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Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1549

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, article and book drafts, minutes of the NWAF meetings, and financial records of Ferguson's trips to Central America. Most of these materials relate to his interests in Mesoamerican archaeology and how that discipline improves Mormon understanding of the Book of Mormon. The collection also has information relating to the views of Mormon archaeologists.


  • 1936-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Three folders are restricted until 1 Jan. 2000.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Lawyer, author, archaeologist, and founder of the New World Archaeological Foundation (NWAF).


11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Register available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

These materials were acquired by BYU in 1983 and 1984 from Ester Ferguson and Thomas A. Ferguson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ester Ferguson and Thomas A. Ferguson; 1983 and 1984.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

See also Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers University of Utah (,418)

Register of Thomas Stuart Ferguson papers
Megan Furcini
2011 March 14
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States