Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers

Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers

Dates: 1936-1970

Correspondence, article and book drafts, minutes of the NWAF meetings, and financial records of Ferguson's trips to Central America. Most of these materials relate to his interests in Mesoamerican archaeology and how that discipline improves Mormon understanding of the Book of Mormon. The collection also has information relating to the views of Mormon archaeologists.

  • Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ferguson, Thomas Stuart, 1915-1983
  • Call Number: MSS 1549
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Three folders are restricted until 1 Jan. 2000.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1549; Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1549, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These materials were acquired by BYU in 1983 and 1984 from Ester Ferguson and Thomas A. Ferguson.
Acquisition Information
Ester Ferguson and Thomas A. Ferguson; 1983 and 1984.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Related Material
See also Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers University of Utah (,418)
Subject Terms
New World Archaeological Foundation; Archaeologists--Utah--Correspondence; Archaeology--Utah; Indians of Central America--Antiquities; Indians of Mexico--Antiquities; Material Types
Genre / Form
Book of Mormon--Antiquities
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Ferguson (Thomas Stuart) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Furcini
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-20T04:05-0600
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Biographical History

Lawyer, author, archaeologist, and founder of the New World Archaeological Foundation (NWAF).

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts