Dan A. Ballard Collection of Railroad Memorabilia & Wage Information

Collection Number: 5943

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Dan A. Ballard Collection of Railroad Memorabilia & Wage Information, 1933-1987
Collection Number:
5943
Creator:
Ballard, Dan A.
Quantity:
0.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Memorabilia, records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection of railroad memorabilia collected by Dan Ballard and Dan Alber Ballard, Jr. from their time working on the Illinois Central Railroad, Louisiana Division
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Dan Ballard, Sr. and his son, Dan Allbert Ballard, Jr., were both employees on the Illinois Central Railroad. Dan Ballard, Sr. was born on September 11, 1899 in Louisiana. He married Lillie Minor in 1923 and had four children. Their oldest, Dan Albert ballard, Jr., was born on June 7, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dan Ballard, Sr. was employed as a cinder pit man, helper, and staionary engineer in the New Orleans Passenger Terminal. Dan Albert Ballard, Jr. was employed as a coach cleaner at the New Orleans Passenger Terminal. Both were active union members in their respective crafts: Ballard, Sr. in the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers; Ballard, Jr. in the Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America. Dan Albert Ballard, Jr.'s grandon, Edward Kennedy, donated these materials to the Kheel Center. Mr. Kennedy is an alumnus of Cornell's ILR School.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1933-1987
Bulk dates: 1942-1955
This collection consists of the memoribilia collected by Dan Ballard, Sr. and his son, Dan Albert Ballard, Jr. over the course of their careers as employees of the Illinois Central Railroad, Louisiana Division and as union members. Dan Ballard, Sr. belonged to the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers, and was one of the members who was named of their certificate of affiliation with the AFL-CIO, which is found in this collection. Dan Albert Ballard, Jr. was a member of the Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America, and his union dues reciepts are found in this collection. Also found in this collection are pay stubs, certificate of service months and wages from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, and Dan Ballard Sr.'s Designation or Change of Beneficiary form for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. In addition to these personal records, this collection also contains membership and union dues cards from the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers from other union members, a collection of seniority lists from the New Orleans Passenger Terminal from 1970, and time tables for other railroads. Of particular note is the employee's train pass issued to Dan Albert Ballard, Jr, identifying him as an African-American employee and limiting the train cars in which he was permitted to travel.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Ballard, Dan Albert, 1924-
Ballard, Dan, 1899-1990

Subjects:
Railroads
Illinois Central Railroad.
Louisville and Nashville Railroad.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America.
International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers.
AFL-CIO.
United States. Railroad Retirement Board.
African Americans--Employment.
Railroads--United States--Employees.

Form and Genre Terms:
Memorabilia
Records (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Dan A. Ballard Collection of Railroad Memorabilia & Wage Information #5943. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
6046: Archives Union File (AUF)
5197: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Miscellany
5295: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Company Selected Personnel Files

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1962
Box 1 Folder 2 1962
Between Detroit, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati. Connections via L&N RR between Cincinnati and New Orleans
Box 1 Folder 3 1950-1951
"For Dan Ballard, Jr. (Col.), good only in coaches, between stations on Louisiana Division"
Box 1 Folder 4 1942-1954
Box 1 Folder 5 1946-1954
Box 1 Folder 6 1949
Box 1 Folder 7 1942-1955
Box 1 Folder 8 1951-1954
Box 1 Folder 9 1973
Box 1 Folder 10 1938
Box 1 Folder 11 1955-1978
Box 1 Folder 12 1933
Local Union No. 942, New Orleans, Louisiana
Box 1 Folder 13 1954-1970
Box 1 Folder 14
Box 1 Folder 15 1983-1987
Brotherhood Railway Carmen of the United States and Canada, Twenty-Seventh Convention, Kansas City, MO, August 1983 - Ashtray; BRAC 28th Regular Convention, Hollywood, FL, July 27-31, 1987 - Money Clip.