MG 771 - Ball, Lillian L. Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains programs for concerts, commencements, recitals; certificates, writings, and three books. They include:

A student roster of Lillian Ball and a dance program for Steelton High School, 1913

Programs for the Annual Literary Exercises and Douglas Association, 1924-1941

Programs for the Lillian Ball Piano Benefit Concert, August, 1998, at the State Museum

Programs for the Steelton High School Commencements, 1923, 1928, 1931, 1943-44, 1946

A book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Little Folks Edition

Programs for a recital by Robert Washington, baritone, November, 1927; program for recital by Washington and Dorothy Scott, April, 1928; programs for the Commencement at the Dunmire School of Music, 1921, 1930, 1933; programs for recitals of the students of Lillian Ball, 1928-1943

Sheet music,"What Care I for Gold or Silver," 1916

Essays, short stories, poems, handwritten and typewritten, approx. 125 pages

Copy of certificate for M. Reba Wolfe from Dunmire School of Music, June 1937

Program for the funeral of Lillian Louise Ball, October, 1998

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings of flood, 1936

"The Etiquette of Today," by Marshall Everett, 1902

Sixteen photos, most unidentified, a photo of Lillian Ball

Ball family Bible

The original certificates for M. Reba Wolfe and Lillian Louise Ball from the Dunmire School of Music and the diploma for Lillian Ball from Steelton High School; an additional certificate for Lillian Ball from the Dunmire School of Music, 1930; the marriage certificate for her parents, John Ball and Louisa Gaskins, 1889.


Lillian Louise Ball was born in Steelton, Pennsylvania on October 19, 1905. She began private piano lessons early in life, and graduated from the Dunmire School of Music in Harrisburg in 1926. On June 23, 1930 the Lillian Ball Studio was opened at Sixth and Boas Streets in Harrisburg. She began her church musicianship by playing for the Sunday School and for the Children's Choir at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Steelton. Some time in the 1930's, she became church musician at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Cowden and Forster Streets; in the 1940's at the St. Gerlad's Episcopal Church, 13th and Herr Streets; and finally, the St. Paul Episcopal Church. She served these three Harrisburg sites for a period of fifty years. She taught piano in Harrisburg until her retirement in 1983. Her musical teaching and influence is continued through her many former students in the ministry of music. One of her former students went on to teach in the Philadelphia area. Another attended Juilliard School of Music in New York and became a Broadway musical director. She died October 7, 1998.

Date(s): 1902-1998

Extent: 2 boxes, 10 folders, 2 books