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Mystic Krewe of Zeus of Hattiesburg Records Collection

Identifier: M553

Scope and Contents

This collection contains clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, menus, invitations, media, scrapbooks, photographs, speeches and planning materials for The Mystic Krewe of Zeus. The materials primarily date 1924-2020.


  • Creation: circa 1920s-2020


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Access Restrictions

Box 36 is restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

During the Mardi Gras season the group of individuals who participate in Carnival events such as parades, balls, and dinner dances are called ‘krewes’. The city of Hattiesburg has a krewe that was founded by Joe McMahon in 1924, called The Mystic Krewe of Zeus. Since then, the organization has continued to celebrate Carnival season with elaborate dinner dances and coronations. Krewe activities were suspended three times in the history of the organization, during the Great Depression, World War II and the Korean War. The Krewe of Zeus elects a king and queen to reign over the festivities every year. The king and queen are prominent members of the community who are active in the civil and social activities within the community of Hattiesburg.

Many items in the collection were donated by Garland Sullivan who reigned as king over the Krewe of Zeus in 1990. Ties to the Krewe of Zeus go even further back with the Sullivan family, because Garland Sullivan’s father and brother were also kings in the krewe. C.Caruthers Sullivan was king in 1950 and C.Caruthers Sullivan, Jr. reigned over the krewe in 1976. Martha Caruthers Sullivan Nichols was also queen over the Krewe of Zeus in 1978. The Sullivan family matriarch Normal Sullivan organized and directed Krewe of Zeus events for many years.


27.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The materials in the collection have been divided into four series.

Series one consists of clippings, various ephemera, memorabilia, correspondence, speeches, and photographs from Mystic Krewe of Zeus events. These items were arranged alphabetically by specific subject headings.

Series two consists of materials donated by Garland Sullivan, such as ephemera, correspondence, speeches and clippings. These items were arranged alphabetically by specific subject headings.

Note: It should be noted that there is some redundancy in the materials featured within the first two series.

Series three consists of media such as betas, VHS tapes and DVDs of Krewe of Zeus events and these items were placed in chronological order.

Series four contains the official Krewe of Zeus scrapbooks and these were also arranged in chronological order.


Donated by: Garland Sullivan, Zuline Morris Ames, James McKenzie, Kathy Dyess, Jane Heidelberg, Dr. John Pettis Culpepper, III, David Garraway, Sarah Fowler, Diane Ellzey, and Michael E. McElroy.

Related Materials

Related collections held at the University of Southern Mississippi:

• M96 Robert Cecil Cook Papers

• M316 Tatum Family Business Records

• M415 Hattiesburg Civil Light Opera Collection

Related collections outside the University of Southern Mississippi:

• Mardi Gras Collection at University of Louisiana Lafayette

• Arthur Hardy Mardi Gras Collection at Southeastern Louisiana University

• Louisiana Digital Library Collections at The University of New Orleans


Biographical information obtained from the collection and case file.

Former Kings and Queens

I 1924 Mr. B.D. Moore / Mrs. Janice Mayson Longino

II 1925 Mr. Frank Deas / Mrs. Lucy Rich Cragin Smith

Ill 1934 Mr. Travis H. Boykin / Mrs. Mary Hagerty Morrison

IV 1935 Dr. R. Ed Busby / Mrs. Zuline Morris Ames

V 1936 Mr. Frank W. Foote / Mrs. Kathleen Cameron Hutchinson

VI 1937 Mr. H. S. Hagerty / Mrs. Elizabeth Tatum McKinnon

VII 1938 Mr. Harry McArthur / Mrs. Martha Heidelberg Boswell

VIII 1939 Dr. Claude S. Williams, Jr / Mrs. Helen Cooper Havard

IX 1940 Dr: H. Carroll McLeod / Mrs. Alice Steen Hibbett Simmons

X 1941 Dr. J. P Culpepper, Jr. / Mrs. Lida Frances Gilliam Rogers

XI 1949 Mr: Thad L. Fowler / Mrs. Kathryn Mai Hoffman Colmer

XII 1950 Mr. C. Caruthers Sullivan / Mrs. Mary Ross Daniels

XIII 1953 Mr. Francis L. Miller / Mrs. Lynn Williams Thomson

XIV 1954 Mr. Jack F. Burke / Mrs. Ann Clark Gray

XV 1955 Mr. Joe Ben Pack / Mrs. Mary Montague Yerger

XVI 1956 Mr. J. Ed Turner / Mrs. Sydney Ann Russell Hemeter

XVII 1957 Dr. R. Cecil Cook / Mrs. Hazel Moore Snowden

XVIII 1958 Mr. William T Russell, Sr. / Miss Mitzi Wheless

XIX 1959 Mr. Ernest C. Simmons Mrs. Helen Polk Clark Berlind

XX 1960 Dr. Van C. Temple / Mrs. Mary Virginia Morrison McKenzie

XXI 1961 Mr. Alfred Moore / Mrs. Sandra Draughn Freeman

XXII 1962 Mr. Reginald A. Gray, Jr. / Mrs. Mary Ella Burke Biggs

XXIII 1963 Dr. Frederick E. Tatum / Mrs. Mary Rae Fridge Schmidt

XXIV 1964 Mr. William A. Powe / Mrs. Ethelyn Ames Fagan

XXV 1965 Mr. Robert L. Morrison / Mrs. Marcia McDuff Collins

XXVI 1966 Mr. Lawrence Y. Foote / Ms. Brenda O'Neal Lambert

XXVII 1967 Mr. J. D. Lewis / Miss Ann Hagerty Morrison

XXVIII 1968 Mr. Rowland W. Heidelberg / Mrs. Annette McMullan McIntosh

XXIX 1969 Dr. Andrew J. Carroll, Jr. / Mrs. Betty Moore McKenzie

XXX 1970 Mr. Wallace R. Gunn / Mrs. Mary Lynn Turner Shaver

XXXI 1971 Mr. Frank H. Ford, Jr. / Mrs. Carroll Clark Mayfield

XXXII 1972 Mr. T Lewis Fowler, Jr, / Mrs. Catherine Fridge

XXXIII 1973 Mr. Joseph F. Tatum / Mrs. Lynn Stevens McMullan

XXXIV 1974 Dr. Dawson B. Conerly, Jr. / Miss Cathy Jo Huddleston

XXXV 1975 Dr. D. Harry Halliwell, Jr. / Mrs. Susan Faust Haydel

XXXVI 1976 Mr. C. Caruthers Sullivan, Jr. / Mrs. Jeanne Dews Franks

XXXVII 1977 Mr. Ernest H. Ross, Jr. / Mrs. Mary Halliwell Guenveur

XXXVIII 1978 Dr. Richard H. Clark, Jr. / Mrs. Martha Caruthers Sullivan Nichols

XXXIX 1979 Mr: Paul W. McMullan / Ms. Mary Sandra Tatum Henson

XL 1980 Mr. Harry McArthur, Jr. / Miss Patricia Eve Gable

XLI 1981 Mr. James F. McKenzie / Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Foote Hoffman

XLII 1982 Dr. J.P. Culpepper, Ill / Mrs. Sally Ross Fowler Carson

XLIII 1983 Dr. John A. McLeod, Ill / Mrs. Sara Carol Woodruff Engle

XLIV 1984 Mr. H. David Roberts / Miss Patricia Lynn Ross

XLV 1985 Mr. Raymond M. Dearman / Mrs. Catherine Morrison McKenzie Campbell

XLVI 1986 Dr, Martin H. Baker / Mrs. Susan Heidelberg Thomson Eaves

XLVII 1987 Mr. Thomas I. Hughes / Ms. Margaret Ann Tatum

XLVIII 1988 Mr. Charles Burkett Herrin / Miss Mary Ellen McKenzie

XLIX 1989 Dr: Hilton Lamar Gillespie / Miss Lee Kathan Dearman

L 1990 Mr. Garland Williams Sullivan / Mrs. Lara Clark Cooper

LI 1991 Mr. R. Webster Heidelberg, Ill / Mrs. Jodie Gillespie Hopkins

LII 1992 Judge Richard Wayne McKenzie / Mrs. Mary Louise Bombay Polk

LIII 1993 Mr. John Wincie Lee, Jr. / Mrs. Jane Leigh Puckett Kang

LIV 1994 Dr. Thomas Glenn Puckett / Mrs. Brian Leigh Varner Barrett

LV 1995 Justice Michael Keith Randolph / Mrs. Anna Laura Bomboy Brett

LVI 1996 Dr. David Waldron Bombay / Mrs. Mary Moore McKenzie Conville

LVII 1997 Mr. Michael Eugene McElroy / Mrs. Margaret Franklin Puckett McArthur

LVIII 1998 Dr. David Harry Halliwell, Ill / Mrs. Simeon Avery Williford Klauk

LIX 1999 Mr. Henderson Alfred Moore, Ill / Mrs. Lauren Fraser Gullung Simmerman

LX 2000 Mr. Jon Mark Weathers / Mrs. Abigail Randolph Tyner

LXI 2001 Colonel Joseph Dwight Dyess / Mrs. Lauren Shenton Hood Shifalo

LXII 2002 Dr. Douglas Wesley Rouse, Jr . / Mrs. Carey Leigh Revels Norris

LXIII 2003 Dr. William Henry Gullung, Ill / Mrs. Lindsay Jeanne Conerly Murphy

LXIV 2004 Mr. William Holt McMullan / Mrs. Sarah Davis Halliwell Carver

LXV 2005 Mr. Lawrence Wayne Warren / Mrs. Hollis St. Clair Heidelberg Giddens

LXVI 2006 Mr. Carl Lavelle Nicholson, Jr. / Mrs. Currie Robertson Moore Dennington

LXVII 2007 Mr. Ted Johnson Webb, Jr. / Mrs. Chandler Speed Finnegan

LXVIII 2008 Mr. Frank Hoyle McWhorter, Jr. / Mrs. Candace Findlay Gullung Gosnell

LXIX 2009 Dr. Steven Moreau Murphey / Mrs. Susan Grace Roberts Olmsted

LXX 2010 Mr. Robert White St. Joh / Miss Margaret Alice McWhorter

LXXI 2011 Mr. Warren Alton Hood, Jr. / Mrs. Annie Laurie Roberts Barrett

LXXII 2012 Mr. Harry McArthur, Ill / Miss Mary Lucas Halliwell

LXXIII 2013 Dr. Timothy Leigh Cole / Mrs. Jane Caroline Conerly Johnson

LXXIV 2014 Dr. Thomas Stockton Messer, Jr. / Miss Joanna Lynn Bushardt

LXXV 2015 Dr. John Clayton Nelson, Sr. / Mrs. Anne Gammill Harmon

LXXVI 2016 Mr. Francis Ross Bell / Miss Chloe Leigh Nelson

LXXVII 2017 Mr. Dennis Gregory Garraway / Miss Christina Penn Rutland

LXXVIII 2018 Dr. George James Azar, Ill / Miss Katherine Monroe McElroy

LXXIX 2019 Dr. Alan Douglas Lucas / Miss Jennifer Holleman St. John

LXXX 2020 Mr. James Ernest Duff / Miss Camille Alexandra Azar
Mystic Krewe of Zeus of Hattiesburg Records Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda Abulawi
January 21, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001