Ferguson, Charles W. (1901-1987)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Charles Ferguson collection consists of manuscripts, research material, correspondence, and printed material.
Manuscripts by Ferguson in the collection include a draft of A Little Democracy is a Dangerous Thing (Association Press, 1948), along with material on discussion groups and speeches related to the book; several drafts of Naked to Mine Enemies: The Life of Cardinal Wolsey (Little, Brown, 1958), including material on various dramatizations of the book; drafts and notes for Getting to Know the U.S.A. (Coward McCann, 1963); drafts and notes for The Abecedarian Book (Little, Brown, 1964); several drafts of The Male Attitude (Little, Brown, 1966); A is for Advent (Little, Brown, 1968); Organizing to Beat the Devil (Doubleday, 1971); an unpublished article on "Buchmanism" written for Harper's but never published (ca. 1933); and others. Some titles lack drafts, but are represented by other material: Ferguson's novel Pigskin (Doran, 1928) is represented by printed material, correspondence, and a condensed version of the novel published in College Humor magazine (1929); Fifty Million Brothers: A Panorama of Americans Clubs and Lodges (Farrar, Rinehart, 1937) is represented by correspondence and printed material; Say It With Words (Knopf, 1959) is represented by correspondence and printed reviews.
Research material in the collection includes numerous notes, bibliographies, records, and other documents Ferguson used for Naked to Mine Enemies; magazines, clippings, and other items used for A is for Advent; research notes and material used for The Confusion of Tongues (Doubleday, Doran, 1927).
Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters, dating from 1929 to 1968. Notable correspondents include Norman Angell, Pearl S. Buck, Alger Hiss, Boris Karloff, Ashley Montagu, Ogden Nash, Basil Rathbone, William Shirer, C. Vann Woodward, and others. Most letters in the collection were written to Ferguson as a response to one of his books; several letters are fan mail.
Printed material in the collection includes publicity material (advertisements, reviews, interviews, etc.) regarding Naked to Mine Enemies; reviews of various other books by Ferguson; and clippings of items about Ferguson.