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Ferguson papers, 1881-1952.
1 box (5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0628 (LD 7096.6 1884 Tuttle)

Abstract:
Ferguson, Elizabeth Eudora Tuttle 1861-1952. Student and housewife, Mount Holyoke College Graduate 1884 Papers consist of correspondence, compositions, photo and post card albums, memorabilia, newspaper clippings and photographs. Principally documenting her academic work for an English class and her travels in the Caribbean specifically through photographs of the islands of St. Vincent and Martinique after the eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Eudora Tuttle was born in Vermont on September 8, 1861. She was living in Holyoke, Massachusetts by 1878 and attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1878/79, 1880/81, 1881/82, and 1883/84, graduating in 1884. She married Robert Muir Ferguson in 1885 and had three children. The Fergusons lived in Springfield, Massachusetts, Spokane, Washington, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her husband died in 1907 and she died in Tulsa during the summer of 1952 at the age of ninety.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Elizabeth Eudora Tuttle Ferguson Papers consist of correspondence, compositions, photo and post card albums, memorabilia, newspaper clippings and photographs. The collection documents the academic work produced by Ferguson in a first-year English course and her travels in the Caribbean and to a lesser extent France, Austria and Russia. Of particular note are two photograph albums compiled by Edmund Otis Hovey and an album of postcards. The Hovey albums chiefly contain photographs taken on the islands of St. Vincent and Martinique after the eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902 and subsequent volcanic activity in 1903. They also contain four photographs of volcanic activity in Guadeloupe and St. Kitts, five photographs of people and scenery in France, a photograph labeled "Russian transportation" (horse-drawn wagon), and one labeled "King Edward visits Vienna," all dating from 1903. Also included in the collection are an album of post cards that reflect Ferguson's travels in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana, and visits to Niagara Falls and the International Exposition in Chicago in 1934. The correspondence consists primarily of letters and cards to and from staff members of the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association. The collection also includes some clippings about Ferguson, and several photographs of her taken between 1884 and 1934.


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Elizabeth Tuttle Ferguson Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Correspondence,
1920-1952
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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Scope and content:

This series consists of brief letters and birthday cards. Correspondents include John Ferguson, the Clement sisters (Clara, Florence, and Louise), Mrs. M.W. Raymond, Mary A.E. Avery, and the Alumnae Association. Letters concern alumnae duties, family deaths, and Ferguson's health.

Correspondence,
1920-1952

Box 1: folder 1
Compositions,
1881-1884
2 folders

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Arranged chronologically.

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Scope and content:

This series consists of twelve compositions written as a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The composition titles and dates are: "Our Third Room-mate," January 26, 1884; "Devil's Lake," April 19, 1884; "Dr. John," January 12, 1884; "Dr. John," December 15, 1883; "Our Foreign guests," May 6, 1882; "A Good Orator," Nov.3, 1883, "Fire," Mar. 25, 1882; "Shakespeare," October 13, 1883; "Henry W. Longfellow," April 22, 1882; "The Kind Uncle," December 10, 1881; "The Chinese Students," February 4, 1882; and "The Year Just Finished," January 21, 1882.

Compositions,
1881-1882

Box 1: folder 2
Compositions,
1883-1884

Box 1: folder 3
Albums,
1902-1934
3 folders

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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Scope and content:

This series contains two photograph albums compiled by Edmund Otis Hovey and an album of postcards. The Hovey albums chiefly contain photographs taken on the islands of St. Vincent and Martinique after the eruption of Mount Pele in 1902 and subsequent volcanic activity in 1903. They also contain four photographs of volcanic activity in Guadeloupe and St. Kitts, five photographs of people and scenery in France, a photograph labeled "Russian Transportation" (horse-drawn wagon), and one labeled "King Edward Visits Vienna," all dating from 1903. Most of the postcards reflect Ferguson's travels in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana, and visits to Niagra Falls and the International Exposition in Chicago in 1934.

Albums,
1902

Box 1: folder 4
Albums,
1902-1903

Box 1: folder 5
Albums,
1906, 1911, 1934

Box 1: folder 6
Memorabilia,
1884, circa 1934
1 folder

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Arranged chronologically.

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Scope and content:

This series consists of Ferguson's Mount Holyoke diploma, a graduation pin for the class of 1884 at Mount Holyoke, and a silver painted woven palm fan probably used for the Class Reunion in 1934.

Diploma,
1884

Folio
Graduation Pin,
1884

OBJ 0002
Fan,
circa 1934

OBJ 0003
Biographical Information,
1902-1952
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series chiefly consists of biographical forms that Ferguson returned to the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association between 1914-1946. This series also includes a form pledging financial support to the Association, 1902, copies of notes about Ferguson from issues of the "Mount Hoyoke Alumnae Quarterly," 1918-1952, and an article about her from a Tulsa, Oklahoma newspaper, 1941.

Biographical Information,
1902-1952

Box 1: folder 10
Photographs,
circa 1884, 1890, 1934
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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Scope and content:

This series consists of two formal portraits of Ferguson, probably taken just before her graduation from Mount holyoke Female Seminary in 1884. Two snapshots are also included one labelled "Massachusetts 1890" showing Ferguson and other women in a horse-drawn buggy, and the other a snapshot of Ferguson with classmates and their husbands at the fifteenth reunion of the Class of 1884 at Mount Holyoke College, 1934.

Photographs,
1884, 1890, 1934

Box 1: folder 11

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Subjects
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • Creative writing.
  • English language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Guadeloupe - Description and travel.
  • Martinique - Description and travel.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student papers - 1881-1884
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Students.
  • Pelee, Mount (Martinique) - Eruption, 1902.
  • Saint Vincent -Description and travel.
  • United States - Description and travel.
  • Volcanoes - West Indies.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women - Education - United States - History - Sources.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.
  • aFrance - Description and travel - 1800-1918.

Contributors
  • Hovey, Edmund O. (Edmund Otis), 1801-1877.
  • Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College.

Genre terms
  • Albums
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Postcard albums
  • Postcards


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