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Tucker family papers

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Tucker family papers
The Tucker family papers (MS033) reflect the life and work of the Tucker family of Wiscasset, Maine, and life at their home, Castle Tucker. The majority of the collection comprises the papers of Richard and Mollie Tucker and their five children, which includes a substantial collection of correspondence. As a result of the Tucker children attending boarding school and then pursuing careers away from Wiscasset, Maine, the papers reveal an extensive and detailed documentation of relationships between parents and children, mistresses and servants, and among siblings. The collection is arranged in thirteen series. Background: In 1997, Historic New England acquired Castle Tucker in Wiscasset, Maine, as a gift from Jane S. Tucker (1917-2012). The papers contained within the house at the time of acquisition formed the bases of the collection: Tucker family papers (now MS033). Until 2006, the papers remained on site at Castle Tucker. While maintained at Castle Tucker, Jane S. Tucker (1917-2012), in consultation with Historic New England's Library and Archives staff, arranged and described the papers accordingly. In 2006, when the papers arrived at the Library and Archives, the papers remained unaltered and Tucker's original order was maintained. Between 2006 and 2008, Jennifer Pustz, museum historian, created an inventory for the collection. Update: 2013-2014 In 2013-2014, through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13: "Family Manuscript Collections: Expanding Online Access to New England Heritage Project"), twenty-six Historic New England manuscript collections of family papers were re-evaluated and processed/reprocessed to meet current archival standards and "best practices;" corresponding finding aids were created/updated to be DACS-compliant and converted into electronic Microsoft Word document form; and the finding aids were made accessible/searchable online through the use of the Minisis M2A archival database of the Minisis Collections Management System. The Tucker family papers (MS033) were part of the grant project. Prior to the 2013-2014 collection processing, the Tucker family papers (now MS033) comprised thirty-seven acid-free, legal-size, file boxes (approx. 15.43 linear feet). Most of the boxes were found to be in good condition with the exception of one or two boxes, which were showing signs of stress and wear. The contents of the boxes were comprised of acid-free, legal-size and letter-size, folders and loose material; folders were labeled but unnumbered. Additional unprocessed material was also found with the file boxes, comprising 1 file box, 2 cartons (approx. 2.42 linear feet), 1 oversize box, and loose material. Correspondence by Richard Tucker, Sr., Richard Tucker, Jr., Joseph Tucker, and other family members was acquired by purchase in 2014. Material related to Richard Tucker, Sr. and Jr. were integrated into existing series. A new series was created for the papers associated with Joseph Tucker, which appears out of sequence at the end of the arrangement. During the 2013-2014 collection reprocessing/updating, the physical collection was maintained within its original file boxes and folders, with the exception of one or two file boxes being replaced due to wear and tear; letter-size folders were replaced with acid-free, legal-size, folders; and the folders were numbered accordingly. Loose material within the file boxes was placed into acid-free, legal-size folders, labeled, and numbered accordingly; loose material was either maintained within its original file box (pending space) or housed in an additional acid-free, file box or carton. No further processing was applied to the collection. A new intellectual arrangement scheme was applied to the collection, drawing off of the previous work done by Jane Standen Tucker (1917-2012), donor, and Jennifer Pustz, museum historian. The processed portion of the collection was checked against the new finding aid inventory; missing items and unprocessed material were noted and reflected in the updated finding aid; and the loose material found within the processed portion of the collection was added to the updated fining aid. Boxes were numbered, labeled, barcoded, and stored accordingly. Scope and content notes were created; brief research was engaged to create a biographical/ historical sketch; and related collections held by Historic New England and other repositories were researched and noted. A DACS-compliant, electronic 2010-2013 Microsoft Word document finding aid was created (with corresponding paper finding aid) and entered into the collection record in the Minisis M2A online database. NOTE: Processing/updating the collection and making the finding aid accessible online were made possible through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
family papers
Historic New England
Collection (local):
MS033: Tucker family papers
brickworks (factories)
lodging houses
theater companies
boarding schools (buildings)
hardware (components)
dishes (vessels)
building materials
construction (assembling)
estates (property)
gold mines
Hoosier cabinets
hotels (public accommodations)
housewives (people)
paint (coating)
patterns (design elements)
quartz (mineral)
sales personnel
short stories
state government
stoves (heating equipment)
theater (discipline)
vegetable gardens
flower gardens
Lick Observatory
Observatorio Nacional Argentino
St. Joseph's Academy (Emmitsburg, Md.)
Architectural photography
Centennial Exposition (1876)
World's Columbian Exposition (1893)
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904)
Civil War (1861-1865)
Armstrong, Jane Ritson
Armstrong, Joseph, d. 1850
Armstrong, Mary Louisa, 1815-1895
Carr, Isaac J. (Isaac James), 1824-1901
Carr, Joseph, 1827-1852
Carr, Narcissa, 1816-1891
Carr, William, Jr., 1820-1842
Clayton, Al
Donnell, Annie
Lee, Silas, 1760-1814
Stapleton, William
Stapleton, Martha Armstrong, 1861-1893
Tucker, Elizabeth Mary
Tucker, Jane Armstrong, 1866-1964
Tucker, Jane Standen, (1917-2012)
Tucker, Joseph
Tucker, Mary Geraldine, 1841-1922
Tucker, Mary Mellus, 1858-1899
Tucker, Richard Harvey, 1899-1975
Tucker, Richard Hawley, 1791-1867
Tucker, R. H. (Richard Hawley), 1859-1952
Tucker, Richard Holbrook, 1816-1895
Tucker, William Armstrong, 1864-1926
Tucker, Ruth Standen
New YorkAlbany (county)Albany
MaineKennebec (county)Augusta
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
South CarolinaCharleston (county)Charleston
IllinoisCook (county)Chicago
New YorkOtsego (county)Cooperstown
ArgentinaCórdoba (province)Córdoba
ColoradoDenver (county)Denver
MaineKennebec (county)Gardiner
CaliforniaSanta Clara (county)Hamilton, Mount (mountain)
PennsylvaniaNorthampton (county)BethlehemLehigh University (school)
MaineAndroscoggin (county)Lewiston
Long Island Sound (bay)
New YorkNew York
New YorkNiagara (county)Niagara Falls
CanadaNova Scotia (province)
CaliforniaSanta Clara (county)Palo Alto
PennsylvaniaAllegheny (county)Pittsburgh
UtahSalt Lake (county)Salt Lake City
CaliforniaSanta Cruz (county)Santa Cruz
MaineLincoln (county)Wiscasset
16.85 linear ft. (39 file boxes and 1 carton plus 1 oversize folder)
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Gift of Jane Standen Tucker, 1998.
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