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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Eugene Cunningham Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1915-1958
    Collection Number: mssCunningham papers
    Creator: Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957.
    Extent: Approximately 6,000 pieces in 21 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Western fiction writer Eugene Cunningham (1896-1957) and includes twelve manuscripts of the works of Cunningham and others, correspondence with friends and other writers of Western lore, five scrapbooks, and 250 photographs (chiefly photographic reproductions of of Western figures).
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Provenance

    Purchased from Mrs. Eugene Cunningham, June, 1959.

    Biographical Note

    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 the papers of Western fiction writer Eugene Cunningham (1896-1957) and includes manuscripts of the works of Cunningham and others, correspondence with friends and other writers of Western lore, five scrapbooks, and 250 photographs. There are twelve bound typescript manuscripts of Cunningham's work, with handwritten corrections. Within the correspondence, there are 21 letters from Western writer Eugene Manlove Rhodes and 104 letters from Rhodes's wife, May Louise (Davison) Purple Rhodes, as well as 12 letters from General Thomas Cruse, who was with the United States Army in Arizona during the Indian campaigns and wrote Apache Days and After. The photographs are chiefly of Western figures (many reproduced from the collection of Noah H. Rose of San Antonio, Texas).

    Removed or Separated Material

    photCL 102

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following 5 series:
    • I. Manuscripts
      • Bound volumes of typescripts of books by Cunningham
      • Unbound manuscripts
    • II. Correspondence
    • III. Personal Papers
    • IV. Scrapbooks
    • V. Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Cruse, Thomas. Apache days and after.
    Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957 -- Archives.
    Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957 -- Photographs.
    Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934.
    Rhodes, May Davison.
    Authors, American -- 20th century.
    Authors, American -- West (U.S.) -- Archives.
    Cowboys in literature.
    Western stories.

    Forms/Genres

    Photographs West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Scrapbooks West (U.S.) -- 20th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Cruse, Thomas, correspondent.
    Cunningham, Eugene, 1896-1957, photographer.
    Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934, correspondent.
    Rhodes, May Davison, correspondent.