Homer Ferguson Papers: 1939-1976
Summary Information
Title: Homer Ferguson Papers
Creator: Ferguson, Homer, 1888-1982
Dates: 1939-1976
Extent: 26 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, 35 phonograph records, 769 MB (online)
Abstract:
Republican U.S. Senator from Michigan, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; files relating to his various career responsibilities, photographs, sound recordings.
Call number: 85187 Aa 2 Ac
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Christine Weideman

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The Homer Ferguson collection (donor no. 1761) was donated in 1983 by Mrs. Amy Ferguson Beltz, executrix of the Ferguson estate.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research. Digitized audio files are currently available only in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

Digitization: The Library has undertaken the digitization of a number of sound recordings within this collection. The resulting audio files are available for playback only in the Bentley Library Reading Room. Links to item images and additional information are available within this finding aid. Original sound recordings are only available for staff use.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Homer Ferguson Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

Summary Contents List

  1. Circuit Judgeship: One-Man Grand Jury, 1939-1941 -- boxes 1-2
  2. Senate Career, 1942-1954 -- boxes 2-14
    • Committees -- boxes 2-11
      • Pearl Harbor-- boxes 8-11
    • Correspondence -- box 11
    • Legislative Record -- box 12
    • Public Addresses -- boxes 12-13
    • Topical Files -- boxes 13-14
    • Voting Record -- box 14
  3. Interregnum: November 1954 - April 1955 -- box 15
  4. Hoover Commission, 1953-1955 -- box 15
  5. Philippines Ambassadorship, 1955-1956 -- box 16
  6. United States Court of Military Appeals, 1956-1976 -- boxes 17-21 and 25 (part)
    • Correspondence -- boxes 17-18, 25
    • Public Addresses -- boxes 18-19
    • Topical Files -- boxes 19-21, 25
  7. Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1949-1972 -- box 21
  8. Clippings -- box 22
  9. Photographs -- boxes 23-25 and oversize folder
  10. Sound Recordings -- box 25
  11. Myrtle Ferguson Papers -- box 26

Biography

Homer Ferguson, Wayne County circuit judge, United States senator, ambassador to the Philippines, and judge on the United States Court of Military Appeals, was born on February 25, 1888 in Harrison City, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pittsburgh (1910-1911) and received his LL.B. from the University of Michigan in 1913. In the same year, he was admitted to the Michigan Bar and practiced law in the state until 1929.

While serving as circuit court judge for Wayne County (1929-1941), Ferguson achieved fame when he sat as a One-Man grand jury (1939-1941) investigating crime, graft, and corruption in Detroit and Wayne County. Shortly thereafter, in 1942, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and was re-elected in 1948.

Ferguson's fame as a tough investigator grew during his tenure in the senate, when he sat on committees that drew public attention because of the probes and inquiries they initiated. Included among these committees were: Appropriations; Expenditures in the Executive Department; Judiciary; Special Committee Investigating the National Defense Program; and the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. A conservative who was always interested in efficiency in government, the Senator was also appointed to the Hoover Commission on the Reorganization of the Executive Branch of the Government. His interest in international affairs was evident in his long-term participation, both during and after his senatorial career, in the activities of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a body of representatives from the parliaments of countries around the world that met approximately once a year to study issues of international concern related to law, economics, and world peace.

Shortly after losing his 1954 bid for a third senatorial term, Ferguson became United States Ambassador to the Philippines where he served for thirteen months (1955-1956). He thereupon returned to Washington, D.C., and sat for fifteen years on the United States Court of Military Appeals - the equivalent of the Supreme Court for the armed forces. Though his term expired in 1971, Ferguson continued on as a senior judge and rendered verdicts on various cases for another five years.

In 1976, the judge and his wife of sixty-three years, Myrtle, retired to Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Homer Ferguson died there on December 17, 1982.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Homer Ferguson collection has been divided into eleven series based primarily upon the important phases of his public life: Personal; Circuit Judgeship; Senate Career; Interregnum: November 1954 - April 1955; Hoover Commission; Philippine Ambassadorship; United States Court of Military Appeals; Inter-Parliamentary Union; Photographs, Sound Recordings, and Myrtle Ferguson Papers.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Courts.
  • Crime.
  • East Asia.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1948.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1954.
  • Judges -- United States.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
  • Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1946-1986.
  • Travelers.
  • United States -- Defenses.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1953.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
  • Far East.
  • Forts and fortifications.
  • Housing.
  • Inter-American Highway.
  • Military facilities.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1946-1986.
  • Political elections -- 1954.
  • Politics and government.
  • Racism.
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway.
  • Travel.
  • Willow Run (Mich.)
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Albums.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Crime.
  • Criminal courts.
  • Philippines -- Anniversaries, etc.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1946-1986.
  • Trials (Fraud) -- Michigan -- Wayne County.
  • Trials (Military offenses) -- United States.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
  • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
  • Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948.
  • Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
  • Hughes Aircraft Company.
  • McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957.
  • Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1953-1955)
  • United States. Court of Military Appeals.
  • United States. Congress. Senate.
  • Wayne County (Mich.). One-Man Grand Jury (1939-1942)
  • Willow Run Bomber Plant.
  • Aircraft Parts Production Corporation (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Chrysler Corporation.
  • Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
  • Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
  • Ferguson, Myrtle.
  • Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
  • Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976.
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
  • Inter-parliamentary Union.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
  • Magsaysay, Ramon, 1907-1957.
  • McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957.
  • Potter, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1916-1979.
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)
  • Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953.
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
  • United States. Army.
  • United States. Congress. Senate.
  • United States. Court of Military Appeals.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Ferguson, Myrtle.
  • United States. Court of Military Appeals.
  • Wayne County (Mich.). One-Man Grand Jury (1939-1942)
  • Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal [series]

The Personal series (scattered dates; 7 folders) includes biographical data, materials pertaining to membership in various organizations, and correspondence with and regarding family members and friends.

Box   1  
Biographical Materials
Box   1  
Correspondence (mostly greetings and condolences to/from other prominent individuals)
 
Family
Box   1  
General
Box   1  
Beltz Family (Ferguson's daughter and son-in-law)
Box   1  
Hines, Mercia (Ferguson's sister: materials concerning estate settlement)
Box   1  
Dragutin, Rausan (Ferguson's god-son: correspondence with and about) (2 folders)
 
Circuit Judgeship: One-Man Grand Jury 1939-1941 [series] (0.3 linear feet, 35 phonograph records)

The Circuit Judgeship: One-Man Grand Jury series (1939-1941; 0.3 linear ft. and 35 sound discs) is comprised of materials related to Ferguson's service as a One-Man grand jury. Of primary importance and comprising the bulk of the series are the court transcripts of investigations of Detroiters, including Mayor Richard Reading, many of whom were involved in gambling rackets. The transcripts do not comprise a complete set, but are valuable in painting a graphic picture of the bribing of police officers, the workings of the numbers game, and the running of bookmaking establishments in Wayne County. Ferguson's own reminiscences are interesting, but very brief and frequently based on newspaper accounts.

Box   1  
General (includes Ferguson's own reminiscences, "Fish In My Boots"; miscellaneous correspondence; affidavits; etc.) (2 folders)
 
Court Transcripts
Box   1  
Milton Behrendt Case (4 folders)
Box   1  
Richard Reading Case (2 folders)

(pages missing)

Box   1  
Carl Brooks, John Bitonti, et al. Case (5 folders)
Box   2  
Richard Connell, et al. Case
Box   2  
John Miller, Zigmund Makericz Case
Box   2  
Elmer Ryan, et al. Case (4 folders)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Transcript Pages
Box   2  
Phonograph records of statements taken for Wayne County graft grand jury

(35 discs in 1 carrying case located separately)

 
Senate Career 1942-1954 [series] (13.5 linear feet)

The largest of the series in the collection is that related to Ferguson's Senate Career (1942-1954; 13.5 linear ft.) and includes six subseries: Committees; Correspondence; Legislative Record; Public Addresses; Topical Files; and Voting Record.

 
Committees [subseries]

Under the Committees heading, the researcher will find materials that reflect the investigative side of Homer Ferguson. Organized alphabetically by committee, the materials are those collected or issued by Ferguson during the many senatorial investigations of which he was a part. The researcher will find correspondence; government documents; reports; statements; news releases; handwritten notes; and transcripts of hearings, in varying degrees throughout the files, the majority of which pertain to Ferguson's membership on the Special Committee Investigating the National Defense Program, and the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack.

 
Appropriations
Box   2  
Bradley, Omar (re:, 1950 testimony before Committee and subsequent news leaks to Drew Pearson)
Box   2  
Grain Speculation
 
Trips
Box   2  
Trip Around the World 1949

(includes "Senator's Notes")

Box   2  
Miscellaneous 1949-1952

(includes handwritten notes on Far East)

 
Subcommittees
Box   2  
Armed Services (re: Thule Air Force Base)
Box   2  
Commodity Speculation material re: Edwin Pauley 1948
Box   2  
Foreign Economic Cooperation 1952

(committee agent and mission chief reports)

Box   2  
State Department (mostly re: loyalty investigations)
 
Expenditures in the Executive Department: Senate Investigations Subcommittee
Box   2  
General
Box   2  
Koch, Ilsa
Box   2  
Office of Education
Box   2  
Remington, William R. (re: loyalty investigation)
Box   2  
Surplus Property
 
Investigations
Box   2  
Material re: general rules and procedures for committees and subcommittees
 
Judiciary
Box   2  
Attendance Record
 
Senate Internal Security Subcommittee
Box   2  
General
Box   2  
Institute of Pacific Relations
 
National Defense Program (Special Committee Investigating the National Defense Program)
 
Correspondence

(see also Topical Files)

The correspondence portion of the National Defense Program files is comprised of both incoming and outgoing letters and is arranged chronologically by year. The incoming letters are the more interesting and contain letters from citizens describing conditions at various defense plants throughout the country. In addition, there are memoranda from committee counsel, and letters and materials from companies under investigation. The Senator's own correspondence is primarily comprised of letters thanking individuals for sending him information.

Box   3  
1943 (2 folders)
Box   3  
1944
Box   3  
1945
Box   3  
1946 (2 folders)
Box   3  
1947
Box   3  
1948
 
Topical Files

The Topical Files, arranged alphabetically, also contain correspondence as well as the types of materials mentioned above. Ferguson's views regarding the investigations undertaken and the individuals and companies involved can be partially determined from the files, but are often only broadly stated, and need to be supplemented by the Committee's published reports. The Topical Files may be helpful to the researcher with specific interest in one of the many areas that was investigated by the Committee. There are, for example, extensive files on the Hughes Corporation; highways; and the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

Box   3  
Aeronautics
Box   3  
Aircraft and Aviation (2 folders)

(see also Curtiss-Wright Corporation)

Box   3  
Alaska

(includes materials re: Canol project; military operations; highway system; and postwar land settlement)

Box   3  
Aluminum

(correspondence re: postwar plant disposition--includes letter from Stuart Symington)

Box   3  
Army Depots (mostly re: investigation of Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas) 1944
Box   4  
Barges

(mostly background materials and exhibits; some correspondence)

Box   4  
Braniff Airways

(three memoranda on aspects of Braniff airmail operations prepared for Ferguson by committee staff member)

Box   4  
Canol Oil Project (2 folders)

(background reports, analyses, and correspondence, including Harold Ickes letter.)

(see also Alaska)

Box   4  
Carbon Black (2 folders)

(correspondence; committee report; exhibits; briefs; memoranda)

Box   4  
Coal

(mostly citizen correspondence re: shortage)

Box   4  
Cigarettes (material re: shortage) (2 folders)
Box   4  
Curtiss-Wright Corporation

(see also Aircraft and Aviation)

Box   4  
Detroit Tools (4 folders)
Box   4  
Engineering Services (2 folders)
Box   4  
Executive Sessions

(miscellaneous minutes dealing with a variety of Committee related topics)

Box   5  
Farm Machinery

(primarily correspondence, lists of questions, and prepared answers)

Box   5  
Garrson, Henry

(correspondence and Garrson statement re: investigation of Andrew J. May, Henry Garrson and Murray Garrson, et al)

Box   5  
Guatemala

(notes to Ferguson re: Disposal of Finca "El Porvenir," Cinchona (Quinine) Plantation in Guatemala)

Box   5  
Highways

(mostly correspondence re: Alcan and Pan-American highways)

Box   5  
Hotels (material re: Army and Navy use and acquisition of Florida hotels)
Box   5  
Housing

(see also "Willow Run")

 
Hughes Aircraft Company
Box   5  
General (7 folders)

(interesting material re: flying boat project controversy)

Box   5  
Wiretapping Controversy
Box   5  
Intelligence Activities, Foreign

(letter from Ferguson to James Mead describing the need for investigation)

Box   5  
Inter-American Highway

(includes interesting letter to/from Nelson Rockefeller)

(see also "Highways")

Box   5  
Labor Reports (drafts of Committee reports)
Box   5  
Littell, Norman

(re: his resignation as Assistant Attorney General)

Box   5  
Magee, Harry (Committee field investigator-miscellaneous reports)
Box   6  
Magnesium (3 folders)
 
Manpower
Box   6  
1944

(mostly correspondence)

 
1945

(mostly correspondence)

Box   6  
January 1945 (2 folders)
Box   6  
February 1945
Box   6  
March 1945
Box   6  
April-July 1945
Box   6  
Navy Yards (2 folders)
Box   6  
Textiles

(mostly testimony and background materials)

Box   6  
May, Andrew J.

(see also "Henry Garrson")

Box   6  
Meyers, Bennett E.

(citizen mail and Stuart Symington statement regarding Meyers' war profiteering)

Box   6  
Military Government in Europe

(interesting material re: controversy over Committee counsel's report)

Box   7  
Motor Equipment
Box   7  
Navy Contracts
Box   7  
Newsprint (correspondence and memoranda) (2 folders)
Box   7  
Pipelines
Box   7  
Remington-Rand and Schick Corporations
Box   7  
Saudi Arabia Oil Imports
Box   7  
South America

(see also "Highways," and "Inter-American Highway")

Box   7  
Subjects Investigated

(list of subjects investigated by committee in which Ferguson participated)

Box   7  
Sugar
Box   7  
Surplus Property (2 folders)
Box   7  
Tank Arsenal (mostly correspondence)
Box   7  
Tool and Die Companies
Box   7  
Transportation
 
Trips: 1945
Box   7  
Caribbean (mostly background material)
Box   7  
European
Box   7  
West Coast
Box   7  
Tucker Corporation

(material related to its acquisition of Chicago Dodge Chrysler Plant and Clippings re: alleged payoffs to Ferguson)

 
Willow Run Bomber Plant
Box   7  
General (2 folders)

(mostly correspondence and reports related to plant conditions; includes materials on transportation, manpower, and proposed shopping center)

Box   7  
Housing (2 folders)

(includes information on transportation)

Box   7  
Wright Aeronautical Corporation
Box   8  
Miscellaneous (2 folders)
 
Pearl Harbor (Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack)

The Pearl Harbor Committee files should be used in conjunction with the material published by the Committee in 1946. The researcher may, in fact, find that many of Ferguson's documents are part of the published record, although an effort has been made to cull them from the files.

 
Correspondence Undated

The correspondence is arranged chronologically by month and year, and is mostly citizen mail, the more important exceptions to which are noted on the contents list.

 
1944
Box   8  
May-June 1944

(includes letter to/from Army Judge Advocate General)

Box   8  
July-August 1944
Box   8  
September-October 1944

(includes letters to/from Secretaries of War and Navy)

Box   8  
November-December 1944
 
1945
Box   8  
January-August 1945
Box   8  
September 1945 (2 folders)
Box   8  
October 1945

(includes correspondence with Committee Counsel and Secretary, Republican Steering Committee)

Box   8  
November-December 1945

(includes correspondence with Committee Counsel and other non-citizen type mail)

 
1946
Box   8  
January 1946
Box   8  
February 1946
Box   8  
March-April 1946
Box   8  
May-August 1946
 
Source Documents
Box   9  
Government documents (mostly) to which the committee had access (5 folders)

(see also Topical Files)

 
Topical Files

The Topical Files, arranged alphabetically contain interesting material but are not particularly revealing of Ferguson's own views of the Committee's work. His handwritten notes are fragmentary, and appear to have been written primarily during the Committee's hearings. They hint at what the Senator found of interest, but not why, and at times they merely take the form of questions directed at particular individuals. In the Charles Beard file there is very interesting correspondence between Ferguson, Beard, and Beard's nephew, George H. E. Smith (Secretary of the Republican Steering Committee), regarding Beard's involvement with the committee work of Ferguson. Many of the documents collected by Ferguson regarding individuals and aspects of the investigation are interesting in and of themselves (see, for example, Cordell Hull and Frank Knox), but, again, the researcher should first become familiar with the published material.

Box   9  
Aircraft Warning (miscellaneous documents)
Box   9  
Appropriations, Military (letter and chart re: period) 1933-1941
Box   9  
Barkley, Alben (typewritten remarks re: Barkley's meeting with FDR) August 18, 1941

("Make a file and mark it if Barkley Resignes (sic)" notation at top)

Box   9  
Beard, Charles A.

(includes interesting correspondence re: Ferguson and the Committee)

Box   9  
Bellinger, Patrick

(statement before Committee, and Ferguson notes)

Box   9  
Bicknell, George

(mostly lists of questions, and affidavits)

Box   9  
Blue Plan
Box   9  
Bratton, Rufus S.

(lists of questions, summaries of testimony, Ferguson notes)

Box   9  
Brink, Francis G. (list of questions)
Box   9  
Butler, Nicholas

(re: his 1933 conversation with Japanese envoy)

Box   9  
Chronologies, Events Leading up to Attack (2 folders)
Box   9  
Clausen, Henry C.

(material re: his investigation of Pearl Harbor attack)

Box   9  
Codes
Box   9  
Committee Counsel (2 folders)

(correspondence and memoranda: mostly requests for information)

Box   9  
Crowley, James

(correspondence re: his negative reaction to the committee minority report and subsequent radio broadcast)

Box   9  
Davis, Forrest

(list of questions re: his book How War Came)

Box   9  
Dewey, Thomas

(includes copies of interesting correspondence from General Marshall to Dewey re: code deciphering)

Box   9  
Dolan, P.A. (incoming correspondence)
Box   9  
Dooman, Eugene

(memo to Ferguson re: informal negotiations between U.S. and Japan prior to attack)

Box   9  
Edgers, Dorothy

(testimony re: her work as a translator)

Box   9  
Flynn, John T
Box   9  
Forrestal, James (list of questions)
Box   9  
G-2 Military Intelligence Estimates
Box   10  
Gerow, L.T. (statements, notes, lists of questions)
Box   10  
Gillette, Guy M
Box   10  
Glassford, William A. (list of questions)
Box   10  
Glover, C.D. (list of questions)
Box   10  
Grew, Raymond (mostly lists of questions, and handwritten notes)
Box   10  
Grunert, Lt. Gen. (lists of questions)
Box   10  
Hart, Thomas C
Box   10  
Herron, Charles D
Box   10  
Hiranuma Proposal
Box   10  
Hornbeck, Stanley
Box   10  
Hull, Cordell (2 folders)

(lists of questions; notes; testimony; copies of correspondence between Owen Roberts and Hull; copies of correspondence between Charles Beard and Owen Brewster)

Box   10  
Inglis, Thomas B.

(list of questions, and statement)

Box   10  
Ingersol, R.E. (handwritten questions)
Box   10  
Jones, E. Stanley

(Protestant missionary alleged to be involved in peace talks in 1941)

Box   10  
Kimmel, Husband E.

(handwritten notes and questions; statement; documents)

Box   10  
King, Admiral (typewritten notes and questions)
Box   10  
Knox, Frank

("Report By The Secretary of The Navy To The President" (post December 7, 1941), and Eugene Dooman report of1940 conference with Knox, et al)

Box   10  
Kramer, A.D.

(mostly documents, handwritten notes, and questions)

Box   10  
Leavell, John H.

(correspondence and documents re:1941 oil situation in Dutch East Indies)

Box   10  
McCollum, A.H.

(mostly handwritten notes and questions)

Box   10  
Marshall, George (2 folders)

(mostly questions, testimony, and documents)

Box   10  
Miles, Sherman

(mostly lists of questions; documents; and testimony)

Box   10  
Minority Report (incomplete)
Box   10  
Naiden, Mary
Box   10  
Naval Duties, Division of
Box   10  
"Notes On Majority Report," July 19, 1946
Box   10  
Noyes, L.

(mostly typewritten notes)

Box   10  
Orders of Proof, Committee
Box   10  
Phillips, Colonel

(statement and lists of questions)

Box   10  
Resolutions Committee (4 folders)
Box   10  
Richardson, James O.

(mostly lists of questions)

Box   10  
Roberts, Owen J.

(material re: Roberts Commission)

Box   10  
Rochefort, Joseph J.

(affidavit, and handwritten notes)

Box   10  
Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Committee Access to his Papers and Files
Box   10  
Sadtler, Otis K.

(mostly lists of questions)

Box   10  
Safford, L.F.

(statement; lists of questions; documents)

Box   10  
Schuirman, R.E.

(testimony, and lists of questions)

Box   10  
Short, Walter C.

(mostly lists of questions, and materials re: his retirement)

Box   10  
Smith, Bedell
Box   10  
Smith, George H.E.: Secretary, Republican Steering Committee

(several interesting letters to Ferguson)

Box   10  
Standley, Admiral
Box   11  
Stark, Harold

(mostly testimony; lists of questions; and documents)

Box   11  
State Department Documents (miscellaneous) (2 folders)
Box   11  
Stimpson, Henry

(mostly statements, and lists of questions)

Box   11  
Toulmin, Harry

(one letter to Ferguson)

Box   11  
Turner, Richard

(testimony; handwritten notes; and questions)

Box   11  
Wainwright, Jonathan
Box   11  
War Plans
Box   11  
Warning Messages: November 26-27, 1941

(handwritten notes)

Box   11  
Welles, Sumner

(handwritten notes, and includes draft of interesting Ferguson letter to New York Times)

Box   11  
Wilkinson, T.S.

(mostly handwritten notes, and questions)

Box   11  
Winds Message
Box   11  
Witnesses

("Revised Order Of Proof And List Of Witnesses, And Explanatory Memoranda": by retiring Committee counsel for new counsel)

Box   11  
Wyman, Theodore
Box   11  
Zacharias, Ellis
Box   11  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
 
Correspondence [subseries]

Under the heading Correspondence, the researcher will find incoming and outgoing letters arranged chronologically by year. The former cover a variety of routine matters, while the latter deal mostly with travel related concerns: preparation; hospitality; and contacting the families of servicemen he met while abroad. Martin Gold, Hong Kong businessman, wrote frequently to Ferguson about the political and economic situation in the Far East.

Box   11  
Undated, 1947-1949
Box   11  
1949-1950

(Martin Gold)

Box   11  
1950
Box   11  
1951-1954
Box   11  
December 1951-January 1952

(samples of letters to families of servicemen visited on 1951-1952 trip to Korea)

 
Legislative Record [subseries]

Ferguson's Legislative Record (amendments offered; bills and joint resolutions introduced; motions and resolutions offered; reports; and remarks) and Voting Record (key votes; agriculture; appropriations; defense production act; education and welfare; foreign policy; labor; military and veterans; miscellaneous and administrative; and taxes and economic policy) are crucial to understanding where he stood on the major issues of his day.

Box   12  
Record Books (2 volumes)
 
Public Addresses [subseries]

Also important to an understanding of Ferguson's career in the Senate are his public addresses, which took the form of speeches, statements, releases, and radio broadcasts.

Box   12  
Undated
Box   12  
1943-1946
Box   12  
1947
Box   12  
1948
Box   12  
1949
Box   12  
1950
Box   13  
1951 (2 folders)
Box   13  
1952 (2 folders)
Box   13  
1953 (2 folders)
Box   13  
1954 (4 folders)
 
Topical Files [subseries]

In the Topical Files subseries, the researcher will find the biographical materials relating to Ferguson's senate career of interest, as well as those items that shed light on the often stormy relationship between Drew Pearson and the Senator (see Coplan, Pearson, and Thomas files). The correspondence and documents found in the Herbert Hoover file reveal a close relationship between the two men, in which Ferguson often times served as a conduit for making public the views of the former president on various topics. And the researcher should also note Ferguson's accounts of his various trips (see Diaries, and Travel).

Box   13  
Biographical (2 folders)

(materials re: Ferguson's career as a Senator, often used in his reelection campaigns)

Box   13  
Brannan Program

(lengthy statement expressing opposition to the program--author unknown)

Box   13  
Bricker Amendment

(sample letter re: Ferguson's views on the amendment)

Box   13  
Brown, Prentiss M. (re: Truman appointment)
Box   13  
Clark, Tom

(mostly documents re: his appointment to the Supreme Court, 1949)

Box   14  
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference: Australia (report on) 1950
Box   14  
Communism

(miscellaneous materials, includes some correspondence, mostly related to communists in government)

Box   14  
Coplon, Judith

(correspondence; clippings; statement re: Drew Pearson/Tom Clark/Ferguson controversy over Coplon)

Box   14  
Copper

(mostly correspondence re: closing down of Michigan copper mines, 1945)

Box   14  
Cullum, Dyke

(re: commodity speculation)

Box   14  
Defense Spending

(1954 letter from C.E. Wilson, and draft of "A Nation Secure-Today and Tomorrow" speech)

Box   14  
Democratic Party of Michigan

(press release (?) re: controversy over Post Office jobs/financial contributions)

Box   14  
Department of Defense

(undated list of questions from Ferguson)

Box   14  
Diaries

(mostly recorded during Senatorial trips)

Box   14  
Education and Exchange Programs
 
Elections
Box   14  
1942

(letter from Prentiss Brown re: setting up debates)

Box   14  
1948 (2 folders)

(includes materials re: Democratic request for recount)

Box   14  
1954
Box   14  
Expatriation Act 1954

(mostly drafts of the bill)

Box   14  
Foreign Aid 1947

(Ferguson letter to Styles Bridges re: Herter Select Committee on Foreign Aid report, and copy of report)

 
Foreign Countries: Collected Documents
Box   14  
Arabia-Egypt
Box   14  
India-Spain
Box   14  
Formosa 1949

(Ferguson letter to Truman re: defense of Formosa, and Truman's routine response)

Box   14  
Hoover, Herbert

(contains interesting correspondence between Hoover and Ferguson)

Box   14  
Information Program In The Far East

(one letter, and report on trip to investigate the program)

Box   14  
Internal Security Law
Box   14  
Keyserling, Leon

(letter to Ferguson re: alleged Communist sympathies of Keyserling's wife)

Box   14  
McCarthy, Joseph

(interesting letter from Karl Mundt to Senators Ferguson and Knowland re: Army-McCarthy hearings)

Box   14  
McKeehan, Carl

(William Rogers letter re: consideration of McKeehan for position as U.S. Marshal)

Box   14  
Masonry (statement on: "As I See Masonry Today")
Box   14  
Motor Carrier Claims Commission 1949
Box   14  
Pearson, Drew

(mostly clippings, but also contains interesting correspondence re: Pearson/Ferguson antagonisms

Box   14  
Porter, Paul

(mostly material re: investigation of his background and connection with The League For Industrial Democracy)

Box   14  
Rationing (questions, and interview)
Box   14  
Recess Appointments
Box   14  
Republican Conference

(letter from Milton Young, Secretary explaining his reasons for resigning)

Box   14  
Thomas, Elmer

(material re: probe of his stock/commodity transactions: includes interesting letter from Drew Pearson)

Box   14  
Travel
Box   14  
Trip Around The World 1950 (2 folders)

(includes clippings, press conference transcripts, journey account, and report by Ferguson)

Box   14  
Vincent, John Carter

(citizen mail re: his loyalty investigation, and Ferguson replies)

Box   14  
White, Harry Dexter

(citizen mail and Ferguson replies)

Box   14  
World Food Situation
 
Voting Record 1943-1953 [subseries]
Box   14  
File arranged primarily by topic
 
Interregnum: November 1954-April, 1955 [series] (13 folders)

The Interregnum: November 1954 - April 1955 (13 folders) series is comprised of correspondence that falls in that period after Ferguson's defeat for re-election and before his taking over the Philippines Ambassadorship. It is arranged chronologically by month and year, and covers a variety of rather routine matters. The researcher should note, however, that in the November 1954 files there is interesting constituent mail regarding both the Senator's defeat and the censure of Joseph McCarthy, and enlightening replies from Ferguson (although brief and form letter in nature).

 
1954 [subseries]
Box   15  
November 1954 (9 folders)

(Contains interesting constituent mail re: election, and censure of Joseph McCarthy; also interesting, although brief and form letter in nature, Ferguson replies)

Box   15  
December 1954
 
1955 [subseries]
Box   15  
January 1955
Box   15  
February 1955
Box   15  
March-April 1955
 
Hoover Commission 1953-1955 [series]

The Hoover Commission series files (1953-1955; 0.5 linear ft.) are arranged chronologically and are comprised of the following types of materials, all of which are directly related to the work of the Commission: clippings; correspondence; staff and organizational information; minutes; press releases; task force reports; and memoranda to Ferguson from Lawrence Lindemer, Ferguson's committee assistant.

Box   15  
Undated
Box   15  
1953 (2 folders)
Box   15  
1954 (3 folders)
Box   15  
1955
Box   15  
Miscellaneous

(materials acquired/issued by Ferguson while on the Court of Military Appeals)

 
Philippines Ambassadorship 1955-1956 [series] (1 linear foot)

The Philippines Ambassadorship series (1955-1956; 1 linear ft.) contains materials that provide only a general picture of Ferguson's tenure as ambassador. Most of the correspondence, organized alphabetically by last name, concerns visits to the islands by various individuals, social functions to which the Fergusons were invited, or events of a personal nature that were of interest to the Ambassador and his wife. As with much of Ferguson's correspondence, any thoughts on his role or duties as ambassador are stated only in the broadest of terms. The researcher might be interested in the Diary, which is actually a daily listing of the Ambassador's appointments, and in the three scrapbooks, which contain clippings about the Fergusons taken from Philippine newspapers.

Box   16  
Appointment (samples of congratulatory letters and Ferguson replies)
Box   16  
Correspondence (8 folders)
Box   16  
Credentials
Box   16  
Diary ("Ambassador's Diary": daily appointments schedule) April 7, 1955-March 16, 1956 (2 folders)
Box   16  
Douglas, William O. Visit (clippings)
Box   16  
Speeches
Box   16  
Miscellaneous
Box   16  
Scrapbooks (3 volumes)
 
United States Court Of Military Appeals 1956-1976 [series] (5 linear feet)

The United States Court of Military Appeals (1956-1976; 5 linear ft.) series is comprised of Correspondence, Discs, Public Addresses, and Topical Files.

 
Correspondence [subseries]

Letters to and from friends; servicemen requesting aid (the majority of which are referred elsewhere); and invitations and thank you notes comprise the bulk of the Correspondence files, which are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Box   17  
A-L (15 folders)
Box   18  
M-Z (11 folders)

(P folder contains correspondence re pledge of allegiance; W folder under Wedemeyer had interesting correspondence regarding Watergate; W folder under John T. Willis included transcript of interview on courts which HF would not approve for publication because it was too incomplete)

 
Public Addresses (speeches, television, testimony) [subseries]

The Public Addresses are arranged chronologically by year and pertain to a variety of judicial and legislative concerns.

Box   25  
Discs: Edison Voicewriter

Both the Correspondence and Topical files can be supplemented by the Edison Voicewriter Discs, on which Ferguson dictated letters, memos, and conference notes. Some of the discs are undated; the majority of the ones that are dated are from the late 1950s.

 
Speeches
Box   25  
Undated, 1956-1971 (12 folders)

(lacks speeches for 1965)

(audiotape of 1967 speech located under Sound Recordings in box 25)

Box   18  
Television Appearance 1961

(materials re: Junior Bar Association TV Program)

 
Testimony, Congressional
Box   19  
Appropriations Committee 1962-1972
Box   19  
Judiciary Committee: Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of Military Personnel 1963
Box   19  
Post Office and Civil Service Committee 1961

(re: job upgrade for R. Tedrow)

 
Topical Files [subseries]

Of most interest to the researcher should be the Topical files, and in particular the files on cases from the October Term, 1970-1971. It is the only term which is well documented in the collection, and in the files can be found conference notes (although difficult to read), case summaries, opinion drafts, and memoranda from Ferguson's law clerk regarding recommended action. Of additional interest in the Topical files are the Memoranda files, which shed light on the internal workings of the Court, and the files on the Uniform Code of Military Justice, from which the researcher can determine Court views on proposed Code changes.

Box   19  
Ad Hoc Committee for Military Justice, Department of the Army 1960-1961
Box   19  
American Bar Association: Section on Judicial Administration, Committee on Federal Legislation

(materials re: Ferguson's work on the committee and his support for the minority report)

Box   19  
Annual Reports

(not a complete run)

Box   19  
Appointment to Court

(includes John Foster Dulles letter offering the appointment to Ferguson)

Box   19  
Articles about the Court

(includes one written by Ferguson)

 
Cases
 
Individuals
Box   19  
Anderson, Clayton 1968

(re: question of whether U.S. was at war on November 3, 1964)

Box   19  
Davies, Edward R
Box   19  
Gallagher vs. Quinn, et al. 1966

(mostly appeals, motions, and replies)

Box   19  
O'Callahan vs. Parker 1969

(materials re: U.S. Supreme Court decision and consequences for Military Court of Appeals)

Box   19  
Wright, J.C. 1967

(re: admissibility of voice print machine evidence)

Box   19  
October Term 1970-1971 (5 folders)

(includes conference notes; summaries; handwritten notes; memoranda from Ferguson's law clerk re: recommended action; and some opinion drafts)

Box   20  
Miscellaneous
Box   20  
Histories of the Court (covering 1951-1961)
Box   20  
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
 
Memoranda

(mostly to Ferguson/members of the court from court clerks and commissioners)

Box   20  
Undated
Box   20  
1953-1956
Box   20  
1957
Box   20  
1958-1961
Box   20  
1962-1966, 1968-1969, 1971, 1972
Box   20  
Mohbat, Joseph 1962 (2 folders)

(A.P. article on Ferguson and citizen mail, mostly concerning relatives in need of assistance)

 
Opinions
Box   20  
Dissenting to Denials of Petition for Review 1970-1971 (3 folders)

(includes rough drafts of most opinions, primarily from 1970-1971, but also from the 1960s)

Box   20  
Format of
Box   20  
Synopses of 1961/62-1968/69
Box   20  
Personnel Matters
Box   20  
Proulx, Alfred: Clerk of the Court

(mostly Proulx responses to correspondence from servicemen to Ferguson)

Box   20  
Retirement
Box   20  
Rules of Practice and Procedure

(drafts, memoranda, final versions)

Box   20  
Statistics (miscellaneous)
Box   20  
Taft, Robert, Oral History Project
Box   20  
Travel
 
Uniform Code of Military Justice
Box   20  
Army Ad Hoc Committee on Military Justice 1960-1961 (2 folders)

(materials re: the report and the Court response)

Box   21  
Congressional Investigations 1962-1967
 
Proposed Changes
Box   21  
1956
Box   21  
1957
Box   21  
1958

(contains interesting material re: Ferguson's views on Court changes)

Box   21  
1959
Box   21  
1961
Box   21  
1962
Box   21  
1963-1964
Box   21  
1972
Box   21  
1974
Box   21  
1975
Box   21  
Vietnam Trip 1967

(unknown if trip was taken, include itinerary and explanatory letter)

Box   21  
Miscellaneous
 
Inter-Parliamentary Union 1949-1972 [series] (0.3 linear feet)

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (1949-1972; 0.3 linear ft.) series is limited in both scope and content. Correspondence of a general nature, clippings, and documents related to Union conferences can be found here.

Box   21  
Various materials 1949-1972
 
Clippings [series] (1 linear foot)

Clippings (scattered dates; 1 linear ft.) covers Ferguson's career. The series is currently unprocessed.

Box   22  
Miscellaneous
 
Photographs [series]

The Photographs series (3 linear ft.; ca. 1940s-ca. 1970s) of the collection nicely compliments the manuscript series. It is arranged under ten headings: Personal; Senate Career; Interregnum 1954-1955; Philippines Ambassadorship; United States Court of Military Appeals; Inter-Parliamentary Union; Date Unknown; Negatives; Film; and Albums. Under each heading, the pictures are arranged alphabetically by topic. The researcher is advised to check both the Date Unknown files and the Albums when having difficulty finding a particular picture elsewhere in the series. Negatives from the collection have been grouped together, and notations on the finding aid indicate when the researcher should examine them for matches with existing positives, or for additional images related to a particular phase of Ferguson's career.

 
Personal [subseries]
 
Homer Ferguson Portraits
Box   23  
Formal (2 folders)

(also see over oversize folder Ac)

Box   23  
Informal (2 folders)
 
Myrtle Ferguson
Box   23  
General (3 folders)

(includes photograph with Pat Nixon)

(see also Philippines)

Box   23  
Portraits

(see also Negatives)

Box   23  
Fergusons: Homer and Myrtle: Portraits, Formal and Informal
Box   23  
Hunting
 
Senate Career [subseries]
Box   23  
Activities, General
Box   23  
Ann Arbor Aircraft Parts Production Corporation
Box   23  
Appearances
Box   23  
Bill Signings (with President Eisenhower)
Box   23  
Bond-a-Month Drive 1953
Box   23  
Brucker, Wilbur (with Ferguson)
 
Campaigns
Box   23  
General
Box   23  
1954
Box   23  
Colleagues and Friends (4 folders)

(includes fellow Senators and Representatives such as Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Charles Potter, Lyndon Johnson, etc.)

 
Committees
 
Appropriations
Box   23  
General
 
Subcommittees
Box   23  
Federal Loyalty Program; Grain Speculation and Commodity Trading
 
World Wide Fact Finding Trip 1949
Box   23  
London; Paris; Rome (Vatican); Germany (Bremerhaven)
Box   23  
Ankara, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Baghdad, Iraq
Box   23  
Peshawar, Pakistan; New Delhi, India
Box   23  
Rangoon, Burma; Batavia, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines
Box   23  
Korea; Thailand
Box   23  
Japan
Box   23  
Foreign Relations
Box   23  
Judiciary
 
National Defense (Special Committee Investigating The National Defense Program)

(see also Albums)

Box   23  
Aircraft Assembly Plants
Box   23  
Caribbean Maneuvers 1949
Box   23  
Chrysler Corporation: War Contract Album
Box   23  
Consolidated Vultee Corporation
Box   23  
Hughes-Kaiser Hearings
Box   23  
Inter-American Highway (2 folders)
Box   23  
Meyers Investigation
Box   23  
Naval Base Inspections
Box   23  
Panama Canal Department
Box   23  
Reunion 1959
Box   23  
Taiwan: Chinese Army Training Photos
Box   23  
Willow Run Housing
Box   23  
Miscellaneous
Box   23  
Pearl Harbor (Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack)

(see also Albums)

Box   23  
Miscellaneous
Box   23  
Constituents (4 folders)
Box   23  
Dayan, Moshe: Visit 1954
Box   23  
Detroit Birthday Festival 1951

(includes Ferguson with Blair Moody, Harry Truman, and G. Mennen Williams)

Box   23  
Dulles, John Foster (with Ferguson)
Box   23  
Eisenhower, Dwight David (2 folders)

(see also oversize folder Ac)

Box   23  
Groups-Unidentified
Box   23  
Green, Dwight

(see Lincoln, Abraham)

Box   23  
Higgins, Harry (President, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company)
Box   23  
Hoover, J. Edgar

(see oversize folder Ac)

Box   23  
Lincoln, Abraham: Visit to Lincoln's Home 1945
Box   23  
Media Appearances: Radio and Television
 
Military Bases and Personnel
Box   23  
General (2 folders)

(includes photograph with Joseph McCarthy)

Box   23  
U.S. Army: FP-136 Launching. August 7, 1943
Box   23  
Plant Tours
Box   23  
Republican Party (2 folders)

(includes photographs with Robert Taft, and Arthur Vandenberg)

 
Saint Lawrence Seaway
Box   23  
General

(includes photograph with Harry Kelly)

Box   23  
Bill Signing (with President Eisenhower)
Box   23  
Social Events
 
Travel
Box   23  
Japan: Camp Chitose 1950
Box   23  
Korea: Official Visits 1949-1952 (4 folders)
Box   23  
Pakistan (picture of H.H. The Khan of Kalat)
Box   23  
Miscellaneous
Box   23  
Vandenberg, Arthur
Box   23  
Miscellaneous

(see also oversize folder Ac)

 
Interregnum [subseries]
Box   23  
Various 1954-1955

(includes picture of Hoover Commission)

 
Philippines Ambassadorship [subseries]

(see also Albums)

Box   24  
Aguinaldo, Maria and Emilio

(see oversize folder Ac)

Box   24  
Ambuklao Hydroelectric Project, Baguio
Box   24  
American Embassy
Box   24  
American School: 35th Anniversary
Box   24  
Anonas Barrio
Box   24  
Bacolad City: Joint Induction of Philippine Jr. Chamber of Commerce and Bacolad Junior Chamber of Commerce; Negros Occidental July 2, 1955
Box   24  
Bulacan and Nueva Ecija
Box   24  
Brucker, Wilbur M
Box   24  
Caltex
Box   24  
Cebu City
 
Central Luzon Agricultural College
Box   24  
General
Box   24  
Souvenir of Citizenship Day: Photo Album
Box   24  
Dirksen, Everett: Visit
Box   24  
Douglas, William O.: Visit
Box   24  
Dumaguette
Box   24  
Entertainment (3 folders)
Box   24  
Ferguson, Myrtle: General (3 folders)
Box   24  
Ferguson, Homer and Myrtle
Box   24  
Garcia, Paulino J. (Philippine Secretary of Health)
Box   24  
Groups: Identified
Box   24  
Groups: Unidentified (4 folders)
Box   24  
Hoover Jr., Herbert: Visit
Box   24  
Italy, Minister of: Decoration by Secretary of National Defense
Box   24  
Luncheon (occasion unknown)
Box   24  
Magnaya Visit
Box   24  
Media Photographers

(photograph of Ferguson with Evening News and Manila Chronicle photographers)

Box   24  
Military Base Tours and Inspections
Box   24  
Nangka PRRM Project Inspection June 12, 1955
Box   24  
Negros Oriental (see Dumaguette)
Box   24  
Official Calls
Box   24  
Republic of Indonesia: Tenth Anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence
Box   24  
Return Visit 1960
Box   24  
Roosevelt, Eleanor: Visit
Box   24  
Swearing In Ceremony, and Presentation of Credentials

(includes pictures of the Fergusons departing for the Far East)

Box   24  
Veterans Memorial Hospital: Inspection
Box   24  
Visiting Dignitaries and Prominent Individuals
Box   24  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
 
United States Court Of Military Appeals [subseries]
Box   24  
Activities (3 folders)

(includes pictures with Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower)

Box   24  
Banquets/Receptions
Box   24  
Brucker, Wilbur M.

(see also Albums)

Box   24  
Groups: Unidentified
Box   24  
Members of the Court

(see also Activities)

Box   24  
Michigan Delegation Breakfast 1961
Box   24  
Military Installation Visits
Box   24  
Retirement Ceremony

(negatives for most of these photos-see Negatives)

Box   24  
United States Navy: acquaintances and activities
Box   24  
Miscellaneous
 
Inter-Parliamentary Union [subseries]
Box   24  
Iran 1966
Box   24  
Israel 1960s
Box   24  
Japan and Korea 1960
Box   24  
Kennedy Space Center Tour 1964
Box   24  
Paris 1971
Box   24  
Peru and Colombia 1968
Box   24  
Washington, D.C. 1953
Box   24  
Miscellaneous (2 folders)
 
Dates Unknown (probably primarily from Senate years) [subseries]
Box   24  
Liquor Control Commission

(line outside retail store, circa 1940s)

Box   24  
Plant Tours
Box   24  
Prominent Individuals

(includes: Herbert Hoover; Joan Crawford; Gerald Ford; Willy Brandt; Harry Truman; William Rogers; Wilbur Brucker; Herbert Hoover; and King Hussein of Jordan)

Box   24  
Public Appearances
Box   24  
Racist Photography

(see oversize folder Ac)

 
Travel
Box   24  
Far East (includes pictures of Ferguson with hospitalized soldiers)
Box   24  
Italy (a book of photographs of Rome)
Box   24  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)

(see also negatives)

Box   24  
Negatives [subseries]

(Include Myrtle Ferguson Portraits; U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Retirement Ceremony; Date Unknown, Miscellaneous)

 
Film [subseries]
Box   24  
Date and Subject unknown (8 film reels (8mm))
 
Albums [subseries]
Box   25  
"Inspection of Army and Navy Installations, Alaska and Aleutian Islands, August 28, 1943-September 14, 1943" by the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program, U.S. Senate
Box   25  
Pearl Harbor Committee and other subjects 1942-1944
Box   25  
"Investigation of Panama and Caribbean Sea Defenses." U.S. Senate Committee to investigate the National Defense March 25-April 4, 1945. Honorable Julius K. Amberg, Special Assistant to the Secretary of War, author and editor.

(Includes Miami, Florida; Cuba; Puerto Rico; Antigua, Guadeloupe; Dominica; Windward Islands; Trinidad, Curacao and Aruba)

Box   25  
"The Subcommittee of the Special Senate Committee Investigating the National Defense Program in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations, May 17-June 9, 1945."
Box   25  
Visit of Harry S. Truman, President of the United States, to the Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia April 21, 1950
Box   25  
Album from the Philippines period, Assembled by Chief Photographer Felix Manuel at Malacañang 1955-1956 (Small 8 x 10 volume bound in green and black plastic)
Box   25  
Album from the Philippines period assembled by Chief Photographer Felix Manuel at Malacañang 1955-1956 (large, 10 x 14 volume bound in green and black plastic)
Box   25  
"A Visit to the Armor Combat Training Center, Camp Irwin, California, by the Honorable Wilbur M. Brucker " May 23, 1958

(Stamped in gold on cover: Judge Homer Ferguson)

 
Sound Recordings [series]

The Sound Recordings series consists of a reel-to reel tape of a 1967 speech, some Eidison Voicewriter discs of memos and other materials from the period when he was a member of the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and phonograph records of statements taken for the One-Man Grand Jury, 1939-1941.

Box   25  
Statements taken for Wayne County graft grand jury 1939-1941 (35 phonograph records (in carrying case))

(located separately)

Box   25  
Edison Voicewriter discs of memos, letters, conference notes, miscellaneous, mostly from the late 1950s

(recording speed unknown)

Box   25  
Address Ferguson gave in the Philippines in honor of Rizal Day 1967 January 06 (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 1/2 ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([85187-SR-1-1])
(Ferguson commemorates José Rizal, Filipino nationalist and leader.) [access item]
Box   25  
"Rizal Day Address" 1967 (1 audiotape (reel-to-reel))
 
Myrtle Ferguson Papers 1946-1966 [series] (1 linear foot)

The Myrtle Ferguson Papers series (1946-1966; 1 linear ft.) is somewhat limited in nature. Her correspondence is organized by year and is, for the most part, routine. The researcher will find, however, interesting reflections on her 1953 trips through Michigan with her husband, and on her husband's 1954 election defeat. There are files of materials on the "Washington News Letter," published by the National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs, the editorial staff of which included Mrs. Ferguson. Issues exist for the years 1949-1952, although only scattered issues are available for the latter year. In addition, there are copies of the syndicated column Mrs. Ferguson wrote while in Washington, D.C., "Washington Notes and Notables." It does not appear, however, that there is a complete run of the columns.

Box   26  
Biographical (2 folders)

(mostly materials regarding social organizations/causes)

Box   26  
Correspondence undated, 1946-1966 (5 folders)
 
"Washington News Letter"
Box   26  
Correspondence
Box   26  
Drafts
Box   26  
Issues
Box   26  
"Washington Notes and Notables"