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Fred Uhl Ball papers, 1936-2002

Contents and Arrangement

The collection was assembled by Lois and David Warren after Ball's death and their original arrangement has been retained.

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Series 1: Papers and Printed Material , 1936-2002, undated
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series contains a small amount of scattered documentation of Fred Ball's life and three folders of material relating specifically to Ball's father, F. Carlton Ball, his mother, Kathryn Uhl Ball, and his grandfather, George Uhl. One additional folder contains records of an Altar Show Tribute titled "Fred the Glad" by Jean C. Roach in 2005.
Ball's papers include a copy of his influential text on enameling Experimental Techniques in Enameling, a vita of his career compiled in 2001 by Lois and David Warren, memorial resolutions passed in his honor, and birth and death certificates.
News clippings include newspaper and magazine articles written about Ball and his work, including tributes to him after his death. The clippings are an excellent source of information about Ball's significant achievements over the course of his career.
Writings include enameling notes, a partial draft of Experimental Techniques in Enameling, and a copy of an article by Ball, in addition to his work of art commission agreement and a reference from Phillip L. Isenberg.
"Tributes to Fred Uhl Ball - September, 1985" is the guest book for the one-man show at Artists Contemporary Gallery that Ball was preparing for when he was attacked in 1985. The book is signed with messages from people who attended the exhibition and also includes signatures of people who attended a memorial service for Ball on January 3, 1986. The folder contains an announcement for the exhibition and a copy of the program from the memorial service.
Papers of F. Carlton Ball and Kathryn Uhl Ball include photographs of each, news clippings, a letter from F. Carlton Ball to his son, an exhibition announcement for F. Carlton Ball, a letter of recommendation from Lyonel Feininger for Kathryn Uhl Ball, her résumé, photographs of her artwork, and a program from her memorial service. Also found is an October 1985 letter from Kathryn Uhl Ball to Lois and David Warren following her son's hospitalization describing to his condition and the process of working with him in the hospital to continue his work to his specifications. Papers of George Uhl consist of a program for an exhibition at E. B. Crocker Art Gallery in 1945, featuring Uhl's metal work and ceramics by Kathryn and Carlton Ball. There is also a photograph of a silver punch bowl, ladle and cups by George Uhl.
Description Container Select
Ball, F. Carlton, 1938-1968, undated
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1
Ball, Fred Uhl
Birth and Death Certificates, 1945, 1985
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2
Copy of Experimental Techniques in Enameling, 1972
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3
Letter from Sandy Shannonhouse? to Fred Ball, 1973
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4
Memorial Resolution, California State Assembly, 1986
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5
Memorial Resolution, City of Sacramento, 1985
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6
News Clippings, 1963-1987, 2002
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7-9
Visitor Book, "Tributes to Fred Uhl Ball - September, 1985,", 1985
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10
Vita, 2001
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11
Writings, 1981, 1985, undated
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12
Ball, Kathryn Uhl, 1936-2000, undated
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13
Uhl, George, 1945, undated
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14
Roach, Jean C.,"Fred the Glad" Altar Show Tribute, 2005
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15

Series 2: Photographs , 1945-1987, undated
1.1 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-2

This series contains photographs of Ball throughout his life, in addition to photographs of artwork and exhibitions. Photographs of Ball include portraits of the artist in his studio, and family photographs include baby, childhood, and high school pictures. There are also photographs of Ball demonstrating at the State Fair (1965); at an installation and in his studio; and with his mother and half-brother. One photograph of Ball as an infant is labeled "date unknown, photo possibly by Imogen Cunningham." Three photographs show Kathryn Ball and Bruce Beck working on Ball's Sutter Hospital Mural which they completed in 1986.
Binder 1: Photographs #1 contains photographs of commissions in California, Nevada, and New Jersey arranged alphabetically by name of site; and material relating to the 1987 Fred Uhl Ball Retrospective at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, including a catalog of the exhibition, photographs of the installation and transparencies of works from the catalog.
Binder 2: Photographs #2 contains miscellaneous color photographs of work completed between 1968 and 1985, with some photographs of undated work. Binder 3: Slides #1 contains slides of Ball, including shots of him in his studio, and slides of exhibitions and artwork including commissions. Binders 4 and 5 contain slides of artwork organized by type of work or media.
The photographs and slides in this series were donated to the Archives of American Art in archival binders. They have been removed from their original binders. The original arrangement has been maintained, and the content notes for slides are generally taken directly from the labels provided in the binders.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Ball, circa 1980s
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16
Photographs of Ball, Family Photos, 1945-1986
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17-18
Photographs 1, Commissions, 1977-1986
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19
Photographs 1, Fred Uhl Ball Retrospective (including catalog of exhibition), 1987
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20
Photographs 1, Transparencies of Works from Retrospective Catalog, 1987
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21
Photographs 2, Miscellaneous, 1968-1985, undated
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22-23
Slides 1, Studio and Early Work , 1962-1984
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24
Slides 1, Exhibitions and Works with Titles and/or in Private Collections, 1959-1987, undated
Exhibitions include: Unknown Date or Venue; Sacramento Library, One-Man Show; Barrio's with Gerald Silva; Fred Uhl Ball: Enamels, Last Show, Artist's Contemporary Gallery, Fred Uhl Ball Retrospective, Creative Arts League at Crocker Art Museum; Retrospective Catalog Photos
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25
Slides 1, Commissioned Works, circa 1970s-1980s
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26
Slides 2, Sculpture - Low Relief and Flat Works, circa 1963-1986
Sculpture includes beds and pillows, bag lunch, gift boxes, match books, and miscellaneous.
Low relief and flat works includes bowls, envelopes, copper foil relief wall pieces, copper foil tooled 3-part screen, copper foil tooled city scene, city scene drawings, city scene enameled, copper foil tooled suns and sunflowers, bird and fish themes, copper foil and relief panels, wire inlay, copper foil and lacquer, soft white torch-fired on copper foil, soft white frames with life forms, soft white "Bessies," transparent flux on copper foil, and red and black calligraphic strokes on copper foil.
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27-28
Slides 3, circa 1968-1986
Includes small wall pieces, figural pieces, Sgraffito technique, Daphne blue enameled pieces, jig-saw works, stenciled squares, late squares, painted liquid white, bronze-textured panels, gold enamel on copper foil, models for landscape, blue "Seascape" on foil, miscellaneous, brass with thinly brushed flux, brass relief and flat panels, brass landscape series, brass tree series, brass square, and titanium.
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29-30

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