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Arthur Wilfred and Margaret Wilkins Ferguson Family Papers

Identifier: BC209


Arthur Wilfred Ferguson September 18, 1898-February 4, 1978, a U.S Army architectural engineer, and his wife Margaret Wilkins Ferguson (1901-1979), social worker with the Colored Children’s Service Bureau (later the Child and Family Service Center of Sangamon County), were active members of the Springfield, Illinois community. Margaret was married in 1928 to Dr. Emmett Bolder who died in 1935. Arthur and Margaret, who met in North Carolina where they married in 1946, lived in Germany from 1947 to 1950 and Orangeburg, South Carolina from 1950 to 1953. Arthur then worked for twelve years in Indochina and the Far East, while Margaret returned to Springfield, where she had been born. In 1965 Arthur retired to Springfield and both husband and wife were involved in community organizations. The Fergusons belonged to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the NAACP. Arthur was a member of the Masons, Frontiers International, Springfield Historic Sites Commission, and a member of the board of the Senior Citizens’ Center. Margaret was a member of Church Women United, Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) and on the board of the YMCA and the Family Service Center of Sangamon County. The Fergusons had no children.

Published and semi-published material, correspondence, legal documents, newsclippings and scrapbook concerning the Ferguson’s careers, travels in Europe and activities in the Springfield community. Material relating to the settlement of Margaret Ferguson’s estate and racial segregation in Springfield public schools is also included.

Published material, photographs and portraits were transferred were out of the collection.

The collection was acquired through the efforts of the Black Women in the Middle West Project.


  • 1921 - 1982
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1981


.86 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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