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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 9356339

Eliot Tuckerman papers


The Eliot Tuckerman Papers relate to Tuckerman's activites as a trustee and attorney in private practice and as a Havard Law School alum who was active in the New York Harvard Club.


  • 1886 - 1952

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Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


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This collection of papers relates to Eliot Tuckerman's activites as a trustee and attorney in private practice and as a Havard Law School alum who was active in the New York Harvard Club. While there are items that date as early as 1886, before Tuckerman had even entered law school, the bulk of the collection is made up of letters dating from 1906 to 1945.

Tuckerman's duties as a trustee in the estate of James A. Garlard, editor of New England Magazine and author of The Private Stable--Its Establishment, Management and Appointments generated the largest group of papers in this small collection. This correspondence, written between 1938 and 1940 and orginally bound, stems from the death of one of the original trustees and the subsequent estate accounting and necessary selection of a replacement trustee. It includes letters between Tuckerman and other lawyers, namely Sheppard & Seipp, various accountants, and Louise G. and Robert Emmet, trustees and beneficiaries in the Garland estate.

Personal correspondence, papers, and ephemera make up the remainder of the collection. Of some interest are those which relate to the furnishing of the "Class of 1894 Room" in the New York Havard Club, letters from Kenneth Rand, Secretary of the Class of 1894, during the compilation of the 51th Anniversary Harvard College Class Notes, and the biographical notes which Tuckerman wrote on his friend, Dr. William Ropes May.

Historical/Biographical Information

Eliot Tuckerman was born in New York City on March 12, 1872, the son of Gustavus and Emily Goddard (Lamb) Tukerman. In 1915, Tuckerman married Mary Ludlow Powell Fowler in New York City. They had one daughter, Emily Lamb Tuckerman (Mrs. Henry Freeman Allen).

Tuckerman received his A.B. (cum laude) from Harvard College in 1894 and his LL.B (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1897. He was accepted into the bar in 1898 and by 1899, Tuckerman was working with the firm of Evarts, Choate & Beaman in New York City. A lawyer's ledger (HLS MS 524) records that by 1947, Tuckerman had succeded Clifford A. Hand's New York law firm and what was Hand's firm had become Jones, Bleeker & Tuckerman.

Series List/Description

  1. Series I: Correspondence re James A. Garland Trust for Louise G.Emmet This group of correspondence wasoriginally bound in a metal-clamp binder in reverse chronologicalorder. The physical organization of this series has been retained aschronological organization (though forward chronological). Thefinding aid provides an alphabetical listing by correspondent.
  2. ___ Subseries A: Correspondence to EliotTuckerman.
  3. ___ Subseries B: Correspondence from Eliot Tuckerman.
  4. Series II: PersonalCorrespondence The correspondence in thisseries, like Series I, is arranged chronologically in the folders,but the finding aid is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
  5. ___Subseries A: Correspondence to EliotTuckerman.
  6. ___Subseries B: Correspondence from Eliot Tuckerman.
  7. Series III: Miscellaneous Papers andEphemera

    This series is arrangedchronologically.

Within each series and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified by box and folder number. For example, the number 1-12 corresponds to box 1, folder 12.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, November 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Sally Vermaaten, May 2004.
Link to catalog
Tuckerman, Eliot. Papers, 1886-1952: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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