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Collection Title: McQuagge (Carl L.) Papers

Press Release:

August 30, 1996

The first installmanet of the papers of Dr. Carl L. McQuagge, an important figure in the history of the University of Southern Mississippi, has arrived in the department of Manuscripts and Archives in the McCain Library and Archives of the USM University Libraries. The papers are the gift of Dr. McQuagge's sons John and Danny.

Dr. Carl McQuagge was one of the first faculty to be hired by USM President R.C. Cook shortly after World War II, as the University began the period of unprecedented growth which continues today. Dr. McQuagge served as the principal of the Demonstration School from 1945 to 1959, as Registrar from 1960 to 1963, and as dean of the College of Education and Psychology from 1963 to 1970. The College is named for Dr. McQuagge and for the previous dean Dr. Ralph Owings.

The McQuagge family home was located near the current site of the Owings-McQuagge Building, and the two boys grew up on the USM campus. Their mother Mrs. Atwell Temple McQuagge was a public school teacher. Both sons became teachers like their parents. Dr. Dan McQuagge is a professor of English at Delta State University, and his brother John is a retired member of the faculty of the Perkinston campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The McQuagge papers donated to USM include not only materials from Dr. Carl McQuagge's years of service at USM but also "a suitcase full" of manuscripts of the writings of his aunt Miss Alma Hickman, late Professor Emerita of English at USM and author of the memoir Southern As I Saw It. Miss Hickman was a member of the first faculty in 1912 and retired in 1954. She died in 1971, following Dr. McQuagge's death the year before. Upon the recent death of Dr. McQuagge's widow, their sons John and Dan made the decision to donate their parents' papers to the University which had been their home.

Accession Number: AM 96-45

Inclusive Dates: 1928-1971

Volume: .50 cu.ft.

Given By: Mr. Dan McQuagge and Mr. John McQuagge.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Materials documenting the life and career of Dr. Carl L. McQuagge, professor and dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Related Collections:

Alma Hickman Papers (M 98)

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