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Robert Bury Ferguson fonds
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- Textual record
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CA UMASC A2017-015
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- Ferguson, Robert Bury
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3.6 m of textual records and 109 photo slides
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Robert Bury Ferguson was born on February 5 1920 in Cambridge Ontario. Ferguson attended the University of Toronto from 1938-1948, learning from Martin Peacock who was known as a leader in x-ray crystallography. Ferguson joined the University of Manitoba’s Department of Geological Sciences in 1947 and brought with him his skills in x-ray crystallography. Ferguson 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 remained active after his 1985 retirement as a Professor Emeritus who continued to conduct research and publish papers. The University of Manitoba mineral collection is held in the Robert B. Ferguson Museum of Mineralogy, which Ferguson helped to make more accessible for both learning students and casual visitors. He was praised as a teacher and mentor, and had the mineral bobfergusonite, found in Cross Lake, Manitoba named after him.
Ferguson helped set up the founding of the Mineralogical Association of Canada and was a recipient of the Hawsley Award from said organization in 1981. Ferguson was also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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 following the death of Robert Bury Ferguson.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of textual and graphic material related to Ferguson's professional work.
There are three series in the fonds; Professional Correspondence and Work, Feldspars and Published Work.
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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There are no restrictions on access.
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There are no restrictions on use.
A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description 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.