Jim Guy Tucker Materials

MC 1690

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Oldham, 2007.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Tucker, Jim Guy
Jim Guy Tucker Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1690
.4 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Jim Guy Tucker Materials were donated to Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on November 13, 2006 by Brynda Pappas.

Processing Information

Processed by Jim Kelton; completed January 2007.

Preferred Form of Citation

Jim Guy Tucker Materials (MC 1690), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Jim Guy Tucker was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 13, 1943, the son of James Guy and Willie Maude (White) Tucker. He moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, with his family as a child. He grew up there and attended local public schools. He received a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard in 1964 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1968, afterwards joining the Little Rock law firm Rose, Barron, Nash, Williamson, Carroll, and Clay. In 1970 Tucker won his first elected office, prosecuting attorney from the Sixth Judicial District, comprised of Pulaski and Berry counties. He was elected the state’s attorney general in 1972 and 1974. He subsequently was elected to Congress in 1976, replacing the Second Congressional District's Representative Wilbur Mills, who retired after 36 years; Tucker received more than 86 percent of the general election vote in that campaign. In 1978 Tucker entered the campaign for the late Senator John McClellan's vacated Senate seat. Governor David Pryor defeated him in the Democratic primary run-off election.

Following his defeat in the primary, Tucker returned to private law practice. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1990 and became acting governor of Arkansas in December 1992 after Governor Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States. Tucker was elected to the state's highest office in 1994 and served until he resigned on July 15, 1996, following a criminal conviction for misapplication of funds. The case came up during the Whitewater investigation involving former Governor and then-President Bill Clinton and had nothing to do with Tucker's gubernatorial conduct.

Scope and Content Note

Materials include newspaper clippings and photographs from Tucker's 1978 senatorial campaign. The collection also includes an article dating from 2005 concerning his medical problems.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged with Jim Guy Tucker materials first followed by other materials arranged in alphabetical order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Jim Guy Tucker Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2

Jim Guy Tucker Miscellaneous Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Jim Guy Tucker Photographs, n.d. (Images 1-35)

Box 1 Folder 4

J. W. Benafield Photographs, n.d. (Images 36-37)

Box 1 Folder 5

Lyndell Lay Photographs, n.d. (Image 38)

Box 1 Folder 6

David Pryor Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

David Pryor Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 8

Ray Thornton Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 9

Ray Thornton Newspaper Clippings, n.d.


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