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Phillip C. Ferguson Collection

Identifier: CAC-CC-019
This small collection contains a few items related to Ferguson's ill-fated gubernatorial campaigns of 1950 and 1958 as well as scrapbooks concerned with soil conservation and flood control. In addition, there is a small photograph collection which includes several images of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District as well as images of soldiers in Vietnam in the 1960s.


  • 1931-1978
  • Majority of material found in 1950-1967

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use:

The University of Oklahoma asserts no claim of copyright over photographs in this collection taken by private citizens. Any publication of such photographs requires the consent of the copyright holder.


8.75 Linear Feet (5 containers)

Biographical Information:

As the representative of Oklahoma's Eighth District to the U.S. House of Representatives, Phillip C. Ferguson (1903-1978) served from 1935-1941. In Congress, he sponsored such legislation as the 1936 Flood Control Act that authorized the construction of dams to conserve Oklahoma's waters and protect its lands from both flood and drought. For a decade, Ferguson remained out of the political arena. In 1950, however, he reentered the fray as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. As a self-described "Eisenhower Democrat," he finished last in the four-man primary. Shortly thereafter, Ferguson changed his party registration to Republican. With his new party affiliation, he received appointments as a director of one of the Federal Reserve System's regional banks and later as a director of the Farm Credit Administration. With renewed political zeal, Ferguson again entered the gubernatorial campaign in 1958 and became the Republican nominee. Unfortunately, he was swept away by J. Howard Edmondson and the Democrat's "Prairie Fire" campaign.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged into 4 series. The Manuscripts series is arranged by material type and topic alphabetically. The Photographs series is arranged into groups by content and event.
Guide to the Phillip C. Ferguson Collection
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States