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Mattie Lamb Tucker Papers

Identifier: Ms-1984-176

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Mattie Lamb Tucker, a nurse who lived in Blacksburg, Virginia. The collection includes a set of certificates awarded to Tucker for her qualifications and efforts in community service work. Also included are materials relating to the World War II death of Tucker's son, Henry Tucker, comprised of such items as telegram notifications, newspaper clippings and contributions from friends for Tucker's eulogy.

The collection also contains newspaper clippings relating to the Tuckers, their relatives and close friends. Many of these clippings relate to Mattie Tucker's community service as well as Arthur Tucker's horse shows and his social position. Included also are a small collection of photographs of the Tuckers--she at work and social gatherings, and some of Arthur Tucker, and their pets.

The miscellaneous folder includes a few letters written to Mattie Tucker--mostly thanking her for her services--together with printed material relating to the places she worked, and some writings by students about Mattie Tucker for class assignments.


  • 1945 - 1984


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Mattie Lamb was born January 26, 1893, near Blacksburg, Virginia. She attended school in Blacksburg and worked for the Pedigo family before marrying Arthur Bruce Tucker on September 29, 1918. Tucker served as a volunteer with the Red Cross, a Gray Lady volunteer at the Veterans Administration hospital, and performed many social and volunteer services, such as organizing charity events for hospitalized veterans and blood drives for the Red Cross. She also served as rehabilitation chairman for the Auxiliary Unit and was a prominent member of the Methodist Church of Blacksburg.

Arthur Bruce Tucker, was born on September 29, 1885. His first wife died in childbirth, leaving a son, William. With his father, Tucker worked on the Alexander Black farm for 40 years, until Black's death in 1935. Tucker then took a position with the Blacksburg post office, where he worked for another 20 years. Together, the Tuckers won hundreds of blue ribbons at county and community fairs. Many were won by Arthur Tucker in horse shows in Roanoke, Lynchburg and other places in Virginia; others were won by Mattie Tucker for cooking and handicrafts. The Tuckers' son, Henry Kelly Tucker, was born May 12, 1925, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943; serving in the 5th Marine Division, he died in combat on Iwo Jima, March 1, 1945.

Mattie Tucker was so regarded by her social circle and the community that several children wrote about her in their class assignments as an "outstanding person." At their home at 209 Wharton Street, the Tuckers also housed Virginia Polytechnic Institute students during their stay in Blacksburg. Mattie Tucker was dubbed a "Santa" by local veterans, whose lives she improved by organizing gift drives and fund raisers. She was rewarded for her work and frequently featured in local newspapers. Mattie Tucker was also very active socially, organizing luncheons and parties for her circle of friends as well as the local elderly community. She died on July 20, 1985; Arthur Tucker had died on August 16, 1967.

For more on Mattie Lamb Tucker, see her 1980 book, Memories, edited by Devota P. Pack.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)


This collection includes certificates, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence and miscellaneous printed material of Mattie Lamb Tucker, a Red Cross volunteer and community service worker in Blacksburg, Virginia.


The collection is arranged by type, and where possible, chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

The Mattie Lamb Tucker Papers were donated to the Special Collections in 1984.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Mattie Lamb Tucker Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Mattie Lamb Tucker Papers commenced and was completed in November 2004.

Mattie Lamb Tucker Papers, 1945-1984
John M. Jackson, Archivist
2004 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US