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HOLLIS 8872391

Ferguson, Clarence Clyde. Photographs, 1949-1984: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Art and Visual Materials Collection stacks.
Call No.: HOLLIS 8872391
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ferguson, Clarence Clyde, 1924-
Title: Clarence Clyde Ferguson photographs
Date(s): 1949-1984
Quantity: 212 photographs
Quantity: Extent is approximate.
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The bulk of the photographs date from the period 1969 to 1983, beginning from the time Ferguson was appointed Special Coordinator of Relief to the Civilian Victims of the Nigerian Civil War. There are several miscellaneous items (11-6), including an example of African (Nigerian?) embroidery.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The photographs of C. Clyde Ferguson (1924-1983), attorney, educator, public servant, diplomat, humanitarian, were presented to the Harvard Law School Library as part of the papers of Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. donated on February 26, 1985 by his daughters, Claire Ferguson Garcia, Hope Ferguson, and Eve Ferguson.

Processing Information:

The photos are organized mainly by subject. Natural subject headings were dictated by the content of the photographic collection itself. The bulk of the collection consists of portraits of Ambassador Ferguson and various conferences and receptions he attended while working at the State Department and the United States Mission to the United Nations. An attempt was made to organize the photos chronologically within the subject headings, though some photos were not dated. This collection was processed in the Summer of 1998 by Joel Pravda and Steven R. Smith.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these photographs is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. Open to the public without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library does not own the copyright to these unpublished photographs of Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Permission to publish is required.

Biographical/Historical Information



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Scope and Contents

The Photographs of Clarence Clyde Ferguson (1924-1983), attorney, educator, diplomat, civil servant, humanitarian, cover the years 1949 to 1984 with the bulk of the photographs falling into the period from his appointment as Special Coordinator of Relief to the Civilian Victims of the Nigerian Civil War through his tenure as a Harvard Law Professor which lasted until his death in 1983.
The collection consists almost exclusively of photographs (black and white and color) of varying sizes ranging from 2 1/2"x 3 1/2" to 16"x20". There are also a couple of miscellaneous items including African Embroidery (11-6). Where applicable, an attempt was made to refer to relevant manuscripts associated with photos in The Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Papers located in the Harvard Law School Library, Manuscripts Division. The collection consists of 212 items and is contained in one box and sixteen folders. Photos are identified in this inventory by folder number and then location in the folder. For example, photo 3-4 is the fourth photo located in folder number 3.
The photos are divided into subject headings and an attempt was made to organize the photos chronologically within the these headings, but some photos were not dated. The subject headings were dictated by the content of the photographic collection itself. Folders 1 through 3 are photos of Ambassador Ferguson as an educator and include: 1. Educator - Dean of Howard University School of Law, 1963-1969; 2. Educator - With Students, Harvard Law School, 1977-1983; and 3. Educator - PIL, 1980. Folders 4 through 9 are photos of Ambassador Ferguson in his tenure of civil service mainly at the State Department and United Nations. They include: 4. U.S. Attorney's Office, 1954; 5. State Department, 1969-1976; 6. United Nations; 7. Africa; 8. Ambassador to Uganda, 1970-1972; and 9. Various Conferences, Receptions, and Reunions. Folders 10 and 11 are photos of Ambassador Ferguson's family and miscellaneous items and include: 10. Family; and 11. Miscellaneous. Folders 12 through 15 are portraits of Ambassador Ferguson and include: 12. Early Portraits; 13. Portraits by John Chapin; 14. Later portraits; and 15. Oversized Portraits. Finally, folder 16 is photos of Ambassador Ferguson with various presidents of The United States and is entitled: 16. With U.S. Presidents.
Many of the photos were identified. Of the unidentified photos, an effort was made to research the photos in order to identify them. The main sources used for the research were The Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Papers stored in the Harvard Law School Library, Special Collections; two editions of journals in tribute to Ambassador Ferguson: A Tribute to Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. (in Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer, 1984) and C. Clyde Ferguson - In Memoriam (in Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, Spring 1984); and the United States Department of State web sight (www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/). Unidentified photographs are indicated as such in the inventory. Where possible, dates for undated photographs were estimated from the research. If the research did not indicate a date, none was included in the inventory description.
Of special interest are the photos taken of C. Clyde Ferguson meeting with various presidents of the Untied States including President Kennedy (photos 16-2 and 16-3), President Johnson (photos 16-4, 16-5, and 16-6), President Nixon (photo 16-7), and President Ford (16-16). Also of interest are photos of Ambassador Ferguson giving speeches including one at Rockefeller Center in New York (photo 6-4) and addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations (photo 6-13); Ambassador Ferguson being sworn in for various posts including Special Coordinator on Relief to the Civilian Victims of the Nigerian Civil War (photos 5-1 and 5-2) and as Ambassador to Uganda (photo 5-4); the portraits of Ambassador Ferguson by John Chapin (folder 13); photos of famous friends including Elliot Richardson (5-3), Secretary of State William P. Rogers (photo 5-12), and Idi Amin (photo 8-1); and finally, African Embroidery (11-6).
NOTE: This collection has been scanned and the digital images stored on CD-ROM; a copy is available with the paper finding aid in the Special Collections Reading Room, Harvard Law School Library.

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Additional Index Terms

Scurlock, photographer.
Blackstone-Shelburns, photographer.
Capital News Photos, photographer.
Credit Impact Photos, photographer
Wagner International Photos, photographer.
Ferguson, Clarence Clyde, d 1924-
Booze, Walter J., photographer.
Chapin, John, photographer.
Harrison, Jim, photographer.
Hayden, Costa, photographer.
Herzog, Bradford F., photographer.
Johnson, Christopher S., photographer.
Khanna, R. N., photographer.
Meyle, Herbert J., photographer.
Machol, Max, photographer.
Nesbitt, Wardell C., photographer.
Rosenthal, Leo, photographer.
Wiener, Mark A., photographer.
Ferguson, Clarence Clyde, 1924-
Abram, Morris B.
Abu Rannat, Mohammed Ahmed.
Amin, Idi, 1925-
Boni, Alphonse.
Duvall, Donald Knox.
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Kibadi, Wanume.
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-
Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.
Rogers, William P. (William Pierce), d 1913-
Côte d'Ivoire. Cour suprême.
Harvard Law School.
Harvard Law School. Class of 1951.
Howard University. School of Law.
United Nations.
United Nations. Economic and Social Council.