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June Tuck Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2012.05
The June Tuck Collection is divided into the following series: Vertical Files, Genealogy Files, Notebooks, Books and Printed Materials, Realia, and Electronic Media.

Series I, Vertical Files, contains all subject-based research files maintained by Mrs. Tuck. Most relate to Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County history, events, people, places, organizations, businesses and industry, families, and landmarks. The files include her research, assorted primary source materials, correspondence with other researchers, and photocopies of secondary source materials. Also included in this series are photographs. For preservation purposes, the photographs were moved to separate boxes.

Series II, Genealogy Files, inlcudes all research files related to the Tuck and England Families. The folders are arranged alphabetically by surname.

Series III, Notebooks, includes all research organized by Mrs. Tuck into notebooks or binders. The materials included in this series primarily relates to Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs, but many notebooks include research related to the surrounding counties.

Series IV, Books and Printed Matierals, includes all books donated with the collection. A complete list of the donated books is available within this finding aid. The books can also by located by searching the Gee Library catalog. Printed materials also includes an extensive microfilm collection of Texas newspapers used by Mrs. Tuck in her research along with ledger books, scrapbooks, and a small postcard collection.

Series V, Realia, is the smallest series in the collection. This series contains a brick from the Sulphur Springs square and a small collection of pins and buttons.

Series VI, Electronic Media, is a temporary series to note the presence of floppy discs, CDs, and other electronic media in the collection. This series is currently not open to the public. The electronic media will be processed at a later date and the electronic records will be incorporated into the finding aid at the appropriate locations.

Dates

  • 1850-2009, inclusive
  • Majority of material found within 1975-2005,

Creator

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Extent

16 Linear Feet (11 records boxes, three half boxes, one 3.5x5 photograph box; one 4x6 photograph box; one flat oversize)

Biographical / Historical

June England Tuck was an author, genealogist, and local historian from Sulphur Springs, Texas. She was born on June 23, 1933, on a cotton farm in Midlothian, Texas to parents Barney and Ora England. She grew up in Texarkana, Texas and married her husband, Bill Tuck, on July 22, 1950.

The couple moved to Sulphur Springs, Texas after Bill returned from Korea where they opened a small jewelry and watch repair business inside Sterling Drug Store in 1955. The business expanded and moved to a new location downtown where they operated for 40 years before retiring. While operating their business, the Tucks were active within the community. June Tuck served on the charter committees for the Hopkins County Museum and Veterans Memorial Marker and was instrumental in locating several buildings for the Heritage Park. As a charter member of the Hopkins County Historical Commission, many historical markers were made possible through her research. She was a member of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and regularly assisted others with their family research.

Mrs. Tuck devoted her life to researching and preserving the history of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County. She was the author of several local history and genealogical works. Hopkins County Cemeteries was a nine year project to document and create a permanent record of all cemeteries within the county. Inspired by her research of the Federal Stockade located in Sulphur Springs after the Civil War, she also compiled Civil War Shadows in Hopkins County, Texas, which is a collection of reproduced primary sources related to Hopkins County and Hopkins County soldiers in the war. Other books by June Tuck include Hopkins County Heritage and Hopkins County Obituaries Prior to 1939.

Mrs. Tuck died on March 19, 2015.

Arrangement

Mrs. Tuck maintained two separate organizational schemes within her research room. The primary system of organization was her extensive vertical files, which she arranged alphabetically by subject. The original order and labeling of these folders was retained when the materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes. There was a small amount of loose items at the bottom of the filing cabinets that were filed in the appropriate subject folders by the archivist. These materials can be found in Series I, Vertical Files.

Her secondary organizational scheme were her notebooks and binders, which were used to hold larger collections of related materials. Like the vertical files, this organizational scheme was retained within Series III: Notebooks. The notebooks and binders were disassembled and the contents stored in archival folders. Mrs. Tuck's labeling was preserved when possible. All titles created by the archivist appear within square brackets.
Title
June Tuck Collection
Status
completed
Author
Andrea Ellis Weddle
Date
9/26/2016
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Gee Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository

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