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Edward "Teddy" Bolton Tucker Papers

Identifier: 001/MS 00240

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Content Description

This collection is still being processed, and maybe not be availabe in its entirety.

Correspondence, day books, blueprints, photographs, genealogical research, maps, DVDs, artwork, textiles, and artifacts, circa 1760-1990, relating to the Tucker family of Bermuda and the Taliaferro-Bolton families of Richmond, Virginia.

There is also a large amount of material relating to Edward "Teddy" Bolton Tucker, an underwater explorer and treasure hunter off the coast of Bermuda. The majority of the artwork in this collection is from Catharine and Ethel Tucker of Bermuda who were aunts of Edward "Teddy" Tucker. They created many landscape pieces and maintained a small store on Bermuda wher they sold their works. Artifacts include wooden and metal trinkets made by prisoners of war held in Bermuda during the Anglo-Boer war from 1899-1902, and family heirloom jewelry.


  • Creation: 1760-1990
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1800-1900


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Edward "Teddy" Bolton Tucker was born in Bermuda on May 8th, 1925 to Edward Henry and Sue Taliaferro Bolton. Teddy became an underwater explorer, teacher, treasure hunter, and pioneer. He earned the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II. Other achievements include the discovery of more than 100 ship wrecks off the Bermuda coast, work on the Beebe science project with National Geographic, collaboration with the University of Maryland to study gill sharks. Following service with the Royal Navy during World War II, Teddy endeavored to make a living as a salvage diver. He taught himself about ships, nautical history, and underwater archeology. Teddy died June 9, 2014. Sources consulted for this biographical/ Historical History: The New York Times, Teddy Tucker Obituary, June 27, 2014.


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The collection is arranged into series by family. Series 1 covers Teddy Tucker's Papers; Series 2 covers the papers of Teddy Tucker's immediate family; Series 3 covers the papers of the extended family; Series 4 covers related Taliaferro-Bolton families; and Series 5 consists of artifacts.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository