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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 8872391

Clarence Clyde Ferguson photographs

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.

Dates

  • 1949 - 1984

Physical Description

Extent is approximate.

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The Harvard Law School Library does not own the copyright to these unpublished photographs of Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr.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

Extent

212 photographs

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.

Biographical/Historical Information

  • 1924, Nov. 4 Born, Wilmington, North CarolinaSon of Clarence Clyde and Georgeva (Owens) Ferguson
  • 1942-1946 Served with United States Army; decorated with Bronze Star
  • 1948 A.B., Ohio State University
  • 1951 LL.B., Harvard University
  • 1951 Admitted to Bar of Massachusetts
  • 1951-1952 Teaching Fellow, Harvard Law School and Harvard College
  • 1952 U.S. Representative to UNESCO Meeting in Havana
  • 1952 D.I.L., Academia Interamericana de Derecho, Havana
  • 1952-1954 Counsel to the Firm of Baltimore, Paulson and Canudo
  • 1953 Admitted to the Bar of New York
  • 1954, Feb. 14 Married Dolores Zimmerman; children: Claire Oberone Garcia, Hope Elizabeth, Eve Maria
  • 1954 Special Legal Advisor to U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • 1954-1955 Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District, New York
  • 1955-1962 Professor of Law, Rutgers University
  • 1956 Named Outstanding Young Man in New Jersey by New Jersey Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • 1961-1963 General Counsel, United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • 1963-1969 Dean, Howard University School of Law
  • 1964 Expert to United Nations Subcommittee on Race Discrimination
  • 1967 Principal Drafter of UNESCO Statement on Race
  • 1969 Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University
  • 1969-1970 Special Coordinator of Relief to civilian victims of the Nigerian Civil War
  • 1970-1972 United States Ambassador to Uganda
  • 1972-1973 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • 1973 Accorded personal rank of Ambassador
  • 1973-1975 U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • 1975-1977 Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1977-1980 Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1978-1983 President, American Society of International Law
  • 1980-1983 Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1983, Dec. 21 Died, Boston, Massachusetts
1924, Nov. 4
Born, Wilmington, North Carolina
Son of Clarence Clyde and Georgeva (Owens) Ferguson
1942-1946
Served with United States Army; decorated with Bronze Star
1948
A.B., Ohio State University
1951
LL.B., Harvard University
1951
Admitted to Bar of Massachusetts
1951-1952
Teaching Fellow, Harvard Law School and Harvard College
1952
U.S. Representative to UNESCO Meeting in Havana
1952
D.I.L., Academia Interamericana de Derecho, Havana
1952-1954
Counsel to the Firm of Baltimore, Paulson and Canudo
1953
Admitted to the Bar of New York
1954, Feb. 14
Married Dolores Zimmerman; children: Claire Oberone Garcia, Hope Elizabeth, Eve Maria
1954
Special Legal Advisor to U.S. Mission to the United Nations
1954-1955
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District, New York
1955-1962
Professor of Law, Rutgers University
1956
Named Outstanding Young Man in New Jersey by New Jersey Junior Chamber of Commerce
1961-1963
General Counsel, United States Commission on Civil Rights
1963-1969
Dean, Howard University School of Law
1964
Expert to United Nations Subcommittee on Race Discrimination
1967
Principal Drafter of UNESCO Statement on Race
1969
Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University
1969-1970
Special Coordinator of Relief to civilian victims of the Nigerian Civil War
1970-1972
United States Ambassador to Uganda
1972-1973
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
1973
Accorded personal rank of Ambassador
1973-1975
U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
1975-1977
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
1977-1980
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
1978-1983
President, American Society of International Law
1980-1983
Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
1983, Dec. 21
Died, Boston, Massachusetts

Series List

  1. Folder 1: Educator - Dean of Howard University School of Law,1963-19691963-1969

    Fergusonas Dean of Howard University School of Law.

  2. Folder 2: Educator - With Students, Harvard Law School, 1977-19831977-1983

    Professor Ferguson with Harvard Law Students.

  3. Folder 3: Educator - PIL, 19801980

    ProfessorFerguson during the 1980 Summer PIL program at Harvard Law School.Photos by John Chapin.

  4. Folder 4: U.S. Attorney's Office, 19541954

    Group photowith Ferguson when he was working as Assistant U.S. Attorney,Southern District, New York.

  5. Folder 5: State Department, 1969-19761969-1976

    Variousphotos of Ferguson at the State Department including his appointmentas Special Coordinator on Relief to the Civilian Victims of theNigerian Civil War and as Ambassador to Uganda.

  6. Folder 6: United Nations

    Various photosof Ambassador Ferguson during his tenure at the United States Missionto the United Nations including a speech at Rockefeller Center and anaddress to the United Nations General Assembly.

  7. Folder 7: Africa

    Photos of Ferguson inAfrica excluding Uganda.

  8. Folder 8: Ambassador to Uganda, 1970-19721970-1972

    Photosduring Ferguson's Ambassadorship in Uganda, especially of a Fourth ofJuly celebration he hosted.

  9. Folder 9: Various Conferences, Receptions, andReunions.

    Various Photos of Ambassador Fergusonat conferences, receptions, and two Harvard Law School reunions.Includes the first Black Alumni Day at Harvard University, and aCongressional Black Caucus reception.

  10. Folder 10: Family

    Photos of AmbassadorFerguson with his daughters and others.

  11. Folder 11: Miscellaneous

    Miscellaneousphotos including African Embroidery.

  12. Folder 12: Early Portraits

    Portraits ofAmbassador Ferguson which date from roughly 1949 to 1969.

  13. Folder 13: Portraits by John Chapin

    Portraits of Ambassador Ferguson by Photographer John Chapin whichwere taken around 1980 at Harvard Law School.

  14. Folder 14: Later Portraits

    Portraits ofAmbassador Ferguson which date from roughly 1970-1983.

  15. Folder 15: Oversized Portraits

    Large(11"x14" and larger) portraits of Ambassador Ferguson which weremainly taken during his tenure at the United States Mission to theUnited Nations.

  16. Folder 16: With U.S. Presidents

    Photosof Ambassador Ferguson with four presidents of the United Statesincluding Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

Physical Location

Art and Visual Materials Collection stacks.

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.
Link to catalog
Title
Ferguson, Clarence Clyde. Photographs, 1949-1984: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00062

Repository Details

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