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Strachan-Tuck family papers
mssHM 75769-75841  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Strachan-Tuck family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1783-1890
    Collection Number: mssHM 75769-75841
    Collector: Strachan-Tuck family
    Extent: Approximately 100 items in 1 box (0.417 feet)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This group of correspondence and miscellaneous records were assembeled by Sarah Frances (Strachan) Tuck of Petersburg, Virginia.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    HM 75769-75841, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Marilyn R. Lester, July 2002.


    Sarah Frances (Strachan) Tuck (1823-1890) was the daughter of Robert Glass Strachan and Eliza H. Currie [or Curry]. Robert Glass Strachan was the third son of Dr. Alexander G. Strachan. Sarah Frances (Strachan) Tuck was married to George O. Tuck. The couple had five children: Roberta Strachan Tuck; George Ellison Tuck; Eliza Currie Tuck; Albert Beverly Tuck; and Mary Lane Tuck.

    Scope and Content

    The Strachan-Tuck family collection includes correspondence, notes, memoranda, legal documents, financial documents, and newspaper clippings. The papers primarily relate to the Tuck family’s life in Petersburg, Virginia, during the two decades before the outbreak of the American Civil War. There are a few pieces of Civil War items, including a post war invoice for $10,000 of Confederate bonds consigned for sale to a Liverpool banker.
    There is a small set of letters from the early married life of Robert Glass Strachan’s mother, Sarah Field, in Williamsburg, Virginia. These three letters dating from 1783 through 1789 are in a fragmentary state and include typescripts.
    Also included in this collection are three Strachan-Tuck family charts, a manuscript book of poetry inscribed by Ellyson Armistead Strachan to his niece, and business affairs of Robert Glass Strachan.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Strachan-Tuck family
    Strachan, Robert Glass
    Tuck, George Oliphant
    Tuck, Sarah Frances (Strachan)


    Courtship -- Virginia
    Families -- Virginia
    Slaves -- Virginia

    Geographic Areas

    Petersburg (Va.) -- Religious life and customs
    Petersburg (Va.) -- Social life and customs
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Williamsburg (Va.)


    Financial records
    Letters (correspondence)