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Tucker Family Bills and Correspondence

Identifier: ahc.MSS205

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection includes monthly invoices, bills and other financial transactions initiated by Sarah Tucker after the death of her husband, Henry Holcombe Tucker. Almost all of the transactions involved businesses in downtown Atlanta. The collection provides insight into the lifestyle and monthly financial responsibilities of a wealthy widow in Atlanta during the 1890s. Included among Ms. Tucker’s purchases are groceries, dry goods, building supplies, labor, utility bills, subscriptions, coal, ice, insurance policies, a tombstone, and a horse-drawn carriage. Ms. Tucker’s financial records bear the logos and advertising of dozens of Atlanta businesses. Correspondence in the collection consists of four letters written by both Henry and Sarah Tucker to family and friends.


  • 1877-1899, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Henry Holcombe Tucker (1819-1889) was born in Camak, Georgia on May 10, 1819. He received a B.A. from Columbian College in 1838, and practiced law and taught before becoming a Baptist minister in 1851. He served as President of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia from 1866-1871, Chancellor of the University of Georgia in Athens from 1874-1878, and editor of the Christian Index from 1878-1888. The town of Tucker, Georgia is named after him. Tucker was married twice. His first wife, a Miss West of Savannah, Georgia, died early in life. He married Sarah Stevens of Massachusetts, and the couple had two children. The Tuckers moved to Atlanta around 1880, and lived on Capitol Avenue. Through inheritance and accomplishment, Henry Tucker amassed an estate estimated at between $100,000 and $125,000.


1.25 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by company name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mr. Honour, Cathcart Storage Company, 1968 (1968.146)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 1.25 linear ft. (3 document cases)

Description Control

Processed in 2007
Tucker Family Bills and Correspondence: ahc.MSS 205
An Inventory of Their Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305