Fonds A2017-015 - Robert Bury Ferguson fonds

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Robert Bury Ferguson fonds

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CA UMASC A2017-015

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3.6 m of textual records and 109 photo slides

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Robert Bury Ferguson was a professor in the University of Manitoba's department of Geological Sciences and one of Canada's leading mineralogists. Fergusson was born February 5, 1920 in Cambridge, Ontario. Ferguson received his B.A. (1942), M.A. (1943) and Ph.D (1948) all from the University of Toronto. Ferguson joined the University of Manitoba’s Department of Geological Sciences in 1947 and was an important part of the departmental work on mineralogy and crystallography, including helping with the post-World War Two expansion of the department. He retired in 1985 and was named Professor Emeritus. He remained active in research and publishing.

The University of Manitoba mineral collection, which Ferguson helped to make more accessible for both students and visitors, was re-named as the Robert B. Ferguson Museum of Mineralogy. The mineral bobfergusonite, found in Cross Lake, Manitoba is named after him. Ferguson is praised and remembered as an "exceptional researcher and mentor."

Ferguson was a founder member of the Mineralogical Association of Canada and was a recipient of the Hawsley Award in 1981. Ferguson was also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Mineratogical Society of America.

Ferguson died in Winnipeg on January 18, 2015.

Custodial history

The materials were held at the University of Manitoba Department of Geological Sciences and donated by the Ferguson family to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in January 2017.

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The fonds consists of textual and graphic material related to Ferguson's professional work.

There are four series in the fonds; Professional Correspondence and Work; Feldspars; Published Work; and an additional Miscellaneous series that was added in 2019.

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The materials are in mainly good condition. Some papers are quite thin, please handle carefully.

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The original arrangement has been kept, which is mainly alphabetical, with the exception of the second and third series which were found at the back of the file boxes.

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Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation.

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A finding aid can be downloaded by clicking on the "Download" link under "Finding Aid" on the right-hand side of the screen.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Created by Krystal Payne, October 2017. Revised by M. Horodyski (February 2019 and December 2020).

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