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Tucker Family papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0024

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, legal lecture notebooks, speeches, photographs, and ephemeral items (some political) associated with the Tucker family of Virginia. The bulk of the collection relates to the lives and work of John Randolph Tucker (1823-1897) and his son, Henry St. George "Harry" Tucker (1853-1932). Items associated with Washington and Lee University, Tulane University, and Newcomb College are also in the collection. Several files contain pages from the "Johnston Scrapbook." It isn't clear when the scrapbook was created but materials within include original documents and photographs as well as news clippings. There is also correspondence associated with Martha Sharpe Tucker, the second wife of Henry St. George "Harry" Tucker.


  • Creation: 1794-1934

Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical Note

John Randolph Tucker was born on December 24, 1823 in Winchester, Virginia to Henry St. George Tucker and Ann Hunter Tucker. He served in the United States Congress from 1875-1887. He died in Lexington, Virginia on February 13, 1897.

Henry St. George "Harry" Tucker was born in Winchester, Virginia on April 5, 1853 to John Randolph Tucker and Laura Powell Tucker. He served as a law professor and dean at Washington and Lee University, dean of the law school at George Washington University, and president of the American Bar Association. He served in the United States Congress from 1922-1932. He died on July 23, 1932 in Lexington, Virginia.


12.5 Linear Feet (22 document cases, one oversize folder)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was a gift from the Tucker family in 1962. Approximately 80 additional items were a gift of Dr. Randolph Tucker Shields in 1974.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA