Skip to main content

David and Henry Ferguson Mathematics Copy Books

 Collection — Box: E (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-250

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1826-1830


Conditions Governing Access

The copy books are open for research. Digital content available here: David and Henry Ferguson Mathematics Copy Books


0.10 linear feet

Language of Materials


Physical Access Requirements

Both volumes have sustained water damage and are fragile. Photocopying and scanning on flatbed scanners is not permitted.

Immediate Source 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.

Processing Information

Melissa Garant and Scott Schwartz completed processing and the collection was opened to researchers on February 1, 1992.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA