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Phoebe Ferguson collection

 Collection
Identifier: 826

Content Description

This collection, formed by New Orleans filmmaker Phoebe Ferguson, documents her family history, as well as New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and debutante traditions. Collected genealogical material and news clippings (1979-2001) regard the Ferguson and Williams branches of Ferguson’s family. Noted individuals documented include judge John Howard Ferguson (of Plessy v. Ferguson), businessman and philanthropist Frank B. Williams, and actress Marguerite Clark. Mardi Gras-related materials include ephemera in the form of invitations and clippings when Ferguson’s grandfather, Laurence M. Williams, reigned as Rex during the 1961 Carnival season. Also present are materials (1999-2004) related to the Original Illinois Club, an African American social club in New Orleans, and the Club’s annual debutante cotillion collected by Ferguson as part of her research for her documentary, Member of the Club. Photographs (undated) and additional clippings (1978) are also present.

Dates

  • 1961-2004

Creator

Extent

1.17 Linear Feet

Language

English

Creator

Source

Title
Phoebe Ferguson collection
Status
Unprocessed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

Contact:
6823 Saint Charles Avenue
Tilton Hall, Tulane University
New Orleans LA 70118 US
(504) 862-3222
(504) 862-8961 (Fax)