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Vaisravana, Guardian King of the North

Artist:
Traditionally attributed to Yuchi Yiseng (mid-7th–early 8th century)  Search this
Medium:
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
H x W (image): 106.7 x 36.3 cm (42 x 14 5/16 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
China
Date:
14th century
Period:
Yuan or Ming dynasty
Topic:
Buddhism  Search this
worship  Search this
Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)  Search this
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)  Search this
dance  Search this
pipa  Search this
stupa  Search this
biwa  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
attendant  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1914.147a
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3792fb736-13e4-4622-b0f0-db32045026fc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1914.147a

Colophons to "Vaisravana and Attendants"

Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 36.3 x 298 cm (14 5/16 x 117 5/16 in)
Type:
Calligraphy
Origin:
China
Date:
1368-1644
Period:
Ming dynasty
Topic:
Buddhism  Search this
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)  Search this
China  Search this
Vaisravana  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
attendant  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1914.147b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye31d67a961-655c-47e4-bd48-51ad4d5df5b7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1914.147b

Nymph of the Luo River

Artist:
Traditionally attributed to Gu Kaizhi (傳)顧愷之 (ca. 344-ca. 406)  Search this
Colophon:
Colophon by Dong Qichang 董其昌 (1555-1636)  Search this
Medium:
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
H x W (image): 24.2 x 310.9 cm (9 1/2 x 122 3/8 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
China
Date:
mid-12th to mid-13th century
Period:
Southern Song dynasty
Topic:
Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279)  Search this
river  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1914.53
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3d65787d8-eb1f-4409-8884-c2ed1d767f0b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1914.53
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Old Trees and Cold Crows, in the style of Zhao Danian

Artist:
Formerly attributed to Zhao Boju (ca. 1120s-ca.1162)  Search this
Medium:
Ink on silk
Dimensions:
H x W (image): 26.1 x 100.6 cm (10 1/4 x 39 5/8 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
China
Date:
14th century?
Period:
Yuan or Ming dynasty
Topic:
landscape  Search this
tree  Search this
Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)  Search this
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)  Search this
crow  Search this
mountain  Search this
river  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1914.62
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye36f42bc3c-6dec-47c2-b356-7d2c2a4047b3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1914.62
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Report of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for the Years of 1914, 1915, 1916

Published by:
R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, American, founded 1896  Search this
Subject of:
Rev. Dr. Richard Henry Boyd, American, 1843 - 1922  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper, metal
Dimensions:
8 3/4 × 5 13/16 × 1/16 in. (22.2 × 14.8 × 0.2 cm)
Type:
reports
Place printed:
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Literature  Search this
Religious groups  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. T.B. Boyd, III and R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation
Object number:
2013.208.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5246464b4-c530-4092-afad-bbf54f0d034f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.208.5
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Bill of sale for a girl named Clary purchased by Robert Jardine for 50 pounds

Written by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Robert Jardine  Search this
John Ferguson, American, 1784 - 1854  Search this
Richard Burk, American  Search this
Susanah Burk, American  Search this
Edmund Burk, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (complete): 12 5/16 × 7 3/4 in. (31.2 × 19.7 cm)
H x W (top half): 6 1/8 × 7 3/4 in. (15.6 × 19.7 cm)
H x W (bottom half): 6 1/8 × 7 3/4 in. (15.6 × 19.7 cm)
Type:
bills of sale
Place made:
Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
January 15, 1806
Topic:
African American  Search this
Children  Search this
Domestic slave trade  Search this
Fancy Girl trade  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.1.117ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5f1c82531-297a-4872-ad4b-92dfe165dd5d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.1.117ab
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Illustrated catalogue of antique Chinese bronzes, porcelains, pottery ,tomb, jades and rare old Chinese paintings : belonging to the well-known connoisseur Dr. John C. Ferguson, counsellor of the Department of State, Pekin

Title:
Collection of Dr. John C. Ferguson
Author:
American Art Association  Search this
Former owner:
Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919 DSI-F  Search this
Subject:
Ferguson, John Calvin 1866-1945 Art collections  Search this
Type:
Electronic resources
Catalogs
Auction catalogs
Date:
1916
Call number:
Auction 046
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_838569

John Ferguson

Artist:
Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, 12 Mar 1770 - 23 Jun 1852  Search this
Sitter:
John Ferguson, 1777 - 1832  Search this
Medium:
Engraving on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 5.5 x 5.5 cm (2 3/16 x 2 3/16")
Sheet: 55 x 40 cm (21 5/8 x 15 3/4")
Type:
Print
Date:
1797
Topic:
John Ferguson: Male  Search this
John Ferguson: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
John Ferguson: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge  Search this
John Ferguson: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\New York, NY  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
Object number:
S/NPG.74.39.3.23
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4973219f5-f7c3-4e9a-b1b5-1f139850df61
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.74.39.3.23

John Ferguson

Artist:
Frederick William Wright, 1867 - 1946  Search this
Sitter:
John Ferguson, 1777 - 1832  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
74.7 x 62.2cm (29 7/16 x 24 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1920
Topic:
John Ferguson: Male  Search this
John Ferguson: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
John Ferguson: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge  Search this
John Ferguson: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\New York, NY  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Columbia University, Art Properties
Website: library.columbia.edu/locations/avery/art-properties.html
Object number:
COO.119 CU
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a414ffcf-32eb-484e-b256-50b320bef5c4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_COO.119_CU

Ransom Eli Olds

Artist:
John H. D. Ferguson, 1872 - 1931  Search this
Sitter:
Ransom Eli Olds, 1864 - 1950  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
100.3cm x 76.9cm (39 1/2" x 30 1/4"), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1916
Topic:
Ransom Eli Olds: Male  Search this
Ransom Eli Olds: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
Ransom Eli Olds: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Michigan Historical Museum
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mhc
Object number:
SM-113-80
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f0bbde46-01f9-4571-9f4f-ddb83c8323f3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_SM-113-80

John Ferguson

Artist:
Benjamin Ferguson, 19th Century  Search this
Sitter:
John Ferguson, 1777 - 1832  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
62.2cm x 52.2cm (24 1/2" x 20 9/16"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1810-1820
Topic:
John Ferguson: Male  Search this
John Ferguson: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
John Ferguson: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge  Search this
John Ferguson: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\New York, NY  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Chester County Historical Society
Website: www.chestercohistorical.org/
Object number:
PA320037
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44632750f-8053-44e5-b965-7bb9ba6bd9ad
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA320037

Three Quarter Time

Artist:
John Ferguson, American, b. Kingston, New York, 1939  Search this
Medium:
Corten steel
Dimensions:
55 7/8 x 84 x 49 in. (141.9 x 213.4 x 124.5 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(c. 1981)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.1831
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Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2c6ba24cc-dd1e-4243-9349-70a3a306ade4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_86.1831

Ferguson, John

Collection Creator:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2-4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1991
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in OV 5
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records / Series 2: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-brkornbl-ref36

Oversized material for Ferguson, John from Box 2, Folders 2-4

Collection Creator:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box OV 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records / Series 2: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-brkornbl-ref97

B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records

Creator:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery  Search this
Names:
Chicago International Art Exposition  Search this
Chin, Mel, 1951-  Search this
Clapsaddle, Jerry, 1941-  Search this
Davis, Gene, 1920-1985  Search this
De Looper, Willem  Search this
Ferguson, John, 1939-  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Kahn, Wolf, 1927-  Search this
Kornblatt, Barbara R. (Barbara Rodbell), 1931-  Search this
Landfield, Ronnie, 1947-  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930-  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Rosenberg, Karl  Search this
Rothschild, Amalie, 1916-  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Todd, Mike, 1935-  Search this
Van Alstine, John, 1952-  Search this
Extent:
4.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gallery records
Photographs
Date:
1971-1992
Summary:
The records of the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery of Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1992. The collection consists primarily of artists' files along with a few exhibition files and sales records.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery of Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1992. The collection consists primarily of artists' files along with a few exhibition files and sales records.

Exhibition files are found for the Chicago International Art Exposition (1983-1988), the International Sculpture '90 (1990) exhibition, and exhibitions of African art. Artists' files contain correspondence, photographs and slides, resumes, and financial and printed material for numerous artists associated with the gallery or of interest to the gallery, including Mel Chin, Jerry Clapsaddle, Gene Davis, John Ferguson, Wolf Kahn, Willem de Looper, Helen Frankenthaler, Ronnie Landfield, Manuel Neri, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Karl Rosenberg, Amalie Rothschild, Frank Stella, Michael Todd, John Van Alstine, and others. The collection also contains sales records.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series.

Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1981-1990 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Artists' Files, 1971-1992 (3.0 linear feet; Box 1-4, OV 5)

Series 3: Sales Records, 1988-1992 (0.5 linear feet; Box 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Barbara R. Kornblatt established the B. R. Kornblatt Gallery in 1975 on 326 North Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The gallery specialized in American painting, sculpture, and works on paper. In 1980, Kornblatt moved the gallery to 406 Seventh Street, N.W. in Washington, D. C. where it became the mainstay of downtown commercial art galleries. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the gallery began feeling the effects of the economic recession, and then suffered a fire in the building. Kornblatt closed the gallery in 1991.
Provenance:
The B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records were donated by Barbara R. Kornblatt in 1992.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The B.R. Kornblatt Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art, African -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Maryland -- Baltimore  Search this
Genre/Form:
Gallery records
Photographs
Citation:
B. R. Kornblatt Gallery records, 1971-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.brkornbl
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brkornbl

Ferguson, John C.

Collection Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Container:
Box 15, Folder 37-40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1914-1919
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
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Charles Lang Freer Papers
Charles Lang Freer Papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.1: Charles Lang Freer Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-01-ref227

Spear point/"bayonet"

Culture/People:
probably Maritime Archaic Tradition (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Excavator:
John G. Ferguson, Non-Indian, 1870-1944  Search this
Previous owner:
John G. Ferguson, Non-Indian, 1870-1944  Search this
Walter Brown Smith (Walter B. Smith), Non-Indian, 1858-1939  Search this
Hazel Smith, Non-Indian, 1891-1973  Search this
Previous seller:
John G. Ferguson, Non-Indian, 1870-1944  Search this
Seller:
Hazel Smith, Non-Indian, 1891-1973  Search this
Object Name:
Spear point/"bayonet"
Media/Materials:
Slate
Techniques:
Ground
Object Type:
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Place:
Red Paint Cemetery, confluence of Penobscot River and Piscataquis River; Howland; Penobscot County; Maine; USA
Date created:
3000-2500 BC
Catalog Number:
21/7837
Barcode:
217837.000
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Maritime Archaic Tradition (archaeological culture)
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
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edanmdm:NMAI_232004
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Spear point/"bayonet"

Culture/People:
probably Late Archaic Tradition (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Excavator:
John G. Ferguson, Non-Indian, 1870-1944  Search this
Previous owner:
John G. Ferguson, Non-Indian, 1870-1944  Search this
Walter Brown Smith (Walter B. Smith), Non-Indian, 1858-1939  Search this
Hazel Smith, Non-Indian, 1891-1973  Search this
Previous seller:
John G. Ferguson, Non-Indian, 1870-1944  Search this
Seller:
Hazel Smith, Non-Indian, 1891-1973  Search this
Object Name:
Spear point/"bayonet"
Media/Materials:
Slate
Techniques:
Ground
Object Type:
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Place:
Red Paint Cemetery, confluence of Penobscot River and Piscataquis River; Howland; Penobscot County; Maine; USA
Date created:
3000-2500 BC
Catalog Number:
21/7837
Barcode:
217837.001
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Late Archaic Tradition (archaeological culture)
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_232005
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Shaman's dance hat

Culture/People:
Copper Inuit (Copper Eskimo) [Ahagmiut/Coronation Gulf]  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Kenneth Kaiona, Copper Inuit (Copper Eskimo) [Ahagmiut/Coronation Gulf], b. ca. 1850  Search this
Previous owner:
Kenneth Kaiona, Copper Inuit (Copper Eskimo) [Ahagmiut/Coronation Gulf], b. ca. 1850  Search this
John D. Ferguson, Non-Indian  Search this
Collector:
John D. Ferguson, Non-Indian  Search this
Donor:
John D. Ferguson, Non-Indian  Search this
Object Name:
Shaman's dance hat
Media/Materials:
Caribou hide/skin, loon skin/skins, ermine skin/fur, cotton cloth, wool yarn, sinew
Techniques:
Sewn, braided
Dimensions:
43 x 21 x 36 cm
Object Type:
Ceremonial/Ritual items: Shamanic objects
Place:
Coronation Gulf; Kugluktuk (Coppermine); Kitkmeot Region (Qitirmiut); Nunavut; Canada
Date created:
1920-1929
Catalog Number:
23/2297
Barcode:
232297.000
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Copper Inuit (Copper Eskimo) [Ahagmiut/Coronation Gulf]
Ceremonial/Ritual items: Shamanic objects
On View:
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_247535
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John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers

Creator:
Ferguson, John Calvin, 1866-1945  Search this
Names:
Ferguson, John Calvin, 1866-1945  Search this
Extent:
6.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letters (correspondence)
Newspaper clippings
Photographs
Photograph albums
Speeches
Place:
Shanghai (China)
China
Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China)
Date:
circa 1850s-1988
bulk 1900-1945
Summary:
The John Calvin Ferguson Family papers measure 6.4 linear feet, and date from circa 1850s to 1988, with the bulk dating from 1900 to 1945. The bulk of the papers consists of John Calvin Ferguson's personal, professional, and family correspondence, and correspondence between other members of the Ferguson family. The papers also include biographical materials; sermons, speeches, and writings by Ferguson and others; printed materials, both collected and given to Ferguson; and photographs, including five photograph albums.
Scope and Contents:
The John Calvin Ferguson Family papers measure 6.4 linear feet, and date from circa 1850s to 1988, with the bulk dating from 1900 to 1945. The bulk of the papers consists of John Calvin Ferguson's personal, professional, and family correspondence, and correspondence between other members of the Ferguson family. The papers also include biographical materials; sermons, speeches, and writings by Ferguson and others; printed materials, both collected and given to Ferguson; and photographs, including five photograph albums.

Biographical materials includes various business cards and professional contacts; an ink sketch portrait of Ferguson by Li Yuling; various membership documents and cards; memorial service and obituary materials for Ferguson and members of the Ferguson family; repatriation documentation and materials from the M. S. Gripsholm; and assorted genealogical and family documents.

Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, and is both professional and personal in nature. Much of John Calvin Ferguson's correspondence documents his activities and movements while living in China, as well as the state of the political and social climate during the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1912 and as the Second Sino-Japan War begins in 1937. His journey back to the United States aboard the M. S. Gripsholm, as well as his failing health, are also much discussed topics. Extensive correspondence between other members of the Ferguson family are also found within the papers, including Ferguson's wife, Mary Elizabeth Wilson, and his children.

Sermons, speeches, and writings reflect Ferguson's many career interests, including his work as a minister, education administrator, and as an ambassador with the Chinese government. The collection also contains printed materials and photographs, including five photograph albums.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1915-1981 [Box 1, 1 OV Folder; 0.5 linear feet]

Series 2: John Calvin Ferguson Correspondence, 1902-circa 1945 [Boxes 1-7; 2.2 linear feet]

Series 3: Ferguson Family Correspondence, 1886-1982 [Boxes 7-12; 2.1 linear feet]

Series 4: Sermons, Speeches, and Writings, 1896-1988 [Boxes 12-13; 0.3 linear feet]

Series 5: Printed Material, 1896-1988 [Boxes 13-14; 0.4 linear feet]

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1850s-1967 [Boxes 14-17; 0.9 linear feet]
Biographical / Historical:
John Calvin Ferguson (1866-1945) was an author, collector and scholar of Chinese art, Methodist minister, university president, and Chinese government advisor, born in Napanee, Ontario.

Ferguson attended Albert College in Ontario, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1886 from Boston University, and was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church shortly thereafter. He received his PhD from Boston University in 1902. In 1887, he married Mary Elizabeth Wilson (1866-1938) and was sent to China as a Methodist missionary, where he spent his first year studying Chinese in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, downriver from Nanjing on the Yangzi. In Nanjing, Ferguson helped found the Methodist school, Huiwen Shuyuan (later Nanjing University), and worked to establish a western curriculum with departments of liberal arts, medicine, and theology. He was the first president of the university, as well as treasurer and then superintendent of the Central China Mission until 1897, when he left the ministry.

In 1897, Qing official Sheng Xuanhuai (1847-1916) invited Ferguson to become first president of Nanyang College at Shanghai, where he worked for five years before leaving his position to assist Sheng with his governmental duties. Ferguson then became a member of the Treaty Commission and foreign secretary to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in 1902, and chief secretary of the Imperial Chinese Railway Administration a year later until 1905. Concurrently, he was foreign advisor to the Viceroys of Nanjing and Wuchang. While in Shanghai, he was Honorary Secretary of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and editor of the Journal from 1902 to 1911, then becoming president for a year. During his last year in Shanghai, he was Chairman of the Famine Relief Commission until moving to Beijing in 1911 to become foreign secretary to the Ministry of Posts and Communications. He remained in Beijing after the fall of the Qing Dynasty, becoming active in the Red Cross and subsequently Vice President of the Red Cross Society.

In Shanghai, Ferguson developed a popular Chinese-language daily newspaper in 1899, Sin Wan Pao, which he owned until 1929. He began collecting Chinese art objects while in Nanjing, and studied Chinese art and literature in earnest while in Beijing. In 1912, Ferguson became a buyer of Chinese art objects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, becoming a fellow in perpetuity and honorary fellow in recognition of his work. He was then wholly launched into the collecting field, becoming a dealer of Chinese art, working between collectors and vendors in Peking for American museums and individuals, as well as developing his own collection. After being appointed advisor to the new Chinese Republican government in 1915, he traveled between the United States and China until setting up permanent residence with his family in Beijing in 1919. During this time in Beijing he wrote and lectured extensively on Chinese art and archaeology. He ultimately donated the bulk of his personal collection, over one thousand Chinese art objects, to Nanjing University in 1934 for which he received an official thanks by public mandate from the Chinese government. Other gifts of his collection were made to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

He remained in his Beijing home until 1943 when he returned to the United States with his daughter, Mary, via the M. S. Gripsholm. He died in Clifton Springs, New York on August 3, 1945.

This biography draws heavily from Lara Jaishree Netting's book, A Perpetual Fire: John C. Ferguson and His Quest for Chinese Art and Culture, Hong Kong University Press, 2013; and R. H. Van Gulik's article, "Dr. John c. Ferguson's 75th Anniversary," Monumenta Serica: Journal of Oriental Studies of the Catholic University of Peking, Vol. VI, 1941.

Genealogy Chart, Ferguson FamilyJohn Calvin Ferguson, m. Mary Elizabeth Wilson -- Luther Mitchell, m. Edith GrayHelen Matilda 1) m. George E. Tucker2) m. John C. BeaumontAlice MaryFlorence Wilson 1) m. Jay C. Huston2) m. Raymond C. MackayCharles John, m. Isabel M. MarindinMary EstherRobert Mason, m. Margaret SparrDuncan PomeroyPeter Blair, m. Elizabeth Hamlen
Provenance:
The John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers were donated to the Archives by Ferguson's grandson, Peter Ferguson, in 1999.
Restrictions:
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Occupation:
Political consultants -- China  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Newspaper clippings
Letters (correspondence) -- 19th century
Photographs
Photograph albums
Speeches
Citation:
John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D. C., Gift of Peter Ferguson.
Identifier:
FSA.A1999.33
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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