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Finding aid for the Quigley family collection

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

March 8, 2014

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-10T09:10-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Quigley, Earl F., 1891-1972; Quigley, Helena Key, 1906-1986
Title: Quigley family collection
Dates: 1910-1986
Quantity: 4.66 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents, books, and photographs related to the Quigley and Key families.
Identification: BC.MSS.10.44
Language: English


This collection is arranged chronologically by type.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, books, and photographs related to the Earl Quigley and the Key family. Included in the books are yearbooks from Hendrix College and Denson High School and scrapbooks related to Earl Quigley.

Biographical Information

Earl F. Quigley was born on February 22, 1891, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to James and Rose Anna Quigley. He graduated from Stout Institute in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in 1913 and coached football and baseball there from 1912-1914. Quigley then received an offer to become a coach and teacher at Little Rock High School. During World War I, Quigley served as an officer in a field artillery unit.

After the war, he enjoyed a career of forty-two years at Little Rock High School. Quigley coached football, baseball, and track and had many successful seasons in each sport. He won thirty-nine state championships during his tenure. After his retirement, Little Rock High School named their new football stadium "Quigley Stadium" in his honor. From 1956-1960 Quigley served as the business manager for the Arkansas Travelers baseball team. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

Quigley married Helena Key in 1945. They did not have any children. The couple enjoyed vacations across the world almost every summer of their married life until a few years before Earl Quigley's death in April 1972.

Helena Key Quigley was born on March 4, 1906, in Carthage, Arkansas, to Mr. and Mrs. William James Key. One of five children, Helena Quigley had three sisters, Jean Key Gates, Johnnie Key Thompson and Corine Key Moulton and one brother, Wylie Key. She graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, in 1930. Helena Quigley was the speech teacher and Director of Student Activities at Little Rock High School, from which she retired. She died on December 23, 1986.

All five Key siblings were graduates of Hendrix College and involved in the field of education. Corine Key Moulton taught languages and social science at Denson High School, at the Jerome Relocation Center. She also taught at other rural schools in Arkansas and worked for the Arkansas Democrat in the accounting department. Jean Key Gates was a teacher in Arkansas, professor of library science at District of Columbia Teachers College and University of South Florida, and the author of Guide to the Use of Books and Libraries and Introduction to Librarianship. Johnnie Key Thompson taught in rural schools in Arkansas and worked for the State Department of Education in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wylie Key taught and coached at the school in Marked Tree, Arkansas, before becoming the superintendent of the school and the mayor of the town. Wylie Key was the only Key sibling to have a child, Barbara Allen Key.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Central High School. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Education -- Arkansas.
Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Key family
Little Rock Senior High School. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Quigley family
Quigley, Earl F., 1891-1972
Quigley, Helena Key, 1906-1986
Sports -- Arkansas.
Travel and tourism -- Arkansas.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Quigley family collection, MSS.10.44, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Holly Trantham, November 17, 2010

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