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Finlay Forbes Ferguson Papers

Collection ID: MG 50

Scope and Contents

The collection principally consists of material relating to Finlay Forbes Ferguson's numerous descendants, including family trees, birth and death registers, correspondence, deeds, remembrances, newspaper clippings, and a diary. The papers also consist of material, notably photographs, relating to Ferguson's involvement in the restoration of several of Hampton Roads' historic houses, including the Willoughby-Baylor House, the Moses Myers House, and the Adam Thoroughgood House. Of special note is correspondence concerning New York Life Insurance Company's payment of insurance claims after conflict between the United States and Confederacy was declared unlawful in 1861.


  • 1812-1975, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/29/1981



1.60 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers with the only restriction being that no access to the collection will be permitted for any purposes to any representative of the New York Life Insurance Company or any successor of that company.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Biographical or Historical Information

Finlay Forbes Ferguson was an architect and the descendant of a prominent Norfolk family.

Note written by Special Collections Staff

Language of Materials



A Norfolk architect. Descendant of longtime Norfolk family. Consists of papers concerning the restoration of the Willoughby-Baylor House and family papers documenting the history of Norfolk since the nineteenth century. Includes correspondence, business papers, ledgers, deeds, genealogical material, newspapers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Source of Acquisition

Anna Lawrence Redfern Ferguson (Mrs. Finlay F. Ferguson Jr.) and her daughter, Anne Stuart Ferguson Cantile

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A81-16

A Guide to the Finlay Forbes Ferguson Papers
Jay Gaidmore
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU Community Collections Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US