This collection consists of two mathematics copy books, one belonging to Henry Ferguson and one belonging to David Ferguson. They contain numerous mathematical word, fraction, square root, and multiplication problems that were copied between 1826 and 1830. The Fergusons are believed to have been residents of Washington County, Tennessee.
Both volumes have sustained water damage and are fragile. Photocopying and scanning on flatbed scanners is not permitted.
Method of Acquisition
The Henry Ferguson Mathematics Copy Book was acquired by Hal Smith, a former director of the East Tennessee State University Library on February 28, 1956. The book was found in an office supply cabinet and transferred to the Archives of Appalachia by Fred Borchuck, Sherrod Library director on May 24, 1985, accession number 1985-118.
Melissa Garant and Scott Schwartz completed processing and the collection was opened to researchers on February 1, 1992.