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This digital collection contains the World War II correspondence of Edward A. Ferguson spanning the period of 1943 to 1946. This correspondence consists of approximately 300 letters of outgoing correspondence and six letters of incoming correspondence. Ferguson’s outgoing correspondence has been separated into letters written to his family and to his fiancé (and later wife) Jean Hiatt and then organized chronologically. Ferguson’s incoming correspondence is from Latha Akers and spans the period of 1945 to 1946. Latha Akers was the wife of George “Red” Akers, a shipmate and close personal friend of Ferguson’s who was killed when USS LST-749 sank in the Sulu Sea on December 21, 1944. This incoming correspondence was written in response to the letters Ferguson wrote to Latha Akers explaining the death of her husband. Overall, Ferguson’s letters are descriptive and discuss numerous topics including his perception of the war in the Pacific; food and housing conditions in the Philippine Islands and New Guinea; his duties as an engineer, surveyor, MP, and tower guard; and his impressions of occupied Japan.

 

Also included in this digital collection are selected pages from Ferguson's approximately 500-page unpublished memoir entitled “Reminiscences of War: The World War II Journal of Edward A. Ferguson” (Special Collections call #: Book Coll 58, # 91).

 

The Edward A. Ferguson World War II correspondence manuscript collection (MSS 303) is housed in USU Special Collections & Archives. For an expanded biography of Edward A. Ferguson, see the biographical note in the collection’s finding aid.

 

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Project Credits:

  • Amanda Cook, Image quality control (Student Scanning Technician, Digital Initiatives)
  • Martha Diaz-Adam, Image quality control (Student Scanning Technician, Digital Initiatives)
  • Jon L. Hunt, Image capture (Digital Darkroom Student Assistant, Digital Initiatives)
  • Shay Larsen, Collection graphics (Graphic Designer, Merrill-Cazier Library Administration)
  • Rebecca Nelson, Image capture and quality control (Student Scanning Technician, Digital Initiatives)
  • Andrea Payant, Metadata and uploading (Metadata Librarian, Cataloging & Metadata Services)
  • Clint Pumphrey, Project curator and landing page text (Manuscript Curator, Special Collections & Archives)
  • Darcy Pumphrey, Project and digitization coordinator, landing page text (Digital Library Coordinator, Digital Initiatives)
 
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