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Inventory of the Eugene Lafayette Cunningham Papers, 1915-1958
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eugene Lafayette Cunningham Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1958
    Creator: Cunningham, Eugene Lafayette
    Extent: Approximately 6,000 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased from Mrs. Eugene Cunningham, June, 1959.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Eugene Lafayette Cunningham Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Eugene L. Cunningham (1896-1957), author of Western fiction and other works, grew up in Texas, served in the Navy during both World Wars, and began writing in 1915. He was a correspondent for various newspapers and magazines and made a trip on horseback and on foot over Central America. After 1932 he wrote mainly Southwestern history and fiction, such as Triggernometry, Riders of the Night, etc.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains correspondence with friends and other writers of Western lore, such as Eugene Manlove Rhodes and his wife and to General Thomas Cruse, who was with the Army in Arizona during the Indian campaigns and wrote Apache Days and After; 12 manuscripts of the works of Cunningham and others; photographs of Western figures (many reproduced from the collection of Noah H. Rose of San Antonio, Texas).

    Persons represented by three or more pieces

    • Eugene Manlove Rhodes, 21 letters
    • May Louise (Davison) Purple Rhodes, 104 letters
    • Thomas Cruse, 12 letters