Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Ferguson mss., 1864-1929, are a collection of letters to Charles Eugene Ferguson, 1856-1945, a physician of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine faculty.

Career: born May 29, 1856, Indianapolis, Indiana, son of Norval Wilson and Julia (Rexford) Ferguson; married Isabel J. Lamb, Feb. 14, 1882; Medical College of Indiana, 1892; taught histology at Indiana Medical College, 1892-1896; superintendent city dispensary, 1893; superintendent city hospital, 1894-1896; secretary city board of health, 1895; professor of bacteriology, 1896-1907; post graduate work in Berlin and Vienna, 1907; clinical professor of obstetrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1910-1915; associate professor, 1915-1945; died May 18, 1945.

The manuscripts consist of letters from famous persons, including scientists, well-known authors, and political figures. Most of the letters were written in the 1880's to Ferguson in answer to letters from him relating to writings of the persons to whom he wrote. Some autographs, collected by Eugenia H. Coval, A.B., Indiana University, 1926, are also included.

Among the correspondents are Susan Brownell Anthony, Sir Edwin Arnold, Sir John Lubbock, 1st baron Avebury, Alexander Bain, Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard, Henry Charlton Bastian, Eunice White (Bullard) Beecher, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, William Black, William J. Bok, Stopford Augustus Brooke, Hilton Ultimus Brown, William Benjamin Carpenter, Josiah Latimer Clark, Benjamin Franklin Cocker, William Gershom Collingwood, Wilkie Collins, John Esten Cooke, George William Curtis, James Dwight Dana, Charles Robert Darwin, John Llewelyn Davies, Sir John William Dawson, John William Draper, Emil Heinrich DuBois-Reymond, Thomas Alva Edison, Edward Waldo Emerson, Austin Flint, Edward Augustus Freeman, William Icrin Gill, Louis Antoine Godey, Ernst Heinrich Haeckel, Philip Gilbert Hamerton, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Josiah Gilbert Holland, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, William Dean Howells, James Kendall Hosmer, Thomas Sterry Hunt, Charles Bacon Jackson, William Stanley Jevons, William Thomson, 1st baron Kelvin, Anton Lang, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, Joseph LeConte, Eugen Cornelius Joseph von Lommel, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Justin McCarthy, James McCosh, James Martineau, Joseph Benson Marvin, Henry Maudsley, Alfred Marshall Mayer, Donald Grant Mitchell, Augustus Mongrédien, Edward Sylvester Morse, Friedrich Max Müler, Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, John Strong Newberry, Richard Owen, Noah Porter, Sir Edward John Poynter, Richard Anthony Proctor, George Rawlinson, Myron Winslow Reed, Oskar Schmidt, Carl Schurz, George Whitefield Samson, William Spottiswoode, Johann Bernhard Stallo, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Sir George Gabriel Stokes, Harriet Elizabeth (Beecher) Stowe, William Graham Sumner, Martin Farquhar Tupper, Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Dudley Warner, Edwin Percy Whipple, Josiah Dwight Whitney, William Dwight Whitney, John Greenleaf Whittier, James John Garth Wilkinson, Theodore Dwight Woolsey.

Gift: Eugenia H. Coval and Willis Dawson Taylor. 1947

Collection size: 120 items

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