|Name||Ballantine, David Coulter, 1876-1959|
|Father||Ballantine, David Coulter, 1843-1882|
|Mother||Ballantine, Annie Eliza "Ena" (Palmer),|
The Riley collection contains large amounts of material related to the history of Nebraska and its people. There are four series: 1) Research Materials; 2) Correspondence, 1973-1975; 3) Vertical File Materials; and 4) Miscellaneous Materials. Series 1, Research Materials, encompasses over half of the entire collection. Included here are mainly transcriptions of newspaper clippings organized by subject. Substantial material can be found specifically relating to Webster County history, Willa Cather, cattle ranching, various forts, the Pawnee tribe, and the genealogy of many pioneering families. Series 2, Correspondence, 1973-75, is a small series of Rileyís letters to and from individuals
This collection relates to the Ballantine family, settlers and stock raisers in Frontier County, Nebraska. One of the family members, Ena Palmer Raymond(e) Ballantine, was a writer of poetry and fiction who had her poetry published in women's magazines of the late 1880s. This collection consists of photographs arranged into groups based on the individuals and subjects represented. This component includes portraits of Ballantine family members and well-known figures, such as General Robert E. Lee and Woodrow Wilson. There are numerous photos of domestic animals, mostly Hereford cattle. Images of sod houses and Native American art are also included.