Fonds F 4599
60 centimetres of textual records
15 volumes of textual records
4 photographs : black and white prints
Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by the Ferguson family of Uxbridge and later of North York, Ontario. Included are diaries, correspondence, literary journals, Christmas and greeting cards, cookbooks, and various publications.
The majority of the fonds consists of correspondence, which was written between Beatrice and Murray Ferguson, the Fergusons and their friends, and Beatrice and her mother Gertrude, as well as between Beatrice's grandparents Gertrude and Frank Botha. Included in the correspondence are letters written between Beatrice Botha Ferguson and her pen pals, one of whom was Canadian poet Louis Dudek. Fifteen volumes of the First Statement literary journal accumulated by Beatrice Botha Ferguson from 1942 to 1944 are included in the fonds, as well as fifteen volumes of diaries written by Beatrice that document a twenty-four year period from 1938 to 1962.
Murray Ferguson was a pilot, radio-navigator and CPA who settled with his wife Beatrice on a farm near Uxbridge, Ontario in 1948; in 1960 the family moved to North York, Ontario.
The Botha family, headed by Frank C.B. Botha, originated in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Frank C.B. Botha immigrated to Canada ca. 1907 and eventually settled in Montréal, Québec.
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The Louis Dudek fonds is housed at Library and Archives Canada. A set of the First Statement literary journals is housed at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
Some of the documents are in Spanish.
Further accruals may be expected.
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|Reference Code||Series Title|
|F 4599-1||Beatrice Botha Ferguson diaries|
|F 4599-2||Correspondence between Beatrice Botha Ferguson and Murray Ferguson|
|F 4599-3||Correspondence between Beatrice Botha Ferguson and Gertrude Botha|
|F 4599-4||Correspondence to Beatrice Botha Ferguson and Murray Ferguson from friends|
|F 4599-5||Correspondence between Frank and Gertrude Botha|
|F 4599-6||Correspondence between Gertrude Botha and the Botha family in South Africa|
|F 4599-7||Correspondence between Beatrice Botha Ferguson and Louis Dudek|
|F 4599-8||First Statement|
|F 4599-9||Christmas and greeting cards to Ferguson and Botha family members|
|F 4599-10||Publications accumulated by the Ferguson and Botha families|