec. 1948; and a self-portrait as a cat sketched on an undated letter (photocopy only) to Lall G. Montgomery. A manila folder bearing the heads of four tigers in brown and yellow, undated and unsigned, may have been drawn by Miss Ball.

Gift. Ball Brothers Foundation. Muncie, Indiana. 1990

Collection size: 54 items

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