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HOLLIS 601659

Ferguson, Clarence Clyde. Papers, 1955-1984: Finding Aid

Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601659
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ferguson, Clarence Clyde, 1924-
Title: Clarence Clyde Ferguson papers
Date(s): 1955-1984
Quantity: 28 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers include background material for Ferguson's Seminar on Human Rights; material relating to his mission to Biafra, his ambassadorship to Uganda; material relating to Overseas Development Council, U.N. Assembly.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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

Processing Information:

Contingent I prepared by Daniel Kaufman and the Staff, August 1995; Contingent II prepared by Ellen V. Delaney, December 1990.

Conditions Governing Access:

Due to the nature of the collection, many folders in Series VIII and X are closed for 50 or 80 years according to University policy to protect student and institutional privacy. Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business days' advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

Ferguson, Clarence Clyde, Jr., diplomat, educator, humanitarian.
b. Wilmington, North Carolina, 1924.
s. Clarence Clyde and Georgeva (Owens) Ferguson.
A.B., Ohio State University, 1951.
LL.B., Harvard University, 1951.
D.I.L., Academia Interamericana de Derecho, Havana, 1952.
LL.D., Rutgers University, 1966; Williams College, 1975.
m. Delores Zimmerman, February 14, 1954; children: Claire Oberone Garcia, Hope Elizabeth, Eve Maria.
Admitted to Massachusetts Bar, 1951; New York Bar, 1953.
Teaching Fellow, Harvard Law School and Harvard College, 1951-1952.
Counsel to Firm of Baltimore, Paulson and Canudo, 1952-1954.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District, New York, 1954-1955.
Professor of Law, Rutgers University, 1955-1962.
General Counsel, United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1961-1963.
Dean, Howard Law School, 1963-1969.
Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University, 1969.
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 1975-1977.
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 1977-1980; Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, 1980-1983.
President, American Society of International Law, 1978-1983.
U.S. Representative to UNESCO Meeting in Havana, 1952.
Special Legal Advisor to U.S. Mission to the United Nations, 1954.
U.S. Expert to United Nations Subcommittee on Race Discrimination, 1964.
Principal Drafter of UNESCO Statement on Race, 1967.
Special Coordinator of Relief to civilian victims of the Nigerian Civil War, 1969-1970.
United States Ambassador to Uganda, 1970-1972.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1972-1973.
U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, 1973-1975.
Served with AUS, 1942-1946; decorated with Bronze Star
Named Outstanding Young Man in New Jersey by New Jersey Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1956.
Accorded personal rank of Ambassador, 1973.
d. Boston, Mass., 1983.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Clarence Clyde Ferguson (1924-1983), attorney, educator, diplomat, civil servant, and humanitarian, cover the years 1955 to 1984; there is also a considerable amount of undated material.
The collection contains correspondence (both letters received and carbons of letters sent), agenda of meetings, memoranda, reports, research and lecture note, outlines, examination papers, drafts, manuscripts of unpublished writings, bibliographies, newspaper clippings, other printed items, official press releases, and telegrams.
Ambassador Ferguson's papers document his service with the U.S. Department of State and with the United Nations in the late 1960's and early 1970's, and his teaching career at the Harvard Law School, from 1975 until his death. The main theme running through all of these papers is Professor Ferguson's concern with human rights violations and his human rights advocacy. This advocacy is reflected in the international assignments that he accepted, in his writings, and in the courses he taught at the Harvard Law School.

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Additional Index Terms

Diplomatic and consular service.
International law.
Civil rights.
Nigeria --History --Civil War, 1967-1970.
Uganda --Foreign relations.
Public officers.
Law teachers.
Ferguson, Clarence Clyde, 1924-1984.
Overseas Development Council.