Guide to the Higgins and Rucker Family Papers 1884-1994 (bulk 1900-1940)
Cage 783

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Higgins and Rucker Family Papers
ID
Cage 783
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1900-1940
Date [inclusive]
1884-1994
Extent
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
2 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of correspondence and other manuscripts, notebooks, legal and financial documents, a small number of photographs, and memorabilia, including printed ephemera.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Higgins and Rucker Family Papers, 1884-1994

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Vincent Lafayette Higgins (1851-1941) was born near Burnsville, North Carolina. As a young man, he moved west, living in Arkansas, Missouri, Northern California, and the Willamette Valley in Oregon, eventually settling permanently at Union Flat near Pullman, Washington in 1884. He married Emma Peed of Jasper, Missouri in 1889, and their daughter, Frankie Belle Higgins, was born in 1890. Both Vincent and Emma Higgins were active in Masonic organizations, and Higgins was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows.

Belle Higgins graduated from Pullman High School and attended Washington State College. She married Lee Roy Rucker in 1915, and they had two children, Delbert Leeroy (1916-1976) and Dale Elliot (1919-1920).

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of correspondence and other manuscripts, notebooks, legal and financial documents, a small number of photographs, and memorabilia, including printed ephemera. Most of the material is related to Vincent and Emma Higgins, Belle Higgins Rucker, and Delbert Rucker, with a small amount related to Ellen Chandler Higgins and Suzanne Rucker.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in a single series, with materials related to each generation grouped together.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2012

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Suzanne Rucker donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1999 and 2012 (MS 1999-13 and MS 2012-21).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Vincent Lafayette Higgins Diaries, 1892-1936 (Cage 649)

Vincent Lafayette Higgins Papers, 1900-1920 (Cage 1983).

Higgins Scrapbooks, circa 1890s-1950s (unprocessed collection: UPC 0004).

Separated Materials note

A 1909 precinct map of Whitman County, Washington was transferred to the Historic Map Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pullman (Wash.) -- History -- Sources
  • Whitman County (Wash.) -- History -- Sources

Personal Name(s)

  • Higgins family -- Archives
  • Rucker family -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Family history record (separated from family Bible in Box 3) 

1 1

Vincent and Emma (Peed) Higgins. Includes correspondence, pocket notebooks, address book, autobiography of V. L. Higgins, 1896 manuscript map of V. L. Higgins's land showing use details, and newspaper clippings, 1884-1939. 

1 2

Vincent and Emma (Peed) Higgins. Legal and financial documents including deeds, mortgages, appraisals, tax statements, and receipts, circa 1885-1935. 

1 3

Belle Higgins. Postcards (incoming) and Christmas lists, circa 1908-1915. 

1 4

Lee Roy and Belle (Higgins) Rucker. Correspondence, including many postcards, autograph album, wedding album, and photographs, circa 1912-1930. 

1 5-8

Delbert Rucker correspondence (letters from Delbert to his mother, Belle Rucker, written from Japan), 1939. 

1 9

Delbert Rucker. Childhood documents including school attendance records and awards and a "Children's Bureau Weighing and Measuring Test" form, 1918-1925. 

2 10

Delbert and Suzanne Rucker correspondence, 1968-1994. 

2 11

Ellen Chandler Higgins reminiscence, "A Child's Experience of the Civil War" (typescript), 1927. 

2 12

Artifacts. Pins from the Rebekahs and the Royal Arch Masons (No. 8, Colfax, W.T.), a pin with a photograph of an unidentified girl, and a mechanical pencil. 

2 13

Higgins and Rucker family Bible (bound volume). The Holy Bible: containing the Authorized edition of the New Testament and the Revised version of 1881, arranged in parallel columns, with Cruden's complete concordance. Philadelphia: A.J. Holman, 1884. 

3

Administrative file (collection processing notes and background information) 

2 14