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W. Clifford and Daisy Tucker Collection (MC 251)

Biographical Note

William Clifford Tucker (January 19, 1898-April 13, 1961) was the editor of the Columbus Enquirer and continued working for the paper when it merged to become the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.  He worked with Julian Harris when the paper took its stand against the Ku Klux Klan for which it earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.  He also covered the Phenix City, Alabama gambling cleanup in the 1950s.

Mrs. Tucker, born Daisy Snellgrove in Pinckard, Alabama on December 11, 1912, was a nurse during World War II, and later became the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer's chief librarian and head of research, besides writing book reviews and a weekly humor column.  While researching a series of columns for the paper on the subject of mental illness, she made the cause one of her life-long passions, becoming the president of the Columbus Mental Health Association in 1959.  She later became the publisher's secretary, before retiring in 1975. After retirement, she became a consultant to the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain.  She died May 19th, 2009 at the age of 96.

Both Tuckers worked hard for the establishment of Columbus College, now Columbus State University.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Tucker.  It covers their careers with Columbus, Georgia journalism, as well as their involvement in social, educational and philanthropic issues.

1732-2006                                                    2 boxes (5 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Clifford and Daisy Tucker Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Clifford and Daisy Tucker Collection(MC 251)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


This material was a gift to the Archives from their son, Cliff Tucker, in January of 2011.

Note to Researchers

See also:

Frances Tucker Collection (MC 269)

Tucker Press Award Collection (SMC 81)

Box and Folder/Item List

Box 1 – Columns and editorials of W.C. Tucker from the Enquirer

Folder 1 – Columbus Ledger and Enquirer newspapers, 1933-1936

Folder 2 – Columbus Ledger and Enquirer newspapers 1944-1946

Folder 3 – 50th Anniversary edition of Columbus Ledger, April 16, 1936

Folder 4 – 1900-1951 Mid-Century Panorama of Progress/Sunday Ledger-Enquirer, Jan 28, 1951

Folder 5 – 125th Anniversary edition Columbus Enquirer, Oct 18, 1953

Folder 6 – Civil War Centennial Edition, Sunday Ledger-Enquirer, April 16, 1961

Folder 7 – Columbus Ledger 75th Anniversary 1886-1961, May 28, 1961

Folder 8 – April 23, 1978 Sesquicentennial Collection Edition II, April 23, 1978

Folder 9 – Daily Columbus Enquirer reprints April17, 1860-1873

Folder 10 – Century Old Ads from the Sunday magazine

Folder 11 – Articles written by Daisy Tucker in the Sunday Ledger-Enquirer Magazine

Folder 12 – Ledger Enquirer newspapers, 9/11/2001 -9/30/2001

Folder 13 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer miscellaneous newspapers on the new millennium, Dec 14, 2000-Jan 1, 2001

Folder 14 – World Champion Northern Little League, September 3, 2006

Folder 15 – Articles on Daisy Tucker, 1974-2009

Box 2

Baptists of Shelby County, Alabama

Savannah's Pioneer Theater from its Origins to 1810

The Journal of Peter Gordon 1732-1735

English Crown Grants for Islands in Georgia, 1775-1775

English Crown Grants in St. Andrew Parish in Georgia, 1755-1775

English Crown Grants in Christ Church Parish in Georgia, 1755-1775

English Crown Grants in St. Philip Parish in Georgia, 1755-1775

English Crown Grants in St. Matthew Parish in Georgia, 1755-1775

English Crown Grants in St. John Parish in Georgia, 1755-1775

DeSoto Working Paper #1, Alabama de Soto Commission

Folder 1 – The uses of evidence in reconstructing the route of the Hernando de Soto expedition

Folder 2 – A proposed route for the Hernando de Soto expedition from Tampa Bay to Apalachee based on Physiography and geology

Folder 3 – The Route of the Soto army through Alabama

Folder 4 – A proposed route for the Hernando de Soto expedition based on Physiography and geology part 11-Apalachee to Chiaha

Folder 5 – Legua legal or legua comun: a discussion

Folder 6 – Part Ill - Chiaha to Mabila; Part IV- Mabilia to the Mississippi River

Folder 7 – The discovery of de Soto's first winter encampment in Florida

Folder 8 – The highway route of the de Soto trail in Alabama

Folder 9 – A Summary of Alabama's de Soto mapping project and project Bibliography

Folder 10 – The 1989 Milo Howard lecture

Folder 11 – A limited testing program at Four Mound Sites in Greene County, Alabama

Folder 12 – Critique of Little and Curren's Reconstruction of de Soto's route Through Alabama