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Tucker-Coleman Papers

Identifier: Mss. 40 T79

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Scope and Contents

Papers, primarily 1770-1907, of the Tucker and Coleman families of Williamsburg, Winchester, Lexington, Staunton and Richmond, including papers of: St. George Tucker (1752-1827), Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1784-1851), Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1848), Ann Frances Bland (Tucker) Coalter (1779-1813), John Coalter (1769-1838), and John Randolph of Roanoke (commonplace book is in box 64B), as well as other family members.

Members of the family were involved in law, politics, teaching, and historical preservation. The collection includes personal and business correspondence, literary manuscripts, legal documents and accounts.

A video providing an overview of using this collection and other collections related to the Tucker-Coleman family can be viewed at

Poems by St. George Tucker are in Box 80, Folder: Dated Poems 1780-1789.

A letter from Martha Jefferson from August 1780 is in Box 1 of the Tucker-Coleman Thomas Jefferson letters.

See the Finding Aid/Inventory (below) for updated information about some of the boxes in the collection. Former boxes 62 - 74 are part of Series 3 and renumbered boxes 1 - 22.

The PDF versions of this inventory must be viewed in sections.


  • 1664-1945


Conditions Governing Access

The course work material in this collection contains grade reports which are restricted until May 2014. 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.


62 Linear Feet




This collection is currently being arranged and described. Researchers may wish to consult staff with questions. As of October 2013, the correspondence beginning with the former box 4A is being added to the finding aid and will be rehoused and described as Series 1: Correspondence. Former boxes 62 - 74 are part of Series 3 and renumbered boxes 1 - 22.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this collection were donated to William & Mary Special Collections Research Center in batches by numerous generous friends and family members of the Tucker-Coleman family between 1938 and 1995. The bulk of the collection was donated to William & Mary in batches between 1938 and 1966 by Mr. and Mrs. George P. Coleman, and the collection has continued to grow since from ongoing donations made by Janet C. Kimbrough and by various additional generous donors. Some materials in this collection have also been purchased by William & Mary Special Collections Research Center.

Related Materials

A list of theses and dissertations created from accessing the Tucker-Coleman Papers can be obtained at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

MS 00007 Cynthia Beverley Tucker Washington Coleman Papers

1995.01 John Quincy Adams to St. George Tucker Letter.

2005.21 St. George Tucker to Joseph Cabell Letters

2006.26 St. George Tucker to Matthew Carey Letter

2001.19 and 2002.63 Cynthia Barlowe Collection (Williamsburg items via WHRA)

2008.238 Tucker-Brown Seven Generations Genealogy Chart

Guide to the Tucker-Coleman Papers
SCRC Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository