Papers of Richard Hawley Tucker III (1859-1952)


Series V, Papers of Richard Hawley Tucker III (1859-1952), 1871-1952, contains correspondence, writings, printed material, and financial records. Tucker's correspondence consists of letters written to his parents and family members from a variety of locations associated with his education and employment as an astronomer, including Lehigh University, the Dudley Observatory (Albany and Schenectady, New York), Cordoba, Argentina, San Luis, Argentina, and the Lick Observatory (Santa Cruz, California). His published work in astronomy is represented here as well as some ephemera and financial records associated with administering his father's estate.


Descriptive Terms

financial records
manuscripts (document genre)

Physical Description

Family papers (51 folders)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Tucker family papers

Reference Code


Acquisition Type



Wiscasset (Lincoln county, Maine)
Albany (Albany county, New York state)
Bethlehem (Northampton county, Pennsylvania)
Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Northampton county, Pennsylvania) [school]
Córdoba (Cordoba province, Argentina)
Palo Alto (Santa Clara county, California)

Record Details


Tucker, R. H. (Richard Hawley), 1859-1952

Material Type

manuscripts (document genre)

Other People

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

Description Level


Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Richard Hawley Tucker, III (1859-1952), also known as Dick, ultimately assumed a leadership role in the Tucker family, despite the fact that he moved further away from his family home than the majority of the Tucker siblings. After attending several schools and spending about six months on a voyage to Liverpool, Richard started school at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1879. After graduation he was hired at the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York, as an assistant observer. He spent several years at the observatory before accepting a position as assistant astronomer at the Argentine National Observatory in Cordoba. Richard returned to the United States in 1893 after completing his tour at Cordoba, and took a position at the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, California. In his fifties he married Ruth Standen, with whom he had two daughters, Jane Standen and Mary Ronald.



This series is arranged into four subseries:

Subseries A: Correspondence
Subseries B: Writings
Subseries C: Printed materials
Subseries D: Financial records