Papers of Martha Armstrong (Patty) Tucker Stapleton (1861-1893)


Series VI, Papers of Martha Armstrong (Patty) Tucker Stapleton (1861-1893), 1873-1925, contains correspondence and writings by Martha (Patty) Tucker Stapleton, who published under the pen name Patience Stapleton, and her husband William Stapleton.


Descriptive Terms

short stories
manuscripts (document genre)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Tucker family papers

Reference Code



Wiscasset (Lincoln county, Maine)
Denver (Denver county, Colorado)

Record Details

Material Type

manuscripts (document genre)

Other People

Stapleton, Martha Armstrong, 1861-1893
Stapleton, William
Tucker, Richard Holbrook, 1816-1895
Tucker, Mary Geraldine, 1841-1922
Tucker, Mary Mellus, 1858-1899
Tucker, R. H. (Richard Hawley), 1859-1952
Tucker, William Armstrong, 1864-1926
Tucker, Jane Armstrong, 1866-1964

Description Level


Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Martha Armstrong Tucker Stapleton, known as Patty, became the creative member of the family as a successful author, a recognized political reporter, and a leading spokesperson for the suffrage movement in Colorado. After going to school at The Willows and the Moravian Academy, she returned home to teach, help her family keep house, and do volunteer work. She also began writing and sending her stories to newspapers and magazines. After short stints in Boston and Albany, she ultimately settled in Denver, Colorado, where she became the society reporter for the "Denver Tribune" under the name Patience Thornton. In 1883, she married journalist William Stapleton at Castle Tucker. Patty continued to write for newspapers and magazines and published her first full-length novel, "Kady, A Colorado Story," in 1886 under the name Patience Stapleton. In the fall of 1893, she learned she had cancer. Her doctors recommended she have it removed at a private hospital in New York City, which she did, but died two days after the surgery.



This is arranged in two subseries:
Subseries A: Correspondence
Subseries B: Writings