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Marguerite McLaughlin papers and awards, 1939-1984

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Marguerite McLaughlin papers and awards




University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


This collection is arranged by subject in three series:

Conditions Governing Access note

Grade books in Series I are restricted but other materials are open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

1987ua005: [identification of item], Marguerite McLaughlin papers and awards, University of Kentucky Archives.


0.75 cubic feet (3 boxes; 1 wrapped package)


Professional and personal papers related to the career of Marguerite McLaughlin, 1939-1984.


Marguerite McLaughlin was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on September 30, 1882. She was a Journalist educator at the University of Kentucky, where she earned her AB in 1903. McLaughlin died November 25, 1961.

McLaughlin was one of the first, if not the first woman, to handle general reporting assignments for a newspaper in the South. She worked for the Lexington Herald as a drama and music critic, she handled murder cases, and served as farm editor from 1917 to 1918. Marguerite McLaughlin was a 40-year veteran reporter and a charter member of Theta Sigma Phi.

McLaughlin was the first woman teacher of journalism in the United States and she trained many well-known journalists including the late Joe Creason, George Michler, Thornton Connell of the Courier-Journal, Dr. Niel Plummer, former head of the UK School of Journalism; Don Whitehead, Pulitzer prize-winning AP press reporter; Governor Keen Johnson; Senators Earle Clements and Tom Underwood.

McLaughlin served as executive secretary of the UK Alumni Association during each World War; served 20 years (1920-1940) as President of the Lexington Alumni Club, and 30 years (1920-1950) as a member of the Association's executive committee.

During World War II, McLaughlin endeared herself to military alumni by having the Kernel sent to them wherever they were stationed. During the early 1950s, she was honored with the "Pro Ecclesiae et Pontificae" award by Pope Pius XII, the highest award which can be given to a Catholic laywoman.

In 1950, McLaughlin received the Alumni Association's Alma Magna Mater Award; in 1959 the Marguerite McLaughlin room in the Journalism Building was dedicated along with her portrait which hangs there today. She retired from UK after 38 years of teaching and then served as President of Welsh Printing Company for a number of years. Marguerite McLaughlin was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on April 11, 1980.

Scope and Content

The Marguerite McLaughlin papers and awards include correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs, grade books, and magazines related to or commemorating her career as a UK journalism professor, secretary of the UK alumni association, and as president of the Lexington alumni association.

The collection also contains material related to the Theta Sigma Phi honorary society for women in journalism and communications, articles about William Welsh, the artist who painted McLaughlin's portrait, letters to the UK alumni association from military servicemen during World War II, and awards received by McLaughlin.


  • Women in journalism -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • World War II, 1939-1945.
  • University of Kentucky. School of Journalism.
  • Lexington Alumni Association.
  • Newspaper Advertising Executives Association, Inc.
  • Theta Sigma Phi.
  • Women in Communications, inc.
  • University of Kentucky Alumni Association.
  • McLaughlin, Marguerite, 1882-1961.
  • Welsh, William; 1889-1984.

User Restrictions

The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Professional Materials
Scope and Content Note:

The Professional Materials series contains letters, press releases, and drafts related to McLaughlin's work with alumni associations, including three photographs of UK alumni who were World War II servicemen. It also includes grade books, the October 1942 Conference and War Clinic edition of The Digest, and photographs of or for McLaughlin.

i. Correspondence
Lexington Alumni Association letters, 1939
[box: 1, folder: 1]
University of Kentucky Alumni Association; 1944 Alumni Updates, etc
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Correspondence from alumni in military service, 1940s
[box: 1, folder: 3]
ii. Grade Books
Scope and Content Note:


Journalism Class Roll Books, Grades 1943-1951
[box: 1, folder: 5]
iii. Miscellaneous Personal Items
Newspaper Advertising Executives Association, Inc. The Digest, 1942
[box: 1, folder: 4]
iv. Photographs
Portrait of McLaughlin as a B.A. graduate of State College of Kentucky in 1903
[box: 2, item: 1] browse
Signed print of the Dean of the College of Engineering, F. Paul Anderson: "To Miss Margaret McLaughlin, March 1934"
[box: 2, item: 2] browse
McLaughlin (far right) at a dinner table with two other unidentified, well dressed people to her right
[box: 2, item: 3] browse
McLaughlin seated in the background, far left, (only half of her face is pictured) at the same dinner party as Item 3
[box: 2, item: 4] browse
McLaughlin holding basketball tickets for UK's loss to Indiana in New Orleans' Sugar Bowl. Image credited to the Times Picayune, 1940 December 30
[box: 2, item: 5] browse
McLaughlin, professor of Journalism standing and lecturing to her class
[box: 2, item: 6] browse
UK Public Relations portrait of McLaughlin
[box: 2, item: 7] browse
McLaughlin seated during the dedication of the M. McLaughlin Room, 1952 May 29
[box: 2, item: 8] browse
Commemorative Materials and Awards
Scope and Content Note:

The Commemorative Materials and Awards series contains articles, awards, and other items that commemorated McLaughlin's career.

Career related articles, 1952 and 1983
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Marguerite McLaughlin Room Dedication Book, 1952
[box: 1, folder: 7]
Program & clippings related to William Welsh, 1952 and 1984
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Letter to journalism alumni about Hall of Fame, 1984
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Theta Sigma Award plaque, 1941-1949
[box: 3]
Theta Sigma Award plaque, 1950-1960
[box: 3]
Journalism Hall of Fame plaque, 1980 (Accession no. 2005UA021)
[package: 1]
Theta Sigma Phi Materials
Scope and Content Note:

The Theta Sigma Phi Materials series consists of the honorary fraternity for women in journalism's annual reports, ritual manuals, paper awards, and magazines. It includes chapter information, awards, and Theta Sigma Phi magazines.

Chi Chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, 1942, 1963-4, 1969
[box: 1, folder: 10]
Annual reports and other materials from Theta Sigma Phi Nationals, 1967-1969
[box: 1, folder: 11]
Theta Sigma Phi By-law, Ritual and Officers' Manuals, 1959, 1964, 1966-1967
[box: 1, folder: 12]
Matrix, April 1968 - fall 1969
[box: 1, folder: 13]