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Carroll Quigley Papers

Identifier: GTM-790904

Scope and Contents

Papers of longtime Georgetown University professor of history Carroll Quigley (1910-1977), including research and lecture notes, correspondence, manuscripts, Georgetown teaching materials, documents from Harvard and Princeton, and printed materials. Manuscripts of his books are retained, such as “Tragedy and Hope,” “Evolution of Civilizations,” “Weapons Systems and Political Stability,” and “The Anglo-American Establishment.”


  • 1930 - 1977


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Conditions Governing Use

All copyrights and literary rights to Carroll Quigley’s books and unpublished writings have been transferred to the Georgetown University.

Biographical Note

Carroll Quigley (1910-1977) was a professor of history in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Born on November 9, 1910, in Boston, Massachusetts, Quigley was the son of William Francis Quigley and Mary Frances (Carroll) Quigley. Carroll Quigley received three degrees from Harvard University: an A.B. ("magna cum laude") in 1933, an A.M. in 1934, and a Ph.D. in 1938. Quigley served as a history instructor at Princeton University and Harvard University. Quigley then taught history in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service from 1941 to 1976.

Quigley 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. He 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.]


52.3 Cubic Feet (80 boxes)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Universal 1.0 Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license.


This collection is arranged into eight series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Helen E. Veit, 1979.

Related Materials

(1) Carroll Quigley - Macmillan Publishing Company Collection (GTM-850731).

(2) Carroll Quigley - John F. Parr Collection (GTM-GAMMS334).

Processing Information

The collection was rehoused in acid-free boxes and folders.

Carroll Quigley Papers
Stephanie Hughes and Scott S. Taylor
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057