HISTORICAL COLLECTION AND LIBRARY
The TUCKER AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA, INC., through the HISTORICAL COLLECTION AND LIBRARY, strives to preserve records and artifacts that tell the story of Preston Tucker, the Tucker automobile and all of the people who contributed to its history.
The Tucker Archives and The Tucker Historical Collection and Library (HCL) was established by the Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc. (TACA) on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, home of Tucker #1047, in the fall of 2000. On September 30th of that year, Mary Lee Tucker-McAndrew performed the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the HCL. Daughter of Preston and Vera Tucker, Mary Lee performed a similar role for the christening of the original Tucker prototype, the Tin Goose, in June of 1947 in Chicago.
Tucker #1047 at the Gilmore Car Museum Gas Station can be seen to the right.
The TACA collection is displayed in such a way that the Tucker legend can be shared and enjoyed by all. A re-created 1940s office reminiscent of what one may have found at Tucker Corporation, or at one of its dealers nationwide, shows the TUCKER logo boldly on the door. Visitors looking in may just imagine that Preston Tucker has just left, possibly to go down to the Engineering or Sales Departments to check on his project.
This "office" is the permanent home of all the TACA archived materials acquired under the leadership of Jay Follis, HCL Director and the late Frank Tucker, Curator Emeritus. Frank, a cousin to Preston Tucker, served as Curator of the TACA Archives from 1990 - 2000. Under his direction the collection grew from a single photo of Preston Tucker to literally thousands of items.
The office inside the HCL can be seen to the right. Click on the photo to see a larger image.
Today much of the growing collection is displayed at the Tucker Historical Collection and Library and is currently being placed into a computerized inventory. This, as well as a digital photo database, allows greater accessibility to the Tucker legend and enables TACA to assist other museums, students and enthusiast in strengthening their Tucker awareness.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we depend totally on donations large and small to maintain the HCL. It is those of you who think of the HCL with the donation of financial support, a current magazine, local news clippings or those pieces of rare Tucker memorabilia that are helping us preserve history for future generations to enjoy.
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Do you have something you would like to donate or share with the Tucker Historical Collection and Library or do you just need more information? Please contact us at:
Jay A. Follis - Director
TUCKER HISTORICAL COLLECTION and LIBRARY
Gilmore Car Museum
6865 Hickory Road
Hickory Corners, MI 49060