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Eugene B. Ferris Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Eugene B. Ferris Collection
2.0 Linear feet (4 boxes)
General Physical Description note
4 boxes
Collection consists of genealogies, memoirs, correspondence and ephemera related to the life and work of Eugene B. Ferris. Items were created 1826-1984.

Preferred Citation

Eugene B. Ferris Collection (MUM00183). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

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Biographical Note

A native of Trinity, Alabama, Eugene Beverly Ferris was associated with Agricultural Extension work in Mississippi for more than fifty years. Ferris was a graduate of Mississippi A and M College, now Mississippi State, and was appointed the first superintendent of the first branch experiment station located in McNeil, in south Mississippi. He would later become an agronomist for the Mississippi Extension Service, and in 1937 was appointed the superintendent of the Holly Springs Experiment Station. A landowner in his own right, Ferris has been the subject of features in the The Progressive Farmer,  Southern Agriculturalist , and  Country Life. Additionally, Ferris was also the author of a History of the Experiment Stations of Mississippi as well as a number of articles over the course of his career.

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Scope and Contents Note

Collection consists of genealogies, memoirs, correspondence and ephemera related to the life and work of Eugene B. Ferris. Items were created 1826-1984.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries September 2005

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restriction

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Correspondence 

Folder 1: Micou Letters. 1826-1882  

Folder 2: E.B. Ferris to John and Jane Reynolds Harvey. 1839-1872  

Folders 3-4: Miscellaneous Family Letters. 1840-1971  

Folder 5: E.B. Ferris to Mattie Ferris. 1905—1920 

Folders 6-7: Letters to E.B. Ferris Relating to Family Genealogy. 1919--1939  

Folders 8-12: E.B. Ferris to daughter, Frances Ferris. 1921-1954 

Folder 13: E.B. Ferris to sisters, Mildred and Dooley. 1924-1953 

Folder 14: Trinity, Alabama associates to E.B. Ferris. 1928-1951 

Folder 15: Business Correspondence. 1931—1954 

Folder 16: E.B. Ferris to W.R. Perkins.  1935-1938 

Folder 17: Dooley Ferris to Frances Ferris Hall. 1957-1972 

Folder 18: Miscellaneous Correspondence. 

Folder 19-20: Speeches and Articles. 

Scope and Content

"Some Perception on the Negro Question" by E.B. Ferris

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Box 2: Genealogy and Memoirs 

Folder 1: Blackford Genealogy. 

Folders 2-3: Ferris Genealogy. 

Folder 4: Micou Genealogy. 

Folder 5: Minor Genealogy. 

Folder 6: Reynolds and Ferris Family Tree. 

Folder 7: Washington Genealogy. 

Folders 8-9: E.B. Ferris Memoirs. 

Folder 10: E.B. Ferris Memories of South Mississippi. 

Folder 11: Eugene Beverly Ferris/His Ancestor's by Frances Ferris Hall. 

Folder 12-13: E.B. Ferris Travel Memoirs. 

Folder 14: Reminiscences of the Civil War. 

Folder 15: Reminiscences of Frances Ferris Hall's Life. 

Folder 16: Reminiscences of Henry Minor Faser. 

Folder 17: Duplicate Copies of articles by E.B. Ferris. 

Folders 18-19: Biographies written by E.B. Ferris. 

Folder 20: A History of Experiment Stations in Mississippi. 

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Box 3: Manuscripts 

Folders 1-8: "E.B. Ferris and Agricultural Science in the Lower South" by Roy V. Scott. 

Scope and Content

Multiple Drafts

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Box 4: Reports and Notes 

Folder 1: "A Historical Sketch-The Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Stations," by E.B. Ferris  1895  

Folder 2: "A Historical Sketch of the Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station," by John Wendell Bailey 1923  

Folders 3-6: Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins 1899-1945 

Folder 7: A Course of Study for Mississippi's Agricultural High School  1908-1925  

Folder 8: Mississippi Extension Annual Reports  1916-1967  

Folder 9: A History of Taft County, Georgia 1948  

Folder 10: "The Organization of the Agricultural Sciences," by Margaret W. Rossiter. 1979 

Folder 11: "Chemical Regulation in Mississippi," by Walter Pittman 

Folder 12: Farm Notes by E.B. Ferris, Popularville Free Press 1903-1923  

Folder 13: Agricultural Reports by E.B. Ferris and Charles Brand. 1903-1938  

Folder 14: The Holly Springs South Reporter 1937-1944  

Folder 15: "Some Ancient Literature and History of Horticulture," by W.S. Anderson 1983 

Folder 16. "Trade Secrets," Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service. 1984 

Folder 17: Mississippi Newsletter and Mindscape. 1984 

Folder 18: Cotton Growers in Mississippi, Sociology Research Report Series. 1984-1985 

Folder 19: Notes on E.B. Ferris: The Early Life. 

Folder 20: Notes on the Ferris Family. 

Folder 21: Notes on the McNeill Years. 

Folders 22-23: Notes on Extension Work in Popularville. 

Folders 24-25: Notes on Agricultural Conditions in Mississippi. 

Folder 26: Notes on Mississippi Soil Condition. 

Folder 27: Notes on Mississippi Extension Work. 

Folder 28: Notes on TVA 

Folders 29-31: Notes on Dissertation 

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