Richard H. Tucker Papers

Lehigh Class of 1879


Held by Special Collections

Lehigh University

Linderman Library

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, USA

Phone: 610-758 4506

Fax: 610-758 6091



Call No.: SC MS 0041

3 Boxes, 1.5 linear feet






This collection includes material from Tucker’s days as both a student and a professor at Lehigh University, such as correspondences, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook. Also includes photographs, certificates and some documents from his time at Lick Observatory, California.



Richard H. Tucker



Richard H. Tucker, Class of 1879


Inclusive Dates: 




3 Boxes, 1.5 linear feet



Collection materials are in English.



Lehigh University, Linderman Library, Special Collections


Historical / Biographical Note:

Richard Hawley Tucker was born in 1859 and graduated from Lehigh in 1879. He was an astronomer at the Lick Observatory in California until his retirement in 1926, and received an honorary Ph.D. from Lehigh in 1922. Tucker died in 1952.


Scope and Contents of the Collection:

The material here includes letters written to his mother while he was a student at Lehigh, grade reports, letters from the President of the University about unexcused absences; term papers; programs of track meets; his grade books when he was an instructor at Lehigh in 1883-1884; newspaper clippings about Lehigh, including extensive coverage of the death of Asa Packer; forms and correspondence about the Alumni Association; and biographical material, including diplomas, and reprints of all the articles he published. Also included are letters from his classmates (James S. Cunningham, C.L. Doolittle, James E. Gilbert, Joseph H. Paddock, and Fitzwilliam Sargent) after graduation, telling of their adventures; and a scrapbook of play programs and lists of performances he saw, 1874 1882.


Arrangement of the Collection:

This collection is arranged according to material’s format.





Access Restrictions:

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.


Use Restrictions:

Collection is open for research.


Copyright Notice:

Please inquire about copyright information.




Personal Names:

Tucker, R. H. (Richard Hawley), 1859-1952.

Packer, Asa, 1805-1879.


Corporate Names:

Lick Observatory.

Lehigh University – Students.

Lehigh University – History.

Lehigh University. Class of 1879.

Lehigh University. Alumni Association.


Place Names:

Bethlehem (Pa.).



Tucker, R. H. (Richard Hawley), 1859-1952.


College students.


Genre and Forms:

Personal correspondence

Grade reports

Newspaper clippings











Preferred citation:

Richard H. Tucker, Class of 1879, SC MS 0041, Special Collections, Linderman Library, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


Acquisition Information:

Material was donated by daughter, Jane Tucker, in 1989, and in 1997.



Created by:

Special Collections Staff



Finding aid revision history:

Finding aid information revised February 2, 2012– Finding aid revised by Arielle Willett.






Box 1: General


Folder 1.01    Freshman year 1875-1876

Folder 1.02    Sophomore year 1876-1877

Folder 1.03    Junior year 1877-1878

Folder 1.04    Senior year 1878-1879

Folder 1.05    Correspondence from Cunningham 1881-1887

Folder 1.06    Correspondence from Doolittle 1883

Folder 1.07    Correspondence from Gilbert 1881

Folder 1.08    Correspondence from Paddock 1880

Folder 1.09    Correspondence from Sargent 1880 82

Folder 1.10    Scrapbook 1874-1882.

Folder 1.11    Course work 1875-1879.

Folder 1.12    Athletics, programs, including Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and silver award 1876-1879.

Folder 1.13    Correspondence about Lehigh 1879-1915.

Folder 1.14    Scrapbook pages, clippings about Lehigh and death of Asa Packer 1877-1902.

Folder 1.15    Forms and correspondence about Alumni Association 1879-1911

Folder 1.16    Biographical material, articles, clippings, certificates 1879-1952

Folder 1.17    Grade books when instructor at Lehigh 1883-1884

Folder 1.18    Three final exams, 1879



Box 2:  Reprints of Articles


Folder 2.01    List of publications and articles from 1882-1900.

Folder 2.02    Articles 1900-1907

Folder 2.03    Articles 1907-1914

Folder 2.04    Articles 1916-1923

Folder 2.05    Articles 1923-1928

Folder 2.06    Six notebooks as student, including Psychology, Theology and                                  Mathematics

Folder 2.07    Tau Beta Pi key


Box 3: (Donated in Feb. 1997)


Folder 3.01 Miscellaneous material including songbook, music program, invitation to commencement, 1879, and chapel attendance sheet (1883-84)

Folder 3.02  Princeton Review magazine (with article by Dr. Coppee) 1878

Folder 3.03  Manuscript of Tucker’s valedictory address (Lehigh 1879)

Folder 3.04 “Colored Topography” 11 plates 1878

Folder 3.05  Problems in Descriptive Geometry and Applications” 33 plates 1877

Folder 3.06 “Elementary Projection Drawing and Applications” 21 plates 1876

Folder 3.07 Bethlehem Times, 3 copies June 1879


Diplomas and certificates (located in separate diploma box)


Lehigh University, Civil Engineer 1879

Lehigh University, Honorary Doctor of Science 1922

Astronomical Society of the Pacific 1893

American Philosophical Society 1908

The Society of the Sigma Chi, California Chapter 1924

Societè  Astronomique de France, membrès titulaires, 1924


Photographs (in Lehigh photograph collection)


Graduation portrait, 1879 (BS0043)

Class group, 1878 (F0167)

Portrait, 1938 (F0168)

At telescope at Lick Observatory, 1893 (F0169)

12 postcards of Lehigh and Bethlehem views