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Papers of Jane Armstrong (Jen or Jennie) Tucker (1866-1964)

Description

Series VIII, Papers of Jane Armstrong (Jen or Jennie) Tucker (1866-1964), 1879-1949, contains a large collection of correspondence to family members and business associates, two autograph books, a small collection of diaries and school-related writings, material related to income-producing ventures, including operating Castle Tucker as a tourist home, raising and selling squab to restaurants, farming, and a concoction called “Rose Leaf Balm.”

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Details

Collection Name
Tucker family papers
Collection Code
MS033
Dates
1879-1949
Acquisition Type
Gift
Physical Description
Family manuscripts (52 folders)
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Series
Credit Line
Gift of Jane Standen Tucker, 1998.
GUSN
287743
Reference Code
MS033.008

Historical/Biographical Note

Jane Armstrong Tucker (1866-1964) had the longest history of residence at Castle Tucker and was dedicated to preserving her family home and its contents. Like her siblings, she attended a number of schools somewhat irregularly; she concluded her formal education with a year at St. Joseph's for "finishing." Jane pursued a number of careers as an adult, including over two years of work at the Art Exchange and R. H. Stearns (where she painted decorative items, made custom embroidered buttons, and gave lessons in needlework and painting). Some of her other occupations included working at Vantine's (an import firm that popularized Japanese decorative items), taking shorthand, travelling as a saleswoman for the McCalls pattern company, and helping her mother run the summer boarding business in their home. After she returned to live permanently at Castle Tucker, Jane looked to the family house for support. She opened Castle Tucker as a tourist home, farmed the land, and raised squab for the luxury market. Upon the death of her mother in 1922, Castle Tucker became the property of Jane Armstrong Tucker, who maintained it until her death in 1964.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into three subseries:
Subseries A: Correspondence
Subseries B: Writings
Subseries C: Printed materials

Record details

Originator
Tucker, Jane Armstrong, 1866-1964
Other People
Armstrong, Jane Ritson
Stapleton, Martha Armstrong, 1861-1893
Stapleton, William
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
Descriptive Terms
Christmas
Hoosier cabinets
World's Columbian Exposition (1893)
clothing
corsets
cosmetics
embroidery (visual works)
investigation
lodging houses
patterns (guides)
sales personnel
servants
sewing (process)
shorthand
stoves (heating equipment)
typewriting
Material Type
manuscripts (document genre)
Places
Wiscasset (Lincoln county, Maine)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Cooperstown Junction (Otsego county, New York state)
New York City (New York state)
Emmitsburg (Frederick county, Maryland)
Washington (DC)
Needham (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Chicago (Cook county, Illinois)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Gardiner (Kennebec county, Maine)
Bath (Sagadahoc county, Maine)
Somerville (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Lexington (Fayette county, Kentucky)
Monhegan Island (Lincoln county, Maine) [island]
Places (Buildings)
Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.)

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