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37 linear feet (68 file boxes, 6 cartons, 3 card boxes, 8 slide boxes)
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A convenor of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1967, Ballard was also a co-convenor of the Pennsylvania International Women’s Year committee (1977) and served as treasurer (1986-1988) and chair (1989-1991) of the National Abortion Rights Action League. She was active in the Republican Party, running as a candidate for Philadelphia city commissioner in 1983, and serving on the executive committee of Pennsylvania Republicans for Choice, 1988-1994. Ballard was married to lawyer Frederic L. Ballard, who died in 2001; they had four children. She died in Philadelphia at age 85 in 2005.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Ernesta Drinker Ballard were given to the Schlesinger Library by her children, Frederic L. Ballard, Jr., Sophie Ballard Bilezikian, Ernesta Ballard, and Alice Walker Ballard in February 2009.
By: Andrea Gottschalk
- Ballard, Ernesta Drinker. Papers of Ernesta Drinker Ballard, 1958-2005: A Container List
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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