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Ballard Hartwell Cabell collection

Identifier: M 213-187

Scope and Contents

This collection includes scrapbooks, memorabilia, and personal items belonging to Cabell.


  • Creation: 1915-1969


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Ballard Hartwell Cabell (1915-1980) was the only the son of Priscilla Bradley Sheppard and James Branch Cabell. He received instruction in painting both in Richmond and at St. Augustine, Florida and began to publically show his art work in the early 1950s. His medium was gouache, a technique of painting with opaque colors ground in water and mixed with gum. His paintings were known for their rich color and texture, expressed in a free abstract expressionist style. His step mother, Mrs. Margaret Freeman Cabell encouraged his work and helped arrange exhibitions of his art. He died May 8, 1980.


1.3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Collection is in alphabetical order.

Related Materials

See also the finding aids for the Margaret Freeman Cabell papers (M 228) and the Edgar E. MacDonald papers (M142) held in JBC Special Collections and Archives. Those collection include correspondence written by Ballard Cabell and other materials related to him.

A Guide to the Ballard Hartwell Cabell collection, 1915-1960s
B. Pittman and Heather Foster
2002 By Virginia Commonwealth University. All rights reserved.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the VCU James Branch Cabell Library Repository

Special Collections and Archives 901 Park Avenue
Richmond Virginia 23284 USA US
(804) 828-1108