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Papers of William Armstrong (Will) Tucker (1864-1926)


Series VII, Papers of William "Will" Armstrong Tucker (1864-1926), 1875-1909, undated, contains correspondence, writings, and printed material. Writings are primarily weekly statements for one of William Tucker's employers, the Mutual Life Insurance Company. More material, blank forms and booklets, associated with this insurance firm are among the printed material, as are greeting cards, ephemera, and an "Authorized Visitor's Guide to the Centennial Exhibition," in Philadelphia, which includes a tinted map of the exhibition grounds. The series is arranged in three subseries.

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Collection Name
Tucker family papers
Collection Code
1875-1909, undated
Physical Description
Family papers (32 folders)
Collection Type
Description Level
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

William Armstrong Tucker (1864-1824) attended several schools before finishing his formal education in 1881. After attending Folsom's Business College for a semester, he took a job with a local insurance agency. Within a year, he moved to Newark, New Jersey, and took a job at a leather goods firm owned by the family of a friend of his brother Dick. It was the beginning of pattern of moving from job to job, often with long gaps in between. Will did have the opportunity to see a good deal of America's west from the Great Plains to the Pacific coast, but he never appeared able to establish a stable career as had his brother or elder sisters. He married Elizabeth Mary Worth in 1893 and they had two children, Lois Patience (1893-1897) and Richard Harvey (1899-1975).


This series is arranged in three subseries: Subseries A. Correspondence, 1879-1909, undated; Subseries B. Writings, 1888-1889, undated; Subseries C. Printed material, undated

Record details

Material Type
greeting cards
printed ephemera
writings (document genre)