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Sue Ramsey Johnston Ferguson Papers

Identifier: MSS 0019

Scope and Contents

The Sue Ramsey Johnston Ferguson Papers date from 1945 to 1947 and contain correspondence and clippings.

Mrs. Ferguson corresponded with state officials, teachers, school administrators, and other constituents while serving in the state legislature. The letters in this collection are chiefly concerned with Ferguson's proposal to set up a committee to review the North Carolina school system, including teachers' salaries and the school lunch program.

The clippings in this collection come from North Carolina newspapers and describe various concerns regarding public schools in the state. Some of the clippings describe Mrs. Ferguson's activities, but the majority are related to education in general.


  • 1945 - 1947


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Collection is 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. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Sue Ramsey Johnston Ferguson (1897-1977) was an educational and political leader in the Democratic Party of North Carolina. She graduated from Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1918 and received her master's degree from Columbia University. She married Raymond S. Ferguson in 1934.

Ferguson served as a trustee of the University of North Carolina and a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education from the 7th district. From 1947 to 1949 she was State Senator from the 28th district of North Carolina. During her years in the state legislature, Ferguson proposed that a committee be set up to investigate the state school system in North Carolina. As a result, the State Education Commission was formed.


0.40 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Sue Ramsey Johnston Ferguson (1897-1977) was an alumna of Woman's College (now UNCG) and an educational and political leader in the Democratic Party of North Carolina.

The Sue Ramsey Johnston Ferguson Papers date from 1945 to 1947 and contain correspondence and clippings.

Arrangement Note

Correspondence materials in this collection are arranged by date. Newspaper clippings are arranged by the county where the newspaper is located, with counties listed alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Gift of Mrs. Ferguson in May 1963.

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Repository Details

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

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