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Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers, 1802-1961
4.0 Linear feet 1 record box 2 oversize flat boxes
Collection number: MA.01026

The Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers are a small group of documents related to the families of Margaret Tuckerman Clark (including her father, mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles) and her husband Orton Loring Clark (primarily papers related to Clark himself). The collection includes correspondence, photographs, unique documents, and genealogical material (especially for the Tuckerman line). Notable among the collections are items associated with Margaret Clark’s grandfather, poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and his brothers Edward Tuckerman, a lichenologist, and Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, an organist and composer.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Scope and Contents

The Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers contain limited documentation about the personal and professional lives of multiple members of the families of Margaret Tuckerman and her husband Orton Loring Clark. The papers span more than 150 years but occupy only approximately 4.0 linear feet of shelf space in three boxes. The bulk of the material falls into the period of 1840-1920. The material is arranged chronologically within each of two series.

Because the collection is small and yet contains information relating directly to more than a dozen individuals, it has the feel of a survey, where individuals are represented by a sample of documents but where there is not enough information to gain a full picture of any one person’s life. Information about Margaret’s line in Series 1 includes documentation about both the Tuckerman family of her father, Dr. Frederick Tuckerman, and the Cooper family of her mother, Abigail Girdler Cooper. For example, the Tuckerman family documentation includes a selection of material that samples poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman’s early interest in poetry and literature, as well as the tragic family history he endured; lichenologist Professor Edward Tuckerman’s role as head of the family for his generation and his lifelong interest in genealogy; organist and composer Samuel Parkman Tuckerman’s interest in European travel, and his personal and professional contacts there, and – in the next generation -- Dr. Frederick Tuckerman’s wide-ranging interests in botany, genealogy, local history, and other subjects.

The Cooper line in Series 1 is less well represented in the Papers, but of particular interest is the logbook kept by Margaret Tuckerman’s grandfather James Sullivan Cooper during the family’s life in Calais, Maine, to their move to Amherst, Massachusetts, in May, 1866. The logbook contains information relevant both to the Cooper family and to transactions with people associated with Cooper’s work as a lawyer in Maine. In addition, the collection also provides a photographic glimpse of the young Margaret Tuckerman who inspired notes and verses from her neighbor Emily Dickinson. The Coopers were well known to the Dickinsons not only as neighbors living two short blocks apart, but also because Margaret’s uncle James Ingersoll Cooper was Austin Dickinson’s law partner, and her uncle Charles Wendell Cooper was a local physician. Both men were in the Amherst College Class of 1873.

The papers also contain a very limited selection of documents associated with Orton Loring Clark, who married Margaret Tuckerman in June, 1916. Clark was a botanist and biologist specializing in plant physiology at the Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts). He taught there from 1913 to 1946. Clark was a woodworker and an art-lover who donated many of his own works to local organizations and individuals as well as to museums and to people he admired. The collection contains documentation in Series 2 of some of his donations. Albums containing photographs of his work and his home are in the separate collection called the “Orton Loring and Margaret Tuckerman Clark Papers” (MA 01027). The Clarks lived in what is now the Amherst College property known as the Clark House on College Street, and one of the designs Orton Clarks used frequently, a modernized fleur-de-lis, is still visible on the front of the house.

The collections listed in the Related Materials Note are important resources for anyone interested in learning more about some of the major figures in the Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers. Researchers should consult the finding aids associated with these collections for more details.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in the Tuckerman-Clark Family Papers, Box [#], Folder [#], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The Tuckerman-Clark Papers were the gift of Hugh Clark in 2010.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
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Related Materials

For related material in the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, see also:

The Orton Loring and Margaret Tuckerman Clark Papers (MA.01027)

The Cushing-Tuckerman-Esty Family Papers (MA.00293)

The Edward Tuckerman Papers (MA.01029)

The Edward Tuckerman Botanical Papers (MA.00043)

Related Materials at Other Institutions

University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

Orton Loring Clark Papers, 1910-1922 (Call no.: FS 047)

Henry James Clark Papers, 1865-1872 (Call no.: FS 048)

Contents List
Series 1: Tuckerman-Cooper Family Papers
(bulk 1802-1908)

Series 1 contains Sub-series A: Tuckerman Family Materials (1802-1908) and Sub-Series B: Cooper Family Materials (1829-1902):

Sub-Series A, Tuckerman Family Materials, contains documents and photographs from the family of Margaret Tuckerman, the daughter of Dr. Frederick Tuckerman and Alice Girdler Cooper. Frederick Tuckerman was the son of poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman and Hannah (Anna) Lucinda Jones. Sub-series A also contains materials related to Margaret Tuckerman's great-grandparents Edward Francis Tuckerman and Sophia May Tuckerman, as well as to her great-uncles Edward and Samuel Parkman Tuckerman and their families.

Sub-series B, Cooper Family Materials, contains information relating to the family of Margaret Tuckerman's mother, Alice Girdler Cooper, who was the daughter of James Sullivan Cooper, an attorney in Maine, and his second wife, Abigail Ingersoll Girdler. The Cooper family moved to Amherst from Calais, Maine, in 1866. Margaret's uncles James and Charles (both members of the Class of 1873) were respectively the law partner of William Austin Dickinson (brother of poet Emily Dickinson) and a local doctor. Sub-series B contains a daybook that documents something of James S. Cooper's professional and personal life, as well as photographs of some members of the Cooper family and of their home in Amherst.

Sub-series A: Tuckerman Family Materials
(bulk 1802-1908)

Separated material:

"William Cooper, The Town Clerk of Boston," by Frederick Tuckerman (Amherst, 1885)

"Notes from the Rev. Samuel Cooper's Interleaved Almanacs of 1764 and 1769," Frederick Tuckerman, ed. (Boston, 1901)

"Gliders Soaring: The Sport of Motorless Flight with Pioneer Larry Lawrence," edited and compiled by his daughter Nancy Lawrence Clark (Amherst, 2003)

British passport for Edward and Hannah Tuckerman
1802 May 1

Box 1: folder 1

Passport for Edward and Hannah Tuckerman signed by "Rufus King, Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America at the Court of Great Britain." The passport also covers Josiah Salisbury, a travelling companion of the Tuckermans, and an unnamed German servant of the Tuckermans.

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman: miscellaneous materials

Box 1: folder 2

Folder contains: "On New Years Day": poem (2 versions) written by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman in 1832 (aged 10): Digitized: print in file, original in vault.

"Le Chevalier porte le coup mortel au Dragon" ("The Chevalier gives the death blow"): drawing "copied from the original" by FGT (ca. 1835) [perhaps St. George and the dragon or Gaston-Armand de Belsunce and the dragon of Lissague]. Digitized: print in file, original in vault.

Publisher's proof for title page and contents of "Poems" (London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1862) with two corrections (probably by FGT)

Card admitting FGT to the Royal Society of Literature as an honorary member for the year 1851 and schedule of meetings for 1850-1851

Edward Tuckerman, Esq. (1775-1843): Letter from Josiah Quincy III, President of Harvard College
1837 Sep

Box 1: folder 3

Note from Quincy to Edward Tuckerman re "Tuckerman Freshman" (Edward Tuckerman, Jr.) being allowed per vote of the faculty to attend church in the city (of Boston) with his parents (presumably instead of attending church on campus).

Pompey Thurston: receipt for wages
1841 Sep 8

Box 1: folder 4

Handwritten note from firm of Cushing and Wilkinson to Pompey Thurston to confirm the latter's receipt of $20 in wages for services rendered to Edward Tuckerman, Esq. The receipt is marked with Thurston's "X." Thurston is documented elsewhere as a free black man residing in Boston, Massachusetts (see especially the 1830 United States Federal Census -- photocopy included in file).

Search Terms
Free Blacks

Tuckerman family genealogical documents

Box OS 1

Six genealogical documents collected by Professor Edward Tuckerman during a trip to Europe in 1841. Box OS 1 includes a November 1841 letter from Tuckerman to his mother, Sophia May Tuckerman, describing the trip and his genealogical research. All items digitized.

Tuckerman family: miscellaneous documents
(bulk ca. 1841-1900)

Box 1: folder 5

Folder includes:

One receipt: "Miss Tuckerman...Mansfield, to Nahant Hotel" (1841 Jul)

Brief inventory "Wine. Grandfather's cellar, 1843," some apparently marked for specific Tuckermans, including "FGT" [Frederick Goddard Tuckerman].

Typescript letter signed R. E. K. Hill, Personal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister with most of content clipped away.

Invoice to Mr. Tuckerman from Caley Bros. for fabrics

"Breach of Promise" summons for Thomas Mansfield to appear before the "Court of Hymen" (apparently humorous; 1878)

Hannah (Anna) Lucinda Jones Tuckerman: Miscellaneous documents
ca. 1848-1857

Box 1: folder 6

File includes three envelopes that contained letters from Anna to her parents written during a trip to Europe and a loose note in son Frederick Tuckerman's hand, "Letters from Mother to her Father and Mother, Europe 1854-1855"(location of letters unknown but described in biographies of FGT)

Five letters or notes from her relatives, including one (Nov, 1849) from "Cousin E." (perhaps a Tuckerman in-law) mentioning Edward Tuckerman's visit to Germany to research his ancestry and congratulating Anna on her pregnancy

Two invitations

One receipt for payment to the Mansion House in Greenfield for a party, including list of food ordered for the party (May 29, 1851).

Search Terms
Tuckerman, Hannah Lucinda Jones, 1827-1857

Tuckerman family: genealogical documents (1 of 2)
(bulk 1849-1850)

Box 1: folder 7

Notes in Edward Tuckerman's hand about his Tuckerman genealogy, compiled during his trip to England and Germany in 1849-1850 and manuscripts in German, written by others, about the genealogy. File includes note (August, 1847) from Orton Loring Clark: "Important summary of Tuckerman family in Germany and England -- copied and annotated by Ed Tuckerman on trip to German circa 1850. Copies of letters, etc."

Tuckerman family: genealogical documents (2 of 2)
(bulk 1849-1850)

Box 1: folder 8

Primarily letters in German from multiple writers, probably people with whom Edward Tuckerman corresponded about genealogy.

Frederick G. and Hannah Tuckerman: Incoming calling cards
(bulk ca. 1850-1854)

Box 1: folder 9

Calling cards left for Frederick and Anna Tuckerman from friends and family, including members of the Tuckerman, Cushing, Goddard, May, and Parkman familes of Boston and environs. Two notes requesting visits, including one from Thomas Parkman Cushing and his wife Sarah Wayland Cushing, new in-laws to the Tuckermans through Edward Tuckerman's marriage to Sarah E. S. Cushing. Includes many envelopes.

Samuel Parkman Tuckerman: miscellaneous documents
(bulk ca. 1851-1852)

Box 1: folder 10

Announcement or invitation to "M. Stanislas David's Matinne Litteraire et Musicale," to be given on June 18, 1851

"True copy" by Felix Knyvett, Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury, of a testimonial by George J. Elvey, "Private Organist to Her Majesty" regarding the musical knowledge of Samuel P. Tuckerman (February 14, 1851) and letter from Knyvett to Tuckerman that enclosed Tuckerman's degree (May 8, 1851).

Advertisement for "seats to view the procession of the Duke of Wellington's Funeral" in 1852.

[Certificate?] in Italian, 1852.

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman: flowers from graves of Keats, Wordsworth, and others
(bulk ca. 1854-1873)

Box 1: folder 11

Flowers from the memorials of Keats, Wordsworth, "Laura Barker, York, '51," and from Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole's estate. Frederick Goddard Tuckerman had an album of such mementos, and these samples were meant for it. Some seem to have been gathered for him by his brother Samuel. In envelope marked "Father's." Photographed: prints in file, originals in vault.

Samuel Parkman Tuckerman: Outgoing correspondence to Eliza and Edward Tuckerman
(bulk ca. 1857-1872)

Box 1: folder 12
Custodial history:

These letters seem to have been read by Sarah Tuckerman's nephew Robert Pegram Esty (his pencilled "R" at the top of them) after her death and were probably returned to Frederick Tuckerman during the account of her estate in the 1920s. Esty made similar notations on his aunt's letters, now in the Cushing-Tuckerman-Esty Family Papers.

Scope and content:

Approximately 23 letters from Samuel Parkman Tuckerman to Sarah Tuckerman (including one to Edward Tuckerman) written mostly from his trips to Europe; a few from Boston and Greenfield. Details (many humorous) of his travels with his daughter, Mary Perry Tuckerman (b. 1846), as well as about Frederick Goddard Tuckerman's family, and, from Parkman's comments about letters received, details of Edward and Sarah Tuckerman's lives. A few written from Vichy les Bains in France during the Franco-Prussian War. See his passport for this trip in Box OS 1.

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman: Incoming correspondence
(bulk ca. 1857-1875)

Box 1: folder 13

Letter from S.A. Peters, the artist who made the two extant portraits of Hannah (Anna) Tuckerman, one on ivory, the other a pencil/crayon sketch (both gifts of Thomas Michie). Two letters from spiritualist M. [Maria] Louisa Davis writing to console Frederick Tuckerman, probably on the loss of his son Edward in 1871. She advises him to consider "trying the spiritualist's faith."

Search Terms
Davis, Maria Louisa Russell, 1818-1875

Samuel Parkman Tuckerman: Incoming correspondence from Samuel Sebastian Wesley
ca. 1859-1872

Box 1: folder 14

Twelve letters from English organist and composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley to American organist and composer Samuel Parkman Tuckerman.

Search Terms
Wesley, Samuel Sebastian, 1810-1876

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman: Incoming correspondence from "Katherine R." [a neighbor?] a thank-you for a copy of his book "Poems"
1861 Mar 20

Box 1: folder 15
Frederick Tuckerman (1857-1929): incoming correspondence from family members
ca. 1867-1870

Box 1: folder 16

Letters to Frederick Tuckerman from his grandmother Sophia Tuckerman; cousin Mary Tuckerman (daughter of Samuel Parkman Tuckerman); and brother Edward Tuckerman (lived 1850-1871), including one about how to avoid being bullied at school (1869).

Samuel ParkmanTuckerman: Incoming correspondence from Ernest G. F. Gryzanovski

Box 1: folder 17

Numerous letters from Ernest Gryzanovski (1824-1888), a philosopher, linguist, diplomat, mathematician, doctor, animal welfare activist, and writer, especially as a correspondent for the "Nation" and the "North American Review." Tuckerman and Gryzanovski appear to have been good friends for many decades.

File includes sketch of "Fortuna Villa," which Gryzanovski mentions in one of his letters.

Search Terms
Gryzanovski, Ernst G. F, 1824-1888

Samuel Parkman Tuckerman: passport
1872 Jan

Box OS 1

Passport issued in London for Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, accompanied by by his daughter Mary and her maid.

Edward Tuckerman: Outgoing correspondence to Frederick Tuckerman re death of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, incl. related material
1873 Jun 20

Box 1: folder 18

Telegraph sent to Edward Tuckerman, visiting in Germany, from his brother Samuel regarding the death of their brother Frederick (d. May 9, 1873). Consoling letter from Edward Tuckerman, still abroad, to his nephew Frederick Tuckerman shortly after the death of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman. File includes postcard photograph of "Applestead," the Amherst home Edward Tuckerman urged his nephew to make his own.

Frederick Tuckerman (1857-1929): Clippings scrapbook (including genealogical content)
(bulk ca. 1880-1900)

Box 1: folder 19

Clippings scrapbook, with material relating to Dr. Frederick Tuckerman's wife's (Alice Girdler Cooper) Cooper family line (line of Rev. William Cooper, pastor of Brattle Street Church, Boston) as well as the Tuckerman line, including obituaries for Edward Tuckerman and Samuel Parkman Tuckerman (Dr. Tuckerman's uncles). Scrapbook also includes many articles and letters-to-the-editor by Dr. Tuckerman on subjects of personal and professional interest.

Tuckerman family photographs: Margaret and Frederica Tuckerman; unidentified child
ca. 1888-1895

Box 1: folder 20

Cabinet card photographs of sisters Margaret and Frederica Tuckerman (daughters of Frederick and Alice), and a third, unidentified child (a cousin?) seated in Margaret Tuckerman's lap. See also photograph of Margaret Tuckerman in costume, Box OS2.

Edward Tuckerman, Sr.: Photograph of James Sharpless pastel portrait of 1803
ca. 1900

Box 1: folder 21

Photograph of Edward Tuckerman, Sr. with note in hand of Frederick Tuckerman: "From the portrait of my honoured grandfather, drawn in pastel, by James Sharpless, 1803." In July, 2013, the original of this portrait was sold at Douglass Auctioneers, South Deerfield, Mass.

Frederick Tuckerman draft of a note about his uncle Edward Tuckerman

Box 1: folder 22

Text in hand of Dr. Frederick Tuckerman regarding Thomas Wentworth Higginson's description of Edward Tuckerman. This manuscript may have been FT's draft for a letter to Walter Prichard Eaton, who was writing an essay on Frederick Goddard Tuckerman. (See Witter Bynner, "Sonnets of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman," pp. 24-25.)

Frederick Tuckerman: "A Tribute," by Arthur Lee Kinsolving, Rector of Grace Church, Amherst
1929 Nov

Box 1: folder 23

Typescript of "A Tribute to Frederick Tuckerman given by Arthur Lee Kinsolving, Rector of Grace Church."

Sub-series B: Cooper Family Materials

James Sullivan Cooper (1802-1870): daybook
ca. 1829-1870

Box OS 2

Daybook: first few pages torn out. First group of pages commence in Calais, Maine, from 1829-1866, and briefly from their arrival in Amherst on May 12, 1866. A large number of blank pages follow, and the last portion of the book is numbered from the back forward for 65 pages, dating from 1831-1870. The volume appears to cover both professional accounts, incoming and outgoing, as well as the Cooper family's personal expenses.

Search Terms
Calais (Me.)

James Sullivan Cooper home in Amherst: photographs
ca. 1870-1885

Box 1: folder 24

Multiple photographs of the house on "Faculty Street" (College Street/Rte. 9) formerly belonging to James S. and Abigail G. Cooper and in which Margaret Tuckerman grew up and then lived with her husband until about 1916, when Margaret and Orton Clark purchased the house next door to the east (see information about "Clark House" in Folder 32). Still called Cooper House in 2016.

[Cooper] family wedding and anniversary photographs (2)
ca. 1875-1900

Box 1: folder 25

One 25th anniversary photograph with four thumbnail vignettes showing James G. Stanton (AC 1870) and Elizabeth Savage Cooper (sister of Alice Girdler Cooper Tuckerman) in 1875, when they were married, and in 1900, on their 25th anniversary.

Group photograph of a [Cooper family?] wedding ca. 1895. Photograph may show sisters Margaret and Frederica Tuckerman at right.

[Cooper] home: interior photographs
ca. 1890

Box 1: folder 26

Photographs of an interior, probably the Cooper home and after the marriage of Frederick Tuckerman and Alice Coooper (based on the presence of Tuckerman family paintings on the walls).

Photograph of house in Calais, Maine [Cooper family home there?]
1896 Jul

Box 1: folder 27

Cabinet-card-size photograph mounted on cardboard showing winter scene of house. Inscribed on verso "Compliments of E. K. Prescott, Calais, July 25, 1896." Most likely the Cooper home in Calais, or at least a home well known to them.

Margaret Ingersoll Cooper: Photographs in Cooper house

Box 1: folder 28

Photographs (multiple versions of the same one plus one variation) of Margaret Ingersoll Cooper (b. 1833), Alice Girdler Cooper Tuckerman's oldest sister and daughter of James Sullivan Cooper's first wife, Mary E. Savage. A portrait of Edward Tuckerman, Sr. hangs on the wall behind her. Photograph from period when the Mary Cooper was head of the house (per census) living with her sister Alice Cooper Tuckerman, Frederick Tuckerman, and their daughters Margaret and Frederica Tuckerman.

Series 2: Clark Family Materials

Series 2 contains materials relating to the family of Orton Loring Clark, husband of Margaret Tuckerman. Orton L. Clark was the son of Wallace V. and Josephine Powers Clark, and his grandfather was the botanist Henry James Clark (1826-1873). Orton worked as associate professor of botany and biology for the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1913 to 1946. Orton and Margaret Clark had two sons, Holbrook Tuckerman Clark (1924-1959) and Hugh S. Clark.

Margaret Tuckerman Clark: photograph with unidentified infant
1917 Feb

Photograph of [Margaret Tuckerman Clark] holding an unidentified infant. Inscription on verso, "Feb. 25, 1917, For Uncle Fred."

Margaret and Orton's two sons were not yet born, so the infant is not Holbrook or Hugh.

Photographs of a woman or women
ca. 1920-1930

Box 1: folder 30

Photographs of [two different women], including three that appear to be the same woman, with two of the three photographs by photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals. [One of the women possibly Orton Loring Clark's second wife, artist Mary Coulter Clark?]

Orton Loring Clark: Incoming acknowledgement letters re gifts of his carvings

Box 1: folder 31

See the photographic album of Orton Loring Clark's work in the Orton Loring and Margaret Tuckerman Clark Papers (Ma.01027).

Clark House: photograph of exterior
ca. 1950

Box 1: folder 32

8" x 10" black and white photograph by Earl R. Herrick of Orton and Margaret Clark's home on College Street (now called Clark House). This home was built by the Hitchcock family and sold to the Clarks after 1916. After Orton Clark's death in 1965, Mary Coulter Clark, his second wife, sold it to the College.

Orton Loring Clark: Incoming acknowledgement letters re multiple gifts to museums and libraries
(bulk 1959-1961)

Box 1: folder 33

Letters from curators and administrators regarding Clark's gifts (occasionally sales) of Tuckerman family materials and Emily Dickinson manuscripts to various institutions, especially Harvard University and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Postcard album, Europe, especially Germany

Box OS2

Postcard album, possibly Orton Loring Clark's from his trip to Europe, ca. 1911 (his passport application available online).

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Clark, Margaret Tuckerman, 1884-1953
  • Clark, Orton Loring, 1887-1965
  • Cooper, James Sullivan, 1802-1870
  • Tuckerman, Edward
  • Tuckerman, Frederick
  • Tuckerman, Frederick Goddard
  • Tuckerman, S. Parkman (Samuel Parkman)

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