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R. E. "Tuck" Duncan papers

Call Number: RH MS 951


R.E. "Tuck" Duncan was a member of the Unified School District (USD) 501 School Board (Topeka, Kansas) from 1985-1989. This collection consists of records reflecting his activity on the Board. Papers from Duncan's time as the chair of the Topeka, Kansas Housing Authority in the 1990s-2000s can also be found in the collection.


  • Creation: 1985 - 2004


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Biography of R.E. "Tuck" Duncan (1951- )

Robert Edwin “Tuck” Duncan II was born in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 1951. He was raised in Wilmette, Illinois near Chicago with his brother Richard (born 1953), and he graduated from New Trier High School in Northfield, Illinois in 1969. He then attended the University of Kansas from 1969 to 1973, graduating with a B.S. in Journalism. He received his J.D. from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1976.

From 1976 to 1978 Tuck was Secretary and Chief Counsel for the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals. He was Assistant Attorney General for Kansas’ Alcoholic Beverage Control and Assistant City Attorney for Topeka in 1979-1981. Since 1983 he has maintained a private law practice in Topeka known as Duncan Law Offices or R.E. “Tuck” Duncan, Attorney at Law.

Over his years in Topeka, Tuck has served on several non-profit and organizational boards, including the USD 501 School Board (1985-1989), the Topeka Housing Authority (1999-2004), and the Topeka Postal Service Customer Advisory Council (2003-2004). He has also been president of the Shawnee County Historical Society and the Topeka Friends of the Zoo.

Tuck is married to Kathleen “Kathy” Allen (born 1952). Kathy is a KU graduate and retired dance instructor who taught at Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance, an acclaimed dance conservatory in Topeka. Tuck and Kathy have two sons: Spencer (born 1976), who was sworn in as a Topeka city councilman for District 8 in 2020, and Ryan (born 1978).

[Information retrieved from, school yearbooks, and]


22 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

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Physical Location

RH MS 951

Physical Location

RH MS 1511

Separated Materials

Beverage News. Kansas edition. Wichita, KS: C. Walters, Jr. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH Ser D3401.

Guide to the R.E. "Tuck" Duncan Collection
R. E. "Tuck" Duncan papers
Finding aid prepared by smf 2007. Finding aid encoded by smf, 2007. Finding aid revised by bnd, 2019; kls, 2023.
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R.E. "Tuck" Duncan papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 951, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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