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George S. Ballif papers, 1918-1977

Identifier: MSS 1554 Series 1

Scope and Contents note

From the Collection:

The George S. and Algie Ballif collection consists of the personal and professional papers of these well-known Provo community leaders. Considering the length and significance of their respective careers, the collection is quite small, and seems to contain more materials about the Ballifs or materials given to them--clippings, awards, certificates, etc.--than papers created by them. Inclusive dates are 1918-1982 with the bulk of the material falling between 1960-1978.

The George S. Ballif papers series contains clippings, notebooks, correspondence and certificates. The correspondence includes various pamphlets, conference materials, notes and member lists. His class notes covering points of law while he was a student would be interesting to one doing research in that field. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Utah Bar Association World Peace Through Law Committee, and many of his papers dealing with this aspect of his life--speeches, notes, clippings, and letters are included. These could be a worthwhile resource for anyone following the development of working towards peace through world law enforcement. He was asked to speak at many funerals. The eulogies and other talks he gave might be valuable to someone researching local history. Also, included in the collection are personal memorabilia and a tape recorded autobiography with transcription.

Papers of Algie Ballif involving her term in the state legislature were originally catalogued as MSS/SC 16, but have been added to this collection. An Oral History interview with Algie Ballif is available as a separately catalogued collection. (See MSS OH 55). Her material on the early development of equal rights for women and blacks in the state of Utah would be helpful for researchers on these issues. Her efforts toward the improvement of the educational system in Utah would also be helpful for researchers in that area. Included in her collection were clippings, notes, correspondence on various subjects and awards.

Materials such as family history, genealogical pedigree charts and family coats of arms would have special value to descendants of the Ballif and Eggertsen families. Papers concerning John L. Ballif's estate and the funeral service of John L. Ballif Jr., certificates and family letters are also included.

Boxes 9 and 10 are oversized boxes containing materials too large for the regular document cases.


  • Other: 1918-1977


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George S. and Algie Ballif collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Attorney who served as city, county, and district attorney for Provo, Utah. He also served as a Provo city juvenile court judge. He was also active in various clubs and organizations.

George S. Ballif, a prominent Provo attorney, was born June 4, 1894 to John L. and Emma Ballif. He married Algie Eggertsen, December 24, 1920. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley Law School in 1924. During his career as an attorney, he served as city, county and district attorney, and as a Provo city juvenile court judge. He was a member and president of the Utah County and Utah State Bar Associations and the Provo Kiwanis Club. He was at one time commander of the Utah Department of American Legion, as well as commander of the Provo Post. He served on the University of Utah Board of Regents, and as chairman of the World Peace Through Law Committee of the Utah Bar Association. He died October 31, 1977.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

A prominent Utah educator and a state legislator.

Algie Eggertsen Ballif, a prominent Utah educator and former state legislator, was born May 3, 1896, in Provo, to Lars E. and Annie N. Eggertsen. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she was a member and president of the Provo Board of Education for twenty-three years. She served a term in the Utah House of Representatives from 1959-1961, and was director of the Utah Division of Public Welfare. She was active in many local and state organizations including the BYU Alumni Association, BYU Emeritus Club, Friends of the BYU Library, PTA, Federated Women's Clubs, Women's Legislative Council, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sorosis. She was named Utah's Man of the Year in Education in 1958. She died July 11, 1984.


4 oversize folders

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