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Carlton L. McQuagge Papers

Identifier: M438

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of .90 cubic feet of material pertaining to the personal and professional activities of Dr. Carlton Lamar McQuagge between approximately 1928-1971. Included in the collection are biographical documents, correspondence, school diplomas, Ph.D dissertation, photographs, certificates, and other miscellaneous items. Also included are items pertaining to events after his death.

Correspondence in the collection includes campaign materials for McQuagge’s run for Vice President of the Mississippi Education Association and letters regarding the passing of Dr. McQuagge.

Newspaper clippings in the collection include articles related to Dr. McQuagge’s accomplishments, retirement and rewards; the dedication ceremony for Qwings-McQuagge Hall; and his family.


  • Creation: circa 1928-1988

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

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

Carlton Lamar (Carl) McQuagge was born in Stone County, Mississippi, on July 21, 1909. He was the son of Daniel G. and Rebecca (Hickman) McQuagge. Carl graduated from Wiggins High School May 18th, 1928. He married Catherine Atwell Temple June 6, 1933. Carl and Catherine had two sons, John Carlton and Daniel Temple.

McQuagge earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1932 from State Teachers College (now The University of Southern Mississippi) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He earned his Master of Arts degree August 1947 from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, and completed his Doctorate in Education from the University of Texas in 1954. He first came to The University of Southern Mississippi in 1945 as the Director of the Demonstration School.

Throughout his professional career, McQuagge held many different positions: instructor and later, superintendent at Rocky Creek High School, Rocky Creek, Mississippi (1932-1939); superintendent at Long Beach High School, Long Beach, Mississippi (1939-1944); Vocational Rehabilitation, Mississippi State Department of Education, Jackson, Mississippi (1944-1945); Director of the Demonstration School at USM (1945-1956). In 1959 he was named Head of the Department of School Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum, and served as Chairman of the Department of Education Administration from 1958-1960. He was appointed USM’s Registrar in 1960, serving until 1963, when he was named Dean of the School of Education and Psychology (in 1968 the school became the College of Education and Psychology). McQuagge remained as Dean until his retirement on July 31, 1970, due to poor health. Through the years, his varied background of experience served him well as a leader in education.

Dr. McQuagge was a founder of The University of Southern Mississippi Credit Union, and served as its first director. When it was decided that (then) Mississippi Southern College needed a credit union, McQuagge, Jesse A. Gore, and President William D. McCain volunteered to put forward 100 dollars each to fund the enterprise. The Credit Union was organized November 20, 1956.

McQuagge was active in many professional organizations and commissions, including service on the Mississippi Accrediting Commission for Elementary and Secondary schools, the College Accrediting Commission for Mississippi Colleges, and the State Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He was a member of University Baptist Church, Hattiesburg Consistory - Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, and the Kiwanis Club.

Interestingly, McQuagge’s aunt, Miss Alma Hickman, was a professor emeritus of English and one of the original faculty when The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as Mississippi Normal College in 1912.

Carl McQuagge died November 13, 1970 at the age of 61. He suffered a fatal heart attack while attending a luncheon being given in his honor at the University Commons. He is interred at Highland Cemetery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


.90 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



A collection of materials relating to the life and work of Dr. Carlton L. McQuagge, former instructor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Donated by Daniel McQuagge, son of Carlton L. McQuagge on August 5, 1996.

Related Materials

RG 29 USM Credit Union

RG 54 Demonstration School Records

RG 62 College of Education and Psychology

Photograph Log

M438-1 Carlton L. McQuagge 2 x 3 B&W 1947-48 Head and shoulders School Days photo taken at the Demonstration School, Mississippi Southern College. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-2 Carlton L. McQuagge 1 ½ x 2 ½ B&W 1946-47 Head and shoulders School Days photo taken at the Demonstration School, Mississippi Southern College. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-3 Carlton L. McQuagge 1 ½ x 2 ½ B&W 1946-47 Head and shoulders School Days photo taken at the Demonstration School, Mississippi Southern College. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-4 Carlton L. McQuagge 2 ½ x 3 ½ B&W Circa late 1940s Causal head and shoulders photo. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-5 Carlton L. McQuagge 4 x 5 B&W undated Carlton McQuagge seated at his desk. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-6 Carlton L. McQuagge 4 ½ x 6 ½ B&W undated Head and shoulders photo. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-7 Carlton L. McQuagge 8 x 10 B&W undated Carlton McQuagge sitting behind his office desk. (Box 1, Folder 2)

M438-8 USM President Aubrey K. Lucas 5 x 6 ½ B&W April 23, 1988 Dr. Lucas speaking at the Owings-McQuagge Hall dedication. (Box 1, Folder 3)

M438-9 Group at Owings-McQuagge Hall Dedication 5 x 6 ½ B&W April 23, 1988 Four speakers at the Owings-McQuagge Hall dedication ceremony: Mercer B. Miller Jr. Ed.D, Hugh Fruge’, Ed.D, Willie Earl Cooley, Ed.D, and L. Conrad Welker, Ed.D. (Box 1, Folder 3)

M438-10 William D. McCain 5 x 6 ½ B&W April 23, 1988 William D. McCain, USM President Emeritus, speaking at the Owings-McQuagge Hall dedication ceremony. (Box 1, Folder 3)

M438-11 L. Conrad Welker 5 x 6 ½ B&W April 23, 1988 L. Conrad Welker speaking at the Owings-McQuagge Hall dedication ceremony. (Box 1, Folder 3)

M438-12 Group at Owings-McQuagge Hall dedication 5 x 6 ½ B&W April 23, 1988 Owings-McQuagge Hall dedication ceremony. Pictured are Wanda Gunn Clark, Mrs. Ralph S. Owings, Catherine McQuagge, and Dr. Willie Earl Cooley. Wanda Clark is the daughter of Eric McCoy Gunn, for whom the building’s Education Materials Center was named. Mrs. Owings is the widow of former dean Ralph Seer Owings, and Catherine McQuagge is the widow of Carlton McQuagge. (Box 1, Folder 3)

M438-13 Carlton Lamar McQuagge Plaque 5 x 6 ½ B&W April 23, 1988 Photo of Carlton Lamar McQuagge plaque, located in Owings-McQuagge Hall. (Box 1, Folder 3)

M438-14 Class of ’38 Rocky Creek 8 x 10 1938 Rocky Creek graduation class of 1938 including their teachers. Carlton McQuagge was superintendent 1936-39. (Box 1, Folder 4) Photo Features (Acie Norris, Dosche (Davis) Bolton, Louise Wilkin, Carlton McQuagge, Vivian (Mills) Slay, Leonard Harrison, 2nd row Nelda (Nickerson) McLeod, Willie G. Eubanks, Inez (Eubanks) Harmon, Christine (Cannon) Lewis, Marie (Moore) Williams, 3rd row Druey McLeod, Clyde RutherFord, Myrtes WelFord, Lloyd Yonge, Palama Woodward, Marshall Snowden)

M438-15 Carlton McQuagge with unidentified group 5 x 7 B&W Circa 1950 Carlton McQuagge, front row middle, with group of unidentified man and women. Picture taken outside. (Box 1, Folder 4)

M438-16 Unidentified Group Photo 8 x 10 B&W undated Unidentified group photo taken outside. (Box 1, Folder 4)

M438-17 Carlton L. McQuagge with Four Unidentified Men 8 x 10 B&W undated Carlton McQuagge with four unidentified men. One man is presenting a certificate to another. (Box 1, Folder 4)

M438-18 Dan Megehee Memorial Class 10 x 13 March/April 1957 Dan Megehee Memorial Class of the Ninetieth Reunion-Hattiesburg Consistory, Ancientand Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. Carl L. McQuagge, 32 Vice President of Class. Group Photo Features (Sam Seidler, A.S. Scott Jr., Carl L. McQuagge,Roy G. Bigelow, Elmer C. Harris Jr., Frank H. Ford, 2nd row Roy C. Kuyrkendall, Jr., Herbert H. Lee, George H. Holder, Jack C. Johnson, Thomas L. Sullivan, 3rd row William J. Joyner, John W. Pattillo Jr., Wallace D. Thrash, Dan T.Ketchum, Bryce J. McMahan, 4th row J.A. McMichael, Herman L. Brewer, Harold E. Baisley, Joe W. Cole, R.T. Kessler, 5th row M.W. Vinson, Earl H. Smith,Thomas D. Ott) (Box 1, Folder 4) Photographer: Hyland Dykes Studio
Carlton L. McQuagge Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001