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William Cashman Ferguson was born on November 19, 1861, in Brooklyn, New York. In 1887, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University. He specialized in applied chemistry with a particular interest in metallurgy. In the last decade of his life, he became interested in the flora of Long Island, New York. He wrote several articles on this subject which were published in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club from 1924 to 1926. He died in Hempstead, New York on June 3, 1930.


This collection consists of the correspondence and research notes related to the accompanying manuscript entitled Contributions to the Flora of Long Island.


Series 1: Research Notes
Series 2: Contributions to the Flora of Long Island
Series 3: Correspondence

Series 1     Research Notes
                  0.25 lin. in.

These notes pertain to New York Botanical Garden Herbarium specimens and the compilation and distribution of the manuscript Contributions to the Flora of Long Island. Twenty-one of Ferguson's field notebooks are included in the Collectors' Field Notebooks series. They are numbers 310-321.

Series 2     Contributions to the Flora of Long Island
                   1.5 lin. in.

This manuscript was published by the Torrey Botanical Club in a series of articles which appeared in their Bulletin between 1924 and 1926.

Series 3     Correspondence
                   0.75 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.

This correspondence concerns the flora of Long Island.


The New York Botanical Garden

CFN    Numbers 310-321

Processed June 2000 by Stephen Sinon under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-23141-98 and a grant from the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation.

For more information and a complete description contact:
Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
(718) 817-8879

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