"The papers are unique in that they provide an excellent representation of all aspects of Jim Guy Tucker's public life as attorney general, congressman, lieutenant governor, and governor," said Dr. Colin Woodward, an archivist at the UALR center.
Once Tucker's papers are processed, his will be the largest collection held at the UALR center, which also holds the gubernatorial papers of Arkansas governors Carl Bailey, Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers, and Frank White.
Those papers and President Bill Clinton's gubernatorial papers held by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, are all housed in downtown Little Rock at the Arkansas Studies Institute, a collaboration between UALR and the Central Arkansas Library System.
UALR's acquisition of the Tucker collection includes personal and professional papers containing approximately 540 linear feet of materials from every phase of Tucker's political career.
"We are delighted Gov. Tucker entrusted his papers to us," said Dr. Deborah Baldwin, associate provost of the center and dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "The collection will provide a significant contribution to the study of Arkansas and its politics during the late 20th century."