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James Sharbrough Ferguson Papers

Identifier: MSS 0218

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence, much of which is to or from professional acquaintances. Early letters concern his appointment as Dean of Graduate Studies at Women's College while later letters refer to his retirement and the death of his wife. Ferguson's retirement is also documented in Newspaper Articles included in the papers. His career successes are documented by papers related to honors and by Personnel Report Forms filed with UNCG. The collection also contains general biographical information, classroom papers, and lecture notes shared with him by colleagues.


  • 1916 - 1984
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1978


Conditions Governing Access

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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0.80 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



James Sharbrough Ferguson came to the Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro or UNCG) in 1962 as Dean of the Graduate School. He served as acting Chancellor at UNCG during the two leaves of absence of Chancellor Otis A. Singletary (1964-1965 and 1966-1967). On January 9, 1967, he was appointed Chancellor and served continuously until July 31, 1979. Following his retirement as Chancellor, Ferguson was appointed University Distinguished Professor of History at UNCG and served in that capacity until December 1983. He died in Greensboro on September 24, 1984.

The James Sharbrough Ferguson Papers date from 1916-1984, with the bulk dating from 1962-1978, and include biographical information, honors, writings, classroom papers, colleagues lectures, correspondence, and other items. The material is chiefly comprised of personal papers from the time period corresponding to his career at Woman's College and UNCG.

Custodial History

Seven folders containing personal correspondence, speeches, information about the UNCA and WCA visits, and his baptismal certificate were received from Dr. Ferguson's daughters in 1985 from his office in the History Department. One folder relating to History 546 was received from Gene Lemons in February 1996. The remainder is unknown.

Method of Acquisition

Collection created with gifts from Dr. Ferguson's daughters in 1985, Gene Lemmons in February, 1996, and materials of unknown origin.

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Processing Information

Processed by Katherine Carr Steiner under the supervision of Jennifer Motszko, December, 2008.

James Sharbrough Ferguson Papers
Katherine Carr Steiner under the supervision of Jennifer Motszko
2016 December
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US