University of Rhode Island Library Special Collections and Archives

Register to the Records of Lucy Comins Tucker


Overview of the Collection

Creator:

Tucker, Lucy C

Title:

Records of Lucy Comins Tucker

Dates:

1899-1958

Quantity:

2 box(es) (1 linear foot)

Abstract:

The records of Lucy Tucker contain correspondence relating to her position as secretary and registrar of the University of Rhode Island from 1896 to 1946. Also included in the records are news clippings, a desk diary, reports, notes, and histories of the College written by Tucker.

Identification:

Rec. Gr. 132

Language:

The records are in English.

Repository:

University of Rhode Island Library, Special Collections and Archives Unit 15 Lippitt Road Kingston, RI 02881-2011 http://www.uri.edu/library/special_collections/


Biographical Information

Lucy Comins Tucker, born in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in June 22, 1876 and died in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, December 1958, worked for the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts which later became Rhode Island State College from 1896 to 1946. She was a member of the fourth graduating class of Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, as the University of Rhode Island was then called, but attended for only three terms from 1893 to 1894. Because her family did not have the money for her to finish at the College, she took a business course in Providence for six months and returned to the College to work. She was first hired to type building specifications for Lippitt Hall. At the end of that 10-day temporary position, a measles epidemic in March 1897 caused the President's secretary to become ill and Miss Tucker temporarily took her position. Soon she was hired permanently to replace that secretary.

Lucy Tucker was secretary for the first three presidents of Rhode Island State College -- John H. Washburn (1892-1902), Kenyon L. Butterfield (1903-1906), and Howard Edwards (1906-1930). As part of that job, she was responsible for preparing the registration papers for incoming students. Eventually she took over the duties of admissions officer as well. With the induction of Dr. Raymond G. Bressler as 4th president in 1930, she officially became Registrar and Admissions Officer. She was responsible for admissions until June 1942 and acted as secretary of the Faculty and Executive Committee during her entire tenure. When she retired in 1946, she had worked for the College for fifty years.

In 1945, the State College awarded her an honorary degree of Master of Science. When she retired in 1946, she had been an important part of the College during her fifty-year tenure as student, secretary, and Registrar.

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Scope and Content Note

The records of Lucy Tucker contain correspondence relating to her position as secretary and registrar of the University of Rhode Island from 1896 to 1946. Also included is a desk diary from 1899-1929, newspaper clippings, reports on scholastic averages, notes from a testimonial dinner, copies of various histories she wrote about the early days at the College, and a graphologist's analysis of her writing. Of note is a letter, May 4, 1935, about the early history of African Americans at Rhode Island State College.

The records are in fair to poor condition; many of them are stained from rusty paper clips and staples. Some are water stained. Most are in a brittle condition. Many are carbon copies on onion skin paper. A block of correspondence to recipients with the last name beginning with "B" is present but lacking is correspondence with recipients with last names beginning with other letters.

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Arrangement

This collection contains one series

List of Series:
Series I. Subject File

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Restrictions

Open for research.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Photocopying and scanning of materials is a fee based service available in the repository and is allowed at the discretion of the Archivist when in compliance to the Unit's policy on copyright and publication.

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Index Terms

These records are indexed under the following headings in the HELIN catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.

Tucker, Lucy C
University of Rhode Island. Office of the Registrar

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Related Material

Records of John C. Weldin, Rec.Gr. 7.1, Records of the President, Rec.Gr.1, and early records and reports of the Rhode Isalnd State College

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The custodial history of the collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation

Records of Lucy Comins Tucker, Rec. Gr. 132, University of Rhode Island Archives

Acquisitions Information

The records were acquired by Special Collections prior to 1974.

Processing Information

The materials were processed in 2000.

Finding aid prepared by Leslie Tobias Olsen.

Finding aid encoded by Yuan Li on 2007 Nov 21

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Inventory


Series:

Subject File

Dates:

1899-1958

Extent:

2 box(es) (1 linear feet)

Types of Materials:

clippings
correspondence
diaries
manuscripts for publication
photograph albums
reports
surveys (documents)


Scope and Content Note

The Subject File series contains correspondence written mainly to and from people whose last name begins with "B". It also includes letters from job applicants, and letters about various professional responsibilities such as annual reports to Washington, D.C., and professional organizations. Correspondence relating to business dealings, such as that concerning the water supply at the College and requisitions for coal supply, are included in folders marked Business correspondence. This series also contains Miss Tucker's desk diary from 1899 to 1929 and newspaper clippings about her. Of interest is a photograph album with early photographs of Kingston, RI, and India. A survey on faculty careers, a report on scholastic averages of various groups made for the editor ofThe Beacon,the student newspaper, and holographic and typescript drafts of articles are also included in this series.

Arrangement

arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders.


Box
Folder
Title
Date(s)

1

1

American Association of Collegiate Registrars, correspondence

1929

2

Articles and Essays

ca. 1946, scattered, n.d.

3

"B" (Babb-Bliss), correspondence

Dec 1928-Feb 1930

4

"B" (Bloomfield-Butler), correspondence

Jan 1927-Apr 1930

5

Burlingame, L. D., correspondence

Jun 1927-Apr 1930

6

Bliss, Zenas, correspondence

Mar 1922-Jun 1929

7

Bates, Reuben, correspondence

Dec 1925-Mar 1935

8

Business, correspondence

1930

9

Business, correspondence

1931

10

Business, correspondence

1932

11

Business, correspondence

1933

12

Business, correspondence

1934-1935

13

Business--Water analysis, correspondence

1932

14

Diary, desk

1899-1929

Box
Folder
Title
Date(s)

2

15

Diplomas, correspondence with W. Pengelley

May 1930-May 1934

16

Education in the war years, letters concerning

Dec 1941-Jun 1945

17

Funeral, Lucy Tucker

31-Dec-58

18

History of Agricultural Education (article)

Mar 1939-Aug 1940

19

Job Applications, letters from applicants

1923

20

Job Applications, letters from applicants

1924-1925

21

Job Applications, letters from applicants

1926

22

Job Applications, letters from applicants

1927

23

Job Applications, letters from applicants

1928

24

Job Applications, letters from applicants

1929

25

Newspaper Clippings

scattered, n.d.

26

Newspaper Clippings (photocopies)

scattered, n.d.

27

Personal Correspondence

1901-1947

28

Photograph Album

n.d.

29

Registrar, correspondence of the Office of

1929-1934

30

Registrar, correspondence of the Office of

1935

31

Registrar, correspondence of the Office of

1936-1937

32

Religious Education Conference, Council on,

1932

33

Scholastic Averages of Various Groups, Reports, to The Beacon (student newspaper)

Jan 1924-1930

34

Survey of Faculty

1934-1936

35

Testimonial Dinner

Nov-46

36

U.S. Department of the Interior, correspondence with

Jul 1931-Apr 1935