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Willis C. Tucker Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1377

The Willis C. Tucker Papers document Tucker's involvement with the University of Tennessee School of Journalism between 1947 and 1976.

Included in the collection are correspondence and other materials related to the UT-TPA Press Institute and the Industrial Editing Institute; information documenting the development of the University of Tennessee's School of Journalism, including records of academic standards, class schedules, and majors and minors offered; and various correspondence of Tucker and other materials relating to journalism.

Dates

  • 1947-1976

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Abstract

The Willis C. Tucker Papers document Tucker's involvement with the University of Tennessee School of Journalism between 1947 and 1976.

Biographical/Historical Note

Willis Carleton Tucker was born on March 14, 1907 in Beckley, West Virginia. He earned his AB in Journalism from West Virginia Tech in 1930 and his MA in Journalism and Political Science from West Virginia University in 1931. He completed further graduate work at Ohio State University and at the University of Southern California. Tucker worked for several newspapers and taught at Marshall University and the University of Kentucky before coming to the University of Tennessee to head the fledgling Department of Journalism in 1947. Under his guidance, the department grew quickly and was accredited as a School of Journalism in 1959. Tucker stepped down as department head in 1972 to return to full-time teaching. He died in Wichita, Kansas on November 23, 2001.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes divided into three series:

  1. Series I: University of Tennessee - Tennessee Press Association Press Institute (UT-TPA)
  2. Series II: Industrial Editing Institute (IEI)
  3. Series III: Development of School of Journalism and related materials

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480