Ira Lunan Ferguson papers, 1920-1982

Overview of the Collection

Ferguson, Ira Lunan, 1904-
Ira Lunan Ferguson papers
1920-1982 (inclusive)
2.25 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Ferguson was born in Jamaica in 1904 and came to the United States in 1919. He began medical training at Howard University, but was unable to finish due to financial difficulties during the depression of the 1930s. In 1950, Ferguson earned a Ph. D. from Columbia University. After being turned down for positions at over 1000 colleges and universities in the North, a fact he attributed to racism, he accepted a position at Tuskegee Institute in 1950. In 1957, Ferguson moved to San Francisco, California, where he was a clinical psychologist and marriage counselor. He wrote several books on male-female relationships and several autobiographical volumes.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains correspondence (1920-1970); job application and rejection letters, many with annotations by Ferguson (1948-1957); newspaper clippings; the manuscript of his dissertation on tuberculosis in the black population; certificates; books by Ferguson; and miscellaneous other materials.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Ira Lunan Ferguson at the date of processing.

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Subordinate Component # 1Return to Top

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans -- Health and hygiene.
  • Clinical psychology.
  • Discrimination in employment.
  • Marriage counseling.
  • Public health -- Study and teaching.


  • Counselors.