The papers of William Gay Ballantine, consisting primarily of Ballantine family papers (1750-1913), provide no documentation of Ballantine's tenure as President of Oberlin College (1891-96). Ballantine's personal papers are few but include correspondence (1865-86), three journals (1881-96, n.d.), miscellaneous papers(1836-1933), and writings (1836-1933). The collection also contains several albumen portraits of the Ballantine family (ca. 1846-99). Materials are divided into two record series: Series 1, Ballantine Family Papers and Series 2, William Gay Ballantine Papers. Within Series 1, files are chronologically arranged; within Series 2, files are alphabetically arranged by type of material.
Ballantine antecedents for whom documentation exists include the Rev. John Ballantine (1716-1776), William Gay's great-grandfather; Dr. Ebenezer Ballantine (1756-1823), the grandfather; and the Rev. Elisha Ballantine (1809-1886), Ballantine's father.Elisha Ballantine's correspondence includes letters written from Halle, Germany to friends in Virginia (1834-35) and letters (1862-85) to family written while he was Professor of Greek and Acting President (1879-80) at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Ballantine's correspondence (1865-86), predating his presidency of Oberlin, includes three letters (1873) written while serving with the American Palestine Expedition and several letters (1880-86) to his father from Oberlin describing his teaching, his family life, and his theological views. Ballantine's journals include two travel diaries (1881-1902, 1887-96) and a journal containing both reading notes and genealogical notes (n.d.). Among Ballantine's miscellaneous papers are letters of reference for the Palestine Expedition (1873); notice of his receipt of the honorary D.D. degree from Marietta College (1885); various scholastic certificates and his marriage certificate; and a book contract with Houghton Mifflin for The Riverside New Testament (1930). Ballantine's writings are represented by several published sermons in pamphlet form as well as manuscript drafts and newspaper articles.
Series 1. Ballantine Family Papers, 1750-1913
Box 1 12 folders
Sermons by the Rev. John Ballantine, 1750-70, n.d.
Documents of Ebenezer Ballantine, 1782, 1783 (photographs)
Correspondence of the Rev. Elisha Ballantine, 1834-36, n.d.
Correspondence of the Rev. Elisha Ballantine, 1862-85
Address by the Rev. Elisha Ballantine, 1840
Family correspondence, 1862-1913
Photographs, Ballantine family, ca. 1846-99
Series 2. William Gay Ballantine Papers, 1836-1933, 1966
Box 1 (cont.)
Biographical and genealogical records, 1849-1966
Correspondence of William Gay Ballantine, 1865-86
Journals, 1881-1902; 1887-96; n.d. (3 vols.)
Miscellaneous papers, 1836-1933
Talks and Writings, 1890-1930
Parchment scroll of invitation (in Latin, with apparent English translation) from Princeton University for representation at its sesquicentennial celebration, October 22, 1896