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Carroll Quigley - John F. Parr Collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS334

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Carroll Quigley - John F. Parr Collection consists chiefly of manuscript chapters from a work Quigley called "Twentieth Century Europe" in manuscript form but later published as "Tragedy and Hope." The manuscript includes some editing and ample footnotes. The collection also contains one letter from Donald Harrison Smith concerning the Quigley manuscript. The materials date to circa 1965. Quigley published "Tragedy and Hope" in 1966. Although the chapters are numbered, not every chapter number has been preserved. In other words, the chapter numbers do not comprise a linear run from 1 to 27. Instead, there are only 20 chapters retained. The Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division also holds the Parr-Smith Archives, which contain materials regarding John F. Parr and Donald Harrison Smith and their association with Georgetown University.


  • 1965 - 1977
  • Majority of material found in 1965 - 1965

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Biographical note

Carroll Quigley (1910-1977) was a legendary professor of history at Georgetown University. Born on November 9, 1910, in Boston, Massachusetts, Quigley was the son of William Francis Quigley and Mary Frances (Carroll) Quigley. Carroll Quigley received a number of degrees from Harvard University: an A.B. ("magna cum laude") in 1933, an A.M. in 1934, and a Ph.D. in 1938. From 1935 to 1937, Quigley served as a history instructor at Princeton University. Next, from 1938 to 1941, he taight history at Harvard. Quigley then taught history at Georgetown University from 1941 to 1976. In addition, he did consulting work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Smithsonian Institution, and a number of other organizations. He also was an active lecturer. From 1961 to 1977, he worked on the editorial board of "Current History." Quigley received the Vicennial medal from Georgetown University in 1961. In 1964, Georgetown awarded him the 175th anniversary Medal of Merit. At the end of his tenure at Georgetown, Quigley earned the Faculty Award four straight years. Georgetown's foreign service alumni from 1941 to 1969 elected Quigley's course "Development of Civilization" as the most significant course in their undergraduate careers. Quigley's works include "The Evolution of Civilizations" (1961), "Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time" (1966), and "The World Since 1939" (1968). Quigley retired from Georgetown University in 1976. Carroll Quigley died on January 3, 1977. (Sources: "Who Was Who in America." Vol. 7, 1977-1981. Chicago: Marquis, 1981. Obituary: "Washington Post." 1/6/1977, p. B10.) John F. Parr was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on November 8, 1914, the son of William Clarence Parr and Mary Louise (de Marcus) Parr. John F. Parr earned two degrees from Georgetown University, a B.S. in 1939 and an M.A. in 1948. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, in 1951. John F. Parr served as a graduate assistant at Georgetown University in 1939; assistant director of international relations with the National Catholic Welfare Conference from 1945 to 1949; assistant professor in the University of Maryland overseas program from 1951 to 1953; assistant professor at the University of Fribourg from 1953 to 1956; assistant dean of the Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 1956 to 1958 and dean of that program from 1958 to 1961; resident dean of the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany from 1961 to 1969; vice president and dean of Fleming College in Lugano, Switzerland from 1969 to 1970; dean of liberal arts at Anne Arundel Community College from 1971 to 1977; and dean emeritus of that community college from 1977. (Source: "Who's Who in America." 44th edition, 1986-1987, vol. 2, Chicago: Marquis, 1986).


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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