LITTLE ROCK — Former Democratic Gov. Jim Guy Tucker has donated his papers to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the university announced Monday.
Tucker’s collection includes personal and professional papers containing about 540 linear feet of materials from every phase of his political career, the university said.
"The papers are unique in that they provide an excellent representation of all aspects of Jim Guy Tucker’s public life as attorney, congressman, lieutenant governor and governor," said Colin Woodward, an archivist at the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, where the papers will be housed.
Tucker, a Harvard graduate, served as lieutenant governor from 1973 to 77. He was elected to the U.S. House in 1976, then lost a Democratic runoff for the U.S. Senate to David Pryor in 1978.
He considered a running for governor in 1990 but eventually ran for and won the race for lieutenant governor that year after then-Gov. Bill Clinton decided to run for re-election. In December 1992, Tucker ascended to governor when Clinton resigned after winning the presidency.
Tucker won a full four-year gubernatorial term in 1994, defeating Republican Sheffield Nelson, but he resigned in July 1996 after being convicted of fraud in the federal Whitewater investigation of Clinton’s business dealings in Arkansas.
Once Tucker’s papers are processed they will be the largest collection held at the UALR center, which also holds the gubernatorial papers of former Arkansas chief executives Carl Bailey, Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers and Frank White.