Irwin St. John Tucker Papers

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Date: 1896-1971
Extent: 18 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Irwin St. John Tucker (1886-1982) was an Episcopal priest as well as a socialist and journalist. Tucker worked as a journalist for The Christian Socialist and Chicago Herald-American. At the time of his retirement from the Herald-American in 1954, Irwin Tucker was the paper’s religion editor. He also contributed poetry, under the pseudonym Friar Tuck, to the Chicago Tribune. Tucker was also a former literature director for the American Socialist Party, and was active in socialist causes in Chicago. He participated in the Hull-House Riot of Jan. 18, 1915 and co-founded the Hobo College in Chicago. In addition to his journalistic and socialist activities, Tucker served as an Episcopal minister for nearly forty years until resigning in 1950 after converting to Catholicism. He was the author of numerous books including A History of Imperialism, Out of the Hellbox, A Minstrel Friar, and Geography of the Gods.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection contains correspondence, clippings, a diary, legal records, broadsides, pamphlets, articles and other published materials. The materials deal primarily with Hull-House, the Hobo College, International Workers of the World (IWW), the American Socialist Party, the Palmer Raids, and the imprisonment of Eugene V. Debs.

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