Irwin St. John Tucker papers




University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library


18.0 Linear feet




Tucker, Irwin St. John, 1886-1982

Biographical 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 Contents 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.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 December 1 by Lauren Kalal and Andrew Steadham.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: Ben Lewis Reitman papers.