Q.M. Smith Oral History Project

Q M Smith

QMS 150, Quintin Miller (Q. M.) Smith Papers

MTSU gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Smith family that made possible the digitization of the Q. M. Smith Oral History recordings and the creation of this web page.

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Brief Biography

Q.M. Smith served as president of Middle Tennessee State Teachers College from 1938-1958. Smith was born in Buffalo, a small farming community in Humphreys County, Tennessee, on May 5, 1891. He had a long and distinguished career as an educator in Tennessee and was well known for his dedication to education.

In 1938, Smith was named president of his alma mater, which was then called State Teachers College. Smith's efforts and vision brought great changes to the college. The school's name was changed from State Teachers College to Middle Tennessee State College to encourage students interested in other fields of study to enroll. The college, valued at one million dollars in 1938, had an estimated worth of ten million dollars when Smith retired in 1958. During the two decades of the Smith presidency, student enrollment increased from 550 to 2,250 and the faculty and staff from 48 persons to 106. Under Smith, the campus increased in size from 205 acres to 604 acres. He increased the number of major campus buildings by thirteen and completed seventy building projects. He added several new departments and devised long-range plans crucial to the school's development into a university. Smith reached the age of mandatory retirement in 1958. He died in Murfreesboro on April 2, 1976, one month short of his 85th birthday.

Information about the Q.M. Smith Oral History Collection

The Q.M. Smith Oral History Project is comprised of 138 recordings collected by Regina Forsythe in the last half of 1995 from people associated in some way with Middle Tennessee State University. If the participant had been a student, then the interviewer asked about classes, professors, campus buildings, and student life. If the participant had been faculty or staff, the interviewer focused on departments, administration, and co-workers. Participants were asked specifically for stories and insights about President Smith.

This project was made possible with donations from the Smith family.

If you are looking for a mention of specific people or places, the following subject guide lead you to the appropriate interview(s).

Q.M. Smith Oral History Project Subject Guide

Interview
Number

Interviewee

Date
Link to transcript
Link to Audio
Photo
1

Jennings, Thelma

student; history faculty

June 13, 1995
Thelma Jennings
2

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

June 14, 1995
Edward Voorhies
3

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

June 14, 1995
Edward Voorhies
4

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

June 14, 1995
Edward Voorhies
5

Spielman, Ross

student

June 20, 1995
Ross Spielman
6

Spielman, Ross

student

June 20, 1995
Ross Spielman
7

Patterson, William

student

June 21, 1995
William Patterson
8

Patterson, William

student

June 21, 1995
William Patterson
9

Parchment, J. Gerald

student; biology faculty

June 22, 1995
J. Gerald Parchment
10

Parchment, J. Gerald

student; biology faculty

June 22, 1995
J. Gerald Parchment
11

Scott, Dan

student; chemistry faculty

June 26, 1995
Dan Scott
12

Scott, Dan

student; chemistry faculty

June 26, 1995
Dan Scott
13

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

June 27, 1995
Edward Voorhies
14

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

June 27, 1995
Edward Voorhies
15

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

June 27, 1995
Edward Voorhies
16

Moss, Nancy Smith

Q. M. Smith's daughter

March 24, 1995
Nancy Smith Moss
17

Freeman, Isalee

librarian

July 3, 1995
Isalee Freeman
18

Freeman, Lawrence

student

July 3, 1995

Photo
Not
Available

19

Sloan, Thelma

secretary

July 5, 1995
Thelma Sloan
20

Moore, Newell

history faculty

July 6, 1995
Newell Moore
21

Moore, Newell

history faculty

July 7, 1995
Newell Moore
22

Stegall, Whitney

student; friend of Q. M. Smith

July 10, 1995
Whitney Stegall
23

Stegall, Whitney

student; friend of Q. M. Smith

July 10, 1995
Whitney Stegall
24

Tucker, Houston Clay

English faculty; dean

July 11, 1995
Houston Clay Tucker
25

Wright, Margaret

music faculty

July 12, 1995
Margaret Wright
26

Sloan, Eugene

business administration faculty;

public relations director

July 17, 1995
Eugene Sloan
27

Hastings, Sam

student

July 18, 1995
Sam Hastings
28

Hastings, Sam

student

July 18, 1995
Sam Hastings
29

Wright, Margaret

music faculty

July 19, 1995
Margaret Wright
30

Hastings, Sam

student

July 20, 1995
Sam Hastings
31

Gill, Frances Carter

student

July 20, 1995
Frances Carter Gill
32

Garner, Geraldine Eaton

student

July 20, 1995
Geraldine Eaton Garner
33

Garner, James

student

July 20, 1995
34

Garrigus, Robert

agriculture faculty

July 25, 1995
Robert Garrigus
35

Hobgood, Baxter

student; geography faculty

July 25, 1995
Baxter Hobgood
36

Hobgood, Baxter

student; geography faculty

July 25, 1995
Baxter Hobgood
37

Hobgood, Baxter

student; geography faculty

July 25, 1995
Baxter Hobgood
38

Beasley, Horace

student; music faculty

July 26, 1995
Horace Beasley
39

Beasley, Horace

student; music faculty

July 26, 1995
Horace Beasley
40

Sloan, Eugene

business administration faculty;

public relations director

July 26, 1995
Eugene Sloan
41

Sloan, Eugene

business administration faculty;

public relations director

July 26, 1995
Eugene Sloan
42

Murphy, Charles and Leona

students; athletic director; football coach

July 27, 1995
Charles Murphy Leona Murphy
43

Murphy, Charles and Leona

students; athletic director; football coach

July 27, 1995
Charles Murphy Leona Murphy
44

Murphy, Charles and Leona

students; athletic director; football coach

July 27, 1995
Charles Murphy Leona Murphy
45

Russell, Clarence

parent

July 27, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
46

Russell, Clarence

parent

July 27, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
47

Russell, Clarence

parent

July 27, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
48

Hood, John

student; development director

July 31, 1995
John Hood
49

Wright, Margaret

music faculty

August 2, 1995
Margaret Wright
50

Dodd, David

student; Q. M. Smith's physician

August 4, 1995
David Dodd
51

Kirk, Marie

student; alumni director

August 4, 1995
Marie Smith Kirk
52

Kirk, Marie

student; alumni director

August 4, 1995
Marie Smith Kirk
*54

Smith, Joseph

student; music faculty

August 9, 1995
Joseph Smith
55

Cohen, Mortimer

student

August 11, 1995
Mortimer Cohen
56

McNeill, Mary Frances Snell

student; training school teacher

August 12, 1995
Mary Frances Snell McNeill
57

Hayes, Joe Black

coach; HPRE faculty

August 14, 1995
Joe Black Hayes
58

Hayes, Joe Black

coach; HPRE faculty

August 14, 1995
Joe Black Hayes
59

Hayes, Joe Black

coach; HPRE faculty

August 14, 1995
Joe Black Hayes
60

Nance, R. Fred

student

August 15, 1995
R. Fred Nance
61

Howard, Philip

music faculty

August 15, 1995
Philip Howard
62

Hood, John

student; development director

August 16, 1995
John Hood
63

Jolly, Ella

student; training school teacher

August 17, 1995
Ella Jolly
64

Harris, Elijah

student

August 17, 1995
Elijah Harris
65

Hawk, Richard

student; counselor

August 21, 1995
Richard Hawk
66

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

August 23, 1995
Edward Voorhies
67

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

August 23, 1995
Edward Voorhies
68

Voorhies, Edwin

student; industrial arts faculty; dean

August 23, 1995
Edward Voorhies
69

Dill, Madison

student

August 23, 1995
Madison Dill
70

Dill, Charlotte

friend of Q. M. Smith

August 23, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
71

Miller, Henry

custodian

August 24, 1995
Henry Miller
72

Womack, Bob

student; education faculty

August 25, 1995
Bob Womack
73

Womack, Bob

student; education faculty

August 25, 1995
Bob Womack
74

Brothers, Clifford

student

August 25, 1995
Clifford Brothers
75

Tucker, Dorethe

student; theater faculty

August 28, 1995
Dorethe Tucker
76

Parker, Hilary

student; education faculty; training school principal

August 28, 1995
Hilary Parker
77

Parker, Hilary

student; education faculty; training school principal

August 28, 1995
Hilary Parker
78

Holden, Rollie

student

August 29, 1995
Rollie Holden
79

Holloway, Carolyn

staff

August 30, 1995
Carolyn Holloway
80

Boutwell, Lane

speech and theater faculty

August 30, 1995
Lane Boutwell
81

Boutwell, Marguerite

student; training school teacher

August 30, 1995
Marguerite Boutwell
82

Bragg, John

student

August 31, 1995
John Bragg
83

Bragg, John

student

August 31, 1995
John Bragg
84

Davidson, Cornelia

student

September 1, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
85

Corlew, Robert

history faculty; dean; vice president

September 5, 1995
Robert Corlew
86

Corlew, Robert

history faculty; dean; vice president

September 5, 1995
Robert Corlew
87

Windham, William

history faculty

September 8, 1995
William Windham
88

Windham, William

history faculty

September 8, 1995
William Windham
89

Boutwell, Lane

speech and theater faculty

September 8, 1995
Lane Boutwell
90

Smythe, Ruth

student

September 9, 1995
Ruth Smythe
91

Lovell, Rebecca

student

September 11, 1995
Rebecca Lovell
92

McDaniel, Barbara

student

September 11, 1995
Barbara McDaniel
93

Turney, Evelyn

student; staff

September 12, 1995
Evelyn Turney
94

Parker, Hilary

student; education faculty; training school principal

September 12, 1995
Hilary Parker
95

Brandon, Frances

student

September 13, 1995
Frances Brandon
96

Brandon, Frances

student

September 13, 1995
Frances Brandon
97

Stott, Sandra

student; staff

September 15, 1995
Sandra Stott
98

Jackson, Jimmy

student; staff

September 15, 1995
Jimmy Jackson
99

Jackson, Jimmy

student; staff

September 15, 1995
Jimmy Jackson
100

Bogle, Lowell

student

September 19, 1995
Lowell Bogle
101

Moser, Jean

student; training school teacher; developmental studies faculty

September 21, 1995
Jean Moser
102

Jolly, Ella

student; training school teacher

September 21, 1995
Ella Jolly
103

Dempsey, Percy

friend of Q. M. Smith

September 21, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
104

Earle, Jimmy

student; athletic director; basketball coach

September 21, 1995
Jimmy Earle
105

Midgett, Nell

faculty spouse

September 24, 1995
Nell Midgett
106

Pittard, Mabel

student

September 25, 1995
Mabel Pittard
107

Parnell, Samuel

friend of Q. M. Smith

September 27, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
108

Parnell, Samuel

friend of Q. M. Smith

September 27, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
109

McElroy, Joe and Jordan McElroy

Jordan-tenant farmer

Joe-student

September 28, 1995
Joe McElroy Jordan McElroy
110

Holden, Katherine

student

September 28, 1995
Katherine Holden
111

Smotherman, Charlotte

training school teacher; home economics faculty

September 29, 1995
Charlotte Smotherman
112

Dark, Mildred

student

September 29, 1995
Mildred Dark
113

Lokey, James and Anne

students

October 2, 1995
James Lokey Anne Lokey
114

Warner, Jane

student; secretary

3 October 1995
Jane Warner
115

Beaty, Edgar

student; education faculty

October 3, 1995
Edgar Beaty
116

Jewell, Harold

student; industrial studies faculty

October 4, 1995
Harold Jewell
117

Bowdoin, Ruth

faculty spouse

October 5, 1995
Ruth Bowdoin
118

Beasley, Harold

student

October 5, 1995
Harold Beasley
119

Holmes, John S. Jr.

student

October 6, 1995
John S. Holmes, Jr.
120

Earthman, Ben

student

October 9, 1995
Ben Earthman
121

Lasseter, Lida

student; training school teacher

October 10, 1995
Lida Lasseter
122

Moffett, Martha

student

October 10, 1995
Martha Rion Moffett
123

Rion, Mattye

student

October 10, 1995
Photo
Not
Available
124

Baldwin, Irene

student

October 11, 1995
Irene Baldwin
125

Rushing, Lurlene

student

October 11, 1995
Lurlene Rushing
126

Abernathy, Paul

student

October 12, 1995
Paul Abernathy
127

Nunley, Raymond and Lucille

students

October 12, 1995
Raymond Nunley
Lucille Nunley
128

Jackson, Joe

student

October 16, 1995
Joe Jackson
129

DeJarnatt, James

student

October 17, 1995
James DeJarnatt
130

Hobgood, Baxter

student; geography faculty

October 18, 1995
Baxter Hobgood
131

Hooper, Ernest

student; history faculty
October 20, 1995
Ernest Hooper
132

Hooper, Ernest

student; history faculty
October 20, 1995
Ernest Hooper
133

Pigg, Charles

student; campus planning director

October 23, 1995
Charles Pigg
134

Pigg, Charles

student; campus planning director

October 23, 1995
Charles Pigg
135

Moss, Nancy Smith

Q. M. Smith's daughter

October 24, 1995
Nancy Smith Moss
136

Griffin, Clara

staff

October 25, 1995
Clara Griffin
137

Woodfin, Virginia

student

October 26, 1995
Virginia Woodfin
138

Bradley, Elizabeth Whorley

student; training school teacher; principal

November 5, 1995
Elizabeth Whorley Bradley

*Interview QMS 53 Philip Howard was incorporated into QMS 61.

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