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Finlay Forbes Ferguson Papers, 1812-1975 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Jay Gaidmore

Collection Overview

Title: Finlay Forbes Ferguson Papers, 1812-1975

ID: 00/MG 50

Primary Creator: Ferguson, Finlay Forbes

Extent: 1.6 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 06/29/1981

Subjects: Families--Virginia--History--19th century, Families--Virginia--History--20th century, Ferguson, Finlay Forbes, Ferguson family, Virginia--Genealogy

Languages: English


A Norfolk architect. Descendant of longtime Norfolk family. Consists of papers concerning the restoration of the Willoughby-Baylor House and family papers documenting the history of Norfolk since the nineteenth century. Includes correspondence, business papers, ledgers, deeds, genealogical material, newspapers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Noteworthy is material relating to New York Life’s payment of insurance claims after intercourse between the United States and Confederacy was declared unlawful in 1861.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection principally consists of material relating to Ferguson's numerous descendents, including family trees, birth and death registers, correspondence, certificates, receipts, deeds, remembrances, newspaper clippings, and a diary and will. Also, consists of material, notably photographs, relating to Ferguson's involvement in the restoration of several of Hampton Roads' historic houses, including the Willoughby-Baylor House, the Moses Myers House, and the Adam Thoroughgood house. Of special note is correspondence concerning New York Life Insurance Company's payment of insurance claims after intercourse between the United States and Confederacy was declared unlawful in 1861.

Collection Historical Note

Finlay Forbes Ferguson was an architect and the descendant of a longtime Norfolk family

Subject/Index Terms

Families--Virginia--History--19th century
Families--Virginia--History--20th century
Ferguson, Finlay Forbes
Ferguson family

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Hollinger document case and 1 oversize box

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers with the only restriction being that no access to the collection will be permitted for any purposes to any representative of the New York Life Insurance Company or any successor of that company.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Anna Lawrence Redfern Ferguson (Mrs. Finlay F. Ferguson Jr.) and her daughter, Anne Stuart Ferguson Cantile

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A81-16

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Finlay Forbes Ferguson Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1
Folder 1: Genealogical Materials - family trees, birth and death records
Folder 2: Notes on the family of Henry Dickson and Hannah Longstaff Dickson
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1841-1896
Item 1: Finlay F. Ferguson to William Finlay Ferguson, May 18, 1841
Item 2: Peter Ferguson to Finlay F. Ferguson, October 25, 1860
Item 3: Finlay F. Ferguson to his father, March 8, 1896
Item 4: Chris Minter to Mrs. Finlay F. Ferguson, Jr., May 1, 1975
Folder 4: Gibson family papers - correspondence, receipts, ledgers and a list of goods bought at auction (1803-1820)
Folder 5: Family Remembrances, 1812-1938
Item 1: Funeral announcement - Finlay Ferguson, March 27, 1812
Item 2: "A Description of Myself" by Helen Atkinson Evans Ferguson, October 1890
Item 3: "F. F. Ferguson, A Memorial", November 5, 1936
Item 4: Speech by Harrell Ferebee in honor of F. F. Ferguson, May 3, 1938
Folder 6: Last Will and Testament - Peter Ferguson, undated
Folder 7: New York Life Insurance Company
Folder 8: Report card of Finlay Forbes Ferguson, Woodberry Forest School, March 22, 1924
Folder 9: Deeds and Indentures
Folder 10: Receipts
Folder 11: Receipts from Williams Wholesale Grocers - C.M. Ferguson and R.S. Broughton
Folder 12: Notes and Payments
Folder 13: Cancelled Checks
Folder 14: "The Custom House" - a three-page description
Folder 15: Little Theater of Norfolk - programs
Folder 16: Miscellaneous
Item 1: "To the Customs Officers"
Item 2: Drawing of street map and lots
Item 3: Handwritten Poem: "The Forest"
Item 4: Methodist Catechism, 1823
Item 5: Postcard "Many happy returns of the day"
Item 6: Financial statement, 1866
Folder 17: Photographs
Item 1: Willoughby-Baylor House
Item 2: Moses Myers House
Item 3: Adam Thoroughgood House
Item 4: Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences
Item 5: Gay 90's party
Item 6: "Shad Bake at Joe Walls Cottage"
Folder 18: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 19: Diary

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