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Papers of Mary Geraldine (Mollie) Armstrong Tucker (1841-1922)

Description

Series III, Papers of Mary Geraldine (Mollie) Armstrong Tucker (1841-1922), 1850-1922, is divided into two sections, correspondence and literary productions. The correspondence is extensive, covering Mollie Tucker's life span from her years as a student at St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland (1852-1856) through her adulthood until her death. Letters written to her husband Captain Richard Holbrook Tucker are interfiled with her husband's letters in Series II, while this series includes letters to friends, and most significantly, a wealth of correspondence to her five children. This series also includes Mollie's 1889 published song "At the Tryst."

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  • Tucker family papers
  • Papers of Mary Geraldine (Mollie) Armstrong Tucker (1841-1922) (current record)

Details

Collection Name
Tucker family papers
Collection Code
MS033
Dates
1850-1922
Acquisition Type
Gift
Physical Description
Family papers (18 folders)
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Series
Credit Line
Gift of Jane Standen Tucker, 1998.
GUSN
287722
Reference Code
MS033.003

Historical/Biographical Note

Known as "Mollie," Mary Geraldine (Armstrong) Tucker (1841-1922) was the daughter of Joseph Armstrong and Mary Louisa (Carr) Armstrong. Mollie had grown up in Gardiner, Maine, where her parents ran a grand hotel. After her father's mental breakdown and subsequent death in 1850, she moved with her mother and sister to Chicago, where her mother ran a boarding house. During most of this time, Mollie boarded at St. Joseph's School in Emmitsburg, Maryland (1852-1856). Mollie was only sixteen when she married forty-one-year-old Captain Richard Tucker in 1857. The Tuckers had six children during their marriage, five of whom survived to adulthood: Mary Mellus Tucker (1858-1899), Richard Hawley Tucker, III (1859-1952), Martha Armstrong Tucker (1861-1893), Matilda Wood Tucker (1862-1863), William Armstrong Tucker (1864-1926), and Jane Armstrong Tucker (1866-1964). While her husband spent a fair amount of time away from Wiscasset managing various business ventures, Mollie was more closely confined to the home and the duties of housekeeping and childrearing. In the 1880s and 1890s, when the family's financial situation was especially strained, Mollie attempted to use her home as a source of income. She tried selling her homemade preserves, piccalilli, and apple pie filling. In the early 1890s Mollie and several of her adult children opened Castle Tucker to summer boarders, hoping to take advantage of Maine's growing tourist population. Like her husband's efforts, Mollie's also did little more than keep the family afloat.

Arrangement

This series is divided into two subseries:
Subseries A. Correspondence
Subseries B. Literary Productions

Record details

Originator
Tucker, Mary Geraldine, 1841-1922
Other People
Tucker, Jane Armstrong, 1866-1964
Tucker, Mary Geraldine, 1841-1922
Tucker, Mary Mellus, 1858-1899
Tucker, R. H. (Richard Hawley), 1859-1952
Tucker, Richard Holbrook, 1816-1895
Tucker, William Armstrong, 1864-1926
Material Type
correspondence
manuscripts (document genre)
sheet music
Places
Wiscasset (Lincoln county, Maine)
Gardiner (Kennebec county, Maine)
Chicago (Cook county, Illinois)
Places (Buildings)
Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.)

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