Cage 732

Georgina P. Tucker

Papers, 1920-1997

Acquisition and Processing Information

This collection of Georgina Tucker's papers was donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Westin Hotels and Resorts in 1999 as part of an installment of their corporate records (MS 2000-03, separated from MS 1999-20). Talia Jensen began processing the collection in 2007, and Tabitha Erdey completed the project in 2009. The Washington Women's History Consortium provided funding assistance for processing.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of Containers: 20

Linear Feet of Shelf Space: 18


Georgina Petheram Tucker was born in Spokane, Washington in 1911. She attended Washington State College from 1929-1933, graduating with a B.S. in Home Economics with an emphasis in Institutional Management. While at Washington State College Tucker was an active member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. After receiving her degree, she began her 42-year career with Western Hotels, Inc., (Westin Hotels and Resorts) in the food and beverage department. Working at properties in Spokane, Wenatchee, Boise, Seattle, San Francisco, and, finally, Los Angeles, Tucker developed menus, staff training protocol, and food service planning methods for Western Hotels. In 1961, she was named Westin's director of food and beverage.

Tucker was appointed Executive Housekeeper of Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel in 1966. Prior to her service at the Century Plaza, in 1961, she was a consultant in the opening of Western's International Kyoto. Her practical experience in the hotel industry contributed to her authorship of two textbooks, The Science of Housekeeping (1969) and The Professional Housekeeper (1972).

Tucker retired from Western Hotels, Inc. in 1975 and remained active in the hospitality industry as a consultant. In 1989 she traveled to Egypt with the USAID International Executive Service Corps to oversee opening and review operations of several hotels. She also served as an adjunct instructor to hospitality programs at Golden Gate University, Cornell, the University of California at Davis, and Kenya's Utalii University. In her retirement, Tucker was also an active member of numerous community service groups including the Soroptimist Club of Beverly Hills, The Assistance League of San Mateo County, and Saint Matthews Episcopal Church of San Mateo, California. She received Washington State University's Distinguished Home Economics Alumnus Award in 1978.

Collection Description

This collection consists of Georgina Tucker's papers and correspondence, primarily materials related to her career with Western Hotels, Inc. and her years as a student at Washington State College. It includes photographs, correspondence, recipes and menus, travel ephemera, and a sound recording, as well as extensive scrapbooks documenting Tucker's life and work from 1929 forward.

Collection Arrangement

The collection was received with no pre-existing arrangement, and is organized in three series:

Series 1: Personal and professional papers, 1929-1993. This series consists of Tucker's personal papers, correspondence, and publications. It includes articles and newspaper clippings, miscellaneous awards and certificates, personal correspondence, travel materials, Washington State College and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority materials, teaching and instruction materials, and speech drafts.

Series 2: Westin, consulting, and USAID papers, 1933-1989. This series consists of Tucker's professional papers and materials related to her career with Western Hotels, Inc. It includes Western Hotels, Inc. recipes and menus, and materials related to Tucker's role as Executive Director of Food and Beverage. Also included are materials related to Tucker's 1961 Japan consulting trip and her work with the International Executive Service Corps in Egypt.

Series 3: Scrapbooks and oversize materials, 1920-1990. This series consists of scrapbooks and oversize materials. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically and document Tucker's time at Washington State College, her work and travels, community service activities, and retirement.

Most photographs and other visual materials in the collection are in the scrapbook series, but some are filed with related items in the other series.

Separated Material

Tucker's two textbooks, The Science of Housekeeping (1969) and The Professional Housekeeper (1972), were removed for individual cataloging.


Tucker, Georgina -- Archives
Washingon State University -- Alumni and alumnae -- Archives
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Hotel management
Hotel housekeeping
Food industry and trade


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.

Condition Note

Most of the scrapbooks are fragile, consisting of items attached with adhesives to brittle, acidic paper.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Georgina Tucker papers, 1920-1997
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Related Materials

This collection is closely related to the records of Westin Hotels and Resorts (Cage 656), also held in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (online guide available here:


Most materials are in English, with a few items in Japanese and Arabic.

Container List:

Box Folder Description
Box Folder Description
    Series 1: Personal and professional papers, 1929-1997
1 1 Articles, biographies, related correspondence, and miscellaneous family documents, 1923-1974
  2 Articles (clippings). Topics: housekeeping, restaurants, and home economics, 1961-1986
  3 Westin Hotels articles (clippings), 1958-1978
  4 Community service organizations (clippings), 1960-1989
  5 Wedding invitation, Georgina Petheram and Ralph Tucker (lithographic plate), undated
  6 Last Will and Testament, 1954
  7 Western Hotels Thurston Dupar Inspirational Award, 1970
  8 Western Hotels Thurston Dupar Inspirational Award correspondence and related documentation, 1970
  9 Western Hotels, Inc. awards, 1958-1975
  10 Miscellaneous awards and certificates of appreciation, 1984-1993
  11 Hilton Senior HHonors Club, 1988
  12 Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer, Washington State University, Harry Mullikin Award, 1997
  13 Republican National Committee, 1972-1992
  14 Photographs, 1938-1965
  15 Holiday cards and miscellaneous; undated, 1996
  16 Miscellaneous, 1961-1969
2 17 Holiday letters and miscellaneous, 1961-1966, 1976
  18 Personal: Fran and Bob, 1961
  19 Toilet paper, undated
  20 Personal, 1970-1979
  21 Personal, 1983-1989
  22 Personal, 1990-1993
  23 Travel: Japan, Thailand, India, Europe trip, miscellaneous, 1961
  24 Travel: France, 1985
  25 Travel: United States, miscellaneous ephemera, undated
  26 Travel: miscellaneous, 1970s-1990s
  27 Event programs and miscellaneous, 1972-1984
  28 Speeches; 1961, 1969
  29 WSU College of Home Economics 75 Year Diamond Jubilee Celebration, 1978
  30 Washington State University, student and alumni items, 1929-1990
  31 Washington State University, Alpha Delta Pi, 1931-1978
  32 Alpha Delta Pi Reunion photographs, 1957
3 33 Future Homemakers of America national meeting, Los Angeles, 1972
  34 Ramada Inter-National Association, 13th annual meeting and convention, 1975
  35 Hilton housekeeping seminar, 1986
  36 Teaching and instructional materials, undated
  37 The Professional Housekeeper correspondence, 1980
    Kenya Utalii College, Nairobi, 1982
  38 Correspondence
  39 Trip journal and teaching notes
  40 Publications
  41 Course materials
    Cornell University Center for Personal Development, 1984-1989
  42 Correspondence and class rosters
  43 Programs
  44 Curriculum outlines and transparencies
  45 Photographs
  46 Golden Gate University, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Advisory Board agendas and materials, 1984-1992
4 47 Golden Gate University course syllabi and correspondence, professional lecturer certificate, 1984-1992
  48 University of California Davis, course syllabi and correspondence, 1991-1993
  49 Teaching and instructional materials, miscellaneous, 1972-1986
  50 "Christmas at Filoli," 1980s
  51 Membership and miscellaneous cards, 1943-1993
  52 Assistance League of San Mateo County, 1960-1993
  53 Church of Saint Matthew, San Mateo, California, 1945-1993
    Series 2: Westin Hotels, consulting, and USAID papers, 1933-1989
  54-55 Recipe book, circa 1935-1937
  56-57 Recipes, menu specifications, 1950-1965
  58 Photographs of Tucker with others at Roosevelt Hotel, 1939
  59 Hotel Boise, 1955
  60 Western Hotels, Inc. photographs, circa 1960s-1970s
  61 Tucker oral history, "History of 30 Years with Westin" (audiocassette), circa 1960s-1970s
5 62 Assistant Managers in Charge of Food and Beverage School agenda and photographs, 1954 August
  63 14 Day Cycle menu and reference list, undated
  64 Resume of chefs' conference, Western Hotels, Inc., 1955
    Hotel restaurant menus
  65 Hotel Boise, 1935-1955
  66 Davenport Hotel, circa 1930s-1970s
  67 Cascadian Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel, circa 1930s-1950s
  68 Hotel Roosevelt, 1936-1939
  69 The Benton, 1935
  70-72 Miscellaneous, circa 1930s-1960s
  73 Hotel menus, recipes, and menu notes, 1930s-1960
  74 Hotel menus (newspaper clippings), 1934
  75 Miscellaneous Westin ephemera, circa 1970s-1990s
6 76 Hotel industry magazines, 1982-1990
  77 Western Hotels, Inc., miscellaneous food and beverage documents, undated
  78 Caesar's Palace consulting, 1987
7 79 Western Hotels, Inc. manuals, circa 1956
  80 Western Hotels, Inc., in-house publications, 1961-1991
  81 Western International Hotels, first annual Executive Housekeepers' workshop, 1968
  82 Western Hotels, Inc., Marcus Whitman Hotel "Idea Party," 1959
  83 Food and beverage marketing and instructional materials, circa 1950s
  84 "Milestones" (pamphlet about Westin history), 1998
  85 Western Hotels, Inc., Century Plaza Hotel items, 1960s-1970s
  86 Century Plaza Hotel memorandum by Tucker: Report on Hotel St. Jaques, 1972
    Japan consulting trip, 1961
  87 Photographs
  88.1-88.2 Day planner and enclosures (correspondence, printed ephemera, notes)
  89 Hotel reports
8 90 Itineraries, travel materials, and resumes
  91 Menus and Recipes
  92 Correspondence
  93 Miscellaneous printed materials
  94 Newspaper clippings
  95 Hotel ephemera (pamphlets, tags, menus)
  96-97 Itinerary, guidebooks and other tourist materials, photographs
9 98 Postcards
  99 Business cards and miscellaneous notes
    USAID International Executive Service Corps (IESC), Egypt, 1989
  100 Printed ephemera and receipts
  101 IESC Egypt Welcome Kit
  102 Hotel notes
  103 Correspondence
  104 Receipts, phone messages, invitations, miscellaneous correspondence
  105 Hotel printed ephemera (includes in-house forms)
  106 IESC Volunteer Executive's Manual
  107 IESC newsletters
  108 Business cards
  109 IESC program materials
  110 Trip preparation file
    Series 3: Scrapbooks and oversize materials, 1920-1990
10 111-112 "People, Pictures, Postcards," circa 1920-1970
11 113-114 Student years, Washington State College. Includes ephemera related to student activities and athletics, 1930-1933
12 115 Student years, Washington State College. Includes ephemera related to student activities and athletics, 1930-1933 (continued)
  116-117 Westin and personal materials, 1934-1990
13 118 Westin and personal materials, 1934-1990 (continued)
  119-120 "Japan & Round the World," 1961
14 121-122 "Japan & Round the World," 1961 (continued)
  123 "Soroptimist Club of Beverly Hills," 1969-1972
15 124 "Soroptimist Club of Beverly Hills," 1969-1972 (continued)
  125 USAID International Executive Service Corps (IESC), Egypt, 1989 (oversize items)
  126 Scrapbook, "1975 Retirement," 1975
  127 Miscellaneous oversize items, undated
16 128 Washington State University Distinguished Home Economics Alumnus Award (certificate), 1978
  129-133 Professional awards (plaques), 1963-1989
Oversize case   Japan wall calendars, 1960