Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Max W. Ball Papers

Dates: 1941-1955.

Director, Oil and Gas Division, Department of the Interior, 1946-1948.

The papers of Max W. Ball include diaries, printed materials, correspondence, speech transcripts, and other items concerning Ball's life and his career as a government official and oil and gas industry consultant.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (about 3,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with this collection. Documents created by U.S. Government employees in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents in this collection presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1976); Sandra Colyer and David Clark (2015).
Updated by: Mikhail Faulconer (2018) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1885 (September 9)Born Max Waite Ball, Munson Township, Illinois
1910-1916Chairman, Oil Board, United States Geological Survey
1915Married Amelia Maeder
1916-1917Official, U.S. Bureau of Mines
1917-1944Geologist and executive with various mining companies
1944-1946Special Assistant to Deputy Petroleum Administrator, Petroleum Administration for War
1946-1948Director, Oil and Gas Division, Department of the Interior
1948-1954Oil and gas industry consultant
1954 (August 28)Died, Washington D.C.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Max W. Ball include diaries, printed materials, correspondence, speech transcripts, and other items concerning Ball's life and his career as a government official and an oil and gas industry consultant. The collection is arranged alphabetically in one series, a Subject File.

Most of the collection is comprised of Ball's typewritten diaries. Dating from 1947 to 1954, the diary entries mostly cover his daily work, meetings, and trips, including those to Venezuela, Turkey, and Israel. Ball also writes more sparingly in the diaries about his personal travels, errands, and leisure time spent with his family, particularly playing cards with his wife and reading. Ball occasionally comments on daily events and his personal health. Most of the diaries date from Ball's years as a consultant after he left government service in 1948.

The collection also contains newspaper and magazine articles dating from 1941 to 1954 on issues related to oil and gas, including several authored by Ball himself. The collection includes copies of a number of Ball's remarks and speeches to the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, National Petroleum Council, Colorado School of Mines, and other groups. Letters of congratulation, appreciation, and invitation are also included.

The collection includes Ball's handwritten journals dating from 1944 to 1946, while he was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Petroleum Administrator. These journals mostly relate to his duties in that office.

More information about oil and gas policy during the Truman administration can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of Secretary of the Interior Oscar L. Chapman, Ralph K. Davies, Edwin W. Pauley, and Stephen J. Spingarn.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-4SUBJECT FILE, 1941-1955
Diaries, printed materials, correspondence, speech transcripts, and other items. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Articles
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Diary, 1947
  • Diary, 1948
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
Box 2
  • Diary, 1949
  • Diary, 1950
  • Diary, 1951
Box 3
  • Diary, 1952
  • Diary, 1953
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Diary, 1954
Box 4
  • Journals, 1944-1946
  • Memoriam
  • Photographs
      [1 of 5]
      [2 of 5]
      [3 of 5]
      [4 of 5]
      [5 of 5]

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