A Guide to the William J. Tucker Papers, 1905-1946
William J. Tucker, soldier, newspaper editor, author, and conservationist, was born in Longview, Texas. In 1929 he became the first Executive Secretary of the Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission, the state’s effort to regulate hunting and fishing and manage wildlife resources responsibly. From 1931 to 1932 Tucker served as the president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, a quasi-official group of public agencies charged with the protection and management of North America’s fish and wildlife resources. Additionally, he edited the Taylor, Texas, Daily Press newspaper and served as a Corporal in the Army Air Force during World War II.
Sources: William J. Tucker Papers, 1905-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Texas Game and Fish Commission Records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. "Past Presidents." http://www.fishwildlife.org/about_past-presidents.html (accessed August 2, 2010.)
The William J. Tucker Papers, 1905-1946, contain letters, literary productions, diaries, military records, and an obituary. The records pertain to Tucker’s work with the Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission and his various writings, including a play entitled "Mammons Hidden Shame" and a World War I story called "They Didn’t Have His Number." Additionally, the collection contains Tucker’s WWI diaries of the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to France, his battle accounts from WWI in France, and other writings by Tucker. The papers also include a narrative by I. D. Affleck entitled "Defense of the Alamo," Tucker’s World War II Army Air Force records, magazine and newspaper clippings, and an obituary for George Tucker by his son H. H. Tucker. Finally, the collection contains correspondence, including letters between Tucker and John Marvin Hunter, author, editor, and publisher.
The collection is open for research.
William J. Tucker Papers, 1905-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Walter H. Richter, October 1965.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers